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What A Byzantine Chant Would Have Sounded Like In The Hagia Sophia

Trying to recreate the sound in a building that is now a great Mosque.

Marc Valdez Weblog
Disco Ball Moon


Marc Valdez Weblog
Norwegian Wing Suit Flyer Nearly Struck By Falling Meteor

The most amazing story in years!

Marc Valdez Weblog
DMTC’s Fifth Annual Poker Night Fundraiser

DMTC’s Fifth Annual Poker Night Fundraiser

Start of evening.End of evening.

The Blue Muse
#100HappyDays: If loving a wheelbarrow is wrong…

#100HappyDays: If loving a wheelbarrow is wrong…

We picked up this wheelbarrow at Costco for $20 less than the local home improvement stores. Woot.Sometimes, it's the little things in life. Sometimes it's big steel buckets. Today's happy, happy, joy, joy moment? The acquisition of a shiny new wheelba...

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All Squared Up
Attack of the Weird Dog Vomit Mold

Attack of the Weird Dog Vomit Mold

That title needs a bit of clarification. This is not a post about vomit from a weird dog. It is about mold that looks like dog vomit. It is weird. And it attacked me.This has been a very odd winter for California. It rained early. Then it didn't rain a...

Alison Toon
Flying again… oh my ears!

Apr 6, 2014
Flying again… oh my ears!

Flying across the USA in daylight, never failing surprise at the vast, enormous areas of uninhabited wilderness. Desert, mountain, forest, snowfield, lake. It's beautiful and its wild and its crazy how people cram into tiny city apartments and traffic ...

The Blue Muse
#100HappyDays and 24 Hours of Happy

#100HappyDays and 24 Hours of Happy

Image from 24 Hours of Happy.He snoozed his loud alarm twice. Then he flopped over on my stomach. Then he took a phone call. Then brushed his teeth over me. When he started playing something noisy on my phone, I was ready to fly out of bed in...

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The Blue Muse
5 things I hated about the movie Gravity

5 things I hated about the movie Gravity

Accurate description of Gravity: A 90 minuteanxiety attack. Thank you "Funny or Die" for thesealternate title movie posters.I won the Oscar party pool by voting Gravity across the board (except Best Actress, there was no chance, Sandy). After actually ...

The Blue Muse
Memoirs of an Addicted Brain: On drugs, emotions, and "corrupted learning"

Memoirs of an Addicted Brain: On drugs, emotions, and "corrupted learning"

A couple months ago when Philip Seymour Hoffman died of a heroin overdose, I cried a little. Just like I did when Heath Ledger died. And Michael Jackson. And I cringed when, predictably, people got high and mighty, and holier-than-thou about addiction,...

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