Monday, January 17, 2011

Thinking About Perspective

Okay, first of all, the 2011 tennis season has started in Australia.

There’s so much weird stuff going on in the world now—Goblin Universe type stuff—that it’s hard to think about tennis. But it’s important to maintain perspective. Or at least try to maintain perspective.

Australian Open 2011 Home

Also, right as I’ve posted some other things about plasma dynamics possibly playing a more central role to astrophysics than is commonly thought a story breaks about thunderstorms riding along magnetic lines of force and generating positrons and gamma ray bursts. Pretty cool stuff.

Thunderstorms That Shoot Antimatter

There was also another story about storms and electricity coming out of the Middle East that was summarized at an electric universe site:

Rainmaker: Arid regions are influencing their weather using electrical technology

And I’m not going to go off about dying animals again this week, but now cows have died in Wisconsin:

Wisconsin farmer shocked to discover 200 dead cows; officials think cattle had deadly virus

I’m guessing everybody has noticed at least some of the odd points about this story: 200 dead cows in Wisconsin: odd conflicting information given about dead cows?

This week I kind of wanted to talk about crayons and pencil drawings and maybe a little about guitars and keyboards. (The January issue of Keyboard magazine has an ad for the new Roland Juno Gi keyboard featuring a guitar player using the device as an amp. And the same keyboard magazine has a piece on Melody Gardot with a photo of her sitting next to her guitar. wtf?)

So I kind of wanted to talk about some trivial stuff this week. But with so much interesting and seemingly serious stuff going on, I’m not sure I want to talk about crayons. I’m going to think about this some more.

I’m not sure what I’m going to do this week. So I’m starting just by tossing all this stuff out here.

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