Monday, November 28, 2016

What is your favorite book?

When I get asked that question, I find myself not being able to answer it properly. I don't have just one favorite book. I have many. Some of those are on my recommended reading list on the left sidebar.

What makes a book to be favored? I can answer that for myself, but feel free to add your comments and your thoughts on it.

Favorite books become those you never get tired of reading again and again. Favorite books become those you always recommend to friends, and know they will adore them too. Favorite books become those you remember the plot and little details about it.




What are some of your favorite books? And what makes a book become a favorite?

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Reading on the metro

A couple of days ago I was on the metro, and, as always, I had my book with me to read.. I had at least 20 minutes of a metro ride to go for some business, and another 20 minutes to get back home.

So, I find a seat and start reading. Sometimes I can't find a seat, and I read standing up, if the train is not packed with people.

The metro, though, arrived at my station before I could finish my chapter. But I want to finish that chapter!!! I get out, stay on the platform, either standing or sitting on the benches, and finish my chapter. Then I go about my business.

The image is "Northeast Train at Dusk" by Sally Storch, oil on canvas, 2005.

Friday, November 25, 2016

A few general things about this blog...

There are a few things, I need to explain to my readers, before proceeding with the next blog posts.
  • First of all, any science posts will be posted on my more sciency type blog, over at Wordpress. The blog is named "The Light Side of Physics and Astronomy", and is currently in construction. However if you want me to write about a science subject, please don't hesitate to leave a comment or contact me in other ways visible on this blog, and I will tackle the subject as best as I can. I am much better suited to physics and astronomy, rather than biology for example.
  • Saturday will be renamed Caturday in this blog. Every Saturday, there will be a post about our wonderful feline friends, their captives (dogs and other animals) and their slaves (humans, or hoomins). Always in relation to cats of course.
  • Occasionally, I will have friends writing something, about a subject they care about, mostly societal concerns, humanism, religion and atheism. Sometimes it will be about life as a minority, be it LGBT or "race". I put "race" in quotes, because I don't believe in "race". We are all humans, of the same species, and there is no such thing as "race".
     
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  • If you would like me to write about something, please don't hesitate to contact me.

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Thursday, November 24, 2016

Restarting...

I have not written anything in my blogs for a while. I don't know if I will restart my blog in Greek, but I will try and write a blog post at least once per week here. I do have a lot of ideas, just need to start putting my thoughts into order (if I can ever do that!).


The thought came to me and I said, maybe start a new blog, but I already have a general blog, where I can write to my heart's content. There is not much sense in making another blog, just to write similar things.

I have also a blog on Wordpress, which I will use for more sciency stuff leaving this one as a general purpose blog. But I'll take care of that later on. I'll put up a link here, later on, when I will have something to add there.

For this one, I am still trying to see what else I want to put here. I removed some buttons, and some lists, as they were obsolete. Most of the links were in people's blogs I was reading, but they have changed, moved, or stopped writing. So, I am in search of new material. And I know just where to start.

I stopped writing for personal reasons. A lot ion my life changed, some for the better and some for the worse. But I will not whine or tire my readers with my own problems. The purpose of this post is just to say to everyone:

"Hello, I am back."



Thursday, February 06, 2014

New Cosmos Series



The new Cosmos series will premiere on Sunday 9th March. As I grew up watching the original Cosmos series and one of my influences has been Carl Sagan, I am waiting so much for this new series. I was excited since I first heard about the new Cosmos, and more so when I learned that Neil DeGrassi Tyson has been selected to host the series. Needless to say, I hope this new series is as good as the old one, and I hope that it will positively influence children and adults alike to learn more about science, our world and the universe. We are made of stardust, as Carl Sagan said, and we ought to learn about stardust and its wonders.


Thursday, September 20, 2012

Expanding Earth. Bullshit hypothesis.

