Monday, May 18, 2015

It was your favourite movie. Would such a letter in reality move you?

“My Dearest Allie. I couldn’t sleep last night because I know that it’s over between us. I’m not bitter anymore, because I know that what we had was real. And if in some distant place in the future we see each other in our new lives, I’ll smile at you with joy and remember how we spent a summer beneath the trees, learning from each other and growing in love. The best love is the kind that awakens the soul and makes us reach for more, that plants a fire in our hearts and brings peace to our minds. And that’s what you’ve given me. That’s what I’d hoped to give to you forever. I love you. I’ll be seeing you. Noah.”

I didnt plan on falling in love with you, and I doubt if you planned on falling in love with me. But once we met, it was clear that neither of us could control what was happening to us. We fell in love, despite our differences, and once we did, something rare and beautiful was created. For me, love like that has happened only once and thats why every minute we spent together has been seared in my memory. Ill never forget a single moment of it. -The Notebook. 

https://www.pinterest.com/mnpur531/the-notebook-and-other-love-letters/

Sunday, May 10, 2015

I love you

and I want to be with you for all of my remaining days, Cara Lee Xxxxxxx.

Cara Boo
C'Boo
Cupcake Princess
Lou
Panda Lou
Lou Lou
Cara Lou
Classy Penguin
Canadian Panda
Lil Cupcake
Sweet Pea
...
My love.

Giving you space and time. Just journaling here in the meantime.

Monday, April 8, 2013

Small Things Coming

I recently posted on Twitter/Facebook/Google+ that "nano is huge." It was on my mind for a few reasons. Locally, it's because of the SUNY Albany College of Nanotechnology, and the miniaturization lab at the Global Foundries complex near Malta, NY.

What really had me pondering, though, was reading Richard Feynman's 1959 lecture on miniaturization, titled There's Plenty of Room at the Bottom. It was mostly focused on computer technology, but included an intriguing bit about arranging atoms into the structures we want. It's a fascinating talk, and very far ahead of it's time. It's worth reading about that talk and the Feynman challenges.

But, even if we don't leap that far ahead, there has been some amazing progress in miniaturization. It's also a good idea to continue the efforts in the reverse direction - reducing waste to it's chemical or molecular components. Of course, on the one hand we might get the replicators of Star Trek, and the ability to reduce waste and recycle everything, we'll probably also get the disintegration rays, but we can't let the negative possibilities derail the positives, can we?

The other things that I recently saw that tie this thread together regard the role of chemistry and some recent advances in that field relating to x-ray analysis. Although they are mostly beyond my comprehension, I can grasp that it makes the analysis of molecular structures much easier, which relates to the Feynman lecture mentioned above, and other writings of his.*

http://pipeline.corante.com/archives/2013/03/28/xray_structures_of_everything_without_crystals_holy_cow.php.

http://www.thenakedscientists.com/HTML/news/news/1000127

Lastly, was an email I forgot I had sent myself with a link to an article about an amazing substance called Graphene. Ignore the silly news reader chatter - the video is interesting: http://www.kusi.com/video?clipId=8716717&autostart=true


* I recommend reading any of Feynman's work, but do start with "Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman." The cause of most of this piece is my recent reading of "The Pleasure of Finding Things Out." He's a bit difficult to follow at times, due in part to the fact that many of his articles are aimed at an audience of his peers, and his somewhat erratic writing style.


UPDATE: add nanocellulose to the list! I've seen a lot about algae being used to make bio-fuels, but this is new to me.





Friday, October 28, 2011

This is a blog

Before Facebook it was how we wrote things that nobody cared about reading and shouted look at me, me, me!

Yuck, yuck. Funny thing is, I still follow more blogs via Google Reader than I do people on Facebook. And I pay more attention to them than I do Twitter. And while I love the effort, Google+ is just kind a playground for the more nerdy types to create longer posts than they can on Twitter.

Now get off my porch. I have to watch my programs, then read my newspaper. ;-)
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