The Mathematic Truth About Titanic

Just the rivets used to construct the “Titanic” weighed over 1000 tons. The steel plates they held to her hull became brittle in the cold, 400 miles south of Newfoundland, where the unsinkable ship sank. She was roughly as far north as Maine. Her captain knew about the iceberg field ahead, yet continued on course, never seeing the future nor being able to imagine what the sea felt like far ahead.

TitanicThe boat eventually landed on the ocean bottom, two and a half miles underwater, where water pressure is over 6,500 pounds per square inch, in two pieces said to be 2000-feet apart, 1200 miles from her intended destination, New York. We know a lot of the math. Titanic’s maiden voyage was her only voyage. The huge boat’s steel hull was too weak, while she was thought by many to be overbuilt.

With engines reversed full astern, Titanic was tested capable of stopping in about three minutes.

On embarking, before entering the English Channel, Titanic narrowly avoided a collision with another ship, the “New York,” because Titanic displaced so much volume she caused Continue reading “The Mathematic Truth About Titanic”

Time and Distance – Bumping Into Things

The difficulty in saving victims of the Titanic is testimony not just to the breadth of the catastrophe, but the relative distance and speed at which humans can operate, even under extreme pressure. Those old boats chugged away at what seem today like slow top speeds.

candleThere’s no math that solves the problem, of course; we are bound at all times by both things, not time and space, but relative distance and relative speed, relative to our awareness experience, and they are, importantly, ultimately the same thing; only one thing, which could be thought of as the time it takes to move through space, or in many cases the imagined time, which is also critical, because we can only understand vast sizes, like a cosmos, by imagining traveling through it; the experience of time is essential to the experience of space and vice versa; distance becomes a more accurate way to describe space when it becomes very large. “It would take light X amount of time to travel Y amount of distance,” the definition of a light-year, is also the perfect equation to describe time-space.

But even by “committee of generations” to overcome the human lifespan problem, we, unfortunately, know, or can well imagine, the top speeds we can really go, based mostly on propulsion; we can imagine ourselves in a Continue reading “Time and Distance – Bumping Into Things”

The Perspective of The Himalayas, God’s Math and Everything Else

The Perspective of The Himalayas

In nature, rhythm reveals reality to us, on time scales, which humans gladly live within! From a broad perspective, seasons show us reliable annual replenishment, and on a broader scale, our earth has mountains 20,000 feet high created by land masses crashing into each other tens of millions of years-ago. But while this is where the replenishment itself comes from, had we seen it coming, would we perhaps have tried to stop it? Huge masses of land slowly crashing into each other?

The North Face of Everest, Tibet
The North Face of Everest, Tibet

No! Not if we could see it all! If ice-age beings, in an imaginative way, knew, 70-million years-ago the plates of the continents were on a collision course, would it have been prudent for them to try and stop it (for the sake of the future)?

Of course not, because we’re sitting here 70-million years-later, and can see the results, the rest of the natural rhythm, mountain ranges that feed us water and provide vast, dynamic ecologies. There was probably a lot of damage done creating the Himalayas, but, Continue reading “The Perspective of The Himalayas, God’s Math and Everything Else”

Your Life: Invalid Click Activity, Blame the Googleoids or Join the Club (or, “An Article With a Lot of Specific Words”)

If you think the President of the United States has a lot of money and you should be worried about it; you should be worried about Google.

The history of the universe is relatively new. Dr. Evil is real. You will never find his lair, but you’ll hear stories …

Remember when the Internet was “new,” and big publishers like the “New York Times” were so stupid they didn’t get on the bandwagon, scratching their heads while going out of business as if Google had cast a magic spell upon world commerce? You remember, it was like, a couple years ago.

ny times logoThe stupidity, in hindsight, was massive; newspapers didn’t think the Internet was important and didn’t have websites for years, while us early-adopters got excited about any poor implementation of the new electonic universe, laughing that “People” magazine doesn’t understand. But us smart ones were still scratching our heads too, wondering how Google was “doing it.” Now, instead of having figured out how Google does it, we just forgot the question, buried by emotional short-lived POTUS bashing.

