“You are allowed to be alive. You are allowed to be somebody different. You are allowed to not say goodbye to anybody or explain a single thing to anyone, ever.”
– Augusten Burroughs (via larmoyante)
“There is nothing prettier than a city at 5 AM with its empty streets and cold wind…”
– Unknown (via perfect)
5 more weeks of winter. At least we’ll all eat well.
“A lot of people, both inside and outside the scientific community, are viscerally opposed to the idea of other universes, for the simple reason that we can’t observe them—at least as far as we know. It’s possible that another universe bumped into ours early on and left a detectable signature in the cosmic background radiation; cosmologists are actively looking. But the multiverse might be impossible to test directly. Even if such a theory were true, the worry goes, how would we ever know? Is it scientific to even talk about it?
These concerns stem from an overly simple demarcation between science and nonscience. Science depends on being able to observe something, but not necessarily everything, predicted by a theory. It’s a mistake to think of the multiverse as a theory, invented by desperate physicists at the end of their imaginative ropes. The multiverse is a prediction of certain theories—most notably, of inflation plus string theory. The question is not whether we will ever be able to see other universes; it’s whether we will ever be able to test the theories that predict they exist.
Imagine a tribe of primitive cosmologists living on a planet perpetually covered with clouds. They cannot see the sky, so all they can do is speculate. Most of them might be content to imagine that their gray atmosphere stretches on forever, but others start imagining huge numbers of other planets, many very different from their own. These folks go so far as to suggest that their picture helps explain why their own planet is so hospitable: On the planets that aren’t so pleasant, there aren’t any cosmologists asking that question.
This scenario is much like our current situation. We find ourselves surrounded by an opaque barrier past which we can’t see—the Big Bang. The distant universe might be uniform, or it might be full of different universes scattered throughout space. The conditions of our local environment might be the unique consequence of fundamental laws of physics, or they might just be one possibility out of a staggering number.
Right now we don’t know, and that’s fine. That’s how science works; the fun questions are the ones we can’t yet answer. The proper scientific approach is to take every reasonable possibility seriously, no matter how heretical it may seem, and to work as hard as we can to match our theoretical speculations to the cold data of our experiments.”
Very interesting and thought-provoking read, if you’re interested in this sort of thing.(via wilwheaton)
(by Tyler Forest-Hauser)
“Compassion hurts. When you feel connected to everything, you also feel responsible for everything. And you cannot turn away. Your destiny is bound with the destinies of others. You must either learn to carry the Universe or be crushed by it. You must grow strong enough to love the world, yet empty enough to sit down at the same table with its worst horrors.”
– Andrew Boyd, Daily Afflictions: The Agony of Being Connected to Everything in the Universe (via larmoyante)
peachpup: google image results for “fire escape garden”
A few comics I made last semester about the heart breaks of living in RVA
Life, man. Life…
Maple Roasted Squash and Brussels Sprouts
Greetings and salutations! This cold weather has me craving the rich flavors of squash and Brussels sprouts. I found something similar while lunching at D’Amico, so I decided to try it on my own. And what better way to start your week than a huge batch of vegetables? This recipe is great because you can eat it hot as a side dish, cold as a salad, or even atop a bed of greens. It balances sweet and savory, and is very good for you. All good things in this recipe - great for your New Year’s resolutions!
- 1 medium butternut squash
- 1 medium yellow onion
- 1 lb Brussels sprouts (I used frozen because fresh aren’t in season right now, so they’re not that great anyway)
- 1 large gala apple
- 1 c. whole cranberries
- 1 T. packed brown sugar
- 2 T. olive oil
- 1 T. balsamic vinegar
- 2 T. maple syrup
- 1 tsp. curry powder
- cracked pepper
Chop up all of the veggies into bite size pieces. For the squash, peel and scoop out the seeds. Mix up the glaze: combine the syrup, oil and vinegar. Then whisk in the curry powder and brown sugar. Put all of the vegetables into a 9x13 baking dish and pour the glaze over the top. Toss the veggies so all are evenly coated. Add plenty of cracked pepper over the top. Bake 35-40 minutes on 400 degrees F, checking/stirring after 20 minutes.
Give it a try and let me know what you think! I’ll be enjoying this all week.