Equinox

September 9, 2006 at 2:36 am (Uncategorized)

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Here lies the saddest song ever when September is on the calendar. Jim Morrison, typically depressing in a more abstract way, provokes the ‘hibernate or die’ lament of late summer and early fall. There’s not even one word in here about ancient lakes or sexual relations with a family member. I like listening to this tune in late May or early June, when I can mock it. This time of year? Forget about it. I’d be snaking the garden hose into my tailpipe. Which sounds kind of dirty, doesn’t it?

Summer’s almost gone
Summer’s almost gone
Almost gone
Yeah, it’s almost gone
Where will we be
When the summer’s gone?
Morning found us calmly unaware
Noon burn gold into our hair
At night, we swim the laughin’ sea
When summer’s gone
Where will we be
Morning found us calmly unaware
Noon burn gold into our hair
At night, we swim the laughin’ sea
When summer’s gone
Where will we be
Summer’s almost gone
Summer’s almost gone
We had some good times
But they’re gone
The winter’s comin’ on
Summer’s almost gone

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53 Comments

  1. K2 said,

    Wow. Maybe Neil stole Jimbo’s theme for his recent ‘After the Garden is gone.’ Hmmmm . . .

    Anyhow, screw scummer. This time of year is the absolute tits, and it only gets better with autumnal spendor. And no more mosquitos and such. Throw on a flannel, hit your hip flask, and get on with it, Heat & Humidity Boy.

    It’s Sept 23rd this year. Kind of an odd date historically, or no?

    Styx’s ‘Equinox’ is a damn good record, by the way. ‘Suite Madam Blue, gaze in your looking galss, you’re not a child anymore.’

    Or ‘Light up! everybody. Join us in this celebration.’ Well, okay. . . .

  2. Linda said,

    I’m with you K2 — the next 2 months or so are the best. Definitely the season I’d miss the most.

    You are right about the equinox, pretty late this year, though it IS just past midnight so it’s pretty close to the 22nd. I don’t get a clean view of the sun rising or setting because of trees and houses, but when I COULD see the sunset, I wasted a lot of time sitting on the porch looking at the hills to my west. The way the sunset moves from northwest to southwest and back again was ridiculously entertaining, magical even. Very cheap thrill.

  3. jarheaddoc said,

    Watching the sun set is NOT a waste of time, Linda. I used to like to watch the sunset when I was at sea and used up a lot of film on a lot of different sunsets. No waste of time at all

  4. K2 said,

    I don’t think Linda meant it that way, jd. My guess is ‘wasting’ in a good way. Kinda like I’m ‘wasting’ my time here when I should be working.

    Maybe a bong will make me come ’round. . . .

  5. Linda said,

    Wasting time in a good way = sitting on the porch watching the sun set. Afghan and hot toddy if it’s really cold, beer if it’s really hot. Glass of wine the rest of the year. Maybe some music, maybe some company, or maybe not. I’m not much into cameras though, since the pictures in my mind are more vivid than photos.

  6. lostboot said,

    My ex-boot found the pictures that I lost when I left last year, so he sent them to me by 2-day mail, & said they’d arrive today by 3pm.
    So I wanna wash & condition my fraying boot-laces, but don’t want to be wet & undressed when the mailman arrives. Does being naked increase the likelihood of the package during that time slot, by some kind of Murphy’s Law factor?
    ok, so what’s the chance of it arriving between 11 & 3 ?
    Well, if it’s true that it will arrive today, (100% chance) which can be stated algebraically:
    X = (arrival today by 3:00) = 100%
    what is the chance of arrival in each hour slot?
    a= arrival between 11:00 & 12:00,
    b = arrival between 12:00 & 1:00,
    c= Arrival between 1:00 & 2:00,
    d= arrival between 2:00 & 3:00.

