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2022/12/28 Illuminations aux Jardins des Plantes
π 2022-12-28 01:01 in Outings, Paris
While in Paris, le Jardin des Plantes had beautiful illuminations. It reminded me of Dubai Glow Park. It being France, they actually put work into the science part, showing interesting insects and even microbes:





France still isn't too PG yet, nicely done :)
France still isn't too PG yet, nicely done :)














even a representation of mycelium, nice...
even a representation of mycelium, nice...

I was happy when I guessed tardigrade
I was happy when I guessed tardigrade



fruit flies...
fruit flies...

Cheese mites (they also had dust mites)
Cheese mites (they also had dust mites)

bacteria
bacteria


CV19, even
CV19, even


and the worst STI, a baby :)
and the worst STI, a baby :)

This was lovely light expo, super well done....

2022/10/13 Neil deGrasse Tyson back at San Jose Center for Performing Arts: An Astrophysicist Goes To The Movies
π 2022-10-13 01:01 in Outings
It was a pleasure to have Neil deGrasse Tyson at the San Jose Center for Performing Arts for "An Astrophysicist Goes To The Movies", taken from his selection of many talks. I'd actually love to see all of them :)



Like last times, he had lots of fun slides, it was a great evening (a bit over 2H):



his last book, that I should get
his last book, that I should get

He then talked about a lot of movies, which was the point of course :)

the odds of asteroids hitting major monuments, is of course just about 0
the odds of asteroids hitting major monuments, is of course just about 0

oh no, contact messed up the Drake equation
oh no, contact messed up the Drake equation

doh
doh

cute to have a lit runway to allow a floating spaceship to land
cute to have a lit runway to allow a floating spaceship to land



lots of fun can be had arguing on twitter
lots of fun can be had arguing on twitter



nature making fractals is of coure hella cool
nature making fractals is of coure hella cool

we have plenty of space debris
we have plenty of space debris

space movies don't show how hair really works in 0g
space movies don't show how hair really works in 0g

The martian got the award of best science movie
The martian got the award of best science movie

Very good point about the 2nd law of thermodynamics, humans don't create more energy than the energy to feed them
Very good point about the 2nd law of thermodynamics, humans don't create more energy than the energy to feed them

and the sad truth that war of the world removed evolution to add god back in :(
and the sad truth that war of the world removed evolution to add god back in :(

oh, and this was the coolest part of back to the future I never even noticed (you need to see the talk)
oh, and this was the coolest part of back to the future I never even noticed (you need to see the talk)




And we ended with the starry sky controversy in Titanic:



It was another very fun night, very quick video summary:

2022/07/09 Los Altos Wine and Art Festival
π 2022-07-09 01:01 in Outings
Another wine and art festival, this one was quite nice and fairly different from the one last week.























Very cool to see these kaleidoscopes, I bought one around 20 years ago for my mom and still have it:



And of course, still the nice soaps:







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2022/06/27 Amsterdam's Botanical Gardens and Artis Zoo Complex
π 2022-06-27 01:01 in Outings
Since I had already done most of the main things in Amsterdam, and I had an extra monday where most museums are closed, so it was a good time to check out the Botanical Garden and the Zoo.

The botanical garden was quite nice and had a fun butterfly nursery:





they had interesting butterflies I had never seen before
they had interesting butterflies I had never seen before





this transparent one is also quite interesting
this transparent one is also quite interesting


this one was still blood in its wings after being born
this one was still blood in its wings after being born











Next door was the artis zoo complex, which included 2 museums, Micropia, was quite cool:








Watching the leaf cutter ant display was mesmerizing, you could spend a while staring at it:

The other small museum nextdoor also had interesting displays:






Then, I went to see the actual zoo. I should have done this first because rain was scheduled and I ended up only seeing about half because pouring rain made it no fun, and many animals also went to hide:















The highlight was seeing two boobies doing a mating dance, watch the video:


2022/06/16 Brian Cox at San Jose's California Theatre
π 2022-06-16 01:01 in Outings
It had been 3 years since I last saw Brian Cox give a live talk in the Bay Area, and this one was similar in format to the talk he gave in 2019.

Just like last time, his talk was a bit more technical than Neil deGrasse Tyson at San Jose Center for Performing Arts, and this time touched about an interesting point where time slows down as you approach a black hole, but once you go to a critical point, time actually stops, and then equations actually predict that time runs backwards. This is where it gets complex and the equations predict that time and space actually reverse. That was cool indeed.

That said, just like last time, he came with his sidekick Robin Ince, who isn't exactly the funiest comedian I've seen and honestly detracts more than he adds to the evening. Oh well, it was still nice to see his version of the talk. I have a pretty bad partial recording here:













2022/06/04 Sunnyvale Art and Wine Festival
π 2022-06-04 01:01 in Outings
Another art and wine festival, went with Johannes which made things more fun

























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2022/05/30 Visiting Hakone Gardens
π 2022-05-30 01:01 in Outings
It has been quite a while since I had been meaning to visit, but never had gotten around to, so it was time to fix that.

The gift shop was nice:



The gardens were nice, epecially for the area, but I think I've been tainted by seeing some of the best Japanese gardens in Japan:












they definitely needed more big koi fish :)
they definitely needed more big koi fish :)



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2022/05/20 Vegas' Area 15 and MegaMart
π 2022-05-20 01:01 in Outings
I spent a short time at Megamart with Alvin last year, it was fun to go back during EDC while being more awake and being able to enjoy it the way it was meant to:














After finishing Megamart, there was a bit of time left to check out some of Area15:











There is more to check out, will have to go back :)

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2022/05/01 Another Cherry Blossom Festival
π 2022-05-01 01:01 in Outings
It had been a while since I had gone to the Cupertino Cherry Blossom Festival, especially since it was cancelled the last two years. Very happy to go again this year.



so cute
so cute



I didn't even know Jyorei existed, very cool
I didn't even know Jyorei existed, very cool



kois are serious business in japan :)
kois are serious business in japan :)



Ikebana, flower arrangement, is always enjoyable:












The performances have always been good and enjoyable:











This was lots of fun, looking forward to the next time.

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2022/02/25 Christopher Clark and Bucket at Amazing Art Expo
π 2022-02-25 01:01 in Outings
Really cool Comic and Manga related art, very nice job, much fun to go through them:





























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