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I watched this because YouTube kept recommending it to me. Now I can’t get it out of my head.

Seriously, I was singing it to myself during my entire freaking walk today. The animation’s pretty neat-o, too.

I don’t know if I’d heard of Lil Dicky before this, but I’ll have to check out more of his stuff.

Also, it wouldn’t surprise me if “what the fuck, I’m a clam?!!?” was an actual thing that Lil Jon has said in the past.


I love this guy’s video simulations of space stuff.

I also love the disclaimer “Saturns rotation is extra impossible, but I had to prevent the rings from colliding.”

Don’t we all, yeti dynamics? Don’t we all?

Gwobba wubba?

I’m pretty sure we’ve screwed up the planet past the point of being able to fix it.

I mean, I’ve thought that for a while now, but the way the weather’s been acting this year (not just in Calgary but everywhere) and for the past, say, five years as well really suggests to me that we’ve gone past the tipping point.

Which is quite scary.

I didn’t think the major consequences of our destroying the planet were going to hit us in our lifetimes (the lifetimes of our children, yes, but not ours), but given what’s been going on, I’m going to say that they’ll be happening within the next 15 years or so, max.

Yup. Scary.

TWSB: Well, it certainly would make the cartographer’s job easier…

My favorite TWSBs involve hypothetical situations. Today, the hypothetical situation in question is as follows: what would earth be like if it were a cube instead of spherical?

Answer is here!

Quick summary of coolest points:
– oceans and atmosphere would “puddle” into the centers of the six sides of the cube.

– life would be isolated to the perimeters of these ocean puddles, and it is very likely that each of the six regions would be completely isolated and each region would pretty much be its own biosphere.

– huge seasonal temperature fluctuations due to—again—the isolation of the atmospheres.

– sunrise and sunset would be sudden, not the gradual niceness we see on regular earth.

How cool, eh?

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Haha, this is awesome.

It also led to about five hours on Wikipedia and miscellaneous other sites reading about Uranus. Uranus is my favorite planet.

Also there’s this little illustration, which I love ever so much because Uranus is on his side:

ALSO, Apollo 13 has to have one of the best soundtracks ever.

Okay, that’s all. Slow day.

Oh my.

We are so fucked.



Today’s song: Enjoy the Ride (feat. Judy Tzuke) by Morcheeba


This Week’s Science Blog: Spin Cycle

As with most science blog material, I found this via StumbleUpon. This guy wrote an article on what the earth would be like if it slowly came to a rotational stop. I’m going to ramble about it, but read the article anyway, ‘cause it’s got cool pictures to go along with everything.

So if the earth were to slow to a stop over the course of a few decades, the length of the year would remain the same (rotation about earth’s axis is ceasing, not its revolution around the sun), but the length of the day would grow to almost the same amount of time.

Okay, cool.

Much more severely, though, a lack of rotation = lack of centrifugal force—which means that all of a sudden it’s gravity’s turn to take over the main control of the oceans. Since the earth has been spinning for quite some time now, it has taken on the shape of an ellipsoid. What does this mean? It means that the gravity of the “still earth” would be greatest at the poles. And since gravity would suddenly get promoted to Ocean Headmaster in this world of axial stillness, the world’s oceans would slowly begin to “drain” to the poles. ‘Cause gravity’s lazy like that. I like how the article, at this point, basically says “the math for this is probably freaking insane, so we don’t really know how the interplay between rotational slowdown and separating oceans would truly play out.”

So with the oceans taking a trip to the higher latitudes (and after the point where the rotational inertia decreases to the point where the oceans fully separate), the previously underwater land around the equator will start to emerge, until the earth suddenly had one big continent around it’s equatorial belt (Pangaea II: This Time It’s Circumnavigational) and two mega polar-central oceans. Again, check out the article maps for helpful visuals on how weird our planet would then look.


Oh, here’s the article.
Today’s song: 21 by Death Metal Disco Scene