Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Brief Thoughts on Mediocrity


You pigs, you. You rut like pigs, is all. You got the most in you, and you use the least. You hear me, you? Got a million in you and spend pennies. Got a genius in you and think crazies. Got a heart in you and feel empties. All a you. Every you… …Take a war to make you spend. Take a jam to make you think. Take a challenge to make you great. Rest of the time you sit around lazy, you. Pigs, you! All right, God damn you! I challenge you, me. Die or live and be great. Blow yourselves to Christ gone or come and find me, Gully Foyle, and I make you men. I make you great. I give you the stars. - Gulliver Foyle; The Stars my Destination

Mediocrity is an issue for me. Mediocrity, by one definition, means “of only ordinary or moderate quality; neither good nor bad; barely adequate.” By another definition, it means “not satisfactory; poor; inferior.” The thing about mediocrity is that once it's accepted, it can go on to generate a trend in your life. Paraphrasing (as I don't remember the exact message, only the gist of it) what my AP History teacher, Mr. Burke, had said to us roughly 10 years ago: you can be mediocre now, and go on to a mediocre school, get a mediocre job, a mediocre car, a mediocre house, a mediocre wife, and a mediocre life. And that's fine, if that's what you're comfortable with.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Science Sunday: The Stars - Part II: All Types of Shiny Things


Oh snap!  It's that time again!

On the first Science Sunday, I discussed the Sun.  After that, I talked about charged particles and light.  The goal there was to talk about light and charged particles in order to build up the machinery for this and later blog posts, where I hope to talk about all of the wonderful things that they do in the Universe.  Very specifically, I wanted to introduce the concept of different types of light occurring at different wavelengths, so that I had a reference for when I talk about it here.  I'll probably be referencing it often, so be sure to keep an eye out for links like this that use it as a reference.

In great contrast to the first post, today I'm going to talk about the Sun not being special at all.  Instead I'll cover most of the known types of stars that reside in our Milky Way, including the Sun as one amongst billions.  Today we talk about stellar populations.

As with before, I'll steal from Wikipedia liberally.  Onward!

Sunday, July 8, 2012

...and again!

It appears that I'm spending too much time doing things that aren't nourishing my scientific side, so there wasn't enough time for me to complete the Science Sunday post that I've been working on.  Instead of giving myself a "deadline" for the next one, I'll just say that it's up when it's up.

Bleh.

Sunday, July 1, 2012

No Science Sunday...Again

Bleh.  I ended up being a lot more busy than I thought I would after coming back from vacation.  Didn't plan accordingly for completing the Science Sunday that I had in mind, so there's none today.

I think I'll try to do it once very other week.  Still working out the kinks on the limits of what I can and cannot manage with this whole blogging-about-science thing.

I'll try to have some other post(s) up this week as well!  Sorry!