Friday, January 10, 2014

The Vastness Of Space - The Immensity Of Time



Whenever I allow myself to speak with (and listen to) the occasional Mormon or Jehovah's Witness who knocks politely at my apartment door, I an no longer surprised to have them tell me how their great, glorious, and most divine God who created the universe and all that is in it loves the human race above all other things.

Or something to that effect.

No, I am not surprised, but I often wonder if these self-styled saints and prophets have ever watched a scientific representation of the actual universe as it exists today. Such as the following short YouTube video.

The Vastness Of Space

Or this one . . .

Immensity Of The Universe

Which reminds me of Carl Sagan. In all my reading throughout my lifetime, so far, I believe the most touching statement emoted by a man regarding his wife is:

"In the vastness of space and the immensity of time, it is my joy to share a planet and an epoch with Annie."
--Carl Sagan
[Dedication to Sagan's wife, Ann Druyan, in Cosmos]

But then, of course, as I am often told: I'm a weirdo.

Note: The writing of my fiction story is not going well.


Did You Know . . .?

Riding in NASA’s Mach 9.68 X-43, a hypersonic scramjet that is the fastest aircraft in the world, it would take 95,000 years to travel one light-year.
Note: One light-year is about 5.9 trillion miles.



On this day in 2008, at the New Delhi Auto Expo in India, Tata Motors introduced the Nano, billing it as the world's cheapest car: The anticipated price tag is around $2,500. Tata, India's largest automaker, called the four-door, bubble-shaped mini-vehicle (it was just 5 feet wide and 10 feet long) the "People's Car" and declared that it would be a vehicle for families who previously hadn't been able to afford a car. The Nano went on sale in April 2009. The basic model carried a starting price of approximately $2,000 and came without a radio, air conditioning, airbags, power steering or power windows. It had a body made of plastic and sheet metal and a 32-horsepower, 624cc two-cylinder rear-mounted engine, and it could reach speeds of 65 miles per hour. The car had just one windshield wiper

Tata Motors is part of the Tata Group, one of India's largest and oldest business conglomerates. And Tata does not just make inexpensive cars: In March 2008, the company purchased the venerable British brands Jaguar and Land Rover from the Ford Motor Company for $2.3 billion.



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I think what a life in science really teaches you is the vastness of our ignorance.
--David Eagleman




  1. Dear Gene, You're not a weirdo. (Or we both are!) You impress me with your insatiable curiosity. Oftentimes I expand my old brain by clicking on one of the links you provide. (I wish you would make your links blank targets, so I could remain on your blog site, and view the links as new tabs or new windows.)

    As to the self-styled saints, I love the 1950s appearance and manner of speaking so many of them present. Narrow, black neckties set against starched white shirts; or proper skirts and modest, choked blouses (the right way women should dress).

    Naked, virginal angels who conceal their wings for sake of humility.

    Saints? No, they are not. They are sinners like you and me. Yet, they remain sunny, buoyant, and happy to preach. Whoever, or whatever cosmic power planted the first rosebush smiles at all of us when we inhale her blossoms' aroma.

    I smile when I read what you write. Your sometimes insistent voice is charming.

    Thanks for sticking with your writing. I'm still sitting on the cliff's edge, unable to find focus, afraid I've lost my ability. It's been the most difficult year of my life.

    Your blog provided me relief during the most painful days.

    Gene, you do have a purpose in life, whether or not you intend it to be so.

  2. More than one reader long ago commanded me to stop using new windows for my links -- said they like it better when all they have to do is click the back-arrow to return to my site after viewing the linked site.

    Ah, yes... the metaphoric morality of misguided mormon missionaries.

    Naked yet virginal angels? Hmm. That's poetry... ennit?

    Rosebush? Blossoms' aroma? More poetry? Well, I'm really not so much into the scent of flowers.

    Glad my insistent voice charms you. (smile)

    You thank me for sticking to my writing? It's not by choice. I am simply unable to stop.

    Of course, after such trauma as yours, you are sitting on a cliff. And only you can decide whether to rest there or to jump.

    I am glad my blog gave you comfort while you suffered such terrible physical pain.

    I agree that I have a purpose in life; however I have already fulfilled that purpose, which is to live and while living to produce offspting and thereby assure the continuation of the species.

    Thanks for the great comment, Anthony.

    1. That should have been 'offspring' not 'offspting.'