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Son of Groucho

Son of Groucho

Scottish people mechanic and photography fanatic.
The science behind the extraordinary vision of owls | MNN - Mother Nature Network - http://www.mnn.com/earth-m...
The science behind the extraordinary vision of owls | MNN - Mother Nature Network
"My, what amazing eyes you have! Owls are famous for their vision. With their ability to spot and capture tiny prey even on the darkest nights, it's no wonder that we're curious how they do it. Well, for starters, they don't have round eyeballs like us. Instead, they're elongated and held in place by "sclerotic rings," a bony structure in the skull. Owls do have binocular vision similar to humans, since they eyes are forward-facing, giving them (and us) a great ability to judge height, weight and distance. However while humans have a 180-degree field of view with about 140 degrees of it being binocular, owls only have a 110-degree field of view with about 70 degrees of binocular vision. What they lack in binocular vision they make up for in their legendary night vision and farsightedness. Owls.org writes, "The tubular shape also gives a comparatively large retina size that is packed full of light sensitive rods... The phenomenal light gathering properties of the owl's eye is further... more... - Son of Groucho from Bookmarklet
Hoping the Scottish people make the right decision today. Unfortunately, I'm not sure what the right decision is! Wish us luck!
Good luck! Sealbh math dhuit! - Spidra Webster
Good Luck ... - Sepi ⌘ سپی
Lykke til! - Jenny H. from Android
Whatever happens, this has been a perfect execution of democracy in the raw. I think we can be proud of that. - Son of Groucho from iPhone
Tomorrow you'll wake up a Nordic man :) - Eivind
Good luck! - Brent Schaus from FFHound!
I hope the result works out for the best. - John (bird whisperer)
Best of luck, whatever the path you take! - Jennifer Dittrich
Many thanks for the comments! Scotland has rejected indepence for now but the referendum has enabled vocalisation of deep dissastisfaction with the UK's political system that exists far beyond Scotland. Look out Westminster: the Facebook generation of the UK is coming to get you! - Son of Groucho from iPhone
Will you miss Alex? - Halil
I will, actually! I've never been a Scottish Nationalist and I can understand why some found him irritating but he has put a huge effort into the Yes Campaign. I think he is an intelligent man with principles: qualities I see in practically no Westminster politician of any party, sadly. - Son of Groucho from iPhone
First Cenote 1
First Cenote 2
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From http://www.lonelyplanet.com/mexico... Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula has undeniably stunning beaches around Cancún, Playa Del Carmen and Tulum. But those who wish to cool off from the sun and teeny-bikini flashiness can escape to a secret underworld of turquoise pools where Mayans communicated with the gods. At these hidden locations, you can swim in crisp mineral-rich waters in magical caves or under a jungle-framed sky and feel lost in another time. Cenotes are natural swimming holes formed by the collapse of porous limestone bedrock, which has revealed a secret subterranean world of groundwater pools. Most cave cenotes have fresh water that has been meticulously filtered by the earth, making them so clear and pure that you can see straight through to small fish frolicking in the plant life below. Open-air cenotes also have clear water, and often are home to vitamin- and mineral-rich algae that nourish and... more... - Son of Groucho
Las Monjas Complex 3
Chichen Itza 7
Meanwhile, Back at the Ball Court...
Human Sacrifice
Farewell to Chichen Itza
From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki...: The Mesoamerican ballgame or Ōllamaliztli in Nahuatl (Nahuatl pronunciation: /oːlːamaˈlistɬi/) was a sport with ritual associations played since 1,400 B.C.[1] by the pre-Columbian peoples of Ancient Mexico and Central America. The sport had different versions in different places during the millennia, and a newer more modern version of the game, ulama, is still played in a few places by the indigenous population.[2] The rules of Ōllamaliztli are not known, but judging from its descendant, ulama, they were probably similar to racquetball,[3] where the aim is to keep the ball in play. The stone ballcourt goals are a late addition to the game. In the most widespread version of the game, the players struck the ball with their hips, although some versions allowed the use of forearms, rackets, bats, or handstones. The ball was made of solid rubber and weighed as much as 4 kg (9 lbs), and sizes differed greatly over time or according to... more... - Son of Groucho
Fourth picture shows human sacrifice in connection with the ballgame at Chichen Itza. - Son of Groucho
Chichen Itza 5
Temple of a Thousand Warriors 1
Temple of a Thousand Warriors 2
Temple of a Thousand Warriors 3
Kakulkan 3
El Castillo 1
Ballpark Figure
Chichen Itza 1
Chichen Itza 2
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From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki...: Chichen Itza (/tʃiːˈtʃɛn iːˈtsɑː/,[1] Spanish: Chichén Itzá [tʃiˈtʃen iˈtsa], from Yucatec Maya: Chi'ch'èen Ìitsha' [tɕʰɨɪʼtɕʼeːn˧˩ iː˧˩tsʰaʲ];[2] "at the mouth of the well of the Itza") was a large pre-Columbian city built by the Maya people of the Terminal Classic. The archaeological site is located in the municipality of Tinum, in the Mexican state of Yucatán.[3] Chichen Itza was a major focal point in the Northern Maya Lowlands from the Late Classic (c. AD 600–900) through the Terminal Classic (c. AD 800–900) and into the early portion of the Postclassic period (c. AD 900–1200). The site exhibits a multitude of architectural styles, reminiscent of styles seen in central Mexico and of the Puuc and Chenes styles of the Northern Mayallowlands. The presence of central Mexican styles was once thought to have been representative of direct migration or even conquest from central Mexico, but most contemporary interpretations view the... more... - Son of Groucho
Fantastic photos! Thanks for sharing these. :) - Jenny H.
Thanks! More to come! - Son of Groucho from iPhone
Had a problem with our telephone line that was fixed almost 2 days ago. We were told the broadband could take 3 days to get back to normal! I thought they were kidding, but connection is still pretty awful: can't stream videos at all, for example. Anyone know why this is?
Sadly, no. :( - Jenny H. from Android
Connection seems almost normal now. - Son of Groucho
Problems with our broadband: really irritating!
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