Book 2 (or Book II in Roman numerals (??!) which is how the contents of my translation are listed which is weird because as far as I know, Ancient Greeks didn’t use Roman Numerals…) but anyhow, the second book of a total of nine books of Herodotus the Histories concerns itself entirely of his visit(s) to Egypt, their Geography, their Customs, their History, their Tales – a kind of ancient travelogue. Continue Reading
Wow. It’s been awhile; I’ve been on the road; I’ve been consumed with duties; life. Life is like that. Don’t we all know. I have been planning an architectural blog and it is coming. But in the madness, the confusion of just too much, I return to Rumi. Rumi rocks. He speaks to us through the centuries, but somehow particularly to Americans, his vision is especially pointed. We Americans with our monogamy (isn’t cheating a form of serial polygamy; and with a 50% divorce rate who’s to say?) , our illusion of “having it all figured out”, our systems, our sadness and our violence. Rumi. There is more to life than we might allow. So. Here is a Rumi poem I especially like considering the tone I have set. WARNING: It is at least to be rated X but not triple X for adult themes and sexuality. It is one of my favorites. Continue Reading
Ridin’ Down The Canyon Continue Reading
Too bad we don’t get the day off in the United States for Saint Patrick’s day. We’re all such workaholics in this country! But that’s why I posted a poem yesterday by James Clarence Mangan, Irish poet and will probably do another one of his tomorrow. He’s not well-known enough considering his genius.
You know at Saint Patrick’s day parties there might be some singing, Continue Reading
Dark matter interests me – and this is a great post. So there’s this certain something out there, that just has to be there, made up of stuff we can’t understand at all. Amazing how much we know; and how much we don’t.
This post is about dark matter and is the latest in my series on cosmology, the study of the origin and evolution of the Universe as a whole. As readers of my previous posts will recall, dark matter makes up about 27% per cent of the mass of the Universe.
Evidence for dark matter
Our solar system contains the Sun, eight planets with their moons and various minor bodies such as dwarf planets, comets and asteroids. If we plot the speed that each planet orbits the Sun against its distance from the Sun, then we get the curve shown below.
The graph above shows the speed at which the planets orbit the Sun in kilometres per second, plotted against their distance from the Sun in astronomical units (AUs). 1 AU is just under 150 million km and is the average distance between the Earth and the Sun.
The way that the speed of the planets’ orbits falls off with…
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Very good book reports! I’m on my way out tonight to get The Obstacle is the Way and Collected Poems of Michael Donaghy but all these books sound great!
I do too.
Because of the volume of reading I do (around 3-4 books a week) I find a lot of cool stuff. And when I find something incredible, it is difficult, (actually nigh on impossible) for me not to share it.
To that end I’ve written this post, which is a list of the absolute best of the books I’ve read in the past month or so.
I want to stress that these are not average books. These are not good books. These are the books that I recommend to my friends.
The face-meltingly amazing ones.
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Welcome to the Alan Olee Book Report, a blog devoted to Art and Sciences. Big topics I know – and the occasional book report! Lots to see, and hear, and talk about so stay tuned!