Looked Over


Paper
March 31, 2011, 10:00 am
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Oh man! What could be more exciting than paper? It’s seriously the best, right? Oh wait, never mind. I was confusing paper with something that is actually interesting. Hmmm… I should take that back just in case Michael Scott is reading my blog. It’s always a good idea to make sure that you are being sensitive to fictitious television characters. Just in case. Anyway, paper is pretty overlooked in our daily lives, but could you imagine life without it? Look around the room. Do you see any books? Now imagine them without any paper! How about all of the speakers around you? They only work by vibrating little pieces of paper. The money in your wallet? Paper. The postcard from your grandmom? Paper. The photograph of your wedding? Paper. The box your cereal comes in? Paper. Paper is EVERYWHERE and we would be completely lost without it. So when you throw away your 680 pounds of paper this year, just think about how indebted you are to paper and all of its uses.



Time
March 30, 2011, 10:00 am
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Let’s talk about time for a minute here. Actually, I can’t make that promise because I don’t know how long it will take you to read this. Let’s talk about time for exactly as long as it takes for you to read this post. That’s better. Anyway, time is crazy. I know I use that adjective a lot on this blog, but it’s true. Think about it. Have you ever lived a single moment that wasn’t right now? You can remember the past and think about the future, but you will never live a single second that isn’t right now in the eternal present. C.S. Lewis noted that the present is where we actually experience eternity and dwelling either on the future or the past distracts us from experiencing it. But what is time? Honestly, I don’t really know, but it’s not as simple as it might seem. Time and space are actually a part of the same thing that scientists call space-time (creative, right?), and changing gravity or velocity will change how time moves. If you lived your entire life on the top of a mountain, your life would be the tiniest nanosecond shorter than someone in a valley because gravity is stronger as you get closer to the center of the Earth. However, if we managed to get a spaceship moving near the speed of light, those people could be gone for what seems to them to be minutes but find themselves thousands of years in the future when they slowed down. Crazy! That’s time travel right there, folks. Bet you thought time was so steady and constant didn’t you? Bet you didn’t know time was so subjective and crazy, huh? In that case, I guess it’s not a big deal that I took a 4 month hiatus from this blog because to someone living near the center of the Earth where gravity is strongest, that would be like 2 days. So this one goes out to you, oh center of the Earth dwellers and your poor choice of real estate. Sorry for the 2 day break. I’m back!