Thursday, December 23, 2010

Friday, December 17, 2010

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Friday, December 10, 2010

Adventurous and epic morning indeed: got up early, had an epic shower, left to pick up my favorite childhood book from the post office, intalnire cu controlorii in tramvai. M-am strecurat din plasa lor fara sa-si dea seama, mi-am ridicat cartea de la posta. Euforia deschiderii coletului si the wonderful sight of that old, tattered book cover? Priceless. Sentimentul eschivarii controlorului? Something like this:

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Our cells are weird chimeras 
Perhaps a billion years ago, a single-celled organism arose that would ultimately give rise to all of the plants and animals on Earth, including us. This ancestor was the result of a merging: one cell swallowed, imperfectly, another cell. The predator provided the outsides, the nucleus and most of the rest of the chimera. The prey became the mitochondrion, the cellular organ that produces energy. Most of the time, this ancient symbiosis proceeds amicably. But every so often, our mitochondria and their surrounding cells fight. The result is diseases, such as mitochondrial myopathies (a range of muscle diseases) or Leigh’s disease (which affects the central nervous system).

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It's taken a while for me to find this out

Hiccups: The first air-breathing fish and amphibians extracted oxygen using gills when in the water and primitive lungs when on land — and to do so, they had to be able to close the glottis, or entryway to the lungs, when underwater. We descendants of these animals were left with vestiges of their history, including the hiccup. In hiccupping, we use ancient muscles to quickly close the glottis while sucking in (albeit air, not water). One of the reasons it is so difficult to stop hiccupping is that the entire process is controlled by a part of our brain that evolved long before consciousness, and so try as you might, you cannot think hiccups away.


Monday, December 6, 2010

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

What goes faster than the speed of light?

1. The Big Bang itself expanded much faster than the speed of light. But this only means that "nothing can go faster than light." Since nothing is just empty space or vacuum, it can expand faster than light speed since no material object is breaking the light barrier. Therefore, empty space can certainly expand faster than light.
2. If you wave a flashlight across the night sky, then, in principle, its image can travel faster than light speed (since the beam of light is going from one part of the Universe to another part on the opposite side, which is, in principle, many light years away). The problem here is that no material object is actually moving faster than light. (Imagine that you are surrounded by a giant sphere one light year across. The image from the light beam will eventually hit the sphere one year later. This image that hits the sphere then races across the entire sphere within a matter of seconds, although the sphere is one light year across.) Just the image of the beam as it races across the night sky is moving faster than light, but there is no message, no net information, no material object  that actually moves along this image.
3. Quantum entanglement moves faster than light. If I have two electrons close together, they can vibrate in unison, according to the quantum theory. If I then separate them, an invisible umbilical cord emerges which connects the two electrons, even though they may be separated by many light years. If I jiggle one electron, the other electron "senses" this vibration instantly, faster than the speed of light. Einstein thought that this therefore disproved the quantum theory, since nothing can go faster than light.
But actually this experiment (the EPR experiment) has been done many times, and each time Einstein was wrong. Information does go faster than light, but Einstein has the last laugh. This is because the information that breaks the light barrier is random, and hence useless. (For example, let's say a friend always wears one red sock and one green sock. You don't know which leg wears which sock. If you suddenly see that one foot has a red sock, then you know instantly, faster than the speed of light, that the other sock is green. But this information is useless. You cannot send Morse code or usable information via red and green socks.)
4. The most credible way of sending signals faster than light is via negative matter. You can do this either by:
a) compressing the space in front of your and expanding the space behind you, so that you surf on a tidal wave of warped space. You can calculate that this tidal wave travels faster than light if driven by negative matter (an exotic form of matter which has never been seen.)b) using a wormhole, which is a portal or shortcut through space-time, like the Looking Glass of Alice.
In summary, the only viable way of breaking the light barrier may be through General Relativity and the warping of space time. However, it is not known if negative matter exists, and whether the wormhole will be stable. To solve the question of stability, you need a fully quantum theory of gravity, and the only such theory which can unite gravity with the quantum theory is string theory (which is what I do for a living). Sadly, the theory is so complex that no has been able to fully solve it and give a definitive anwer to all these questions. Maybe someone reading this blog will be inspired to sovle string theory and answer the question whether we can truly break the light barrier.

