28 May 2005
Stars scribble on our eyes
the frosty sagas,
The gleaming cantos of
Cape Hatteras, by Hart
27 May 2005
economic theory, based as it is on an inadequate theory of
human motivation, could be revolutionized by accepting the reality of higher
human needs, including the impulse to self actualization and the love for
the highest values."
Maslow, born this day in 1908, developed a psychology
based on a deep faith in human goodness. Each of us has an inner impetus to
growth and transcendence. As soon as our personal needs are filled, we seek
to provide for our families, and when our families are secure, we are moved
to think about the welfare of our communities.
Imagine if we took this to heart. Imagine if we stopped seeking to defang
the evil in others, but sought ways to offer our support, embracing diverse
visions, trusting others
as well as ourselves to work for a better world.
26 May 2005
"…with an eye made
quiet by the power
Of harmony, and the deep power of joy,
We see into the life of things."
"To a mind that is still, the whole universe surrenders."
– Chuang Tze
25 May 2005
Most phenomena in astronomy
unfold at a stately pace because they involve objects that are huge by our
earthly scale. But neutron stars, also known as pulsars, are an exception.
Under just the right circumstances, a burnt-out. imploding star can stop
just short of a black hole, and find a just-stable state in which it is just
a few miles across, with a density in the neighborhood of a billion tons per
teaspoon. Neutron stars can spin in a fraction of a second, so the
point of light we see can pulsate just that fast.
All neutron stars have mass
just about the size of the sun. If they’re a little smaller, they don’t
have the umph to make it to collapse. If they’re a little bigger, they
collapse all the way to black holes.
Very rarely, two neutron
stars will find each other, rotate about each other in tighter and tighter
circles, shedding energy of rotation in the form of gravitational waves. It
is thought that they finally can merge in a spectacular explosion, forming a
Last week, it was reported
that just such a merger may have been observed, as a burst of gamma rays, an
afterglow of x-rays, and a visible image in ordinary light were
24 May 2005
At the round earth's imagin'd corners, blow
Your trumpets, angels, and arise, arise
From death, you numberless infinities
Of souls, and to your scatter'd bodies go;
All whom the flood did, and fire shall o'erthrow,
All whom war, dearth, age, agues, tyrannies,
Despair, law, chance hath slain, and you whose eyes
Shall behold God and never taste death's woe.
- John Donne (1572-1631)
23 May 2005
Tampa Electric’s Polk
Station turns coal into gas before burning, leaving much of the carbon out
of the atmosphere, drastically cutting pollutants, and producing 10% more
electric energy from the same amount of coal. This kind of plant costs 20%
more to build than conventional coal generation plants, but the difference
is made up in a few years of lower operating costs, and even this modest
premium is expected to disappear after a few more plants have been built and
the technology becomes mature.
York Times article