Sunday, September 30, 2012

Science Sunday: The Stars - Part III: Low-Mass Shinys

This one's about the red-boxed stars
On the last Science Sunday, I discussed all the basic stellar populations, putting up little descriptions of each part of the HR diagram.  For the next few posts, I want to go in more depth regarding each portion of the diagram, starting with the Main Sequence.  As always, Wikipedia will be a major source of information.  Aside from that, I'll also *gasp* be using actual notes from my actual Stellar Interiors class that I actually took (and somehow passed) this past spring.  Actually!  So there might be some actual truth to this post!  Don't count on it though.

Without further ado, let's get into it.

Saturday, September 29, 2012

A Cup of Tea

Nan-in, a Japanese master during the Meiji era (1868-1912), received a university professor who came to inquire about Zen.  As Nan-in spoke, the professor would frequently interrupt him with remarks like "Oh yes, we have that too", and so forth.

Finally, Nan-in stopped talking and offered to serve the professor tea.  He brought out his teapot and two empty cups.  He filled the professor's cup, and then continued to pour.  As he continued, the teacup overflowed.

The professor watched the overflow until he could no longer restrain himself.  "Enough! No more can go into the cup!"

"Like this cup," Nan-in said, "you are full of your own opinions and speculations.  How can you begin to taste my tea if you do not first empty your cup?"

An amalgam of different stories of the Zen master and the learned man with the tea cup.  Stolen from bits of the internet.  Some of it's quoted from Bruce lee?

Friday, September 28, 2012

Cross-Post: US Population By Longitude & Latitude

Here's a little post by my friend Jim over at his blog ifweassume.  In it, he takes this post from and adds his own US Census data to it to come up with a population density map of the United States.  Interesting where all the little pockets are.  Note: the horizontal plot is density according to latitude, and the vertical is density according to longitude.

Here's the link for his post:

But here's also the post itself.  Enjoy:

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

The Storybook of the Kingkiller Chronicles - Pt. 1: Intro, Tinkers, and Taborlin the Great

Kvothe, Arliden's Son.  My hero.
There exists a series of books in this world that currently has my undying love: The Kingkiller Chronicles.  This series is as of now unfinished and still being written, with 2 books out of 3 already published by the author Patrick Rothfuss.  The first two books are The Name of the Wind, and The Wise Man's Fear.  Buy them.  The only thing that you'll regret about this purchase is that the third book has not been published yet, leaving thoughts of how this story will conclude to keep you up at night like a crack addict jonesin' for his (or her! Equal opportunity, folks) next hit.

Leaving Academia

This is a repost from someone else's blog.  The original can be found here:

Now, without further ado...

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Exploring Buddhism - Pt 1

I was sitting around in my apartment today thinking about how I haven't updated my blog in about 2 months and felt guilty about it, especially since one of my coworkers called me out on it on Friday. He was right too, I've been super lazy regarding this blog.  So, inspired the 6 (7?) fat and happy little buddhas that I've used to decorate my bathroom, I've decided today to look up some information regarding something that's always interested me a little bit: Buddhism.