The Olympics are over, but your dream of being a curling champion may not be. I took part in a curling mini-league many years ago. The closest analogy is a combination of bowling and shuffleboard, but much, much harder. The stones are heavy, the ice is slippery, and the playing surface is very long.
Modern curling has precisely measured indoor ice sheets, timing clocks, Teflon-soled shoes, and high-tech brooms. But like hockey, it started as a pond sport in its early days.
Above is a photograph of outdoor curling in Central Park in New York City. I love this picture, so I thought I would share it. More 1890s curling photos.
Living in the Northeast, I’ve been inundated with pictures from the blizzard. It may not have met the technical definition of a blizzard, but it was still one of the ten biggest winter storms to hit Boston in decades.
The central pressure of the storm fell to 971 millibars at 7 a.m. on February 9, a level usually recorded in category one hurricanes. Hurricane-force gusts were recorded in 12 locations, including 83 miles per hour at Cuttyhunk Island in Massachusetts and 82 mph in Westport, Connecticut.
The movie below shows the development of the storm over as captured by the GOES-13 (or GOES-East) geostationary weather satellite. The time-lapse animation is made up of images taken every 15 minutes from 12:01 p.m. EST on February 7 to 11:15 a.m. on February 10. You can watch the weather front near the Great Lakes merge with a weather front moving up from the southeastern United States, colliding into one massive storm with the counter-clockwise rotation characteristic of a nor’easter.
For the first project, part of the STS-134 mission in February, astronauts on the International Space Station (ISS) will build objects live on a video feed, while schoolkids build similar objects, so the students can see the differences in how objects behave on Earth and in space. Space shuttle Endeavour will carry nine specialized kits to the station in February during the STS-134 mission. Working with them inside a see-through glove box so the small pieces don’t get lost in the station, Astronaut Cady Coleman will assemble LEGO blocks into models and working machines.
Two small LEGO shuttles are packed inside Discovery for the STS-133 launch to promote the new partnership.
“So I saw all of these mediocre pictures of that volcano in Iceland nobody can pronounce the name of, so I figured I should go and do better. But the flights to get over took forever as expected (somewhat). 4 days after leaving I finally made it, but the weather was terrible for another 4. Just before leaving it got pretty good for about a day and a half and this is what I managed to get.
Wish I had more time. I missed all the cool Lightning and the Lava of the first eruption. But I figure this will just be a trial run for another day.”
Sure the view of the Texas Stadium implosion was cool from the outside. An 11-year-old named Casey Rogers, the winner of a local essay-writing contest, pushed the button that triggered the implosion, and set off 1.5 tons of explosives that brought down the stadium.
But imagine what it looked like from inside the stadium.