Thursday, March 27, 2008

This and That

14 comments:

theoreticalminimum said...

Thanks for pointing out the special issue!

Phil Warnell said...

Hi Stephen,

Thanks so much for informing us as to the special Springer Journal issue on dark energy. I had a quick initial scan of the paper called “Is the evidence for dark energy secure” by Subir Sakar. I wouldn’t lead anyone to believe that I’ve absorbed or understand all of what is here, yet it basically appears to come down to insisting that none of the existing and proposed theories seem to fit, that is if all the observations and collected data are taken into account. In limited range and scope,this one or that one fits specific data sets; and yet when all it considered it primarily serves more to cloud the issue then anything else.

One is then had to understand that not only is there a need for a lot more additional data, yet most critical is a consistent theory of quantum gravity. Finally it leaves one with the understanding that the first test of such a theory will be its ability to deal with the current issues. I’d thought just to stress this a little further I’d leave you with the closing remarks of the paper.

“Landau famously said “Cosmologists are often wrong, but never in doubt”. The situation today is perhaps better captured by Pauli’s enigmatic remark—the present
interpretation of the data may be “…not even wrong”. However we are certainly not without doubt! The crisis posed by the recent astronomical observations is not one that confronts cosmology alone; it is the spectre that haunts any attempt to unite two of the most successful creations of twentieth century physics—quantum field heory and general relativity. It would be fitting if the cosmological constant which Einstein allegedly called his “biggest blunder” proves to be the catalyst for triggering a new revolution in physics in this century.”

Once again thanks for the heads up.

Best,

Phil

Phil Warnell said...

Hi Stefan,

Sorry, I just noticed I did it again. I guess this confirms I would have never made a good scientist, with this apparent lack in observing detail:-<

Best,

Fill

Uncle Al said...

Picture of the week

Said spacesuited asstronaught is SOP wearing an adult diaper. Is it a commercial "proven in grandparents" model? Is it a multi-$million farce jury-rigged by NASA (badly; like the Hubble Telescope from a Keyhole spy satellite)?

1960s NASA spent $millions inventing a pressurized pen with viscous ink that could write in micro-gee and upside-down. Cosmonauts used pencils.

Neil' said...

This shuttle mission was indeed interesting. I think I saw them both in orbit together: around 6:40 PM on Tues. night IIRC, I saw a steady point of white light moving along about 12 degrees above SE horizon (I'm at 37 N by 76 W). Then about a minute or less later, another point of white light about the same brightness, following it along the same path. I haven't checked all the sites but I can't imagine what else it could have been. Comments?

My girlfriend says she's happy that I'm decently good looking; I think the women in that study must be vain!

Also, I left some questions at the Cosmological Constant thread http://backreaction.blogspot.com/2007/11/cosmological-constant.html inspired by the new articles in GRaG. tx.

Bee said...

I find the whole question of good-lookingness somewhat funny actually. If I open a magazine, literally everybody shown in an advertisement looks just uninteresting, though I believe these photos are supposed to show good-lookingness. Regarding that alleged study mentioned above, one wonders who declared somebody as good or better looking. I mean, it doesn't seem to me like a very objective measure.

Arun said...

Dear Bee,

Everyone in an advertisement is probably massively Photoshopped, and that must be triggering some of your aversion neurons. :)

Best,
-Arun

Phil Warnell said...

Hi Bee,

I don’t know about the women liking to go out with ugly men. However, some years ago Jimmy Soul had the reverse message for men in this regard:-)

Best,

Phil

Phil Warnell said...

Hi Bee,

“• (Aside: You can't say 'kill the wabbit' - they are too cute.)”

And yet if Elmer had never attempted to "Kill Da Rabbit" perhaps generations of people would have never heard Wagner's wonderful music .

Best,

Phil

Guido said...

Hi Bee,

The stunning astronaut picture is not from the most recent Space Shuttle mission (STS-123). It is from STS-118 instead. See http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/shuttle/shuttlemissions/sts118/multimedia/fd8/index.html, third photo from the top.

I found this as I was looking for a hires version of this picture to use as a desktop background.

Guido

Andrew Platzer said...

neil, you probably saw the European Space Agency's ATV (Automated Transfer Vehicle) "Jules Verne" cargo ship which was launched a couple of weeks ago and was parked about 750 km behind the ISS waiting until the after the shuttle left.

Anonymous said...

Hi Bee,

I don't believe in intentions in nearly all kind of things that matter. All this stories and suggestions how to get someone or something by means of intentional behavior is simply not working. I believe, if you are not with your heart with that what you do (meaning if you don't act intuitively) you're lost. Think of people like Richard Feynman or Albert Einstein, who quoted (as I remember) that you have to be like a kid and play around with equations if you want to solve (not only!) the big problems. Also Richard Feynman said, as far as I've red or heard somewhere something comparable.

