The new Darlington Interchange upgrades in Adelaide, as part of the on-going North South Motorway project. Glad they’re finally looking at integrating rail into this project, was really critical given the proximity to Flinders Medical Centre and Flinders University. Goodness I hate road building projects. Adelaide has enough asphalt as it is, given the weather conditions.


Moon Mood Log

Here’s a template you can print out to keep track of your moods during certain moon signs!! If you start today (December 7th) you can go through two full moon cycles and compare how each moon sign makes you feel during December and January and see whether there’s certain signs that give you high energy levels, high productivity, others that make you very irritable etc. It’s really helpful to be aware of this. You can find and print the document with a moon sign table for December 2015 and January 2016 here.

There’s also a whole blogpost on moon cycles and transits and forcasting moods on my blog here.

Transiting Moon is in Pisces

“I remember the ocean. I let the current take me out to the point of no return.
then i swam back to the shore where I shivered like a bird” - Josh Pyke

Two worlds are dissolved with Moon in Pisces. There is a sweeping reverie, the dance of God is perceivable in the flickering dust and ocean breeze
candles. The Moon is painted in lilac milk, it’s a giant crystal ball, a vision
into the future, because Pisces is the past, the present, and the future
in one magnificent ensemble
we can experience elevations in consciousness and enter the third eye of Neptune, but such susceptibility to forces beyond our control can cause our moods to swing like giant pendulums over the sea
the echo of the last mood wave resonant and difficult to forget. The mind may have dealt with the emotion and sentiment hours ago.
The body is still in absolute anguish
It’s all highs and lows, but more likely the shadowy need for solitude, quiet, and alone time with God.
Don’t believe everything you feel. Pisces is a magician and a trickster. She’s a siren and a sweet song. Pisces can make you feel heaven and hell in one
grand gesture

image: Mermaid In Teacup - Julia Sherbina                        


What’s it like to read a map from a glance? On the left, you’ll see regular transit maps; on the right, what they look like in your peripheral vision. Which city is easiest to read at a glance?

These trippy transit maps were created by Ruth Rosenholtz and her team at CSAIL (MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab). The goal is to create a picture of how our brains read maps quickly.

Listen in on Friday at 3:20pm ET to hear Ruth talk about her work, and how it could help designers create better maps.

BEHOLD! A rider-oriented map showing the Seattle’s transit network in its entirety! Why such a big deal? Because there hasn’t been such a comprehensive map showing all the various routes and system serving Seattle in years. YEARS. 

This map, developed by local hero Oran Viriyincy and posted on Seattle Transit Blog in partnership with SDOT and the Transit Rider’s Union, is a sight for beleaguered transit-using eyes. It’s a circulatory system map of how the people who make our city move around in the places that mean something to us. It’s beautiful, and powerful. 

From STB:

The Map features the entire network of frequent service, regular all-day service, and peak-only commuter service in the city, all on a single stylized-geographic map, plus a few specialized maps showing detail of busy areas or certain services. The Guide summarizes the frequency and span of all service in a few tables. Currently the Map and Guide depicts service effective September 2015; a draft depicting March 2016 service will be released when it is ready. 

This map also exposes some cruel realities, the dearth of east/west service north of the cut. The fact that Ballard, one of the fastest growing neighborhoods in Seattle, is served by THREE routes. The South end? Fuggidaboutit.

So may this tool be both utilitarian in helping us get around and inspirational in helping us figure out how best serve the growing city in a way that is equitable. 


Man Took a Cross-Country Adventure of a Lifetime for Under $500

A trans-American adventure, from one coast to the other is a classic travel-junkie’s dream. Derek Low, a 24-year-old engineer from San Francisco, writes about how he got to experience this journey of a lifetime with a train ticket that carried him across the country in 15 days, for under $500. Railway networks once played a vital role in American transportation, but over time, passenger service has been dominated by airplanes and automobiles. As Lee demonstrates, however, USA still has a thriving railway network that can be used to take part in a scenic and historic voyage, even on a budget.

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Kepler found its longest period planet, ever

“As first released this week at the American Astronomical Society’s annual meeting, Kepler-56 appears to have a third planet orbiting it — about six times the mass of Jupiter with a period of around three Earth-years — thanks to the work of Justin Otor, Benjamin Montet and John A. Johnson.”

When a planet passes in front of its star from our point of view, that transiting phenomenon can be detected as a dip in starlight. By surveying some 150,000 stars, the Kepler mission has detected close to 10,000 planetary candidates, many of which have been identified by the stellar wobble technique. But this “wobbling” also sometimes contain rising or falling trend lines, which can indicate a more massive, outer world orbiting the central star. Even though Kepler could normally never detect some of these planets, since their baseline time is so long and their likelihood of transits are lower, the inner worlds that Kepler can find, when we subject them to verification, can sometimes reveal the presence of an outer, massive world. A new record for the longest-period planet ever found as the result of Kepler was just set: 1000 days, with a mass of around six Jupiter masses.

Sad but true…but also an issue that the roads were not pre treated before the snow arrived that then turned to ice.