Thursday, 14 February 2019


“Why don’t you believe in human beings?”

Onesti and Teathyme are riding side by side.

Onesti smiles and says, “You would like me to believe in them, wouldn’t you.”

A frown crosses Teathyme’s face. She sings, “I am not playing…”

Five bells during the dog watch

Sometimes we forget the lessons hard-learned by our parents and their parents.

Monday, 11 February 2019

Your very own time machine in ten minutes

Theory crafting

We all watched with wonder, the pictures of Pluto from the NASA New Horizons probe. The probe was unique for lots of reasons, but perhaps one of its less well-known characteristics is that it has been propelled at such velocity as a result of the slingshot from Jupiter, that (as predicted by the theory of relativity) it is now in the future. We are in its past. So, those photos of Pluto have come to us from the future. It is not far into the future (the probe would need to get close to light speed to achieve that), but New Horizons is enough in the future so that telemetry and communications depend on observers taking the slight time shift into account.

All well and done, but what practical application does this have?

Sunday, 10 February 2019

Apple Thief

Can vanish in an instance.

Foxes and I presently have a truce - and I am happy to report no casualties on either side - although they persist with an occasional unsuccessful raid on my hens.

This fox heard the camera click - the next frame, taken a fraction of a second later, showed simply a motion blur in the far right corner.

I had cause to ponder this image as i worked clearing fallen trees near my stream, and heard a fox calling.

Thursday, 7 February 2019

Dancing in the winds of uncertainty.

The modern world has a fraught relationship with astrology and commonplace dogmas, religions and humanist dialectics.