See, this is why i love science

"So the notes on the string correspond to the sub-atomic particles of nature. Physics corresponds to the harmonies of the strings. Chemistry corrersponds to the melodies we can play on interacting strings. The universe is a symphony of strings (and the Mind of God that Einstein wrote about is cosmic music resonating through 11 dimensional hyperspace)." Dr. Michio Kaku

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Four guys have been going to the same deer camp for many years.
Two days before the group is to leave, Larry’s wife puts her foot down and tells him he isn’t going.
Larry’s friends are very upset that he can’t go, but what can they do.
Two days later the three get to the camping site only to find Larry sitting there with a tent set up, firewood gathered, and dinner cooking on the fire.
“Damn man, how long you been here, and how did you talk your wife into letting you go?”
“Well, I’ve been here since yesterday.
Yesterday evening, I was sitting in my chair and my wife came up behind me and put her hands over my eyes and said, ‘Guess who?’”
I pulled her hands off, and she was wearing a brand new see through nightie.
She took my hand and pulled me to our bedroom. The room had candles and rose pedals all over.
On the bed she had handcuffs, and ropes!
She told me to tie and cuff her to the bed, and I did.
And then she said, “Do what ever you want.”
So, Here I am.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Monday, November 15, 2010

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Born to create drama ;)

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Sad but true

Bend me, break me
Anyway you need me
All I want is you
Bend me, break me
Breaking down is easy
All I want is you

I fall down just to give you a thrill
Prop me up with another pill
If I should fail, if I should fold
I nailed my faith to the sticking pole

Thursday, November 11, 2010

219 days

I will love you when you're blue
Tell me darlin' true
What am I to you?

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

You find it easier to mistrust me than to trust me.
You're so used to people around you to think and feel bad things toward you, that you've become to consider those much more real, much more likely to be true. When people feel good things, you find it very hard to believe. So when the hint of a bad thing pops up, despite all the good things you know, you're very quick to believe it. You're so used to being hurt that you embrace it when it happens as something painful, but familiar. Being loved is so foreign to you that you immediately discard it when the more familiar hurt comes up: because at least you're used to that and know how to act..
Sometimes people never change. Situations change, feelings change, but people's true nature remains inflexible. It's the purest form of procrastination: the lingering, dragging crystallized shades of one's personality.
In their hearts, it's always easier to trust their own fears, doubts and pessimism. They can be surrounded with all the good in the world and still not know how to appreciate it: the slightest hint of negativity will usher their own vulnerabilities and turn every single unfortunate word, phrase, event or feeling into a titanic hurdle against their happiness.
C'est la vie.

Friday, November 5, 2010

7 Months

That's 213.057949 days.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Monday, November 1, 2010

First Day of Work

First day of work. Let's see how this goes!

Man Man - Ice Dogs

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Fuck You

Saturday, October 30, 2010

I'd die if i saw you, i'd die if didn't see you...

Friday, October 29, 2010

Cleomf Cleomf Splorrt Splorrt Cleomf

Thursday, October 28, 2010

My Gorgeous Lady

Red Handed

So i took Andreea home today and as it turns out her dad wanted to meet me :).
These situations are funny for a guy; though making a good first-impression is not exactly what concerned me, i had heard a lot of stories and meeting the man himself was going to be an important hurdle for me. 
He pretty much almost sneaked up on us while we were at the gate; a moment earlier and our passionate embrace would have had a rude interruption. Probably not even noticing me, this small, santa-claus like figure clad in thick warm clothing immediately started ranting at his daughter for being late and such; I attempted to make my presence known and the rather rude behavior continued for a few seconds, until I started to think our encounter was not going to be that pleasant after all. But as soon as she introduced us, Santa Claus turned into this smiling, rather aloof man unsure of what to say. So I took my victory as it was and wished them a good night.
Funny story, indeed. Meeting the father is always a breakthrough.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

