7.30.14: Electromagnetic induction

7.30.14: Electromagnetic induction

The pursuit of truth and beauty…

The pursuit of truth and beauty…

As it is, we are merely bolting our lives—gulping down undigested experiences as fast as we can stuff them in—because awareness of our own existence is so superficial and so narrow that nothing seems to us more boring than simple being. If I ask you what you did, saw, heard, smelled, touched and tasted yesterday, I am likely to get nothing more than the thin, sketchy outline of the few things that you noticed, and of those only what you thought worth remembering. Is it surprising that an existence so experienced seems so empty and bare that its hunger for an infinite future is insatiable? But suppose you could answer, “It would take me forever to tell you, and I am much too interested in what’s happening now.” How is it possible that a being with such sensitive jewels as the eyes, such enchanted musical instruments as the ears, and such a fabulous arabesque of nerves as the brain can experience itself as anything less than a god? And, when you consider that this incalculably subtle organism is inseparable from the still more marvelous patterns of its environment—from the minutest electrical designs to the whole company of the galaxies—how is it conceivable that this incarnation of all eternity can be bored with being?
Alan Watts, The Book: On the Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are
Little lizard friend stopped to say hello and show off his cool iridescent scales during our hike today. #nature #dragons

Little lizard friend stopped to say hello and show off his cool iridescent scales during our hike today. #nature #dragons

Dragonfly buddy was hanging around for a long while. We had a good talk. :) #nature #messages #ixchel

Dragonfly buddy was hanging around for a long while. We had a good talk. :) #nature #messages #ixchel

commandmodulepilot:

45 years ago, three astronauts blasted off on a mission to put man on the moon.

todaysdocument:

Apollo 11 Flight Plan

The flight plan for Apollo 11 was a minute-by-minute time line of activities for the mission crew—Neil Armstrong, Mike Collins, and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin—and Mission Control in Houston. The flight was launched July 16, 1969. Touchdown on the moon took place, as scheduled, on July 20, 102 hours, 47 minutes, and 11 seconds after launch from Cape Kennedy. The astronauts spent 21 hours and 36 minutes on the moon, and returned to Earth on July 24.

Apollo 11 Flight Plan

From the series: Pre-Shuttle Flight Data Files, 1968 - 1977. Records of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, 1903 - 2006

thegetty:

We went to the moon in 1969.

But humans have been looking at and recording Earth’s moon for centuries and centuries.

The Creation of the Sun, Moon, and Stars,about 1250-1260, Unknown. J. Paul Getty Museum.
Two Diagrams with the Sun and the Moon, after 1277, Unknown. J. Paul Getty Museum.
Mantel Clock, about 1790-1800, Movement by Nicolas-Alexandre Folin; enamel plaques by Georges-Arien Merlet. J. Paul Getty Museum.
Moon Landscape, late 1850s, Unknown. J. Paul Getty Museum.

No sane mortal is truly free, because true freedom is so terrible that only the mad or the divine can face it with open eyes.
Terry Pratchett, Going Postal (via discworldquotes)
It is now known to science that there are many more dimensions than the classical four. Scientists say that these don’t normally impinge upon the world because the extra dimensions are very small and curve in on themselves, and that since reality is fractal most of it is tucked inside itself. This means either that the universe is full of more wonders than we can hope to understand or, more probably, that scientists make things up as they go along.
Terry Pratchett, Pyramids (via discworldquotes)
We hear again and again that the web is becoming a less-free place, that it is being monopolized by a few corporate entities and that it’ll soon be more like TV than like the web we once knew. And it’s true, which is why these patches of resistance are more important than ever. Call them arty, marginal bubbles, but places like UbuWeb, WFMU, PennSound, aaaaarg and Monoskop serve as reminders that the web still is — and still can be — free.
fathom-the-universe:

The physics of musicThese patterns are made with nothing but sound. They are called Chladni patterns, after the German physicist Ernst Chladni (1756–1827) who used his violin bow to vibrate a metal plate with sand on it. A pattern appears in the sand when a surface is made to vibrate at certain resonances. A plate or membrane vibrating at resonance is divided into regions vibrating in opposite directions, bounded by lines of zero vibration called nodal lines. The sand is moved around the plate and collects at the nodes on the plate. The patterns that form are highly symmetrical and beautiful.Fathom the Universe

fathom-the-universe:

The physics of music

These patterns are made with nothing but sound. They are called Chladni patterns, after the German physicist Ernst Chladni (1756–1827) who used his violin bow to vibrate a metal plate with sand on it. A pattern appears in the sand when a surface is made to vibrate at certain resonances. A plate or membrane vibrating at resonance is divided into regions vibrating in opposite directions, bounded by lines of zero vibration called nodal lines. The sand is moved around the plate and collects at the nodes on the plate. The patterns that form are highly symmetrical and beautiful.


Fathom the Universe

7.12.14: Goodnight #supermoon. 🌝

7.12.14: Goodnight #supermoon. 🌝

Tahitian black pearl carved by tattoo artist in Hawaii.

Tahitian black pearl carved by tattoo artist in Hawaii.

Trekking through the jungles of Maui. #latergram #tbt

Trekking through the jungles of Maui. #latergram #tbt