I know I am suppose to get excited by moon eclipse, but I also know, that most people in the world, find it…just so boring.
Yes, I think it’s safe to say that only one percent of the population is getting excited by the fact that tomorrow morning, there will be a selenelion:
Tomorrow morning almost everyone on the east coast in the Americas, eastern Asia, the Pacific Islands, and Australia will get the rare opportunity to see a special type of lunar eclipse called a selenelion, or horizontal, lunar eclipse.
A selenelion only occurs when a lunar eclipse happens around the same time as sunrise. Because of its timing, observers have the chance to see both an eclipsed moon-set and sunrise simultaneously.
How do I know this? Because I remember years ago, I tried to get a handful of teenagers really excited about a full moon eclipse. It was a Saturday night, and many of them were hanging out in my house, as they tended to do on summer nights as my teenage son, loved to have them all gather at my house, and I keep telling them all that the event that was about to happen was pretty exciting.
You can imagine my surprise, as I watched the earth darken, the eerie shadow cast upon the earth, the almost surreal feel of the earth being engulfed upon a once in a lifetime event, as if the very cells in my body had oozed darkness inside my own warbled brain…and the teenagers around me said “Oh cool.” and went back to partying and telling jokes, and flirting with their girlfriends, the girlfriends laughing at their silly banter, not even looking up…and I remember shouting at them all…
“HEY! Don’t you realized how RARE it is to see a full moon eclipse?”
And one of the girls said “really?” as if I had made the whole thing up, and went back to looking at her nails. They were actually bothered by the fact that it got too dark and they had to WAIT till it was over.
So, if you are one of the few who even try to witness (or can) this rare event coming up in just a few hours…
Consider yourself one of the few remaining people on the planet who do.
I —-will probably be asleep.
Where creativity comes from. You can read all the neurology books you want, the latest research, and they STILL don’t know why some people are more creative than others. When they say robots are going to take over the world…think again. Do you really think a robot will be as creative as a human?
Only by transplant.
(Although, I wouldn’t mind replacing Joe Biden with one.)
I was watching a documentary on Jimi Henricks last night, and remembering that I once saw him onstage, perform this very song. He was amazing to watch.
Jimi Hendricks could not only play the guitar in his sleep, he was incredibly original–from his clothes to the sound of his feedback, he did it all HIS way. No other guitar players sounded like him.
I don’t know how many millions of people dropped acid when they went to see Jimmy, but I bet some of those people are running the country right now.
When Einstein said that imagination was worth more than knowledge, I think he was talking about creativity. If you ask the really creative people, they have no clue where their ideas come from, most will say, it just comes from out of the blue. And as you will hear, the planet needs them, more than ever.
I found this video today on Glenn Becks’ site, and I enjoyed it so VERY much…I wanted everyone to see it, and especially anyone who reads this blog.
Sir Ken Robinson gave this talk at a TED gathering in California, where lots of brilliant minds get together and do talks on most everything.
Ken talks about how creativity is being destroyed in all school systems all over the world, and he’s right.
He’s also extremely funny, creative, and just like Jimi Henrick, puts his thoughts into YOUR head, like nobody else does.
So, I hope you can find the twenty minutes of your life, which if you are like me, is a lot….and watch this guy…I did. And now, I’m a big fan.
Here’s a Hovercraft made by some guy for his kids using a vacuum that the kid can control.
Now, tell me, why is the world are our scientists not developing hovercraft cars?
Is it really all about oil? Is it really all about the power and the money?
Of course it is.
The other day at my local pool, the mother of a boy who used to hang out quite a lot with my son, was telling a story to a group of women…
“And THEN he told me that when he spent the night, they stayed up until THREE IN THE MORNING watching fallen stars on her ROOF!”
Okay. Call me bad. I saw nothing wrong with taking a few blankets, some snacks, and two 8-year-olds up on a roof to watch a meteor shower. We had a blast, between the three of us we counted over 200 sightings. But it still bugs that poor woman to this day. Imagine if some meteor had fallen on my house! I mean, it’s not as if I wasn’t making sure they didn’t ‘fall’ off.
Does she think I did that for the kids? HA! No, she knew me all too well. I wanted some company. Besides, everyone should do that at least once in life, and kids never forget it either.
