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Sea Level Summer, Citrus, And Chilling At 51

April 21, 2014
From Plate 205: Limon Caietanus by Giovanni Battista Ferrari (1584-1665)

From Plate 205: Limon Caietanus by Giovanni Battista Ferrari (1584-1665)

The views, but also the recent temperatures, lead most guests to sit outside with the breeze on the deck, either on the ground level or on the mezzanine, and watch the fishermen haul in their catches, or the tug boats, or the water buses. 51 is alive with citrus in these sea level summer days and evenings, starting with a tall glass of iced minted-lime cooler, continuing with a chilled avgolemono soup;  and so on. Clarissa Hyman, a freelance food and travel writer, catches our attention with this book review in The Times Literary Supplement:

Helena Attlee
The story of Italy and its citrus fruit
272pp. Particular Books. £20.
978 1 84614 430 2

A paradox pervades the Sicilian citrus groves and gardens. The scent is intoxicating but too often the fruit lies rotten on the ground, unwanted and worthless. In this maddening, singular island, where they say the sun drives you crazy and the moon makes you sad, the irony is your breakfast orange juice will most likely be diluted, long-life concentrate from oranges grown in Brazil. Read more…

Halebidu – Hassan, Karnataka

April 21, 2014
Photo credits : Dileep Kumar

Photo credits: Dileep Kumar

Located in the Hassan district of Karnataka, Halebidu (which literally means “old city”) is an important Hoysala architectural site being proposed for UNESCO World Heritage status. Once the capital of the Hoysala Empire, the Halebidu temples are excellent examples of South Indian architecture. Read more…

Field Trips-R-Us

April 21, 2014
Science teachers huddle over bacteria colonies at Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry. The museum plans to train 1,000 area educators to be better science teachers in the next five years. Linda Lutton/WBEZ

Science teachers huddle over bacteria colonies at Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry. The museum plans to train 1,000 area educators to be better science teachers in the next five years. Linda Lutton/WBEZ

We are partial to field trips. Bravo to these educators for recognizing their value and putting their own two feet forward first (thanks to NPR, USA, for the podcast and published story):

In a classroom across from the coal mine exhibit at the Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry, students are huddled around tables, studying petri dishes of bacteria.

But these aren’t school-age kids — these students are all teachers, responsible for imparting science to upper-elementary or middle-school students.

That’s a job that many here — and many teachers in grammar schools around the country — feel unprepared for. Read more…

Bird of the Day: Great Sapphirewing Hummingbird (Yanacocha Reserve, Ecuador)

April 20, 2014

Ricardo Solis, Come To Kerala!

April 20, 2014

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We have a soft spot for anyone who, young or old, finds a way to link art and nature. Ricardo Solis has a particular view, one which makes us smile, so here is a bit about him:

Ricardo Solis was born in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico.  He graduated from the School of Visual Arts and acquired expertise in workshops taught by outstanding teachers. He has participated in several exhibitions nationally and internationally and his work is in major collections.

From a young age Ricardo was attracted to art and nature.  Read more…

Aguada Fort – Sinquerim Beach, Goa

April 20, 2014
Photo credits : Dileep

Photo credits: Dileep

Named for the Portuguese word meaning “watering place”, Aguada Fort is one of the largest and best preserved forts in the state of Goa. Portuguese rulers built the fort between 1609 and 1612 for providing a fresh water supply to their passing ships. Read more…

Useful Or Not, Therein Lies The Rub

April 20, 2014
Horace Dediu

Horace Dediu

We frequently link to stories about innovation related to protecting natural and cultural heritage, particularly our own favored practice of entrepreneurial conservation. We do so with the hope, and sometimes blind faith, that what we are focused on is not only effective (as in, accomplishing what we set out to accomplish), but also useful (as in, of lasting, rather than just short term value). So, Horace Dediu has our attention. Not the clever new terminology, which is not what we find innovative, but the basic point behind it seems to be:

Innoveracy: Misunderstanding Innovation

Illiteracy is the inability to read and write. Though the percent of sufferers has halved in the last 35 years, currently 15% of the world has this affliction. Innumeracy is the inability to apply simple numerical concepts. The rate of innumeracy is unknown but chances are that it affects over 50% of us. This tragedy impedes our ability to have a discourse on matters related to quantitative judgement while policy decisions increasingly depend on this judgement.

But there is another form of ignorance which seems to be universal: the inability to understand the concept and role of innovation.

Read more…


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