Monday, January 26, 2015

Done without mirrors

A kaleidoscope gone wild. Pretty cool I must say. 

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Fixing a Hole

BRT's blurb regarding our Infrastructure or the lack of same has now been reiterated by Wired in a post titled It's Time to Fix America's Infrastructure. Here's Where to Start, a primer on how to intelligently spend about 1 Trillion US to get this country back on track again. Nice to be on top of this first but more importantly, isn't it time to do the rebuild instead of extending endless war, with no actual benefit, into infinity with OUR money before it's too late? Sounds viable to me.

The American Society of Civil Engineers says the US needs massive investments in all essential infrastructure, from bridges and airports to dams and railways. According to the society’s most recent infrastructure report card, the US earns a D+ for its infrastructure. It is, in a word, a mess. This is about much more than potholes. This is about keeping the economy, literally and figuratively, moving. Much of the economic boom the United States has experienced over the last 50 years is because the network of highways makes it easy to ship goods. If it continues into a state of disrepair, the long-term hit to our economy could be catastrophic.

"Fixing A Hole"

I'm fixing a hole where the rain gets in
And stops my mind from wandering
Where it will go

I'm filling the cracks that ran through the door
And kept my mind from wandering
Where it will go

And it really doesn't matter if
I'm wrong I'm right
Where I belong I'm right
Where I belong
See the people standing there
Who disagree and never win
And wonder why they don't get in my door

I'm painting my room in the colourful way
And when my mind is wandering
There I will go
Ooh ooh ooh ah ah
Hey, hey, hey, hey

And it really doesn't matter if
I'm wrong I'm right
Where I belong I'm right
Where I belong
Silly people run around
They worry me and never ask me
Why they don't get past my door

I'm taking the time for a number of things
That weren't important yesterday
And I still go
Ooh ooh ooh ah ah

I'm fixing a hole where the rain gets in
Stops my mind from wandering
Where it will go oh
Where it will go oh

I'm fixing a hole where the rain gets in
And stops my mind from wandering
Wher it will go (fade out)

The Beatles

The Extraneous 12

A Certain Kind of Progression

Winter walks rule, especially if the walk includes checking out a meandering stream complete with ice, snow and a pretty intense waterfall. Not a bad way to spent the day. Enjoy.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

A Relationship to the max :)

This video show earth's true relationship to our part of the multiverse. :)

Of sadness & awaremess

Have seen Interstellar twice as this work makes one think hard about the contradictory notions of how man fits into a vast reality that extends beyond knowing, something Sagan talks about at length in Contact and Nolan, in different fashion, in Interstellar. 

The first part depicts environment degradation, caused by us, resulting in not only runaway global warming but also in the indirect creation of a blight that's slowing killing all plant life on earth, thus dooming man to extinction, a condition devoutly to be avoided if science, tech and courage has anything to do about it. Science and tech are vilified, the Apollo missions consigned to conspiracy and education shoved to the side as food production, in the form of corn, takes precedence over everything else, a logical choice given to just how desperate man has become in trying to survive in the latter part of the 21st century.

The second deals with science, tech and the impact of relativity and physics upon the explorers venturing out, via a wormhole, to find a viable place for man to live, which turns out, in first light, to be futile but is not due to the impact of relativity and how it enables man to unlock the secrets of black holes to save humanity from extinction through the manipulation of gravity. In seeing how this is done, one sees, for the first time, just how powerful the interpersonal impact of the twins paradox truly is, which, IMHO, rightfully places Interstellar alongside 2001 as the second greatest SF movie ever made. 

In indirect fashion, this match cut from 2001 mirrors the move from earth
to Endurance in Interstellar. :)

Friday, January 23, 2015

Moving toward the Eocene

Anyone well versed in phase transitions knows that an increase in anomalies pertinent to the transition always precede the transition itself, something happening as we speak regarding global warming, a rapidly accelerating event caused by us rubes and not some volcano located in Iceland. With this in mind, check out NOAA's map showing last December's anomalies, something sure to warm the cockles of your heart but if that doesn't do it, maybe this blurb from NOAA will. 

It gets better.

When it's all said and done, there should be no more questions regarding GW, right?

