Space photo of the day 06/30. Spiral galaxy known as Messier 66 or NGC 3627.

Ain’t it purty? OK.  I’ve been to too many Oklahoma! rehearsals. But it is beautiful.

Space photo of the day 06/30

SA/JPL-Caltech/R. Kennicutt/University of Arizona and the SINGS Team

June 30, 2010

This image of spiral galaxy NGC 3627, also known as Messier 66, was captured by the Spitzer Infrared Nearby Galaxy Survey Legacy Project. NGC 3627 is estimated to be 30 million light-years away, towards the constellation Leo. Astronomers suspect that the galaxy’s distorted shape is caused by its ongoing gravitational interactions with its neighbors Messier 65 and NGC 3628. NGC 3627 is another brilliant example of a barred spiral galaxy, the most common type of disk galaxy in the local universe.

Brian Armstrong of talks about how to use domain names to improve Google rankings.

Brian Armstrong of talks about how to use domain names to improve Google rankings.

Read the whole article here. This entry is part 8 of 19 in the series

The Power Of Having Keywords In Your Domain Name

Iin this lesson, Brian talks about the power of having keywords in your domain (and subdomain) name. When he had multiple sites, he made sure the all had different domain names. He also made sure each site had separate content. He says not to duplicate content in multiple sites. The engines will detect duplicate content.

He recommends using  Google Adwords Keyword Tool to find out what people are searching for.  Doing all this upped his hits, but he was still not seeing all the results he wanted, so he switched tactics and looked at putting keywords in Subdomain names.

Combining his sites into one domain: made it easier to manage, but he didn’t want to lose the benefit of having keywords in the domain name(s). He decided to use regional subdomains. Each city that had a tutor program in it was a separate subdomain under UniversityTutor . (He even has it set up so a new subdomain is created automatically each time an tutor comes on board in a new city. His format of  “[SUBJECT] tutor [CITY]” like “algebra tutor austin,”  allows him the possibility of generating over x 1,000 = 40,000 potential keywords to rank for. Wow!)

To keep the ratings from his old, multiple domain system as he transitioned to the new single domain, multiple subdomain one, he used a “301 redirect” to tell Google (and other search engines) when he are moved. Subsequently, he used Rank Checker. (a free Firefox plugin) to check the status.

Thank you Brian for this lesson and the others at your site.

Tesla. The company with the new electric car and Nikola, the man who with the idea (among about a thousand other ideas and inventions).

Tesla. The car and the man.

Did you get in on the IPO today?  I didn’t – no money. My son did though. Maybe he will share. :-]

Read some about Nikola Tesla below.


Biz Break:Tesla’s IPO: Electric-car maker’s stock skyrockets 40.5%

By Frank Michael Russell

Posted: 06/29/2010 01:07:38 PM PDT

Updated: 06/29/2010 01:21:14 PM PDT

Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla Motors, poses with a Tesla car in Times Square following the electric automaker s initial public offering, Tuesday, June, 29, 2010, in New York.The company plans to trade on the Nasdaq stock exchange under the ticker "TSLA." (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan) ( Mark Lennihan )

Tesla’s IPO

Tesla Motors stock moved into the fast lane today in its first spin on the Nasdaq, accelerating as high as $25 after opening at $19 a share. The shares closed at $23.89, up $6.89, or 40.5 percent, from the offering price of $17.

Tesla’s supercharged debut was even more remarkable considering it was a dismal day on Wall Street, with big drops by the blue chip Dow Jones industrial average and the tech-heavy Nasdaq composite index.

At $17, for that matter, the Palo Alto electric-car maker’s initial public offering priced last night above its expected range of $14 to $16. According to a Tesla statement, the automaker sold about 11.9 million shares, while investors including CEO Elon Musk sold about 1.4 million shares. With the IPO, Tesla has an agreement to sell $50 million in shares to Toyota Motor in a private placement. According to a Merc report, Tesla raised $226 million.

Tesla’s first car is the $109,000 electric Roadster. The company has sold more than 1,000 of the electric sports car.

Tesla plans to use proceeds from the IPO and a $465 million federal loan in part to adapt Fremont’s NUMMI auto plant to build its next

Tesla Motors Inc. is a Silicon Valley-based company that engages in the design, manufacture, and sale of electric vehicles (EVs) and electric vehicle power train components. It is currently the only automaker building and selling highway-capable EVs in serial production (as opposed to prototype or evaluation fleet production) in North America or Europe.

The Tesla Roadster, the company’s first vehicle, is the first production automobile to use lithium-ion battery cells and the first production EV with a range greater than 200 miles (320 km) per charge.[2] The base model accelerates 0–60 mph (97 km/h) in 3.9 seconds and, according to Tesla Motor’s environmental analysis, is twice as energy-efficient as the Toyota Prius.[3] The company had produced its 1,000th Roadster as of January 2010.[4]

Tesla currently employs more than 500 people and is aggressively recruiting employees for positions in the headquarters in Palo Alto, California; at the Model S Design Studio in Hawthorne, California; at its European headquarters in Windsor, UK; and at an increasing number of sales facilities throughout North America and Europe.[8] On 20 May 2010, it was announced that Tesla Motors would partner with Toyota to produce the Tesla Model S at the former NUMMI plant in Fremont beginning in 2011.

