Driving to work this evening and listening to the radio, I came across some Midnight Oil and started thinking about the refrain of the song:
How can we dance when our earth is turning
How do we sleep while our beds are burning
i thought I would at least answer these questions.
The first is indeed a problem. How CAN you dance when the earth is turning? Depending on the nature of the surface you are dancing upon, a variety of difficulties can arise from angular momentum alone, not to mention other conservation laws. I don’t know what kind of dance the song may refer to, but it is possible that some of the dance moves are circular in motion. On any rotating spherical body, motion that goes against the rotation of this sphere moves slower relative to the movement that moves with the rotation of the spherical body. This differential, if the body is spinning rapidly enough, can cause strain normal to the axis of spin in addition to the centriptal forces of the rotating body and must be taken into account for high density, rapidly rotating small volume dance surfaces. This strain will appear as a small wobble, and eventually the wobble may gyrate at the resonance frequency of the dancer and and cause catastrophic failure. At this point the angular momentum of the remaining parts of the spinning dancer will be converted to linear motion and will present a hazard to any bystanders.
The second, how do you sleep when the bed is in flames, I suppose you can just get up and crash on your couch.
This article is the most awesome thing I have read since the LHC was turned on:
INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION — Astronauts aboard the ISS can add one more mission to their list: locate a spider that has disappeared.
When Space Shuttle Endeavour took off from Kennedy Space Center this month, the crew carried two spiders with them.
The spiders were sent in an enclosed box for a school science program. Students want to know if spiders can survive and makes webs in space, but now only one spider can be seen in the container.
NASA isn’t sure where the spider could have gone.
I know where the spider went. It crawled into someone’s EMU suit, nesting comfortably in the torso section, so it can drop right down in between the outer suit and under the LCVG during some critical EVA repair.
SPIDERS! THERE ARE SPIDERS IN MY SUIT! ARRRRGH!
I managed to rub Scotch Bonnet into my eye.
I do not recommend this.
So, I’m sitting here looking at the light breeze that is gently ruffling the trees outside. I’ve got everything I need, sufficient food for the cat, and I’ve cooked everything that needs cooking. Later, I’ll eat the ice cream should the power go out.
I’ll take pics as the storm progresses. I may not be able to post them, but we shall see.
The one problem I have with BSG is that it is episodic, and forces me to wait for the next installment. I do not want to wait for the next installment. I want the story NOW. NOW NOW NOW.
This is a test of code formatting.
SITES=`/usr/local/bin/sitelookup -a site_root`
if [ $SITERETVAL -eq 0 ]; then
for siteroot in $SITES
if [ -d $siteroot/var/tmp ]; then
echo $siteroot exists, don't touch
echo $siteroot NOT EXIST, mangling a new tmp dir...
chmod 1777 $siteroot/var/tmp
Hm. It seems brand new installations of MT craft your first post for you. Odd.