The Power of Optics

The Power Of Optics!

After hundreds, perhaps hundreds of thousands, of years struggling to free itself from the sun’s awesome grasp, a lowly photon is finally free to speed off, at 186 thousand miles per second, on an almost 93 million mile journey to arrive here, on earth, roughly 8 minutes later. And what happens then is, well, less impressive than such a journey would seem to deserve. That is until you realize that our lowly photon did not come alone.

In fact, lowly photons like that, arriving at a staggering multi-trillions per second rate, are perhaps the prime driver of all the magic that happens here on our little world. And when I say “magic” I mean life baby. And, at the top of that flourishing tree of life is us, who, after our own long and epic journey through the evolutionary grinder, have finally learned enough about how it all works to be able to do really cool things like this…

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Calling Rube Goldberg!

Whether it’s for all the cute reminders of older technology, or if you’re just fascinated with room filling Rube Goldberg machines (like me), I think you’ll get a kick out of the following video! :)

GoldieBlox

3 Girls And Their Princess Machine

There are few things that annoy me more than Christmas ads on TV, particularly the ones that use children to convince other children that they just can’t have a “Merry Christmas” unless the crap they’re pushing is under the tree. However, having said that, I do occasionally see products that strike me as more than just useless junk kids will lose interest in almost immediately after receiving them – toys specifically designed in inspire a kid’s “imagineering” side.

Toys like GoldieBlox for instance…

My Keep Cool Friday

Well today is the day I’m hoping that order, or at least my crazy version of it, will return to my little world. As you might expect, with accumulating late rent penalties and the potential for having my cable, internet and phone cut off again, I’m just a tad “wound up” this morning… :roll: With…