There is one huge train wreck of a thread in a forum I am a member of. This thread is about a hypothesis called Expanding Earth (EE). Yes, these people believe without a shred of evidence that the Earth is expanding by mass addition. Most of them argue about geology, and that the geological features are best explained by this mysterious mechanism of adding mass to the Earth, and not by our current theories of plate tectonics. However, the Expanding Earth proponents are forgetting physics. Because the underlying problem is one of physics, not geology. The questions which cannot be answered and have not been answered are the following:

First of all no extra matter being added has ever been detected, on Earth or on any other planet. And if the Earth is expanding, then so should other planets and bodies be expanding too. Unless of course, the Earth is the only body expanding, for which EE proponents need to show why it's only the Earth that is expanding and not all the other planets, and for that matter all the bodies in the Universe, whether they are planets, stars, comets, etc.

But let's start from the basic question: where does this extra matter come from? How is it produced? What is the mechanism of this mysterious mass addition? And what is the mass being produced? Is it quarks, protons, neutrons, what? And how does it combine into atoms heavier than hydrogen in conditions that are nowhere near the conditions in the cores of the less massive stars? And where does the extra energy from to combine protons and neutrons into atoms heavier than iron? These last conditions are found only in the tremendous explosions of supernovae! And how does all this matter get distributed at the right places? What about conservation laws? These are questions to which the EE proponents have no answer for.

Even if we take the view that bodies do expand, more problems to account for: if the Sun was less massive, [and in fact the opposite is true because the Sun is losing mass due to solar wind, radiation, etc.], it means less gravity in the past, and increasing gravity! Which should be seen in the evolution of the Solar System, and probably some of the outer objects like the Kuiper belt objects would not have been gravitationally bound by the Sun.

But the problem for EE proponents is even worse: if all bodies expand due to mass addition, then most stars would have turned to black holes by now. Because at a certain point, gravity exceeds the radiation pressure of the core, and the star collapses into a neutron star or a black hole, depending on its mass. But if mass addition continues, then black holes is all that should have remained. So, we should see more black holes in galaxies; in fact, more than half of the stars that we now see in our skies should have turned into black holes, due to the extra mass.

And we do not see any expansion in the Earth right now, nor in any of the planets of the Solar System or the Sun, for that matter. Did expansion by matter addition magically stop? And if it did, why did it stop? What is the mechanism that starts and stops this expansion?

The EE hypothesis is nothing more than utter fuckwittery of the highest order. I am just writing this post to get my frustrations out with all the retards that believe this kind of shit. And if you are one of them, then please go get an education before coming here and start talking utter bullshit.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Religious child abuse

This photo was taken in the island of Tinos in Greece. The island is famous for the icon of the Virgin Mary, who is supposed to make miracles happen.

The church of the Virgin Mary in Tinos where the icon is held, is one of the most profitable businesses in the world, or should I better say one of the most profitable scams. People from all over the world flock there, especially on the 15th of August as a pilgrimage, parting with some of their most valuable possessions in the vain hope of having a miracle happen.

Some, or rather a lot of people, walk on their knees to the church for a big length, sometimes doing this for a couple of hours to reach the church in humility. I can't imagine what this does to their knees, and how many of them will need to spend more money on doctors to fix their knees because they are idiots.

But if these people want to make the Orthodox Church richer and risk their health, it is their own business as long as they are adults. They have no right to impose this on their children. As the photo shows, some idiot parents made their small child walk on its knees to the church. What does this abuse do to a small child?

In other parts of the civilized world, these parents would have lost custody of their child. This is a disgusting practice, and this is child abuse. I am disgusted at those parents, they cannot be called parents, but child abusers.

NB. The photo is courtesy of Stefanos Papanikos.

Monday, June 11, 2012

Tattoo: my first tattoo


I finally decided to get a tattoo. I had something in my mind, and looking online, I found a few designs I liked, and finally I decided upon one. My advice to anyone who wants to have a tattoo is to look thoroughly, to be certain that they want that specific tattoo. Do not rush into the decision. As for me, I am really excited about the result with my tattoo.


Choose a good tattoo artist. It seems like I chose a great one, and so the result is much better than I ever expected.

The two photos are of my new tattoo.