Say, here’s an interesting basis for a plot in upcoming sci-fi adventures; “NASA Announces Results of Epic Space-Time Experiment” which begins as like this:
Researchers confirmed these points at a press conference today at NASA headquarters where they announced the long-awaited results of Gravity Probe B (GP-B).
“The space-time around Earth appears to be distorted just as general relativity predicts,” says Stanford University physicist Francis Everitt, principal investigator of the Gravity Probe B mission. “
It’s mostly a yawner, until the story draws the analogy to a fat person sitting on a trampoline which makes gravity then become the natural ‘falling’ of smaller masses toward the direction where the local space-time anomaly is most warped. Look at the floor, it’s somewhere down that way.
The number of brain cells used on the GP-B project is pretty impressive with 86 PhD theses coming out Stanford and 14- others in different schools were related to project work.
The effect of gravity is fairly subtle; if it was more intense (which is to say if the space-time curvature were more acute) you would be able to get yourself out of bed in the morning. You’d weigh too much.
Still, that’s the problem I found myself addressing this morning. I could just swear we encountered a particularly dense part of space-time this morning at about 4:45 AM, although curiously, it didn’t seem to effect the cats.
Say, here’s a new way to turn your patio at your apartment or condo into a garden on the sly: Something called pallet gardening complete with several how-to pictures over at Life on the Balcony...
Over at Backdoor Survival, Survivorwoman’s latest is about water storage, but the hot tip for IT types is what? Read down to the part about free cloud storage from Amazon. Gets me thinking off-site backups…
… - .- - .. -.-. (Static) From My Son
If you’re an electrical engineer, might enjoy the problem-solving issues related to my son’s ham radio setup in Kirkland, Wa. I had him take the whole house off AC power and run his ham rig on a battery and still there, and since he doesn’t have a standard AM portable radio, which is still the best radio interference tool ever made, he’s stumped enough that he’s started a discussion over at the www.eHam.net website.
I’ve tried to explain to him that radio bands are a bit like luck in a casino. The good band openings – and an occasional run at the blackjack table will happen, but it’s not an every day kind of thing. Sort of like fishing is the same kind of statistical issue, but kids – even at 30 – still have to learn for themselves.
I’m trying to get him to understand that if you have three statistically dependent hobbies, you can usually find one of them working on any particular day. My recommendation is ham radio, options trading, and fishing, but the Old Man…why, what would he know?
This is the same son who declines the Old Man’s advice on marriage: I figure it over half of marriages end in divorce, they should be tried several times when young before there are appreciable assets to be divvied up. Again, there’s statistical truth involved, but he ignores my emails of histograms and supporting statistical calculations. Maybe divorce rates will decline among today’s young….jury’s out on that one. Their risk appetites are sure different, though.
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