This is what the world looked like in the early eocene era.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

The Perils of Pauline

When looking at XL, one cannot reasonably expect said project's technological capabilities will mirror the  Perils of Pauline flicks where the heroine continually faces horrifying situations, like the one seen below, that are always successfully resolved just in the nick of time, something simply not possible whenever an "oil" spill, consisting of the corrosive and polluting tar sands dibit  occurs, as seen not only on the map above but also in Mayflower, AK, when 210,000 gallons of Canadian crude made its presence known to the town on March 29, 2013.

If XL is built, check out how much toxic sludge will be going over the largest aquifer in North America.

Sounds like a rather dubious plan given that:
  1. The XL needs a price point of $65/barrel to make it profitable 
  2. Monies made from the sale & transport of the sludge to China & significant others, go to the oil companies and not to the US as the oil companies desperately need the money to continue to frack and drill for natural gas and shale oil as both enterprises, like the tar sands, need the $65/barrel price point to stay in business and...
  3. The tar sands dibit is, as stated before, the dirties fossil fuel on the planet.

3 space

This looks VERY interesting...

A "simple" matter of degree :)

A Billion Degrees of Separation
Visually rocks without question. :)

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Catching a wave

Basic research, the engine that enables man to better understand the reality in which we all live, matters because, in many instances, practical implementation of such work may not reach fruition for many years. See Quantum Mechanics as an example. To this end, scientists are doing some really creative studies into the inner workings of light with implications that stagger the imagination.

Some physical principles have been considered immutable since the time of Isaac Newton: Light always travels in straight lines. No physical object can change its speed unless some outside force acts on it.

Not so fast, says a new generation of physicists: While the underlying physical laws haven't changed, new ways of "tricking" those laws to permit seemingly impossible actions have begun to appear. For example, work that began in 2007 proved that under special conditions, light could be made to move along a curved trajectory—a finding that is already beginning to find some practical applications.


Now, in a new variation on the methods used to bend light, physicists at MIT and Israel's Technion have found that subatomic particles can be induced to speed up all by themselves, almost to the speed of light, without the application of any external forces. The same underlying principle could also be used to extend the lifetime of some unstable isotopes, perhaps opening up new avenues of research in basic particle physics.

It turns out, according to further analysis, that this self-acceleration produces effects that are associated with relativity theory: It is a variation on the dilation of time and contraction of space, effects predicted by Albert Einstein to take place when objects move close to the speed of light. An example of this is Einstein's famous twin paradox, in which a twin who travels at high speed in a rocket ages more slowly than another twin who remains on Earth.

Interstellar anyone? :)

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Public Domain lives

Public Domain, the notion of work given freely to the public after the copyright has expired, almost expired thanks to Sonny Bono, the unlamented late congressional rep who extended copyright, AKA The Micky Mouse Act,, with aid from the Supremes, from 30 years to 70 years after the death of the person creating the work, something that would, in theory, prohibit the special theory of relativity from entering the PD space as Einstein died in 1955, which means said work, written in 1905, could not, in theory, enter the PD until 2025. 

But something's afoot with the introduction of The Public Domain Project from Pond 5, a new site presenting a wealth of free public domain content available for use by anyone from any country in the world. To pay for providing this treasure trove of material to the public, Pond 5, like Getty Images, does the royalty free stock art route to pay the bills, a tradeoff that makes eminent sense to artists like yours truly. Note: There are many other sources of PD content as well beginning with NASA, JPL, The Smithsonian, Wikipedia along with PD works made available from the Library of Congress.

The Tax Man

Paying your fair share of taxes makes sense because when the ultra rich game the system and don't pay their fair share, the country suffers big time, something in stark comparison to how the country was run back in the day.

So the question to ask is, what do we do about it given that the nation's going to hell in a hand basket due to not only income inequality but also to the expansion of the military/industrial/congressional complex fueled by fear, debt creation and never ending war instead of creating an intelligent tax system keyed to a graduated flat tax environment that would again create a fundamentally strong and viable economy by reestablishing the same tax percentages applied to the rich as per WWII. Makes sense, don't you think?

Monday, January 19, 2015

Sound effects

Tesla would have loved this if he was alive. The sound alone says it all.

Nikola Tesla