Windows 7 Themes: Escape to the Seaside

Windows 7 has two new themes for all of you who need a little bit of seaside relaxation. Surfing and Sailing!

The surfing theme puts you right in the tubes, feeling the roar of the waves and seeing the sun sparkling through the water. Awesome dude!

The sailing theme puts you on deck for a virtual voyage from Boracay in the South Pacific to Bar Harbor, Maine, with stopovers in ports of call such as Antigua, Sardinia, and the Maldives. Ah hoy matey!

And these bonus themes are a bit different than others that have been released.  They finally added a sound (seashore) theme to go along with it.  How cool is that? Seagulls, splashes, waves, and water-drops, a distant foghorn  – now signal key events in Windows, from the arrival of a new email to the emptying of the Recycle Bin.

Once they start adding screensavers to the themes, it will be just like “real” themes from yesterdays.

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Discover the cosmos! Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer.

NGC 6914 Nebulae

Walking Through a Seaside Village

Hawaii Wallpaper

These pictures are just too pretty not to mention. See for yourself and snag what you like for your new desktop background.

Thanks How-To Geek!

What’s in Season? – Eat Local

Snagged an avocado the other day for my sandwich. When I went to use it, the avocado turned a spotty brown inside. Eewww! I should have known that avo’s aren’t in season… locally. Duh!

Well, what is in season? I like the idea of eating seasonal produce grown locally, but haven’t a clue (‘cept in the summer) as to what’s in season. has this easy search tool to find out what you can eat local in your neighborhood. There are maps to nearby farmers’ markets which also includes directions by car, bike, walking and public transit. Cool!

Seasonal Chef website provides buying and using produce from farmers markets, farmers market reports, harvest calendars and a comprehensive directory of farmers markets.

Harvest seasons don’t run quite like clockwork. Changes in the weather each year, for instance, can move harvest dates up or set them back by weeks.

So it is a good idea to find a local farmers market association website so you really know what’s really local, fresh and in season.