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Old 2018-06-21, 15:55   #56
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Your pictures of the Duomo clearly show that Italian architects like to put triangles over windows and doors.
Even if they are designing a church organ, they immediately put a triangle above the pipes!
Didn't notice that, but indeed! Those triangles are everywhere!

Let's see...

Though not [I]the[/I] fancy doors that are in the Sistine Chapel, these are the doors to the Baptistery of Saint John.
Wow I'm dumb; these are Ghiberti's famous Gates of Paradise! Which are on the east side of the Baptistery.

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One of the entrances to Il Duomo

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Random panorama of the less cool part of the Roman Forum. The more cooler part is in the background, to the right.

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Old 2018-06-26, 02:15   #57
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Just got back from a weekend in Wytheville, Virginia. No pictures yet, but a couple noteworthy ones. We went to Beagle Ridge, a(n?) herb farm with butterflies and lavender; picked a gallon of blueberries at Henley Mountain Blueberry Farm; went to Big Walker Lookout for some scenery; and spent some time in the city park eating some really good cheesesteak subs.

Wytheville's namesake is George Wythe, Thomas Jefferson's mentor and a signer (signatory?) of the Declaration of Independence. Lots of neat historical landmarks, and the landscape is beautiful. Nothing but trees and rolling hills for miles
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Old 2018-06-26, 07:36   #58
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...went to Big Walker Lookout for some scenery...
I've heard you can see several states at once from the observation tower there.
It sounds cool!

We have a similar tower at the "Drielandenpunt", which is the point where the borders of the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany all meet.
It's at the highest point in the Netherlands (Vaalserberg) which is a great example in calculus lessons!
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Old 2018-06-26, 13:58   #59
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We have a similar tower at the "Drielandenpunt", which is the point where the borders of the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany all meet.
It's at the highest point in the Netherlands (Vaalserberg) which is a great example in calculus lessons!
I kinda expected a bit more than 1,000 feet! Big Walker Lookout was about 3500 feet, so the view was neat. Good pictures on the way!

Also, what do you mean with calculus? I haven't studied it yet but I'm sure I can understand some basic concepts...
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Old 2018-06-26, 19:41   #60
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Here's a picture from Beagle Ridge, in their butterfly enclosure.

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They have agreements with other butterfly farms around the US to help in the Monarchs' migration. Though a lot of them return to within 10 miles of their starting point, some are unable to go past the Southern states, like Texas. From there the local farms will distribute the butterflies back out to the rest of the country.
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Old 2018-06-27, 10:24   #61
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Here's a picture from Beagle Ridge, in their butterfly enclosure.
Wow - that's a great photo!

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Also, what do you mean with calculus? I haven't studied it yet but I'm sure I can understand some basic concepts...
That's a big question! Fortunately, Professor Tom Körner of Cambridge University (in the UK) has written a good book on it specially for people of your age:
Calculus for the Ambitious

The first 10 pages are available for free from the publisher as a teaser:
http://assets.cambridge.org/97811070...21_excerpt.pdf
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Old 2018-06-27, 21:49   #62
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Calculus for the Ambitious

The first 10 pages are available for free from the publisher as a teaser:
http://assets.cambridge.org/97811070...21_excerpt.pdf
Oh, I think I'll try learning that in school, but I'll take a look at it for future reference

Here's a butterfly on a stalk of lavender, no clue what species. They had a ton of lavender at Beagle Ridge, looked neat

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More butterflies! Don't know what the first one was.

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More random pictures, still from the butterfly enclosure. Just plants and flowers:

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Here's a couple of shots from Big Walker Lookout, at ~3500 feet (~1050 meters):

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These are from the end of our visit to Beagle Ridge. They told us they had a little pond in the local woods, so we figured we'd drop by and check it out. It turned out to be a 15 minute walk on a barely-defined path, and it was more like a small lake. Neat, and there were some neat plants on the way.

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