space

You are a ghost driving a meat-covered skeleton alvin August 13, 2019 - 7:21am

Went up on the roof of the garage to look at the meteor shower, which always reminds me that we're on a rock hurtling through space. Which further reminds me of this.

~ August 13, 2018

How to control LaTeX titlepage top margin spacing

As a brief note to self, when you need to control spacing at the top of the title page (titlepage) in a LaTeX document, use the \vspace command, as shown in this example:

Mashable asked astronauts if they think aliens exist alvin March 24, 2018 - 2:46pm

Mashable asked astronauts if they think aliens exist. Here’s part of the article I found interesting:

“The math isn’t easy. How many stars are in the universe? Well, that depends on the size of the universe. We’re able to observe the cosmic microwave background (CMB), radiation formed around 400,000 years after the Big Bang. It tells us the observable universe goes back around 14 billion years. But there could be something beyond the CMB, or even other universes contained in a massive ‘multiverse.’”

“Within the constraints of the observable universe, there could be 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 (or septillion) stars, according to astronomer David Kornreich. (He conceded to Space.com that the number could be a gross underestimate.)”

7% of astronaut Scott Kelly’s DNA changed permanently alvin March 10, 2018 - 12:01pm

I don’t get too much news from inquisitr.com, but this story that shows that 7% of astronaut Scott Kelly’s DNA changed permanently is interesting.

All is one, all is one alvin January 6, 2018 - 11:42am

I am without form, without limit
Beyond space, beyond time
I am in everything, everything is in me
I am the bliss of the universe
Everywhere am I.

~ Ram Kir

A friend of mine was a devout yoga practitioner, and even studied under B.K.S. Iyengar. Right before she passed away, she began to cry tears of joy, and said, “All is one, all is one.”

Mysterious Particles are Slamming Into the Earth alvin November 18, 2017 - 10:01am

National Geographic has an article titled, Mysterious Particles are Slamming Into the Earth.

Quantum Gravity Research Could Unearth the True Nature of Time alvin December 18, 2016 - 12:24pm

Here’s a link to a wired.com article, Quantum Gravity Research Could Unearth the True Nature of Time.

Ender’s Game, one of the best movies of 2014 alvin December 7, 2016 - 4:03pm

Ender’s Game isn’t a “feel good” movie, but for what it is — a science fiction war movie — it’s one of the smartest movies of the last five years, with terrific special effects.

Ender's Game

Traveling to the Moon alvin November 22, 2016 - 9:24am

What the sky will look like when people travel back and forth to the Moon.

The universe is built up into an aggregate of permanent objects connected by causal relations alvin November 11, 2016 - 2:29pm

“The universe is built up into an aggregate of permanent objects connected by causal relations that are independent of the subject and are placed in objective space and time.”

~ Jean Piaget

I can’t agree with the “permanent objects” phrase, but this is a quote from the book, Implementing Domain-Driven Design, by Vaughn Vernon