And since I am interested in tennis, also people like Boris Becker or Roger Federer or Rafael Nadal mentioned many times how necessary it is to concentrate on the next shot and not on the next game etc. I've played myself tennis for many years, however not that successful ;-), and I've have had experienced the same thing.

Best wishes

Kay zum Felde

Anonymous said...

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These filthy pigs even have the nerve to throw a fit and spin up a misleading defense with regard to 'federal tax revenue'. ITS A SHAM. THEY SCREWED UP THE EQUATION TO BEGIN WITH. If the middle and lower classes had a greater share of the pie, they could easily cover a greater share of the federal tax revenue. They are held down in many ways because of greed. Wages remain stagnant for millions because the executives, celebrities, athletes, attorneys, and entrepreneurs, are paid millions. They over-sell, over-charge, under-pay, outsource, cut jobs, and benefits to increase their bottom line. As their profits rise, so do the stock values. Which are owned primarily by the richest 5%. As more United States wealth rises to the top, the middle and lower classes inevitably suffer. This reduces the potential tax reveue drawn from those brackets. At the same time, it wreaks havok on middle and lower class communities and increases the need for financial aid. Not to mention the spike in crime because of it. There is a dominoe effect to consider. IT CAN'T WORK THIS WAY. But our leaders refuse to acknowledge this. Instead they come up with one trick after another to milk the system and screw the majority. These decisions are heavily influensed by the 1% club. Every year, billions of federal tax dollars are diverted behind the scenes back to the rich and their respective industries. Loans from China have been necessary to compensate in part, for the red ink and multi-trillion dollar transfer of wealth to the rich. At the same time, the feds have been pushing more financial burden onto the states who push them lower onto the cities. Again, the hardship is felt more by the majority and less by the 1% club. The rich prefer to live in exclusive areas or upper class communities. They get the best of everything. Reliable city services, new schools, freshly paved roads, upscale parks, ect. The middle and lower class communities get little or nothing without a local tax increase. Which, they usually can't afford. So the red ink flows followed by service cuts and lay-offs. All because of the OBSCENE distribution of bottom line wealth in this country. So when people forgive the rich for their incredible greed and then praise them for paying a greater share of the FEDERAL income taxes, its like nails on a chalk board. I can not accept any theory that our economy would suffer in any way with a more reasonable distribution of wealth. Afterall, it was more reasonable 30 years ago. Before Reaganomics came along. Before GREED became such an epidemic. Before we had an army of over-paid executives, bankers, celebrities, athletes, attorneys, doctors, investors, entrepreneurs, developers, and sold-out politicians to kiss their asses. As a nation, we were in much better shape. Strong middle class, free and clear assets, lower crime rate, more widespread prosperity, stable job market, lower deficit, ect. Our economy as a whole was much more stable and prosperous for the majority. WITHOUT LOANS FROM CHINA. Now, we have a more obscene distribution of bottom line wealth than ever before. We have a sold-out government, crumbling infrastructure, energy crisis, home forclosure epidemic, 13 figure national deficit, and 12 figure annual shortfall. The cost of living is higher than ever before. Most people can't even afford basic health care. ALL BECAUSE OF GREED. I really don't blame the 2nd -5th percentiles in general. No economy could ever function without some reasonable scale of personal wealth and income. But it can't be allowed to run wild like a mad dog. ALBERT EINSTEIN TRIED TO MAKE PEOPLE UNDERSTAND. UNBRIDLED CAPITALISM ABSOLUTELY CAN NOT WORK. TOP HEAVY ECONOMIES ALWAYS COLLAPSE. Bottom line: The richest 1% will soon tank the largest economy in the world. It will be like nothing we’ve ever seen before. The American dream will be shattered. and thats just the beginning. Greed will eventually tank every major economy in the world. Causing millions to suffer and die. Oprah, Angelina, Brad, Bono, and Bill are not part of the solution. They are part of the problem. THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS A MULTI-MILLIONAIRE HUMANITARIAN. EXTREME WEALTH MAKES WORLD PROSPERITY ABSOLUTELY IMPOSSIBLE. WITHOUT WORLD PROSPERITY, THERE WILL NEVER BE WORLD PEACE OR ANYTHING EVEN CLOSE. GREED KILLS. IT WILL BE OUR DOWNFALL. Of course, the rich will throw a fit and call me a madman.. Of course, they will jump to small minded conclusions about 'jealousy', 'envy', or 'socialism'. Of course, their ignorant fans will do the same. You have to expect that. But I speak the truth. If you don’t believe me, then copy this entry and run it by any professor of economics or socio-economics. Then tell a friend. Call the local radio station. Re-post this entry or put it in your own words. Be one of the first to predict the worst economic and cultural crisis of all time and explain its cause. WE ARE IN BIG TROUBLE.

Bee said...

Congratuations for reaching this insight. You're twenty years late. The next years will be interesting.

B.