Remember, remember the Fifth of May: Cinco de Mayo is not the Mexican Independence Day as some erroneously believe (that would be Sept.16th). It celebrates the unlikely victory against French intervention in the Battle of Puebla (May 5, 1862), impacting the American Civil War. History buffs may read more here:

La Bamba is a Mexican folk song originating in Veracruz. It combines elements of Spanish, indigenous and African music. Ritchie Valen’s version ranks in Rolling Stone magazine’s list of 500 greatest songs, and is the only song not sung in English. The Real Ritchie Valens – La Bamba

La Bloomba is a time lapse of the openings of hundreds of flowers “choreographed” to La Bamba. It won first prize in the ChloroFilms competition. Film maker Kris Holmes says, “Every single flower and plant in this film was grown by me, in my own garden. I shot all of the original video myself, no stock footage was used. I designed the font used in the titles. This film was my MFA Thesis film for UCLA Film School”. Did you know that Kris Holmes is co-creator of the Lucinda Font?

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  1. Thanks for the link, Rajini Rao …

  2. Rajini Rao says:

    To the NYT article? You’re welcome, William McGarvey . It was a good read.

  3. Rajini Rao says:

    Feisal Kamil go get your beauty Zzz’s. We want you blooming like these flowers. 🙂

  4. Chad Haney says:

    Goodnight Feisal.

  5. Rajini Rao I ‘ve tried to keep current with the Times’ series, so I appreciate the cue. Now, as to the butchered rendition of La Bamba, sheesh… nice visuals, though.

  6. Rajini Rao says:

    Haha, yes..I wish she had chosen a better version too.

  7. Rajini Rao says:

    Here’s a funny graph on what Americans think Cinco de Mayo is:

  8. Jim Carver says:

    The Mexicans next door know what it is…it’s the day they invented beer and polka music! 🙂

  9. Menarche-to-menopause Monkee business, colour it Pink, Riigor Mortis Rock, and now blossoming la bamba. Not today, please. May 5 is my birthday, Madame Scientist.

  10. Rajini Rao says:

    It’s Monarchs not Menarche that feature in my posts, and you are hardly privy to Madame Scientist’s inner harmonics. If you wish me to wish you felicitations, John Condliffe , you’ve got to try to be a wee bit nicer than that 🙂

  11. Unlike the fawning sycophants hovering out there. I am not a vulture.

    I will never find the inner harmonics if I do not – occasionally – lock horns

  12. Jim Carver says:

    Rajini Rao Must be the moon today, a? 🙂 And the meteor showers also, everyone is goin’ looney….hehe, haha…see I’m not nice, I’m just crazy as usual.

  13. John Condliffe Ew, ouch. Such warmth, John…

  14. Rajini Rao says:

    Thanks for the demo of that famous Canadian a, Jim Carver . A former student just visited from Montreal and we were joking about it. Fawns are fine, as long as they don’t turn into werewolves with the full moon. Besides, John Condliffe is an old sparring partner. Certainly not a vulture. Perhaps an Angry Bird? (

  15. Chad Haney says:

    Is there something funny in the Kool Aid?

  16. Rajini Rao says:

    LOL, must be the bad La Bamba. My Bad. This happened once before when I posted a Symphony of Science with particularly annoying autotunes. My G+ friends let me know in no uncertain terms what they thought of it 😀

  17. Rajini Rao says:

    Jim Carver , not sure why I supposed you were Canadian. Or at least the northern US. Did I get that wrong?

  18. Rich Pollett says:

    We could share a corona for Cinco De Mayo, the moon is large for the holiday, Too bad they don’t seem too occur at the same time. I did enjoy the post very nice. 🙂

  19. Rajini Rao says:

    Wow, two very nice images of our celestial overseers, Rich Pollett to keep all else in perspective. Thanks so much!

