Sorry this blog has been so quiet. News has been slow and the last three days I've been addicted to playing Civilization V. I'm new to the game and it's fun when snow or iced in (though Boston hasn't been too bad). In Focus has more images of Icy Days and Nights. "The first week of 2014 has brought frigid conditions to much of the Northern Hemisphere, including a phenomenon called a polar vortex, which pulled Arctic weather deep into Canada and the U.S. In Harbin, China, the chilly temperatures have one advantage: They come at a perfect time for the annual Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival. Collected here are recent images of the frozen north. [34 photos]"