The "deepest coral reef in the United States" is being reported by the United States Geological Survey (USGS). This find is noteworthy because it "appears to be thriving on 1-2% (5-30 microEinsteins/1m2/sec) of the available surface light (PAR) and about 5% of the light typically available to shallow-water reefs". The coral has adapted to it's environment, growing horizontally instead of vertically to maximize it's light-collecting surface area. While "hazardous to shipping" to part of the maritime definition, concludes that "Nevertheless, from the scientific perspective of a structure built from hermatypic corals, southern Pulley Ridge may well be the deepest coral reef in the United States."
I'm flying to Hong Kong tonight. I'm excited. Expect fewer posts the 7 days I'm away.
I've been asking around for Hong Kong advice lately, as I'll be spending the next two weekends there (working during the week). One of the more interesting things I've found is the concept of Home Kitchens, or "speakeasy" restaurants.
...the intimate eating places that have sprung up in people's homes and have become, for locals and those in the know, some of the best places to eat on the island. The speakeasies started several years ago when some Hong Kongese, gastronomes and cooks with limited means, decided to set up one or two tables in their sitting rooms and offer a fixed-price, multicourse menu of distinctive home-style dishes.
This New York Times article describes and recommends, and has some great photos.
Mouth watering already...
Hillman on Canal Street - A Certain Type of Penetration
I was in NYC over the Fourth of July weekend. Hopping off the from-Brooklyn subway, I popped onto Canal Street looking for some mix tapes. They have all the bootleg software booths too, and as I paused to look at one at one of the displays, I saw my coworkers face staring back at me for a book cover.
I guess that when your book makes it to the carts on Canal Street you've penetrated pop culture to a special degree.
Plans for Italy
After going to the CHI Conference in Vienna in a few weeks, Aimee and I will be extending our trip a week, spending the time in Italy. The plan is to spend a few days in Florence, a night in the Tuscany countryside, and then 3 days in rome.
To keep it in one place, I've posted all the relevant information below:
Anybody have suggestions or input? Would love to learn even more local and must-see things to do.
(btw, I have a wonderful partner-in-crime who compiled this great plan and thorough research!)