Friday, February 29, 2008

bissextile

what the hell is leap year all about anyhow?

why is it every 4 years we tack an extra day onto the end of February?

after briefly consulting wikipedia, it has something to do with the amount of time it takes the earth to travel around the sun. Apparently it takes approximately 365 days and 6 hours to complete a revolution around the sun, and when they were figuring out the calendar I guess someone came up with a system to just add a day every 4 years to compensate for the extra 6 hours. But the wikipedia entry is kind of convoluted because it then goes into how it's not exactly 6 hours and that leads me to believe the whole leap day thing is some weird bullshit thing we weird humans do. It's like a ritual or tradition or something.

On a side bar, the bissextile wikipedia entry argues and attempts to justify the leap day by stating. "Because seasons and astronomical events do not repeat at an exact number of full days, a calendar which had the same number of days in each year would, over time, drift with respect to the event it was supposed to track."

I think it's strange that as human kind we observe this Gregorian calendar with it's leap day quirks.

I find it interesting that it takes approximately 6 hours beyond 365 days for the earth to complete a revolution around the sun. Everything always goes back to space. Since man has been around and recording things, it seems he's looked at the sky and stars, evolved and developed technology that allows us to travel into space, land on the moon, and now we're building a space station (when we're not busy shooting down "weather" satellites).

I've had a busy month and missed out on blogging about all the space stuff that's been going on. I did closely watch the shuttle launch and latest endeavor, the lunar eclipse (very cool), and of course, the bullshit "shoot the dangerous weather satellite" situation. Which seems very intersting, especially since they did more harm then good by shooting it. I read an article somewhere (that I forgot and can't cite) that stated that any particles more the 4 inches in diameter pose a hazard to spacecraft (read "hazard to all future shuttle missions"). I don't know why the military and others who think this was a good idea can't equate that

blowing something up = changing it from 1 big piece to many many small jagged pieces

I mean this concept just seems like common sense. You don't need no college degree to figure that one out. So, okay, we have some anti-missile and satellite weapons we're itching to use. Why is what we did any different from what the Chinese did on January 11th, 2007? Who are the U.S. to criticize and get their panties in a twist over suspected demonstration of military capabilities when here we are just a little more then a year later doing the same thing?? It's amazing.

And how about the moon the other night, the lunar eclipse. could you feel the pull of the eclipse? I sure did. I totally felt it sucking my life force. I went onto my front porch and was overwhelmed by the pull; it felt completely magnetic. I do believe that the moon has an effect on many things, definitely all animals and plants. The moon has such an powerful impact on the tides, the globe's oceans and the weather; the moon is an amazing, continuous force. Since humans are comprised of between 55% and 65 % water and our brains are comprised of 80% water, I have to think that effects us somehow.

It's all connected.

Space is so much bigger then us. We have no clue and are wrapped around our condensed existence. We can't even comprehend space, I don't think at this stage of our evolution we don't have the capacity tu comprehend space. We're off to a crude, shaky and dangerous start, but we've also made progress and are learning things. But the whole world has to work together. None of this "China can't shoot down a satellite but it's okay if we do it" bullshit. It's counter productive and impeding technological progress. I don't think space is where it's at, but I do think there are other civilizations existing on other planets in different galaxies or dimensions. Space is the place you have to go to get there. I wonder who first thought to call it "space." I suppose that comes from a shortened version of the word "outer space."

Remember that bad movie with Martin Short, "Innerspace"?

Remember when the Challenger blew up? I was a horrified 8th grader, sitting in science class watching the launch on TV with the rest of the class. We remained silent after it blew up on TV, not really understanding what went on, when some kid in the back of the room asked out loud, "did it just blow up?" That was in 4th period. By 7th period, all of the jokes were going around. I still know a bunch of them.





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