All that’s happening now is just the same. You could call it invisible stupidness mixed with invisible ingenuity Continue reading “Your Life: Invalid Click Activity, Blame the Googleoids or Join the Club (or, “An Article With a Lot of Specific Words”)”

Chasing Pterodactyl and Sharing the Moon

My stepson Todd and I went kayaking recently on the river where I live. I’m not alone, accompanied in my river habitat by impressive creatures, from tiny lobster-like critters determined to cross the lawn in the spring, to overgrown slow-motion snapping turtles and prehistoric-looking great blue herons.

great blue heron
Great Blue Heron

The herons are big and have zombie eyes. Todd and I both got a good look that day on the river. As we approached a wide corner, the background a big spread of low-lying grass where “Mister Blue” (I just made that up now) likes to hang around, I told Todd “We’ll see him up here … I’ll flush him out!” Feeling confident, we pushed forward on the water a little Continue reading “Chasing Pterodactyl and Sharing the Moon”

Stephen Hawking Does Hip Hop, from “Nothing” by Mark Urso

I don’t know what “quantum” means.

But a lot of scientists are very excited about it!

Quantum TamersMany of them put on their best shirts for the visually-intensive documentary “The Quantum Tamers,” (XIVE TV, Amazon Video) a show that promises, in the teaser, to “rock your world,” and turns out to actually be jam-packed with big screen light shows, the strangest close-ups you’ll ever see, and some very long sentences with lots of impressive words!

Technically, scientifically-speaking, this show may not be best-described Continue reading “Stephen Hawking Does Hip Hop, from “Nothing” by Mark Urso”

The Rhythm Of Neurodiversity, A Chapter From “Nothing” by Mark Urso

What scientists are studying is ultimately subjective, and maybe the only walls they’re hitting are those of interdisciplinary diversity, open-minded purpose, and perspective.

The subsets of subjectivity show us the world as a mostly-measurable array of sound, light and color. Rhythm, as in heartbeat, vibration, harmonics, and the entire electromagnetic spectrum (visible and otherwise), is an important element of the everything question.

candle with tambourinePhotons, the elements of light that cause color, are everywhere! They are massless, yet still affected by gravity, have angular momentum, and can impart energy and momentum to matter with which they interact. And by their nature, they impart vibration.

Light is the fabric! Because of it’s multi-timbral nature, it’s hard to deny light probably carries more information than we know! And most of this electromagnetic radiation is (quite usefully) invisible! Is the answer in the photons? Organic life depends on them for its existence, and its perception of its existence!

It starts to feel all very one-and-the-same.

snark guitar tunerWell-known autistic savant Daniel Tammet, when being tested with complicated math problems, told interviewers he could see the numbers as shapes and colors in his mind. In 2005, the Autism Research Centre determined Tammet had synesthesia (i.e. union of senses), meaning he associates numbers (and for some autistics music) with color!

Researchers don’t seem to understand the system Continue reading “The Rhythm Of Neurodiversity, A Chapter From “Nothing” by Mark Urso”

The Universal Answer (Featuring Bruce Willis in a Wife Beater)

We’re given infinity; we’re given it as children; we like it – it’s fascinating. The same ideas we’re trying so hard to blow up are so familiar to humans they’re like instinct, like a kid fascinated with the size of a grain of sand, like gazing at the sky, almost as if, if we figured out the concept of infinity, by studying the size of a one-dimensional string, or the universe; if we “blew up” infinity, it would be like blowing up the universe as we know it! The unknown is so familiar it’s embedded in the way we understand the universe, almost as if we understand the unknown; and the way we understand it, it’s definition, is an “unattainable” quantity or size; it can’t be blown up! “

candleAs humans, most of us don’t even understand how our own bodies work. But this is natural. Organic life is a precarious balance, and, while the study of the extreme and unimaginable is fascinating, it’s not really all that helpful. If a human sought to learn Continue reading “The Universal Answer (Featuring Bruce Willis in a Wife Beater)”

Free Beer!

janet jackson
I love the Internet.

“Don’t hold back just have a good time!”
“Let’s save our troubles for another day!”
– Janet Jackson, “Escapade”

I wanted to give you free beer, but I don’t have any. So then I wanted to give you some free music recorded by Janet Jackson, but I was afraid she might get mad at me. So, I do have free stuff, but it’s not beer.

