中老年征婚

中老年征婚This is what fascinates me most in existence:
the peculiar necessity of imagining what is, in fact, real.
– Philip Gourevitch
epigraph to Blindsight by Peter Watts >

Reading:Brit Bennett, The Vanishing Half

中老年征婚The Vanishing Half by Brit BennettExquisitely narrated by Shayna Small

A beautifully written, multi-generational story with lusciously vivid characters providing a remarkably clear mirror for this time.

And that was how love worked, wasn't it? A transference leaping onto you if you inched close enough.

Penguin Audio, 2020, Downpour??

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Contemplating:
Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man

Emmanuel Acho, Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man

This is essential.

Welcome to the first of hopefully many episodes of Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man.
   In the midst of all this chaos in our world, so many of y'all have reached out to me, and by y'all, I mean white people have reached out to me asking, "How can I help? How can I join in? How can I stand with you?"
   So I've created this for you because in order to stand with us, and people that look like me, you have to be educated on issues that pertain to me, and fully educated so that you can feel the full level of pain, so that you can have full understanding.
   I fervently believe that if the white person is your problem,only the white person can be your solution, and so this is made for you, my white brothers and sisters, to increase your level of understanding so that you can increase your level of compassion and lead ultimately to change.
   So consider this a safe space to answer so many questions that I've seen from y'all.

Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man with Emmanuel Acho??
Introductory episode??

Contemplating:
Juneteenth and the Meaning of Freedom

An essay worth reflecting upon by Jelani Cobb.

There's a paradox inherent in the fact that emancipation is celebrated primarily among African-Americans, and that the celebration is rooted in a perception of slavery as something that happened to black people, rather than something that the country committed. The paradox rests on the presumption that the arrival of freedom should be greeted with gratitude, instead of with self-reflection about what allowed it to be deprived in the first place. Emancipation is a marker of progress for white Americans, not black ones.

Jelani Cobb, Juneteenth and the Meaning of Freedom??, The New Yorker, June 19, 2020.

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Living in the Rockies

Prickly pear (Opuntia??) blooming on the first day of summer.

Prickly pear (Opuntia)

Higher res versions of these photos >
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Woodworking: Windtraveler lamp

The Windtraveler shoji lamp

Dedicated to my good friend Thomas Hey'l
who has inspired me to look at design more deeply
and to take even more care about precision.

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中老年征婚

People walk at an average pace of about 2.5 miles per hour.
Trail winding up Cow Creek valley by Toshen
Meanwhile, light travels about 186,000 miles per second, or about 11,160,000 miles per hour. It would take light about 0.13 seconds to travel around the Earth,
Blue Marble, 2012. Credit: NASA/NOAA/GSFC/Suomi NPP/VIIRS/Norman Kuring
1.3 seconds to travel the 238,900 miles from the moon to the Earth,
Big end-of-year moon by Toshen
8.3 minutes to travel the 93,000,000 miles from the sun to Earth, and 1.3 hours to travel the 890,000,000 miles from the sun to Saturn. To get a glimpse of an idea of just how far away Saturn is, see If the Moon were only 1 pixel?? by Josh Worth.
Saturn. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute
At the scale of the solar system, the Earth is a spec of dust. 1,300,000 Earths could fit within our sun.
Sun, from the video Fiery Looping Rain on the Sun. Credit: NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center/SDO
Our sun, as big as it is, is just a tiny twinkle of light in a suburb of the Milky Way galaxy. Its light takes 28,000 years to travel to the center of the Milky Way.
The Milky Way in Yosemite by bgwashburn is licensed under CC BY 2.0 (cropped)
One light year is just short ofsix trillion miles (5,878,625,000,000). The Milky Way has a diameter of about 100,000 light-years, and contains as many as 400 billion stars, which together create a smidgen of light in our local group of galaxies.
The Milky Way: VL test PSP8 by gjdonatiello is licensed under CC CC0 1.0 (cropped)The light of the Milky Way takes about 2,300,000 years to travel just to the nearby Andromeda galaxy. Isn't it amazing that by using our inherent art of visualization, we can be there, instantly, in this moment.
Andromeda. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech
The observable universe is estimated to contain as many as two trillion galaxies. To get more perspective on this eXtreme Deep Field (XDF) Hubble image, see the short video: Hubble Legacy Field Zoom-Out??. Make sure to read the notes, too.
To get a glimpse of an idea of just how big the observable universe is, see Neal Agarwal's fun website, The Size of Space??.
Hubble eXtreme Deep Field (XDF). Credit: NASA, ESA, G. Illingworth, D. Magee, and P. Oesch (University of California, Santa Cruz), R. Bouwens (Leiden University), and the HUDF09 Team

By the way, because of the Earth's spin, if you're standing still at the equator, you're actually moving at about 1,667 km/hour (1,037 miles/hour). The Earth is orbiting our sun at approximately 30 km/sec (67,108 miles/hour). Our sun is orbiting the center of our Milky Way Galaxy at approximately 250 km/sec (560,000 miles/hour). And our galaxy is moving through our universe at approximately 600 km/sec (1,340,000 miles/hour). Hang on!

All distances and times are approximate.

Image credits:

  1. Hiking trail in Cow Creek valley?? by Toshen, CC by NCSA??
  2. Blue Marble, 2012, Earth image?? by NASA/NOAA/GSFC/Suomi NPP/VIIRS/Norman Kuring
  3. Full moon image?? by Toshen, CC by NCSA??
  4. Saturn?? by NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute
  5. Sun, from the video Fiery Looping Rain on the Sun?? by NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center/SDO
  6. The Milky Way in Yosemite?? by bgwashburn?? is licensed under CC BY 2.0?? (cropped)
  7. Milky Way in Summer: VL test PSP8?? by gjdonatiello?? is licensed under CC CC0 1.0?? (cropped)
  8. Andromeda?? by NASA/JPL-Caltech
  9. Hubble eXtreme Deep Field (XDF)??: NASA, ESA, G. Illingworth, D. Magee, and P. Oesch (University of California, Santa Cruz), R. Bouwens (Leiden University), and the HUDF09 Team