  20. Jim Carver says:

    Rajini Rao Lived most of my time in Colorado and that’s kinda like Canada in a way. They even speak with a similar accent, the mountain people anyway…in the big city they sound more Mid-western. So I’m a hybrid between Texas and Colorado, but I’ve been all over. You can often see me inspecting the road cut along any highway. 🙂 But I make my home now in the hills of North Texas.

  21. Rajini Rao says:

    This is all good for the beer lovers. Now, if only there was a choice of wine for tonight…

  22. Chad Haney says:

    Jim Carver are you being facetious? I don’t know of many good French beers.

  23. Rajini Rao says:

    Speaking of which, I had the most amazing Belgian beers yesterday. We had a lab warming party for a new faculty (of Belgian origin) and he brought with him quite a collection 🙂

  24. Chad Haney says:

    Rajini Rao IMHO, Belgian beer/ale are like wine, if you pair them with the right food they are out of this world. If you drink them on their own or pair them with the wrong food, it’s hit and miss. What say you Glenn Marsboom ?

  25. Rajini Rao says:

    Er..I did have mine with cake (does it count that it has spiders on it..the guy uses spider toxins to block sodium channels). I have a feeling your friend will disapprove 🙂

  26. Chad Haney says:

    Glenn Marsboom is too nice besides I bet he’ll think it’s cool to have spider toxin at work. Too bad he doesn’t really pay attention to G+. Let me see what my other beer friends know about spider toxins in beer.

  27. Chad Haney says:

    Wait, are you saying that the guy who brought the beer uses spider toxin and the beer happened to have a spider on the label? I think I just got that all mixed up .

  28. Rajini Rao says:

    Blame it on the moon. I was rambling on Koen De Paus ‘s post just now. Lost it. Yes, the guy who brought the beer uses spider toxin. The cake was purchased by moi and I had spiders put on it by a pimply faced youth at my local bakery. The beer may have had spiders involved, but events are too hazy to recall 😛

  29. Chad Haney says:

    Sounds like a good time Rajini. My wife is making strawberry/rhubarb pie which might have some science to it tomorrow.

  30. Rajini Rao says:

    Lucky you! Do tell us how it turns out, Chad Haney . BTW, I’m co-curating ScienceSunday now, so one more person to spread the goodness around.

  31. Jim Carver says:

    Chad Haney Not sure about the Meteor, I think I had it one time and it was ok. I drink usually Shiner and they have several styles to fit your mood…all of them have good character except for possibly the light blonde. The Bock mostly rules.

  32. Chad Haney says:

    Rajini Rao co-curating just tomorrow; just in the morning like last time? I finished the videos for the Eye of Horus I’ve been “advertising” for ScienceSunday.

  33. Rajini Rao says:

    No, co-curating for good (as opposed to bad 😉 Have you seen the moon shots I’ve been pushing out? Is your post ready or should I share it tomorrow?

    Practically speaking, I’m most active in the morning. Allison and Robby will take over later in the day.

  34. Chad Haney says:

    My post(s?) will be ready tomorrow morning. I’m still at work. So I’m watching notifications but not actively browsing G+ :(.

  35. Rajini Rao says:

    Sure, no problem, Chad Haney . Most days, I do the same. No Kool Aid served here 😉

  36. amazing some more videos on this..

    thank u..

  37. Thank you Rajini Rao for the historical informations and for the video. I like time-lapse videos like this. One of my favorites is …

  38. Rajini Rao says:

    Beautiful, Sakis Koukouvis . I never tire of flowers.

  39. Tom Lee says:

    Flowers dance to the tune of La Bamba…very amusing. Where is Richie Valen?

  40. Rajini Rao says:

    Ritchie Valen link is in my post, Tom Lee .

  41. Tom Lee says:

    Hah! Missed that. Now I see it. You covered everything without a crack , didn’t you.:) nice post.

  42. Rajini Rao says:

    Glad you enjoyed it, Gilberto Sanchez Ortiz !

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