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Merry Christmas 2016

Merry Christmas calligraphy 2016
Merry Christmas calligraphy 2016

Someone please remind me why we buy a bunch of useless crap for people each year at this time?!?! I wish I could be ignorant sometimes. Like to be oblivious to not only all the previous crap from last year that people will be filling landfills with to make use of this years new crap, but also all the trees that were needed to create the miles of wrapping paper needed to wrap all this crap up in order to present some symbiotic emotional high for gift-giver and receiver.

I did recently come across some interesting information concerning the real reason for the season. Apparently way back during the ancient Egyptian civilization the observers of the sky began to correlate the Winter Solstice with another occasion that has had lasting effects upon our own civilization:

The shortest day of the year each time around is the Winter Solstice. Most of us know this to be true as it is the point in the Earth’s orbit in which the Northern Hemisphere is tilted furthest away from the the life-giving rays of the sun. Now it just so happens that around this time Sirius, the brightest star in the eastern night sky, became perfectly aligned with the three stars that comprise the belt of the constellation Orion. Furthermore, Sirius and these three stars of the belt, historically referred to as the Three Kings, in line all pointed to the location on the eastern horizon to where the sun was born the following morning. This sun was said to be the saviour because in the preceding months up until the Summer Solstice light would shine longer eventually bringing warmer temperatures and the essential growing season. With no other forms of entertainment such as gift unwrapping or football, this occasion was as epic as they came for the ancient civilization. So epic that myths were ingrained into cultures long before any myth of a virign, baby, and three wise men ever began to be told.
Believe or not.

We’re going to have some explaining to do…

The North Pole is Melting image

Think about this: By 2040 ships will be sailing over the North Pole and a timeless tale will sadly need to evolve.

Scientist Peter Wadhams suggests that the summers of 2017 and 2018 will actually see ice-free periods in the artic! Full article here: The Guardian article.

Perhaps by this time in the relatively near future when the North Pole is finally melted away and sea levels have risen, the profit driven powers of the world will recognize the damage that has been done. Ugh. Merry Christmas

Climate Change Has Arrived

Climate Change is Real image

After seeing the Leonardo DiCaprio doc “Before the Flood” I felt compelled to create something to send out across the social media streams. It’s hard to be optimistic about the future the more one goes out and learns about how horrible we as an infectious species treats our beautiful planet. Amazing creatures are being erased because of our stupidity. Sadly, like I always say, tragedy will forever be the greatest catalyst from change. What will the tragedy be that finally drives change though? That’s the scary part. Will humanity allow for the scene from Hieronymous Bosch’s third panel of “The Garden of Earthly Delights” to transpire before people wake up. It is arguable that we’re pretty close as it stands now.

How much is a trillion?

A new friend turned me onto Carl Sagan’s television series “Cosmos” recently, and slowly but surely I’m making my way through the 13-part series. Along with being the driving creative force behind the series, Sagan himself narrates each episode, and I’ve found his delivery to be hypnotic.

When dealing with distance in universe the problem is always being able to relate massive distances to our own uman experience, and Sagan’s use of imagery and earthly concepts ignite the imagination throughout. For example, we’ve all seen images of the rings of Saturn, but what the hell are they? Imagine a trillion snowballs all grouped by graivity in the form of massive rings. This leads to the initial question: How much is a trillion? Furthermore, is there any grasping the immensity that our own Milky Way Galaxy contains anywhere from 100 – 400 billion stars? Side note: The Milky Way is one of atleast 100 billion galaxies according to Think about how many stars that is!!! Damn. You see the problem of relativity. Problem as it may be, Sagan does a great job of turning the problem into an adventure and a great exercise of imagination. Cheers to that.

Check out the 1st episode if that’s your kind of thing.

The science of modern art and booze

A colleague of mine just turned me onto to this jewel of a website. features photographs using a microscope to capture the magnified crystalline formations that are formed after of each of our favorite drinks has dried out. For example, a tequila sunrise is shown. Check these out for sure. I’ll never think of a ‘black and tan’ the same again. Who’s thirsty?


Looking for novel ways to fund his Florida State University lab, Davidson decided to take his microphotographs to businesses for possible commercial opportunities. While presenting his pictures to established retail companies, one necktie manufacturer changed his creative direction with just one word – cocktails.

Keep Your Chin Up

Time for a science post! Yesterday for once in 105 years the tiny planet of Venus passed between our beloved Earth and the sun. This picture gleaned from the BBC article speaks for itself! Check out the entire article at the link provided below.

Venus makes rare trek across Sun