Sort of a technicality.

Free music, though. Do NOT tell anyone.

Stop by sometime; I’m saving you a piece of pizza!

Here’s your song:

Friends, by Mark Urso and Brandon Raimondo, from “Share The Moon”:

Please leave a comment!

If you say supportive things, I’ll invite you to my party next week with FREE FOOD. There will also be lots of FREE MUSIC there!

Don’t mention it. It’s nothing!

The Field Of Freedom (A Chapter From “Esteban Escobar”)

(Below is excerpted from “Share The Moon, Espisode 2, Esteban Escobar,” which is near completion. Please leave a comment!)

Esteban had been so difficult to corner, authorities in Colombia, where he was being pursued to answer drug-smuggling charges, agreed to arrest him with concessions, like allowing him to give his side of the “story” and speak to the citizenry on the street in front of the Ministry of Justice, broadcast on television, an event that would become known as the “Field of Freedom” speech. Escobar was not apologetic and admitted no wrongdoing.

get a copy today - a candle lit adAina was asleep during the speech, but the TV was on and she took most of it in unconsciously, the whole time dreaming about Esteban delivering almost exactly the same Continue reading “The Field Of Freedom (A Chapter From “Esteban Escobar”)”

The Field of Freedom (a Poem)

The wind is tainted with freedom
The conditions are not good
For the gentle blessings of my God
Are we doing all we should?

The face of God He sees you
He’s calling out your name
He wants a conversation
He sleeps into your dreams

He understands the underdog
And raises up the meek
But it doesn’t solve your problems
And He never really speaks

Candlelight and daffodils
In a soft warm wind you kneel
But that’s just in a dream; your real life’s
On a real battlefield

The slate it never gets wiped clean
There’s always gonna be
The dirty wind of war and strife
The wind of freedom for you and me

So is this my God’s face and hands?
He’s not so gentle now
The field is fresh with death; everyone’s
Wondering why and how

This is what our freedom costs
There shouldn’t be a doubt
The voice of God’s in the same wind
That blew your candle out

The Field of Freedom, Poem and Novel Combo

dragonI’m a writer and a musician, and when I sleep I dream in rhythm! I wake up and write down threads that come together later in the week. Sometimes they are great poems, some need melody, and then when I really get going … a couple hundred pages of novelette isn’t out of the question.

The themes were familiar, authentic and consistent. Dragons threatening innocent young girls, or so it seems. Dreamy but distinct, my thoughts brought mice to the jury stand with a bandito attorney dressed as a bullfighter and poised to protect his maiden.

Share The Moon NovelSo then there’s the question of what to do with all these visions. I wish, in a perfect world, I could stuff them right down your throat! The marketing of greatness will be the biggest let-down of your life, if you ever think, even for just a moment, you’ve done something great. If it is to be heard, no-one will listen; if it is to be seen, no-one will look; and if it is to be experienced, you will feel very much all alone.

So I have completely given up. The idea of hoardes of friendly readers Continue reading “The Field of Freedom, Poem and Novel Combo”

Red Rhino Versus Dr. Seuss – All That is Wrong with Amazon Dot Com

dr seuss character Cat in the Hat
Talking Cat

Dr. Seuss I’m afraid I’m dropping a bomb
Red Rhino has hijacked Amazon-dot-com
The people will rally just like Vietnam
Nobody will listen but still try to stay calm

In the Amazon jungle the battle begins
You kidnap my customer in order to win
I only find out when I hear of the fray
By then it’s too late and I’ll never get paid!

I often write about dragons and intimidating monsters. This time it’s a Rhino that’s causing trouble, bringing a mighty stink to an unlikely field.

This is a colorful story, teaming poor suffering alcoholics and caregivers together with popular fictional characters, like Dr. Seuss.

Online sales is a real battlefield. I’m ready to go to battle, too. But they won’t give me my gear and gun. And now they’re shooting at me!

The unlikely field of battle is Amazon’s Dot Com Jungle. The foe is a third-party seller who taunts his enemies with high prices that frustrate their bookkeepers into surrender, and sometimes trick innocent shoppers Continue reading “Red Rhino Versus Dr. Seuss – All That is Wrong with Amazon Dot Com”