Archives for October, 2011

“Appearances are often deceiving.” -Aesop While the Louvin Brothers might tell you that something else is more deceiving than appearances, as they sing Satan Lied To Me,there’s an internet site out there I’ve just discovered that celebrates creativity in deceptive appearances. For your enjoyment, I present Things That Look Like Other Things! Some of my…

Galaxies near the speed of light!

“The only reason for time is so that everything doesn’t happen at once.” -Albert Einstein Now that you know how many galaxies are in our expanding Universe, you might be wondering about their speeds. After all, since the Universe is expanding, that means that the farther away a galaxy is from us, the faster it’s…

“The human mind is not capable of grasping the Universe. We are like a little child entering a huge library. The walls are covered to the ceilings with books in many different tongues. The child knows that someone must have written these books. It does not know who or how. It does not understand the…

“The best way to escape from a problem is to solve it.” -Alan Saporta One of the greatest puzzles in the Universe today is just why the Universe is structured the way it is. For the individual galaxies that we see, the puzzle is why they rotate at the speeds they do. If the only…

So you walked on the Moon? And then…

“It suddenly struck me that that tiny pea, pretty and blue, was the Earth. I put up my thumb and shut one eye, and my thumb blotted out the planet Earth. I didn’t feel like a giant. I felt very, very small.” -Neil Armstrong It still boggles my mind when I think about it, every…

“Oh, you gonna love this, boy. Tyrone calls you up, you know — in the game — and he says ‘I can dig more clams than you, stupid!’ And you gotta say ‘Nuh-uh, boy!’ And y’all gotta race down to the beach with your buckets and your shovels, and the object of the game…is to…

“Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there, wondering, fearing, doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before.” -Edgar Allen Poe Earlier this week, the Nobel Prize in Physics was announced for the discovery that the Universe is not only expanding, but that this expansion is accelerating! What does an accelerated expansion…

Some say the world will end in fire, Some say in ice. From what I’ve tasted of desire I hold with those who favor fire. But if it had to perish twice, I think I know enough of hate To say that for destruction ice Is also great And would suffice. -Robert Frost Ever since…

“To me it made no sense to pull one of even a few objects out of the swarm and call them something other than part of the swarm.” -Mike Brown, A.K.A. PlutoKiller In our Solar System, the four rocky planets dominate the inner portion, while the four gas giants dominate the outer Solar System. But…

Weekend Diversion: One Song Closer to Free

“None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free.” -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe “Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle. And so we must straighten our backs and work for our freedom. A man can’t ride you unless your back is bent.” -Martin…