Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Across the Sea of Suns. Furious Gulf.

These two books in the Gregory Benford Galactic Center series, especially Furious Gulf, feel to me like masterpieces in fiction.  Benford writes “hard” science fiction that is heavy in physics and science, some of which is a little fantastic and hard to believe, but it makes for great stories.  His idea that the galaxy would be dominated by mechanical life forms intolerant of biological life has a convincing feel to it.   These books are a wild ride that stretch the imagination as to what is possible.  I especially enjoyed listening to them on Audible, because the performance of the readers gives the stories extra flavor.


Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Nicolaus Copernicus

Nicolaus Copernicus (German: Nikolaus Kopernikus; Italian: Nicolò Copernico; Polish: About this sound Mikołaj Kopernik (help·info); 19 February 1473 – 24 May 1543) was a Renaissance mathematician and astronomer who formulated a comprehensive heliocentric model which placed the Sun, rather than the Earth, at the center of the universe.[1]


The publication of Copernicus' epochal book, De revolutionibus orbium coelestium (On the Revolutions of the Celestial Spheres), just before his death in 1543, is considered a major event in the history of science. It began the Copernican Revolution and contributed importantly to the rise of the ensuing Scientific Revolution. Copernicus' heliocentric theory placed the Sun at the center of the solar system and described that system's mechanics in mathematical rather than Aristotelian terms.


One of the great polymaths of the Renaissance, Copernicus was a mathematician, astronomer, jurist with a doctorate in law, physician, quadrilingual polyglot, classics scholar, translator, artist,[2] Catholic priest, governor, diplomat and economist.



Tuesday, February 12, 2013

10 Coldest Temperatures in U.S. History


Sunday, February 10, 2013

Re: Yes, they actually can!

On Sun, Feb 10, 2013 at 10:13 AM, al grotz wrote:
The other day when I sent the 2 girls with a guitar I said they couldn't "get any more beautiful than this."
Actually they can :-).
My friend, Geoffrey, lives here in Asia and still doesn't know who "Girl's Generation" is.
And after watching Beyonce's ugly performance in the Super Bowl,
I thought it was time to update you guys on the girls I sent you about quite a while back.
It's not that these girls have gotten any more beautiful,
they are still pretty much the same girls as before,
but they have gotten more beautiful in the  production of their performances.
The following youtube link now has over 68 million views. I've never seen a you tube with that many views before.
Click here to see why:

Is this multilingual?   At first I couldn't understand the language and assumed that it was Asian.  If so, why mix two languages?   

I thought that the beginning was going to resemble science fiction, i.e. Superman's fortress of solitude.  

The rest is highly repetitious.  As pretty as the girls are, the song is a bore.  I am glad that these performers are doing well.

Best wishes,

John Coffey