London

A World Away

So I went on this trip...

Departure from SFO

My journey began in London with a friend.

That's a mighty rectangular garden.

That's him down there.

Pictured right before he casts away his camera.

Returning to London after a couple years was quite a nice experience. I really missed it from the semester I spent studying there.

Look at that big ol' building!

The last time I carried a less capable camera, and perhaps a less experienced eye for photography.

Neat!

Not to say I'm any more experienced now, of course.

So moody.

We naturally went about looking at all of the sites. Churches, monuments, things, etc. The weather was quite pleasant.

Oh, look at that! Wow! Train station!

After a few days in London, we boarded the Eurostar and made the two-and-a-half hour ride to Paris.

Golly! Look at that field!

An image from out the window of the Eurostar while we were rolling through the French countryside. Mighty pretty out there, and boy is that train quick.

That's tall! Yowzah!

I feel like I've seen that thing somewhere before, but I'm not totally sure where. It sure was tall and quite metallic.

"Quit that"

Ever grumpy.

Neiiighhhh

I wasn't totally sure about this horse and its significance, but it sure looks intense.

Shortly after the above image, we met with a friend of my friend who just happened to be in Paris at the same time. What a small world!

"Aww!" That's perhaps your first impression. Or perhaps it's, "Eww!" The latter would be more accurate. Almost immediately afterwards they started making out quite passionately.

After meeting in that royal park or some such nonsense, we acquired macaroons from supposedly the best macaroon place in Paris (and also a macaroon ice cream sandwich because there was a minimum purchase). I'd describe them as reasonably good. Afterwards, we made for some mall with a dome.

Those clouds.

So there we were atop this mall with a dome. Turns out it had a pretty decent view too.

We then parted ways with his friend, and the next morning, France. The next stop: Marrakech, Morocco. But those photos will be up in a second part.


Yesterday was the birthday of a friend, recent graduate, and fan of this blog, and I will embarrass him by posting this along with an image of him. It is a day late, and I'm sorry for that. If it makes it any better, I started this post on Tuesday. Anyway, happy belated birthday!

"Phantom 309" is a song written by Tommy Faile and released as a single by Red Sovine in 1967.

Yeasts are eukaryotic microorganisms classified in the kingdom Fungi, with 1,500 species currently described[1] (estimated to be 1% of all fungal species).[2] Yeasts are unicellular, although some species with yeast forms may become multicellularthrough the formation of strings of connected budding cells known as pseudohyphae, or false hyphae, as seen in most molds.[3] Yeast size can vary greatly depending on the species, typically measuring 3–4 µm in diameter, although some yeasts can reach over 40 µm.[4] Most yeasts reproduce asexually by mitosis, and many do so by an asymmetric division process called budding.

By fermentation, the yeast species Saccharomyces cerevisiae converts carbohydrates to carbon dioxide and alcohols – for thousands of years the carbon dioxide has been used in baking and the alcohol in alcoholic beverages.[5] It is also a centrally important model organism in modern cell biology research, and is one of the most thoroughly researched eukaryotic microorganisms. Researchers have used it to gather information about the biology of the eukaryotic cell and ultimately human biology.[6]Other species of yeasts, such as Candida albicans, are opportunistic pathogens and can cause infections in humans. Yeasts have recently been used to generate electricity in microbial fuel cells,[7] and produce ethanol for the biofuel industry.

Yeasts do not form a single taxonomic or phylogenetic grouping. The term "yeast" is often taken as a synonym for Saccharomyces cerevisiae,[8] but the phylogenetic diversity of yeasts is shown by their placement in two separate phyla: theAscomycota and the Basidiomycota. The budding yeasts ("true yeasts") are classified in the order Saccharomycetales.[9]

- Wikipedia 

XP-51 41-039, one of two Mustang Is handed over to the USAAC for testing.

Where the Sky Begins

Forgive my laziness over the last couple months. I haven't been posting much at all, and I've been shooting pictures even less. I was planning on going to SF to take some pictures yesterday, but it was raining most of the day, so I ended up not going. I did however see The Grand Budapest Hotel. It was wonderful, and might be my new favorite Wes Anderson movie. Around the middle, I actually found myself wondering why people think of his movies as pretentious hipster trash. I thought about all of his other movies and I'm honestly not sure what qualifies them as pretentious. They are all comedies and feature big name actors. The dialogue is generally straight forward and the plots are the same and aren't particularly convoluted or hard to understand. There isn't any underlying message, or dark and moody tone. Honestly. I hate to fall on this (all too common) speculation, but do people think of it as pretentious hipster trash because it's a little different than everything else you see in the theatre? 

Shot in London, 2011. I'm pretty sure I've never posted this before. Pretty sure...

London, Circa 2011

Who could forgot this classic picture? Oh. All of you, you say? Well isn't it convenient that I'm sharing it again, remastered using Dolby's Atlas sound technology so you feel like you're really in the picture. Once you're in the picture, maybe you could riot or something so all of those officers actually have something to do.  

Now in 3D.

I'm actually a really big fan of this picture. It might actually be one of my favorites. But enough of me gawking over my own picture. Remember how I mentioned the upcoming film Interstellar last night? You don't remember that either, huh? You should really get your memory checked (and also read past the picture (and before the picture (and look at the picture (and actually click on the link to even get to the page)))). Well, here's the teaser trailer that they showed at the movie house: 

Flight

I took this at sunset from Alexandra Palace on one of my first days in London. I'm pretty certain I've shared this before, but I don't think anyone has seen it in two years, so I'll share it again because it's pretty.  

Also, I saw The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug last night. It was cool, but if you don't like having fun at a movie, I wouldn't recommend it. There was also a teaser trailer for Christopher Nolan's Interstellar which is coming out next November. The trailer really, really excited me because it looked like the movie might depict humanity's transition to interstellar spaceflight, which is something that I've always wanted to see in a film. I mean, sci-fi movies usually show a distant future in which we've already been flying around in space for a while.