I think in my case Jarvis might be talking about Tumblr.
Turbine Cat and those ever present obstacles that can ruin your day if you aren’t paying attention.
My old 1972 Maule M-4-220C at Upper Loon Creek in the Frank Church Wilderness of Idaho.
I miss this plane and the fun we had with it. It’s now living in Montana.
Astronomers have discovered the largest known structure in the universe, a clump of active galactic cores that stretch 4 billion light-years from end to end. The structure is a light quasar group (LQG), a collection of extremely luminous Galactic Nulcei powered by supermassive central black holes.
So that’s cool and everything, but maybe some of you would be interested to know why this is a significant find? Beyond just its record-setting bigness.
Since Einstein, physicists have accepted something called the Cosmological Principle, which states that the universe looks the same everywhere if you view it on a large enough scale. You might find some weird shit over here, and some other freaky shit over there, but if you pull back the camera far enough, you’ll find that same weird and/or freaky shit cropping up over and over again in a fairly regular distribution. This is because the universe is (probably) infinite in size and (we are pretty darn sure) has, and has always had, the same forces acting on it everywhere.
So why is this new LQG so radical? (It stands for ‘Large Quasar Group,’ btw, not ‘Light Quasar Group.’)
Well, let’s try to comprehend the scale we’re dealing with. A ‘megaparsec,’ written Mpc, is about 3.2 million light years long. The Milky Way is about 0.03 Mpc across (or 100,000 light years). The distance between our galaxy and Andromeda, our closest galactic neighbor, is 0.75 Mpc, or 2.5 million light years. LQGs are usually about 200 Mpc across. Assuming a logarithmic distribution of weird shit outliers (if you don’t know how logarithmic distribution curves work, don’t worry about it), cosmologists predicted that nothing in the universe should be more than 370 Mpc across.
This new LQG is 1200 Mpc long. That’s four billion light years. Four BILLION LIGHT YEARS. Just to travel from one side to the other of this one thing. I mean for fuck’s sake, the universe is only about 14 billion years old! How many of these things could there be?
Right now it looks like the Cosmological Principle might be out the window, unless physicists can find some way to make the existence of this new LQG work with the math (and boy, are they trying). And that’s totally baffling. It would mean—well, we don’t have any idea what it would mean. That the universe isn’t essentially uniform? That some ‘special’ physics apply/applied in some places but not in others? That Something Happened that is totally outside our current ability to understand or quantify stuff happening?
By the way, no one lives there. The radiation from so many quasars would sterilize rock.
Holy fuck. I never really understood how they caught birds before, I assumed they had to sneak up on them.
How was this even caught on camera?
Is that what you do for a living?!? I'm so excited/jealous
Yeah, that’s one of the things I do. It’s a seasonal gig, and even though it’s one of the most fun and rewarding professions I’ve ever had, it can be grueling and thankless at times, just like any other job. It was a mid-life crisis thing, however I think it only made the crisis worse. :P
I wear a lot of different hats. I keep busy with consulting work during the off-season (engineering), and other odd jobs, some of them very odd, heheh.
One of them is teaching women how to kick men’s asses in an efficient and expeditious manner. I’m also a technical writer, and I’m working on a novel with an aviation theme.
Doing a lot of different things keeps me from getting bored.
Does anyone remember that one time Lucifer was in Chuck?
Hey, it’s Edgar Sloan. A real nasty guy. Casey punched his ticket.
Another one of my business card images.
Courtesy of Capt Ron
One of my business card images.
Courtesy of Capt Ron
A Grumman AgCat doing one of the things cats do best, climbing trees.