I only wish I had a group of 8-year-olds this weekend to join me in sky watching…I don’t. But, that shouldn’t stop YOU!
I seem to be more right-brained–according to this video…how about you?
I also think the brain is much more complex than this simple test, but it’s fun.
EVERYBODY’s—-All over the world.
Yes, compared to the Homo Sapiens, our brains are puny. There are as many theories about this as scientist so—- here are the most popular:
- Men who had more muscle needed bigger brains. They also had to ‘think’ a lot more, because simply surviving was really hard. (Nobody adds, they also have larger brains than women. Sorry girls)
Because our brains are getting smaller, we are actually, stupider.
When animals are domesticated, their brains also shrink. Therefore, because man became domesticated, his brain also, shrunk.
One scientist, (obviously a progressive) said :”NO! we are actually getting smarter because our brains are more compact!”
Since the brain gobbles up 20 percent of the calories we eat, a larger brains needs more meat. Sitting around at the computer all day requires very little energy. We should present this to Congress to support the fact, that we all need MORE protein…not less. (And my other mind remembers what my husband always says when I say this, which I can’t repeat here.)
And by the way, some scientists think the REASON the brain grew so large is because man went from eating berries to eating MEAT.
BUT…in the end, studies show that the bigger the brain the higher the IQ. Brain volume really does correlate with intelligence, which is why I plan to adopt an elephant when I win the lottery.
And on that note, I’d like to see the brain of the guy who conned the European Union out of billions of dollars in order to build the first human brain. Henry Markran says he is going to need even MORE money, and I believe him!..His brain is working well.
As for the rest of us? What do you think? Are we all dumber now? If we look at our leaders, I think the answer is obvious, don’t you?
There is one good thing that I got from this information: If you doctor wants you to go on a diet , you can now say…
“But doc! I HAVE to eat a lot to keep my big heavy brain in top shape!”
Michelle Obama will just have to deal with it.
(From Discover Magazine: THE BRIAN)
I have a friend who thinks this is just the coolest thing he’s ever seen, and what’s funny, is that today I was watching a program on the History Channel–and some geneticist scientist, who was splicing different genes from different species to make more or less monsters, said, she just thought it was so ‘cool.’ that she could do that.
Have we come to the point in science that we do stuff just because we can, and it’s cool?
For instance, would you buy this car?
Sure, the way the door go under the car
is cool: But is it practical? Picture that car pulling up to the castle in a heavy downpour. The rain would BLAST into the car, getting the seats, the floor, the dashboard, not to mention everybody sitting in it, soaking wet. When getting out of a car now, only a small space is exposed to the outside and you can hop out in a flash, shut the door quickly, and be off.
But: More importantly, what if you are in a car accident? Your door is jammed. It won’t go down. It won’t go up. You can’t get out. The gas tank explodes.
You’ll more than likely: burn up.
And yet, obviously whomever put the money into making this car thought it was ‘cool’ regardless of its setbacks. And someday, when hybrid humans are walking the planet, and we have members of the species who are abominations to nature, will we all look back and say:
“Look! He has gills! That’s just so cool!”
It’s in. Finally, after billions have been spent on trying to prove that women are just the same as men, somebody figured it out. (Although, wisely, these scientist will not reveal their names because of the fear of the feminist backlash.)
Hey, our brains are different. Who knew?
According to this article in The Independent
Researchers found that many of the connections in a typical male brain run between the front and the back of the same side of the brain, whereas in women the connections are more likely to run from side to side between the left and right hemispheres of the brain.
This also explain why men can skate backwards while watching a hockey puck.
Along with that extreme advance in medical science, they gave us a few pictures, where we look deeply into the different brains: The scientists decided to look into this study simply because they couldn’t understand why their wives did not understand why their husbands would rather watch football or play video games than take them shopping. It also explains why the cell phone was invented. Women need to communicate while they’re shopping.
But….there is one finding that this nobody found puzzling:
“Men tend to outperform women involving spatial tasks and motor skills – such as map reading – while women tend to better in memory tests, such as remembering words and faces, and social cognition tests, which try to measure empathy and “emotional intelligence”.
Every man I have ever known could not read a map. Worse…they refuse to read maps, ask directions, or even READ directions. It’s been a problem since Attila the Hun got lost in the Swiss Alps. If only he had listened to his wife, China today, would have found their way to the moon by now, and we would all be speaking Chinese.
