Shortest Day of the Year

The Sun is directly overhead of the Tropic of Capricorn in the Southern Hemisphere during the December Solstice. The December Solstice occurs when the Sun reaches its most southerly declination of -23.5 degrees. In other words, when the North Pole is tilted furthest – 23.5 degrees – away from the Sun. via TimeAndDate.com At 6:03 … Continue reading Shortest Day of the Year

My Interstellar Review (Spoiler Free!)

I was excited to see Interstellar last weekend. I've always been impressed with Director Christopher Nolan's movies and the artistic vision he has brought to everything from Batman to Inception. It's hard to write a full review of something as expansive as Interstellar, especially since I'm not a film critic and there are a number … Continue reading My Interstellar Review (Spoiler Free!)

Happy Birthday, Principia

Almost missed it... Philosophiæ Naturalis Principia Mathematica, Latin for "Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy", often referred to as simply the Principia, is a work in three books by Sir Isaac Newton, in Latin, first published 5 July 1687 via Philosophiæ Naturalis Principia Mathematica - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Inflationary Theory Confirmation and Human Nature

That humans have confirmed the Higgs boson and much of the underpinnings of the inflationary nature of the universe shortly after the Big Bang (gravity waves!) in the last two years (not to mention other advances in biological, psychological and sociological sciences) in a time of scientific budget cuts and anti-scientific thinking in our country … Continue reading Inflationary Theory Confirmation and Human Nature

Is Our Universe a Computer Simulation?

I never get tired of reading articles pondering whether our universe is a computer simulation / hologram. Now we just need the Ancient Aliens guy to explain how trans-dimensional mice created the original computer to figure out the question with the answer of 42... As cosmic particles fly through the universe, they lose energy and … Continue reading Is Our Universe a Computer Simulation?

Happy 30th Birthday to the Internet

Vint Cerf writes a great post about how the modern-day internet (no, not Facebook and Twitter and TMZ.com) came to be during a tumultuous switchover in 1983: Marking the birth of the modern-day Internet | Official Google Blog: "In an attempt to solve this, Robert Kahn and I developed a new computer communication protocol designed … Continue reading Happy 30th Birthday to the Internet

Happy Holidays from a Point of Pale Light

One of my favorite pages on Wikipedia (and yes, our planet is going to get real interesting in a few hundred thousand years): Timeline of the far future - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: "Due to its northward movement along the San Andreas Fault, the Californian coast begins to be subducted into the Aleutian Trench. Africa … Continue reading Happy Holidays from a Point of Pale Light

Club of Honest Whigs

The name of my next band... Benjamin Franklin - Wikipedia: "Whilst in London, Franklin became involved in radical politics. He was a member of the Club of Honest Whigs, alongside thinkers such as Richard Price, the minister of Newington Green Unitarian Church who ignited the Revolution Controversy." Geez I love Ben Franklin.