Artist Simon Beck must really love the cold weather! Along the frozen lakes of Savoie, France, he spends days plodding through the snow in raquettes (snowshoes), creating these sensational patterns of snow art. Working for 5-9 hours a day, each final piece is typically the size of three soccer fields! The geometric forms range in mathematical patterns and shapes that create stunning, sometimes 3D, designs when viewed from higher levels.”
So much full circle going on right now.
Just saw a post about the geminid meteors and flashed back to the tomorrow night of last year when I biked with James into the black of White Clay Creek and watched them, when my personal life was in absolute shambles. Then of course the tonight of last year was when I drank with Rachel in her dorm room and met Alex and just sort of wow this year a lot has happened now that I think about it.
Geminid Meteor Shower
The annual Geminid meteor shower peaks next week. Sadly, the Moon will be near-full brightening the sky for most of the night causing rates to be lower. However, the Geminids will still put on a good show pretty much anywhere that isn’t overcast, so don’t worry. Southern Hemisphere viewers will see lower rates, with the peak being ~40-60 meteors/hour in some locations, so you won’t be missing out as was the case for the Persieds earlier this year. Use the Fluxtimator to estimate the rate in your location.
Meteors will be visible when the radiant point is above the horizon from your location. The radiant point is in the constellation Gemini (Jupiter will be too, so get your binocs/telescopes), right next to the Orion constellation. You can spot meteors anywhere in the sky and it is not necessary to look towards the radiant point as some may believe. So go out, find somewhere dark, look up and enjoy the show.
Just a reminder.
Also, tonight (Dec. 11/12) should be fairly decent with the highest peak in certain places being ~25/hour, with optimal conditions. Rates should be the highest on the night of Dec. 13/14. In some places the night before will have similar or even slightly higher rates (check the Fluxtimator for a good guess). Keep in mind that the Moon sets an hour later each night too.
Some words of wisdom; I wouldn’t recommend going out for the best night only, clouds can be pretty douchey sometimes. Anyway, stay warm out there and enjoy the show everyone!
I just finished finals I shouldn’t be ughing
However it originated, though, the usage of “because-noun” (and of “because-adjective” and “because-gerund”) is one of those distinctly of-the-Internet, by-the-Internet movements of language. It conveys focus (linguist Gretchen McCulloch: “It means something like ‘I’m so busy being totally absorbed by X that I don’t need to explain further, and you should know about this because it’s a completely valid incredibly important thing to be doing’”). It conveys brevity (Carey: “It has a snappy, jocular feel, with a syntactic jolt that allows long explanations to be forgone” “It has a snappy, jocular feel, with a syntactic jolt that allows long explanations to be forgone”).
But it also conveys a certain universality. When I say, for example, “The talks broke down because politics,” I’m not just describing a circumstance. I’m also describing a category. I’m making grand and yet ironized claims, announcing a situation and commenting on that situation at the same time. I’m offering an explanation and rolling my eyes — and I’m able to do it with one little word. Because variety. Because Internet. Because language.
Reblogging. Because linguistics.
iconic video of my childhood
I still regularly quote this.
I can’t reblog this without providing a link in case anyone doesn’t know what this is. Because everyone should know what this is, I feel.
still say “HOKAY” and “well have a nap ZEN FIRE ZE MISSILES” it is 2013
"HOKAY" is (still) a staple of my vocabulary.
This will be recited in a week’s time.