Petroleum-equivalent efficiency

See also: Electric car: Comparison with internal combustion vehicles (ICEVs)

The Roadster does not actually use gasoline; therefore, petroleum-equivalent efficiency (mpg, l/100 km) cannot be measured directly but instead is calculated using one of several different methods:

A number comparable to the typical Monroney sticker’s “pump-to-wheel” fuel efficiency can be calculated based on regulations from the DOE and its energy content for a U.S. gallon of gasoline of 33,705 W·hgal (also called the Lower Heating Value (LHV) of gasoline):[100][101]

Tesla Motors is named for electrical engineer and physicist Nikola Tesla.[10] The Tesla Roadster uses an AC motor descended directly from Tesla’s original 1882 design, which he said came to him in a feverish hallucination due to exhaustion when he was working as an engineer and inventor in Hungary.

The idea for an electric car is only one of Tesla’s numerous principles and devices.  Read about him at Wikipedia:

Nikola Tesla

(Serbian: Никола Тесла, born 10 July 1856 in Smiljan, Croatia – died 7 January 1943 in New York) was an inventor, mechanical engineer, and electrical engineer. He was one of the most important contributors to the birth of commercial electricity, and is best known for his many revolutionary developments in the field of electromagnetism in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Tesla’s patents and theoretical work formed the basis of modern alternating current (AC) electric power systems, including the polyphase system of electrical distribution and the AC motor, with which he helped usher in the Second Industrial Revolution.

Electromechanical devices and principles developed by Nikola Tesla:

  • Various devices that use rotating magnetic fields (1882)
  • The Induction motor, rotary transformers, and “high” frequency alternators
  • The Tesla coil,[31] his magnifying transmitter, and other means for increasing the intensity of electrical oscillations (including condenser discharge transformations and the Tesla oscillators[32][33])
  • Alternating current long-distance electrical transmission system[34] (1888) and other methods and devices for power transmission
  • Systems for wireless communication (prior art for the invention of radio) and radio frequency oscillators[35]
  • Robotics and the electronic logic gate[36]
  • Electrotherapy Tesla currents[37][38][39]
  • Wireless transfer of electricity and the Tesla effect[40][41]
  • Tesla impedance phenonomena[42]
  • Tesla electro-static field
  • Tesla principle
  • Bifilar coil
  • Telegeodynamics
  • Tesla insulation
  • Tesla impulses[43]
  • Tesla frequencies[31]
  • Tesla discharge[31]
  • Forms of commutators and methods of regulating third brushes
  • Tesla turbines (eg., bladeless turbines) for water, steam and gas and the Tesla pumps
  • Tesla igniter
  • Corona discharge ozone generator
  • Tesla compressor
  • X-rays Tubes using the Bremsstrahlung process
  • Devices for ionized gases and “Hot Saint Elmo’s Fire“.[44]
  • Devices for high field emission
  • Devices for charged particle beams
  • Phantom streaming devices[45]
  • Arc light systems
  • Methods for providing extremely low level of resistance to the passage of electrical current (predecessor to superconductivity)
  • Voltage multiplication circuitry
  • Devices for high voltage discharges
  • Devices for lightning protection
  • VTOL aircraft
  • Dynamic theory of gravity
  • Concepts for electric vehicles

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Space photo of the day: June 28. Summer Solstice 2004

Since we just past the summer Solstice, I thought this might be appropriate. The following is the image and writeup from

The Sun at SolsticeSOHO image of the Sun

The Sun has reached its northernmost point in planet Earth’s sky marking a season change and the first solstice of the year 2004. We celebrate the arrival of summer with this false-color composite of three images from the space-based Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO), a mission of international cooperation between NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA).

All three images are made in extreme ultraviolet light, but each individual image highlights a different temperature range in the upper solar atmosphere: Red at 2 million, green at 1.5 million, and blue at 1 million degrees Celsius (3.6 million, 2.7 million, and 1.8 million degrees Fahrenheit). The combined image shows bright active regions strewn across the solar disk, which would otherwise appear as dark groups of sunspots in visible light images.

SOHO’s spectacular images are also featured in the cover article from this month’s National Geographic magazine.

Image From Astronomy Picture of the Day, Credit: NASA/ESA

Musician of the day – June 29. Anne-Sophie Mutter

Anne-Sophie Mutter plays Brahms’ Violin Sonata


Just watch.

Dare to Make Mistakes . . . (via Spirit Lights The Way)

I especially like the part – Oh, I’ve had my moments,
And if I had it to do over again,
I’d have more of them.
In fact, I’d try to have nothing else.

Dare to Make Mistakes . . . IF I HAD MY LIFE TO LIVE OVER ~ attributed to Nadine Stair (at age 85) I'd dare to make more mistakes next time.   I'd relax, I would limber up. I would be sillier than I have been this trip.   I would take fewer things seriously.     I would take more chances. I would climb more mountains and swim more rivers.   I would eat more ice cream and less beans.   I would perhaps have more actual troubles,     but I'd have fewer imaginary ones. You see, … Read More

via Spirit Lights The Way

Space photo of the day. NASA says it’s a nebula, but it looks like a Klingon D7-class battlecruiser to me.

