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24 March 2013 @ 02:16 am

A funny thing happened tonight when I was watching some kick ass metal bands at Dante's, including Danava, for free.
I had an Amstel Light and cran-vodka, was rocking out in my own little corner.
Girl walking by stopped, stared at me for a moment.
She asked, "Can I lick your face?"
I responded, "Thanks for the offer, but..."
She leaned in to my ear, perhaps because of the music, "Can I lick... your FUCKING face?"
"Fuck you!"

Now, would it be too arrogant to suppose this means I have experiential evidence to support the idea that I'm so handsome, it pisses people off?
I'd like to think so, but you know, I just can't help finding the positive side to a situation.
07 March 2013 @ 08:07 pm
The more I have to say, the less I feel people want to hear it. It's a glass is full but no one to drink it melancholy. I miss the days of six hour conversations on porch swings and by river banks. Language is only a map to the world of emotions it represents. Nothing is honest. Everything is ulterior. All I feel is alienation. Nose to the grindstone.
04 March 2013 @ 07:07 pm
I interviewed 7 kids, asking them about their projects. I kneeled to ask them about their projects. It was comfortable enough, and what's more, in descending beneath the patter of grown-ups, I seemed to be able to better hear their explanations. The kids had little experiments and a poster with pictures and explanations.
Younger children reacted to me with either shyness or near total disregard. A kid with a catapult shot marshmallows at his friends. He just read off his poster, but his mother sitting nearby assured me that he had memorized the information earlier. I attempted to ask him some questions, but seemed more interested in playing with the marshmallows and was unable to explain his spring system. All the kids won, anyway, so I just accepted some marshmallows he gave me and signed him off the list. On the other hand, a girl with an oil and water experiment spoke softly and had no large gang of kids around her. This allowed me to ask her many questions, and get a better idea of the research she had done. It was an interesting shift out of my normal studying routine.

Here's a thought; Imagine floating over the surface of a still body of water, reaching out, and putting your hand through the surface, so that maybe your hand is underwater. Now if you imagine a surface so big that every point in space can pass through it exactly once, you have just imagined one moment of time. Taking it a step further, everything underneath that surface could be said to exist in the past while everything above exists in the future.
28 February 2013 @ 08:03 pm
I was teaching myself how to operate the computer algebra system known as Sage.
Sage is cool because you can access it online, for free, and all your documents are available whenever you need them.
Also, it's very powerful because your requests are sent to a supercomputer, which processes it, and sends back an answer, usually very quickly.
In my studies, I discovered that I could create groups and perform operations on those groups. Nifty!
Let's say I created the group 'G' and I wanted to see a list of things in G.
All I have to do is type "G.list()" and Sage returns a list within seconds.
Well, I saw a command related to something called a 'Mathieu 24 Group'.
I got curious, so I typed in "Mathieu24.list()". Then, waited...waited...waited...
I started to wonder, so I searched Wikipedia for Mathieu 24, and it said that this group "...is a 5-transitive permutation group with 24 objects, of order 2^10 · 3^3 · 5 · 7 · 11 · 23 (= 244,823,040)."
I had asked Sage to return a list of ~244 million items!
Then I thought, "If each one of these took up only a cubic millimeter of space,
then printing this entire list would require the space of ~2.4 football fields."
I so enjoy quirky little observations.
23 February 2013 @ 07:50 pm
“You would not find the boundaries of the soul no matter how many paths you traveled, so deep is its measure.”

Indeed, Hermaclitus! How could a measurement be taken of zero?
Realized today that Ampere's Law only applies to extensible surfaces.
One example of an extensible surface is a toilet paper roll.
If an ant were to walk around on the outside of it without changing direction,
then it would be possible for the ant to walk forever without meeting an edge.
Picture something flat walked on without ever finding an edge.
It's virtually the same thing, so they are both defined as an extensible surface.
In magnetostatics, these extensible surfaces are made of electric charges (right now, I'm just going over Griffiths' examples with the assumption that they have continuous velocity, though I suspect one might be able to apply Ampere's Law through differential equations in the case of unsteady current [rather*flowing extensible surfaces?]).
Since a magnetic field which curls in a circle around each charge is generated as it moves, having an extensible surface of charges means complimentary extensible magnetic field.
If the ant were on the outside of the toilet paper roll, and the charges were moving underneath him in the same direction, the magnetic field being generated would be as if a strong wind were hitting the ant on its left side. If the charges were moving in the opposite way as the ant, then the wind would blow from the right.
It also applies to a donut, since a donut is an extensible surface which is extensible in another direction.
This time, instead of the magnetic field curling around to the opposite side as it met an edge, it would flow continuously around inside.

This principle is used for the Tokamak Reactor...
So if its good enough for Tokamak, it should be good enough for you.

I am a sick person. No, really. I have a cold.
Various methods of alleviating the symptoms are as follows:
*Shvitz Bod
*Ghost Pepper hot sauce with every meal
*Excedrin Migraine
Then there are the other habitual compounds:
So all is better than just one, right?
13 February 2013 @ 08:00 pm
It takes ~1.28 seconds for light to travel from the moon to the earth.
Imagine talking to someone on the moon over some speed of light communication.
There would always be a lag.
Each person would pause and wait.
Helped Jon and Holly move today.
My back feels like a pain troll is living inside and drawn spindles of my back muscle onto wooden needles.

I realized that the electric field in the presence of a grounded plane is conservative.
When it is within d of a grounded plane, the neutral atomic charge orientation redistributes within the conductor in order to keep the field conservative, that is, continuous under a symmetry.
Because all continuous symmetries are also conservative, by Noether's Theorem.
13 January 2013 @ 12:13 pm
1. Excitement of imagination such as that which animates a poet, artist, or musician, in composing or performing
2. artistic energy and enthusiasm
3. vigour, vitality and liveliness
4. rapture, enthusiasm
5. spirit, energy