Daily Archives: May 20, 2012

Some very fragrant flowers, which I don’t know the name – Do you Know It?

Some very fragrant flowers, which I don't know the name - Do you Know It?

Some very fragrant flowers, which I don’t know the name – Do you Know It?

After searching a bit I found out what they are:  Matilija Poppy (Romneya coulteri) 

up and Down on San Gabriel Bike trail

The trail has been resurfaced and it is a wonderful ride. Today I did the upper part: From Liberty Park in Cerritos (mile 8.5)to the end of the trail in (mile 39.5) and (of course) back, for a 60 miles trip (quite a ride) 12.9 miles/hour, average.

West Fork Bike Trail San Gabriel Mountain

Re-Introducing San Gabriel Mountains Regional Conservancy

Today’s Birthday: JAMES MAITLAND “JIMMY” STEWART (1908)

James Maitland “Jimmy” Stewart (1908)

Stewart was an American actor recognized for his self-effacing screen persona. His slow, halting line delivery initially made him difficult to cast, but his idealistic characters in films such as Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939) soon endeared him to audiences, and he won an Oscar in 1940. His role as the quintessential small-town man helped make It’s a Wonderful Life (1946) a Christmas classic. What mysterious Nepalese artifact did Stewart allegedly smuggle out of India? More… Discuss

Cover of

Cover of Mr. Smith Goes to Washington


Cartographer Abraham Ortelius Issues the First Modern Atlas (1570)

Prior to 1570, maps were often unreliable, illegible, and unwieldy. When Ortelius published his Theatrum orbis terrarium, it was the first comprehensive, easy-to-use, and fairly up-to-date collection of world maps. It drew from the works of 87 cartographers, all of whom were credited. Demand was immediate and persisted for decades, during which time dozens of editions were published in several languages. In addition to practical contemporary maps, Ortelius published what? More… Discuss