Anyway, I don’t know why we are all so excited by this news, because, according to other scientists we have the brains of pigs and monkeys. Nobody Thinks they will soon find out that pigs brains are wired front to back, and chimps brains are wired side to side, because everybody knows, chimps are much better communicators than pigs. And pigs like to eat. Lots.
And that’s why they deserve to be citizens and given Obamaphones.
This was reported on July 30, 2013, by NASA. Nobody suggests that Al Gore might want to redo his hockey stick….Yes Al..there is a bigger ball of gas in the universe than you, and hopefully, it hits you in the head.
This morning on the local radio station, there was a discussion on the big problem we have with the low-income students not being able to get help, when a progressive educational public school system cannot seem to teach them anything. Richer people can afford to get Johnny a tutor when he cannot seem to understand fuzzy math, but not the poor kid. I was waiting for the conclusion that “We need to spend MORE money on the poor kids.”
A minute later, I picked up the book I was reading (The Demon Haunted World by Carl Sagan) and read this;
“Science is more than a body of knowledge: it is a way of thinking. I have a foreboding of an America in my children’s or grandchildren’s time–when the United States is a service and information economy: when nearly all the key manufacturing industries have slipped away to other countries: when awesome technological powers are in the hands of a very few, and no one representing the public interest can even grasp the issues: when the people have lost the ability to see their own agendas or knowledgeably question those in authority: when, clutching our crystals and nervously consulting our horoscopes, our critical faculties in decline, unable to distinguish between what feels good and what’s true, we slide, almost without noticing, back into superstition and darkness.
The dumbing down of America is most evident in the slow decay of substantive content in the enormously influential media, the 30-second sound bite (now down to seconds or less), lowest common denominator programming, credulous presentation on pseudoscience and superstition, but especially a kind of celebration of ignorance. As I write this, the number one videocassette rental in America is the move Dumb and Dumber. “Beavis and Butthead” remain popular (and influential ) with young TV viewers. The plain lesson is that study and learning–not just of science, but of anything are avoidable even undesirable.”
Carl makes an excellent point. The reason Obama got elected, was because the majority of our population would rather watch Vampire and Zombie programs then read a book, or delve deeper into Obama’s sound bites: whether they are true or not.
Our schools have shaped our kids to be zombies, listening to sound bites of movie stars and politicians who cannot even add.
Every President says he is going to fix our schools, and no President ever does. And our kids know it. What kind of future can a kid dream of today?
The book was written in 1996. It’s now 2013. Mr. Sagan used science to predict the future.
And he wouldn’t be surprised to know: Zombies are among us now.
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If you have ever wondered what the space station really looks like, go on a really fun tour with Commander Sunny Williams, who is a wonderful tour guide. She explains everything,
Notice, the Russians, don’t wave. Also notice, they still use plain old paper and pens. And unbelievably, they have many different types of toilet paper to choose from. Only a woman would go into such detail.
Nobody Notes: We can’t send our own spaceships into space anymore, but we can supply the mad dog Egyptian Brotherhood with a bunch of F-16’s.
Somebody want to explain that to me? How about explaining it to Sunny? No?
Anyway, I know it’s long but it’s the best one I’ve seen. Sunny is a woman after my own heart.
(Thanks to J.R. )
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If you’re like me, whenever I hear the threat of sunspot activity, I tend to think of my father’s acne. Just a tiny blimp on the surface of a bumpy face. But…this email puts the sunspot in perspective. These spots could swallow us! Aimed at JUST the right angle, we would be toast. The Democrats are working on spin at this very moment to blame any damage caused from AR 1654, the sunspot, on George Bush. And as usual, George Bush will make no comment, thinking wrongly, that nobody will believe the spin of the democrats, proving as fact, that George Bush has in fact, already been hit by AR 1652. (Thanks to amfortas)
Like an enormous cannon that is slowly turning its barrel toward us, the latest giant sunspot region AR1654 is steadily moving into position to face Earth, loaded with plenty of magnetic energy to create M-class flares — moderate-sized outbursts of solar energy that have the potential to cause brief radio blackouts on Earth and, at the very least, spark bright aurorae around the upper latitudes.
