The Minor Accomplishments of Carlos E Gutierrez

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From Suburban Los Angeles, living in Portland OR

wildcat2030:

Air pollution in China and other Asian countries is having far-reaching impacts on weather patterns across the Northern Hemisphere, a study suggests. Researchers have found that pollutants are strengthening storms above the Pacific Ocean, which feeds into weather systems in other parts of the world. The effect was most pronounced during the winter. The study is published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). Lead author Yuan Wang, from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory at the California Institute of Technology, said: “The effects are quite dramatic. The pollution results in thicker and taller clouds and heavier precipitation.” (via BBC News - Asian air pollution strengthens Pacific storms)

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utcjonesobservatory:

Mars: Osuga Valles
The central portion of Osuga Valles, which has a total length of 164 km. In some places, it is 20 km wide and plunges to a depth of 900 m. It is located approximately 170 km south of Eos Chaos, which is located at the periphery in the far eastern portion of the vast Valles Marineris canyon system. Catastrophic flooding is thought to have created the heavily eroded Osuga Valles, which displays streamlined islands and a grooved floor carved by fast-flowing water. The water flowed in a northeasterly direction (towards the bottom right in this image) and eventually drained into another region of chaotic terrain, just seen at the bottom of the image. Several large impact craters are also seen in this scene, including the ghostly outline of an ancient, partially buried crater in the bottom centre of the image.  The image was created using data acquired with the High Resolution Stereo Camera on Mars Express on 7 December 2013 during orbit 12 624. The image resolution is about 17 m per pixel and the image centre is at about 15ºS / 322ºE. Caption: ESA ESA/DLR/FU Berlin

utcjonesobservatory:

Mars: Osuga Valles

The central portion of Osuga Valles, which has a total length of 164 km. In some places, it is 20 km wide and plunges to a depth of 900 m. It is located approximately 170 km south of Eos Chaos, which is located at the periphery in the far eastern portion of the vast Valles Marineris canyon system. Catastrophic flooding is thought to have created the heavily eroded Osuga Valles, which displays streamlined islands and a grooved floor carved by fast-flowing water. The water flowed in a northeasterly direction (towards the bottom right in this image) and eventually drained into another region of chaotic terrain, just seen at the bottom of the image. Several large impact craters are also seen in this scene, including the ghostly outline of an ancient, partially buried crater in the bottom centre of the image.  The image was created using data acquired with the High Resolution Stereo Camera on Mars Express on 7 December 2013 during orbit 12 624. The image resolution is about 17 m per pixel and the image centre is at about 15ºS / 322ºE. Caption: ESA ESA/DLR/FU Berlin

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oregonianphoto:

HILLSBORO, OREGON - April 13, 2014 - Danza Azteca Ameyaltonal performed traditional dance and ceremony. Their name means spring water and the warmth of the sun, or what gives life, in the Mexican native language of Nahuatl. The 10th Annual Latino Cultural Festival was held Sunday in Hillsboro at the Tom Hughes Civic Center Plaza. It included a Futsal tournament, traditional and modern dance performances and food. A walking parade kicked off the festivities, which were meant to engage the Latino community while also celebrating it. Stephanie Yao Long/The Oregonian

oregonianphoto:

HILLSBORO, OREGON - April 13, 2014 - Danza Azteca Ameyaltonal performed traditional dance and ceremony. Their name means spring water and the warmth of the sun, or what gives life, in the Mexican native language of Nahuatl. The 10th Annual Latino Cultural Festival was held Sunday in Hillsboro at the Tom Hughes Civic Center Plaza. It included a Futsal tournament, traditional and modern dance performances and food. A walking parade kicked off the festivities, which were meant to engage the Latino community while also celebrating it. Stephanie Yao Long/The Oregonian

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urbnist:

atlurbanist:

"Paving decisions" in Atlanta

The top image is taken from a 1909 aerial map of Atlanta, at the intersection of Trinity Avenue and Forsyth Street. It’s typical of the compact land use of pre-automobile cities. The bottom photo shows what we have in that spot today.

I shaded in blue what is pretty much the only set of structures left intact after the surroundings were obliterated by the desire to build parking lots. 

How did this happen? The answer comes via a quote posted by citymaus :

In their headlong search for modernity through mobility, American urbanites made a decision to destroy the living environments of nineteenth-century neighborhoods by converting their gathering places into traffic jams, their playgrounds into motorways, and their shopping places into elongated parking lots. These paving decisions effectively made obsolete many of urban America’s older neighborhoods.

What isn’t answered in the quote is this question: why does this urban decay linger? What is preventing us from turning this transit-connected space (that’s a MARTA station on the lower right) with gridded streets into something more valuable, efficient, and uplifting for the city? 

Downtown residents have been wondering for many years, but there are no simple answers and very little initiative seems to exist in city government to find a solution. This, despite the millions of dollars that were spent to build the rail station and the great potential for revenue from transit-connected development.

Quote source: “Transforming the Use of Urban Space – Look at the Revolution in Street Pavements, 1880-1924” Journal of Urban History, 5(3)

Such a lonely building now…

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smithsonianmag:

Photo of the Day: Los Angeles from the Sky
Photography by George Medvedev (Vancouver, Canada); Los Angeles, California

smithsonianmag:

Photo of the Day: Los Angeles from the Sky

Photography by George Medvedev (Vancouver, Canada); Los Angeles, California

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theatlantic:

The Slaughter Bench of History

How war created civilization over the past 10,000 years—and threatens to destroy it in the next 40.
 Read more.[Image: Wikimedia Commons]

theatlantic:

The Slaughter Bench of History

How war created civilization over the past 10,000 years—and threatens to destroy it in the next 40.

 Read more.[Image: Wikimedia Commons]

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wired:

These stunning aerial photos reveal patterns in seemingly mundane things.

[MORE: The Intricate, Beautiful Patterns of Civilization Seen From Above]

(Source: Wired)

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