order does emerge from chaos. It's like magic ... a magic trick we call "the laws of physics". cool stuff, like gravity, like fluidity, like the properties of matter. the magic is what it is and does what it does whether we call it by that name or its corollary, science.
science attempts to comprehend what can be quantified and measured in an effort to explain what and why we are. that would seem to be enough, and perhaps for many during these times, it is. but "these days" are… Continue
Thank you Phil Plait, for posting this on Bad Astronomy… I almost spit up watching it, I was laughing so hard. I have to go along with Phil on this; Louis CK rocks, at least here.
I teach college students who’ve never seen a rotary phone… it would be truly interesting to see what students today would do with one, if presented the thing as a kind of anthropological experiment. They’d be as mystified as I if someone handed me an astrolabe and said, “Find the… Continue
Added by Planetologist on November 21, 2008 at 5:10pm —
I blog over on the Chariots of Iron site, and I just put up a long one over there, it was rather well thought out so i thought I'd mirror it here for AN users that don't visit our podcast site... and yes this has been a shameless plug for bot the blog and the podcast. The version there contains many links to some references. I don't mirror posts often, so I hope you enjoy this rant.
Today has been one of ups and downs and it’s not even noon… Continue
I mentioned before that many individuals believe in religion because of what they perceive to be logical reasons, and it is often based on the illusion of design, both here on earth, and in the cosmos in general. The Universe, as far as we can observe, seems to be both extremely complex and mysterious at first glance. Here on earth, the complexity of life is staggering; in a handful of dirt, there are million of… Continue
I can't seem to focus on homework these days. With the end of the semester coming up, it's no wonder. Weariness is starting to settle in. It's been 5 weeks since I've been home, 5 weeks since I've seen a large body of water. 5 weeks of staring at the blue ridge mountains in southwest virginia, doing homework. For fun I clean, buy groceries, do laundry...exciting stuff like that.
But this weekend I'm going home for thanksgiving break. I'll get to see the Severn river and the Chespeake… Continue
Right from the start, I want to confess I receive state assistance in the form of funds for food. I am well aware of the bias I bring into this piece and as I write, I will endeavor to remain as neutral as possible. Also, I would like to point out this is a thought in progress. It is an observation that I haven't fully thought out, so any input would be appreciated.
Before the election, our general manager passed around slips of paper with the two major political candidates names and… Continue
There was a post on cafe bitch, asking believers AND non-believers, if they felt strongly enough to die for their religion, or lack of. First of all, I should've known it was a bait-and-trap post, but I took the bait. I told her, that I have two boys to raise, and that words are not worth dying for. If somebody had a gun to my head, I would say I believe in flying green monkeys, if that's what they wanted to hear. It doesn't mean anything and it doesn't change the fact that I don't believe in… Continue
Well my last few posts have been kind of depressing. Can't help it though I get in those moods every now and again. Feeling a bit better today dad got paid and I will get paid in about a week so things aren't that terrible. It looks like I will be able to see my girlfriend although I am not excited about her paying for me to come. I feel like a bastard sometimes cause she has paid for me before. I guess it shows that she cares when the only thing she wants for her birthday is to see me but I… Continue
thought for the day, so its been one more day and another day closer to whatever is next. So advice for the day is as fallows, live boys and girls just live. Feel whats its like to relinquish control and ride the wave. As painful, and hard as it is, to just let it be, some times its a must. Watch the sunrise and know that the world has given you another beautiful day, a day that you have to start over and ride into where ever the world has instore for you. Day by day we all fight the urge to… Continue
Added by Miss amber on November 20, 2008 at 5:11am —
so it should be no shock to me, because I do know better but I still always never see it coming, when the choices that we have made come to stick their venum in us once more. Its the little sliver you think you have dug out, when you hand is bleeding and bruised from trying to get the little bugger out you realise its still not all gone. We all avoid things that are inevidable, but here is the advice for the day... face it, fess us and clear your beautiful conscience. That fisrt breath of clean… Continue
Added by Miss amber on November 20, 2008 at 5:10am —
How is it that desire for someone can strip you of you confidance, knoledge, and lessons you have learned in a single momment? All the things that you logically know dissapear and you left with all these new feelings and fears that you never knew that you had. and now the things that you have been striving for seem so far out of reach, no kind words can comfort the thougths that consume you. The strong you feel for someone the more lost you can become, and now its the 10 extra min in front of… Continue
Added by Miss amber on November 20, 2008 at 5:09am —
I want to be wanted, to be consumed with a desire. Not to just give into a want, but to be devoured, and taken. I want to be able to close my eyes and still taste you. To be left on the lips of a lover, forever stamped into an untamable memory. I long to be lost, where the clock no longer ticks, and days turn into lust full night.
Added by Miss amber on November 20, 2008 at 2:39am —
Consequence, how often to do see the reaction to our actions? Is it better to live to the moment, or to look up and see that fork in the road and choose the better path? It's a science action and reaction, but do we really comprehend the depth to our individual actions, the simple jesters that brighten others, to the thoughtless act that devastate. Things taste sweeter when unknowing what's really inside. So do we close our eyes and jump into the water or step lightly with toes first? I sit and… Continue
Added by Miss amber on November 20, 2008 at 2:38am —
"As painful as sin." Is sin really painful, that moment where you're consumed by what you know you should not be doing? How beautiful is that enchantment of desire, which entangles you when you want what you should not indulge. The most painful sin, is not partaking in that forbidden fruit, not indulging that gorgeous desire, but rather holding out from it. The desire that does not leave your thoughts, the one that takes every breath form your lungs, and haunts your dreams. That one thing that… Continue
Added by Miss amber on November 20, 2008 at 2:35am —
so I get it, the world changes, people change and come and go... but whats that one moment that you would go back to? That one sunny afternoon and stairy filled sky night. Why is it that we never really know what we have until its slipped through our weathered fingers. the conversations that shape our choices to come and while enjoying the company we have no idea that impact that someone is about to have on us or I, on them. The little things that we take for granted, how come hind sight is so… Continue
Added by Miss amber on November 20, 2008 at 2:33am —
Why is it that everytime I put on the History Channel it's always a show about aliens? Didn't even know there were so many angles of looking at UFOs. Government conspiracies, crop circes, Area 51, implants, hypnotherpy, USOs (unidentified swimming objects...really), and aliens through history, among others. Whether it's before work, before school, or when I get home it's always aliens. Is this just alien season or what? It's interesting in it's own way, but even if I believed in it all it would… Continue
"(San Francisco, California, November 19, 2008)—Today the California Supreme Court granted review in the legal challenges to Proposition 8, which passed by a narrow margin of 52 percent on November 4. In an order issued today, the Court agreed to hear the case and set an expedited briefing schedule. The Court also denied an immediate stay.
On November 5, 2008, the National Center for Lesbian Rights, the American Civil…Continue
A while back, he was diagnosed with melanoma cancer. This is the second time. He had it several years ago, and it was successfully removed. They recently operated again, taking out a large portion of his intestine, once again thinking they had removed it. He has been in and out of the hospital a lot over the past few months. They just told him a few weeks ago that he has cancer in his brain, and throughout his body, and that he has about three months left.
I haven't seen my dad in ten… Continue
My dear friend Tiana had a fantastic idea. Since I'm going to be in Seattle this weekend, why not invite our old friend Casey out for drinks and a chat about our last visit? She sent him the following email this morning but we've yet to receive a response. I suppose he could actually be busy doing ... stuff.
It’s been awhile since we’ve chatted, I hope all has been well with you and yours. I’m writing… Continue
Added by Kate Holden on November 19, 2008 at 4:30pm —