February 28th, 2013

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A quiet month it has been so, not much in the way of photographs. I fear becoming too repetitive.

But still, I have a couple to share so, I will!

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Friday February 15, 2013_in the morning
First Photo: Liz, Cindy & Barbara with Ling-Ling at Barbara's new house, which is just a couple of blocks away from mine.
Second Photo: Me, Cindy & Barbara with Ling-Ling being all cute again. This is not the same Barbara who I have lunch with regularly. This Barbara, along with Liz, are the mom's of kids who went to school with Lauren and Jimmy, Cindy's son. They do coffee together a couple of times a week and now and then, I join them. Behind us is what is called a 'holding pond', which means that Barbara actually has a real view out her back sliding glass widow. Who knew such things existed and only like a couple of blacks away!!?!

Also, Friday February 15, 2013_in the afternoon
When Cindy and I go to Santa Cruz to pick up the kids, she takes Goldie along for a 'ridzee!!!' On the way over, she stopped for gas,While waiting, I got bored so, I took photos of Goldie, she in the backseat and me in the front. I liked this one the best.

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Thursday February 28, 2013_Books and a Great Courses
The Essential Ellison edited by Terry Dowling_Harlan Ellison is one of my favorite sf writers and this book is an anthology of many of his short stories, grouped chronologically and by type, and his critical writings. Thoroughly enjoyable reading and even if his overarching view of society is somewhat pessimistic, he still tries to provide some heart in most of his stories.
The Art of Reading is just about that, a course about how to read with more awareness as to structure and themes, style and narration etc. I've watched this before and will again.
The Imperfectionists by Tom Rachman, the bookclub's read, is about the trials and tribulations of an international newspaper based in Rome, written by a first time author who actually works for one. The chapters bounce between the current employees POV's, and the history of the paper, from its inception to the present, a structure that kept me very involved.
The Guide to Writing Fantasy and Science Fiction by Philip Athans is because I have this idea so, I'm investigating. I rarely mark up a book, but with this one, I underlined tons of tips and used blank pages to keep notes of my own. I had soooo much fun reading this book.
Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky is one of three books I started when much younger that I was unable to finish. Now I have. This translation by Pevear & Volokhonsky was recommended by a friend's son as the one being used in his highschool senior English class and, as far as I can tell, it's very well done. I'm glad I took the time to again attempt, and this time finish, this book.
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Number 58 on my mission101

Stars & the Nebulae Where They Are Born
All images were snagged, with some thought and care but without credit, from Google Images although you can imagine that most of the photographs came from Hubble and, therefore, from NASA.
                A star is a luminous sphere of mainly hydrogen, the lightest and most plentiful element in the universe, and helium, the second lightest and most plentiful. A spherical shape is attained when a balance (hydrostatic equilibrium) of two forces, gravity at its surface pulling inward toward the core and nuclear reaction at its core pushing outward toward the surface, is achieved.
                The nuclear reaction fuses together the nuclei of the lightest atoms (hydrogen) to form heavier atoms (helium) that in turn if the sun is large enough, fuse with other like atoms once the lightest atoms are mostly used up. For instance, within the Sun’s core, two hydrogen atoms fuse to form a helium atom that, because of the process of fusion, releases a photon (light) of radiation (electromagnetism) that will push outward toward the Sun’s surface, a journey that could take thousands of years, before finally radiating into space at a speed of 186,000 miles per second that, if heading towards the Earth, will shine down on us 8 minutes later as a single particle of light.
                With suns the size of ours, this fusion process doesn’t continue much beyond helium, but with massive stars, due to gravity’s inward pressure, this shelling of heavier to ever heavier elements towards their core continues well beyond helium. Consequently, massive stars burn much hotter, they use up their fuel much quicker and they die much younger than non-massive stars. Once a massive sun has fused all its silicon to iron, it will die within hours as iron cannot be fused.
First: a graphic showing a massive sun’s core with the shelling of its elements from hydrogen (H) to helium (He) to carbon (C) to neon (Ne) to oxygen (O) to silicon (Si) to iron (Fe)
Second: from http://science.gsfc.nasa.gov/, a photographic of the Sun

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