A Perfect Circle - Magdalena (live)

overcome by your moving temple
overcome by this holiest of altars
so pure, so rare
to witness such a lovely goddess

i lost my self control
beyond compelled to throw this dollar down
before your holiest of altars

i'll sell my soul, my self esteem
a dollar at a time for one chance, one kiss
one taste of you my magdalena

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Thursday, October 21, 2010

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Saturday, October 16, 2010

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Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Monday, October 11, 2010

The path to personal enlightenment is a painful one, at best

"I'm a liar and a thief.."
Harsh lines from Nirvana's Pennyroyal Tea cover.They bring in mind Bill Hick's drug-related rant that we are "the imaginations of ourselves".
The problem is, most of the times we choose to ignore the bad and rely on the good, even if it's just in our imagination. Sometimes the person we think we are is something better than what we'd like to admit - and we surround ourself with that illusion and make it as real as possible.
Facing your own faults and flaws is painful and frightening. I know i am less than what i think of myself... In the past year, i've been having difficulties expressing my daily life, talking about it, sharing it - after all, that's what a blog is for. And i haven't been very succesful, and have always argued that it's because i'm a private person. That it feels odd to share every part of my day-to-day life and about who i am, as a person.
Truth is, it's because i'm an illusion. Seamus is an illusion, a lie. I clamor for achievements and new insights, but in the end i realize i'm much less than i could be, i've accomplished nothing of real value. It's all a farce. I'm not who i appear to be... i'm afraid i'm a loser, a permanent loser. That there's nothing i can do to make up for all the time i've lost.

Hit the ground...

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Change doesn't come slowly...

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Birds can fly so high and they can shit on your head, yeah, they can almost fly into your eye and make you feel so scared... But when you look at them, and you see that they're beautiful.
Well, that's how i feel about you.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Very, very true observational humor

More often than not, when someone is telling me a story all
I can think about is that I can't wait for them to finish so that I can
tell my own story that's not only better, but also more directly
involves me.
Nothing sucks more than that moment during an argument when
you realize you're wrong.  

Have you ever been walking down the street and realized that you're going in the complete opposite direction of where you are supposed to be going? But instead of just turning a 180 and walking back in the direction from which you came, you have to first do
something like check your watch or phone or make a grand arm gesture and mutter to yourself to ensure that no one in the surrounding area thinks you're crazy by randomly switching directions on the sidewalk.
Do you remember when you were a kid, playing Nintendo and it wouldn't work? You take the cartridge out, blow in it and that would magically fix the problem. Every kid in America did that, but how did we all know how to fix the problem? There was no internet or message boards or FAQ's. We just figured it out. Today's kids are soft.
Sometimes, I'll watch a movie that I watched when I was younger and suddenly realize I had no idea what the fuck was going on when I first saw it.
I think everyone has a movie that they love so much, it actually becomes stressful to watch it with other people. I'll end up wasting 90 minutes shiftily glancing around to confirm that everyone's laughing at the right parts, then making sure I laugh just a little bit harder (and a millisecond earlier) to prove that I'm still the only one who really, really gets it.
Lol has gone from meaning, "laugh out loud" to "I have nothing else to say".
I have a hard time deciphering the fine line between boredom and hunger.

How many times is it appropriate to say "What?" before you just nod and smile because you still didn't hear what they said?

I hate being the one with the remote in a room full of people watching TV. There's so much pressure. 'I love this show, but will they judge me if I keep it on? I bet everyone is wishing we weren't watching this. It's only a matter of time before they all get up and
leave the room. Will we still be friends after this?'

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Monday, October 4, 2010