Picture this: It’s 7 am on Thanksgiving morning, you, being the cook in the house, are going through in your mind all that you have to do to get Thanksgiving dinner on by the time everyone arrives at 4.pm. Your brother and his wife and three kids are coming in for the family Thanksgiving meal. There’s a turkey to baste, mash potatoes and pies to cook, corn and buns, and sweet potatoes…the fridge is packed.
The first thing you think of is: “Oh NO! How long will the electric be off?”
Unfortunately for a long time,—almost a year in fact, but you don’t know that. On top of everything, your radio doesn’t work, neither does your cell phone. Your brother never arrives. You have been thrown back into the 18th century, and all because…your Congressman decided that giving money to Egypt was more important than shoring up the electrical grid for this kind of event.
According to Dr. Michio Kaku, the event of a lifetime, and it’s called The Carrington Event.
Last night on Coast to Coast, Michio was talking about the fear he has: He said the sun is now at its maximum activity for solar flares, and this year, they are monstrous. He is really worried. In fact, the Society of United States Physicists are so worried that they went to Congress and begged for $100 million dollars to prepare our nuclear plants and Satellites for what to them, is more pressing that anything from Iran: An electromagnetic pulse from the sun, which will completely knock out everything electric, not to mention all satellites.
It would literally….cripple us.
Congress, just laughed at them, he said. After all, Congress doesn’t do anything until after the disasters, and Hurricane Sandy proves it. They didn’t prepare New York, unlike many other countries around the world who have built dikes around their vulnerable cities, New York did not.
Why is it called a Carrington Event?
At 11:18 AM on the cloudless morning of Thursday, September 1, 1859, 33-year-old Richard Carrington—widely acknowledged to be one of England’s foremost solar astronomers—was in his well-appointed private observatory. Just as usual on every sunny day, his telescope was projecting an 11-inch-wide image of the sun on a screen, and Carrington skillfully drew the sunspots he saw.
Just before dawn the next day, skies all over planet Earth erupted in red, green, and purple auroras so brilliant that newspapers could be read as easily as in daylight. Indeed, stunning auroras pulsated even at near tropical latitudes over Cuba, the Bahamas, Jamaica, El Salvador, and Hawaii. Telegraph lines were all knocked out, even fires started from the solar blast.
And we’ve been hit before:
A huge solar flare on August 4, 1972, knocked out long-distance telephone communication across Illinois. That event, in fact, caused AT&T to redesign its power system for transatlantic cables. A similar flare on March 13, 1989, provoked geomagnetic storms that disrupted electric power transmission from the Hydro Québec generating station in Canada, blacking out most of the province and plunging 6 million people into darkness for 9 hours; aurora-induced power surges even melted power transformers in New Jersey. In December 2005, X-rays from another solar storm disrupted satellite-to-ground communications and Global Positioning System (GPS) navigation signals for about 10 minutes. That may not sound like much, but as Lanzerotti noted, “I would not have wanted to be on a commercial airplane being guided in for a landing by GPS or on a ship being docked by GPS during that 10 minutes.”
Experts who have studied the question say there is little to be done to protect satellites from a Carrington-class flare. In fact, a recent paper estimates potential damage to the 900-plus satellites currently in orbit could cost between $30 billion and $70 billion. The best solution, they say: have a pipeline of comsats ready for launch.
So, needless to say, even though in all probability– a solar flare won’t happen tomorrow. You won’t have to throw out the Turkey. But…according to Michio Kaku, a scientist who knows, it’s a very real possibility that it could happen very soon, in fact, maybe that’s what the Mayan’s were counting on.
And on that happy note: Everyone Have a Great Thanksgiving! Remember, if your lights are on, it’s a reason to give thinks to your favorite God. (LOL)
Most Americans knows it’s reported that our debt is $16 trillion…but having said that, not many have any concept of just how big that is:
Here’s some help: Our debt is as big as 16 galaxies.
A giant spiral of gas dust and stars, Messier 101 spans 170,000 light-years and contains more than a trillion stars. Astronomers have uncovered a surprising trend in galaxy evolution where galaxies like M101 and the Milky Way Galaxy continued to develop into settled disk galaxies long after previously thought. Credit: NASA/ESA Hubble
Also, since Nobody Cares that I just love “star” pictures, here one taken of the upcoming Orionid Meteor Shower. Wow.