hella-space:

Saturn’s moon Enceladus. 
(photo courtesy of Cassini Imaging Team, SSI, JPL, ESA, NASA)

hella-space:

Saturn’s moon Enceladus. 

(photo courtesy of Cassini Imaging Team, SSI, JPL, ESA, NASA)

nubbsgalore:

the wwf’s living planet report 2014, which discovered that we’ve lost half of all the world’s wildlife in the past fourty years, showed more specifically that the population of common dormice dropped by 43 percent between 1993 and 2010.

not only are dormice vulnerable to habitat loss, but they’re hesitant to cross open fields, and the grubbing out of hedgerows in recent decades has removed the wildlife corridors between woods that has allowed the dormice to move more freely to new habitat.  

dormice have very specialized diets of berries and nuts, and with less habitat they are unable to seek out enough food to fatten up before their six month hibernation (which was featured in these two posts). 

photos by (click pic) andrea zampatti, richard austin xmiroslav hlávkobengt lundberg, david kjaer and ingo ardnt

Justify yourself Brandoch, justify this ridiculous statement: 

The answer to all of that is that everything you see until about the middle of september is determined by what happened at the world cup.

Right, so all of the first bit of the season will be determined by the world cup. I won’t make this the whole article but lets point out a few cases. 

1. Angel Di Maria is at manchester united. Why is he at Manchester, particularly when he publicly stated he wanted to stay at Madrid? Well, someone in the front office of Madrid thought that it was a good idea to send a letter to Di Maria while he was on the treatment table the DAY OF THE WORLD CUP FINAL, asking him not to play in the game because he might stress his leg injury for the season with Madrid. Seriously, I’m not making that up. And so Angel says, no way, I’m leaving for a new team. And so he arrives at Louis van Gaal’s call, and instantly throws the Manchester united lineup into disarray. 

2. Players with quiet cups excel against their more successful colleagues. Cristiano Ronaldo is an aberrant, because he is nearly always divine, but 10 goals in 5 league games is a tremendous return in comparison to one good cross against the united states. Gareth Bale, who played no world cup, supports Madrid’s Achilles to phenomenal effect. Wayne Rooney,though England’s best player at the cup, still got the chance to have a holiday in comparison to many of his other United colleagues, and as such was United’s best player until his petulant swipe at Stewart Downing. Chelsea though is the best example, who cashed out on two players who did not have good cups: Diego Costa and Cesc Fabregas, who have clearly been the best two players in the Premier league thus far.

3. Tiredness still rules. The big teams generally do one of two things: 1) buy a bunch of new players who did well at the cup or 2) start slow until their tired stars get their acts together. Manchester United are type 1) (angel di maria, daley blind, and marcos rojo), shoot, and also type 2).

Okay, but what is really going on right now? Its the time of the cycle when the biggest teams are still struggling to get their legs right after the tournament. Smaller teams like Southampton, Swansea City, and (sorry villians) Aston Villa have put together a lot of hard work throughout pre-season and have produced collective efforts that have proved themselves successful against higher caliber opponents (swansea v Machester united/everton, southampton v. Arsenal, Villa v. Liverpool, and actually even though they don’t have lots of points Leicester city). It also means that when you pick games to watch, I’d suggest games with the mid-level teams (talent wise, not position so far) because they are going to be more exciting affairs. 

Also, there is a distinct Dutch air about the management in England so far. Contrast the fortunes of Louis van Gaal with Ronald Koeman, both who play the old dutch styles, but one which is seemingly to have a galvanizing effect and one which confuses outsiders. Brendan Rogers also gives off the air and tactical information reminiscent of dutch coaching manuals, but he so far hasn’t got the goals that he needs. It will probably come. His midfield is very dutch in style. 

So in summary: Titles and games will not be won in the midfield this season, so its goals and clean sheets that really matter. Chelsea are going to be very hard to beat, with the best attack and the best defense, but a little uninspiring (but solid) in midfield. Manuel Pellegrini is going to have a tough season since Yaya Toure is seeming to lose it, particularly in europe. A shout out to the marvelous Francesco Totti who scored a wonderful goal tonight against the citizens. What a player!

nevver:

Drinking is bad, feelings are worse.

nevver:

Drinking is bad, feelings are worse.

Becks is sitting next to Jay-Z and Beyoncé at the PSG v Barca game in Paris right now. Wonder how much Jay-Z and Beyoncé know about the game?

theeconomist:

Comparing protests: A look at the sizes of recent street demonstrations

theeconomist:

Comparing protests: A look at the sizes of recent street demonstrations

inevitablerecursion and I were just at the hardware store (obviously) and a contractor was really unhappy that they didn’t carry African mahogany, so he was swearing a bit about it. One of the cashiers was like, “Jim we don’t care if you swear, but the others (gestures at us) might.”
The contract looks us up and down as says, “what, you think the hipsters haven’t heard swear words before?”

mapsontheweb:

Global Top 20 Top Destination Cities by International Overnight Visitors
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foodimentary:

September 30 is National Mulled Cider Day
Here are today’s five thing to know about Cider :
The cider industry uses 45% of all apples grown in the UK.
The UK cider industry grew nearly 200,000 tonnes of cider apples in 2010; Bulmers alone has 10,000 acres of cider apple orchards under its control.
There are more than 300 varieties of cider apple grown in the UK - all with the sole purpose of making cider.
Varieties include Foxwhelp, Brown Snout, Ball’s Bittersweet, Kingston Black, Merrylegs and Slack-ma-Girdle.
Cider apples are different from dessert apples in that they contain tannin, which is also found in coffee and red wine. It gives the cider a full-bodied flavour and drying of the mouth (astringency).
Today’s Pinterest Board : Foodimentary

foodimentary:

September 30 is National Mulled Cider Day

Here are today’s five thing to know about Cider :

  1. The cider industry uses 45% of all apples grown in the UK.
  2. The UK cider industry grew nearly 200,000 tonnes of cider apples in 2010; Bulmers alone has 10,000 acres of cider apple orchards under its control.
  3. There are more than 300 varieties of cider apple grown in the UK - all with the sole purpose of making cider.
  4. Varieties include Foxwhelp, Brown Snout, Ball’s Bittersweet, Kingston Black, Merrylegs and Slack-ma-Girdle.
  5. Cider apples are different from dessert apples in that they contain tannin, which is also found in coffee and red wine. It gives the cider a full-bodied flavour and drying of the mouth (astringency).

Today’s Pinterest Board : Foodimentary