03 August 2013

Eggs and Cosmology

Holiday Repost from 29 January 2012
The asymmetry of time, the arrow that points from past to future, plays an unmistakable role in our everyday lives: it accounts for why we cannot turn an omelet into an egg, why ice cubes never spontaneously unmelt in a glass of water, and why we remember the past but not the future. And the origin of the asymmetry we experience can be traced all the way back to the orderliness of the universe near the big bang. Every time you break an egg, you are doing observational cosmology.

SEAN M. CARROLL, Scientific American, June 2008

(Thanks to K.'s chickens in Corvallis, Montana, for the beautiful eggs!)

02 August 2013

Hieronymous Park Canal, Hamilton, Montana

By the time you read this, I will be a fair bit down the road on a holiday that includes 12 hours of driving north to Canada - and the same back at next week's end - with three teenagers. A family reunion and other relative visits en route mean that, realistically, I won’t have any time to myself, so I’ve decided to re-post some old favourites that I hope you’ll enjoy - for the first time or perhaps again. Off we go!

Holiday RePost:  28 January 2012

If you visit Hamilton, Montana, plan a stroll through Hieronymous Park, and bring your lunch - just across the bridge is a picnic table, near the fish pond.

01 August 2013

Neighborhood Falcon, Missoula, Montana

“Don't worry about your originality. You couldn't get rid of it even if you wanted to. It will stick with you and show up for better or worse in spite of all you or anyone else can do.”
Robert Henri
I’m amazed by what level of damage to an old automobile can be restored or replaced: rusted out floorboards that reveal the road passing beneath your feet, strange metal-on-metal noises while driving, radiators with holes, chrome that‘s pitted and dull. Long-gone dreams of grace and speed and usefulness are attainable once again, and the value far surpasses that of when it rolled off the assembly line.
As with classic cars, so it is with we humans. So don’t sell yourself short - your potential is still waiting to be seen. And all the miles you’ve traveled truly just add to your beauty and worth.

31 July 2013

Journey, Missoula, Montana

“Hope is like the sun, which, as we journey toward it, casts the shadow of our burden behind us.”
Samuel Smiles

Complete this sentence for your self:
“A fizzy delight occurs upon _____________.”

Mine reads thusly:
A fizzy delight occurs upon stumbling onto just the right quote to go with the quirky backyard bug picture that was perfect at the shutter snap and was itself a fizzy delight.

29 July 2013

Window to the Soul Like Wheels, Missoula, Montana

“Souls like the wheels
Turning, taking us with wind at our heels
Burning, making us decide on what we’re giving
Change this way of living”

- The Avett Brothers, “Souls Like The Wheels

(Beware: you could encounter some deep thoughts if you start on considering the photo and lyrics together....)

28 July 2013

5K View, East Missoula, Montana

Before winding back through residential neighborhoods, the Clark Fork River is one of the views on East Missoula’s annual I Run For Kicks 5K fundraiser. Doesn’t get much better than this for inspiration en route. Unless you also see a beaver family cruising the river, which happened during last year‘s event.