Sunday, June 10, 2012

Sunday, fossils, Kali Gandaki and ballet

Funny take on the Diamond Jubilee

DJ Ear Worm's Summer 2012 dancetune mashup of pop songs via Metafilter:
Fly (Capital FM Summertime Ball Mashup)
  • Carly Rae Jepsen – Call Me Maybe
  • Cheryl Cole – Call My Name
  • Coldplay – Charlie Brown
  • Coldplay – Paradise
  • Conor Maynard – Can’t Say No
  • Cover Drive – Sparks
  • Cover Drive – Twilight
  • DJ Fresh feat. Dizzee Rascal – The Power
  • Ed Sheeran – The A-Team
  • Example – Stay Awake
  • Flo Rida feat. Sia – Wild Ones
  • Flo Rida – Whistle
  • Jessie J – Domino
  • Jessie J – Laserlight
  • Justin Bieber – Boyfriend
  • Katy Perry – Part of Me
  • Katy Perry – The One That Got Away
  • Kelly Clarkson – Dark Side
  • Lawson – When She Was Mine
  • Pitbull Feat. Chris Brown – International Love
  • Rita Ora – R.I.P.
  • DJ Fresh feat. Rita Ora – Hot Right Now
  • Usher – Scream
  • The Wanted – Chasing the Sun

I prefer his last year's mashup of pop songs: World Go Boom

Sounds like an interesting book

Places to know about. The Kali Gandaki River in Nepal

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High way .... a suspension footbridge above the Kali Gandaki river.
High way .... a suspension footbridge above the Kali Gandaki river. Photo: AFP
View of the Kali Gandaki River at Kagbeni
Author: Arne Hückelheim (Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported)

What I ate in Nepal.

Once upon a time, when the subcontinent of India broke away from what is now the continent of Africa, it crashed, 10 million years ago, into what is now China and the Himalayan mountains were created. What was once under the sea, full of coral and sea creatures, was thrust up. 
From this site about plate tectonics
As a result there are fossils of sea creatures way up in the Himalayan mountains. 
There are Ammonites and other sea fossils found in the Himalayas that are worshiped by the locals as symbols of the god of life, Vishnu. There are a few names these fossils are given by locals, one name is Shaligram, another name is sila.

Here are some examples of ancient fossils from the sea, now found high up in the Himalayan Mountains, in the river bed and around the beautiful Kali Gandaki River. There are various websites that sell these stones, such as this one or this.

The fossils are typically of black volcanic lava around the ammonite

Here are the typical sea creatures that became fossils near the Kali Gandaki river

When these fossils are kept as holy objects by the locals in Nepal, they are usually adorned with leaves or a sprig of the plant associated with Vishnu, called holy basil, tulsi.

this is a tulsi plant
One of my favorite old time, sad Bollywood songs, Mehn Tulsi Tere Aangan Ki (my tulsi plant in your garden. Classic Bollywood story.)

The feet of a ballet dancer

Ballet: A Beautiful Strength

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