NASA says it’s a nebula, but it looks like a Klingon D7-class battlecruiser to me. :-]

 A Matter of Perspective

Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA

A Matter of Perspective

The Seagull nebula, seen in this infrared mosaic from NASA’s Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE, draws its common name from it resemblance to a gull in flight. But it depends on your point of view. When the image is rotated 180 degrees it bears a passing resemblance to a galloping lizard — or perhaps a dragon or a dinosaur. The image spans an area about seven times as wide as the full moon, and three times as high (3.55 by 1.37 degrees), straddling the border between the constellations Monoceros and Canis Major (the Big Dog). So you might say this lizard is running with the Big Dog, while the gull is flying from it.

Astronomers catalog the nebula as IC 2177. This cosmic cloud is one of many sites of star formation within the Milky Way galaxy. It is located 3,800 light-years away from Earth, inside the Orion spur — the same partial spiral arm of the Milky Way where our solar system is located. The nebula is nearly 240 light-years across.

WISE is an all-sky survey, snapping pictures of the whole sky — from asteroids to stars to powerful, distant galaxies.





The D7-class battlecruiser was designed by Matt Jefferies to mimic the predatory nature of a manta ray. The vessel's basic configuration was used for all subsequent Klingon ships.

Composer born today – June 28. Richard Rodgers

Since I will be playing in Oklahoma! with the San Benito Stage Company next month (July 2010) I thought of this guy.  I have also played his South Pacific with this group, The Sound of Music and Oklahoma! before with other groups. (See My Music page for orchestras I have played with.)


Richard Rodgers

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Background information

Birth name: Richard Charles Rodgers

Born: 28 June 1902(1902-06-28) New York City, New York, USA

Died: December 30, 1979 (aged 77)  New York City, New York, USA

Genres: Musical theatre

Occupations: Composer, songwriter, playwright

Richard Charles Rodgers was an American composer of music for more than 900 songs and for 43 Broadway musicals. He also composed music for films and television. He is best known for his songwriting partnerships with the lyricists Lorenz Hart and Oscar Hammerstein II.

Rodgers is one of only two persons to have won an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar, and a Tony (known collectively as an EGOT), and a Pulitzer Prize (Marvin Hamlisch is the other).

Hart as lyricist

* One Minute Please

* Fly with Me (1920)

* Poor Little Ritz Girl (1920)

* The Melody Man (1924)

* The Garrick Gaieties (1925–26)

* Dearest Enemy (1925)

* The Girl Friend (1926)

* Peggy-Ann (1926)

* Betsy (1926)

* A Connecticut Yankee (1927)

* She’s My Baby (1928)

* Present Arms (1928)

* Chee-Chee (1928)

* Spring Is Here (1929)

* Heads Up! (1929)

* Ever Green (1930)

* Simple Simon (1930)

* America’s Sweetheart (1931)

* Love Me Tonight (1932)

* Jumbo (1935)

* On Your Toes (1936)

* Babes in Arms (1937)

* I’d Rather Be Right (1937)

* I Married an Angel (1938)

* The Boys from Syracuse (1938)

* Too Many Girls (1939)

* Higher and Higher (1940)

* Pal Joey (1940–41)

* By Jupiter (1942)

* Rodgers & Hart (1975), Rodgers and Hart revue musical


Hammerstein as lyricist

* Oklahoma! (1943)

* Carousel (1945)

* State Fair (1945) (film)

* Allegro (1947)

* South Pacific (1949)

* The King and I (1951)

* Me and Juliet (1953)

* Pipe Dream (1955)

* Cinderella (1957)

* Flower Drum Song (1958)

* The Sound of Music (1959)

* A Grand Night for Singing (1993), Rodgers and Hammerstein revue musical

* State Fair (1996) (musical)


Other lyricists and solo works

* Victory at Sea (1952) (Robert Russell Bennett)

* No Strings (1962) (lyrics by Rodgers)

* Do I Hear a Waltz? (1965) (Stephen Sondheim)

* Two by Two (1970) (Martin Charnin)

* Rex (1976) (Sheldon Harnick)

* I Remember Mama (1979) (Martin Charnin/Raymond Jessel)


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Anyone have experience with PODs for artists and photographers

Repost of this blog entry. Any experience with any of these? Or with producing/reproducing art/photography – prints, souvenir  type artifacts – cups/mugs, t-shirts-canvas bags, etc., and so forth.  Looking for places to upload designs and/or have customers purchase. Especially looking for the place that will give the biggest commission or least cost to the artist.

Also interested in finding wholesale level producers both online and local, although I would rather not have to warehouse much.

Or…  any advice in general on trying to sell art/photography, both original and copies, etc. .

Also adding

Fine Art America - Buy Art and Sell Art Online



to the list.



Does anyone out there had any experience (or know anyone who knows anyone who has) with the following PODs for artists/photographers?