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June 30, 2020

Who knows where the time goes?

From Chapter 8 ("Seven Years Are Like a Moment: Why Life Speeds Up As We Grow Older") of Stefan Klein's superb book, "The Secret Pulse of Time: Making Sense of Life's Scarcest Commodity":

William James noted wistfully: "In youth we may have an absolutely new experience, subjective or objective, every hour of the day.... Our recollections of that time... are of something intricate, multitudinous, and long-drawn-out.

But as each passing year converts some of this experience into automatic routine which we hardly note at all, the days and weeks smooth themselves out... and the years grow hollow and collapse."


The James quotation is from his 1890 classic, "The Principles of Psychology."

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Chapter 8 of Klein's book


contains the best explanation I've ever come across for the sense that the pace of events is accelerating as our lives approach escape velocity — a.k.a. death.

June 30, 2020 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Taking a break

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Money Creates Taste Jenny Holzer

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A Decade of Sun

YouTube caption: 

As of June 2020, NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory — SDO — has now been watching the Sun non-stop for over a full decade.

From its orbit in space around the Earth, SDO has gathered 425 million high-resolution images of the Sun, amassing 20 million gigabytes of data over the past 10 years.

This information has enabled countless new discoveries about the workings of our closest star and how it influences the solar system.

With a triad of instruments, SDO captures an image of the Sun every 0.75 seconds.

The Atmospheric Imaging Assembly (AIA) instrument alone captures images every 12 seconds at 10 different wavelengths of light.

This 10-year time lapse showcases photos taken at a wavelength of 17.1 nanometers, which is an extreme ultraviolet wavelength that shows the Sun's outermost atmospheric layer — the corona.

Compiling one photo every hour, the movie condenses a decade of the Sun into 61 minutes.

The video shows the rise and fall in activity that occurs as part of the Sun's 11-year solar cycle and notable events, like transiting planets and eruptions.

The custom music, titled "Solar Observer," was composed by musician Lars Leonhard.

While SDO has kept an unblinking eye pointed towards the Sun, there have been a few moments it missed.

The dark frames in the video are caused by Earth or the Moon eclipsing SDO as they pass between the spacecraft and the Sun.

A longer blackout in 2016 was caused by a temporary issue with the AIA instrument that was successfully resolved after a week.

The images where the Sun is off-center were observed when SDO was calibrating its instruments.

June 30, 2020 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Udon for Sleeping Noodles Blanket — "Tentacles grid bedding cover"


From the website:

From the company behind the popular Goku no Kimochi head massage parlor chain, this truly unique Udon for Sleeping Noodles Blanket may well be the most Japanese approach to slumber we've seen yet.

Sure, it looks like you are sleeping in a nest of tentacles but this bedding inspired by a grid of thick udon noodles is surprisingly comfortable.

Paired with a mesh covering on the top, you can hug and grip the "noodles" blanket as you snooze, which is effective at keeping you both warm and cool (since you can loosen the "noodles" to offer more circulation when needed).


Features and Details:

• Includes pillow attachment, spring-summer lacing, anti-tangle protection

• Instructions: Japanese

• Weight: 2 lbs.

• Polyester

• 43" x 79"



June 30, 2020 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

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