The feeling of what happens when introduced to science

Sagredo:  My brain already reels.  My mind, like a cloud momentarily illuminated  by a lightning-flash, is for an instant filled with an unusual light, which now beckons to me and which now suddenly mingles and obscures strange, crude ideas.

Dialogues Concerning Two New Sciences, Galileo Galilei

Published in: on April 17, 2010 at 9:56 am  Leave a Comment  

A bit about rain

Isn’t it nice that rain falls in small drops relatve to our size? What if it fell in 100 gallon packets? You’d have to have a steel umbrella and shit like that. And can you imagine what small insects must feel like when our normal sized raindrops hit them squarely?

Published in: on December 28, 2009 at 5:23 pm  Leave a Comment  

Blue Moon

How would the days go if I didn’t care about writing?  For one, they would not have as much meaning, at least for me.  But that is not what I want to talk about.

December 2009 is a blue moon month.  The blue moon rises on December 31.  I wonder how many blue moons have occurred on New Year’s Eve?  It must be a finite number since the moon and earth have not existed in their current forms forever.  I guess one could take a stab at the age of the earth and moon, as the scientists have, and come up with a rough approximation to how many blue moons have graced us.

I’ll work on it and report back.

As I understand it, blue in Old English meant betrayer which seems to fit with why a blue moon is called such.  But don’t get me started on betrayal.  That theme is one of my life’s fascinations.

Published in: on December 1, 2009 at 11:30 am  Comments (1)  

Coffee cups and dark matter

I measured how much coffee fits in my coffee cup.  Eight ounces, which, of course, is a cup.

Now, how much dark matter is there in the universe?  I think I’ll need more than my kitchen measuring cups to figure that out.  I wonder if Macy’s has anything useful on sale to help with the problem.

Published in: on October 31, 2009 at 10:41 am  Leave a Comment