    At 11:00, a+b+c+d = x, x=100%, so I’m thinking that a,b,c,d are equal so,
    a =25%, b=25%, c=25% and d =25%,
    until 12:00, when it didn’t arrive yet. The chance of arrival each hour increases as each hour passes without delivery.
    So now, a = -x
    and (b+c+d) = x
    so now b = 33.3%
    at 1:00 if it does not arrive yet, then b = -x and at that time the value of c changes to c = 50%
    but if it does not arrive by 2:00, then the value of c = -x and
    d = 100%
    But right now at noon, that cannot be known to be true.

    There is also the possibility of unknown factors n that could make x (the arrival today) true or not true. therefore, n may be either positive or negative. if n =1 then the package will arrive today because if
    nx = arrival today by 3:00 is true when n=1
    1 X 100% = 100%
    but if n = -1, then nx=/= arrival today because
    -1 X100% = -100%

    well, I need to eat something & take an advil……

  7. LaFlamme said,

    Holy shit! Physics!

  8. LaFlamme said,

    Ah, I forgot about the vernal love fest around here. You people are weirdos. Go ahead and listen to that morbid Doors tune if you get a chance. Try out “Wintertime Love” while you’re at it, both off the “Waiting for the Sun” album. Freaks.

  9. lostboot said,

    still waiting for the mail…
    I don’t know anything about physics, that’s just algebra, ? no?

    if 2:00 comes & goes without delivery, then d = x, d +100% but also, the chance of the unknown variable, (n = 1 or -1) being -1 also increases, so that at 2:00 today
    n(d) =x ,
    d=100%
    but the chance that n = 1 or -1 increases also, to 50% each?

    It did arrive at the Lewiston post office at 5:30 am, so whatever factors & variables would make the difference between n =1 and n =-1. they would occur between the post office & my door.

  10. lostboot said,

    typo,. that was supposed to be d = 100% not d+100%
    sorry

  11. LaFlamme said,

    I spotted the error immediately.

  12. Linda said,

    And we thought we’d never use algebra again when they made us study it in school — how wrong we were.

  13. lostboot said,

    well, it arrived a few minutes before 2:00 so
    n(c) = x is true and,
    c = 100%
    n=+1 and
    x is a true statement : x = (the package is delivered before 3:00 today)

    !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  14. lostboot said,

    so the true equation works out:
    n(c)=x
    (+1)(100%) = 100%

  15. LaFlamme said,

    Lostboot: do you like me?
    Yes__
    No__

  16. Linda said,

    lostboot is probably too busy looking at pictures to answer you, Mark.

  17. jarheaddoc said,

    The other possibility is that lostboot’s head exploded from all the bullshit of the previous posts. Statistically, it’s fifty-fifty: either it did or it didn’t. I’ll watch the weather if I want percentages

  18. LaFlamme said,

    Yeah. Chaos theory does not apply to the blog. The flapping of a butterfly’s wing in China does not effect…. Hey! A butterfly just flew into my room!

  19. Linda said,

    They better look out in China!

  20. K2 said,

    What do you call a fat Chinamen?

    A chunk.

    Me so sorry.

    Das Boot?

  21. AO said,

    Wow. Slow day. Must have something to do with the moon.

  22. Linda said,

    Probably, AO

  23. AO said,

    Has anybody looked out at the sky lately? Friggen eerie!

  24. K2 said,

    The moon at 8 pm last night was mint. Took the wife and kids out to the farmer’s field out back to bask in its harvest glory.

    Okay, that sounds gay, but it was cool, man.

  25. LaFlamme said,

    Stupid moon. It’s washing out all the stars. Not that it matters. Been cloudy every night since I got the Meade. Today, I took the friggin thing out just to look in the neighbor’s windows. Hey, I was checking the alignment. Of the scope, I mean.

  26. Linda said,

    We had lots of lightning and then the sky was yellow. It’s great now though. If you like fresh air.

  27. AO said,

    The people in my back yard are having a huge party. I’ve been listening to it for hours. Mark, bring that ‘scope over to my house! I want to see what’s going on.

  28. Linda said,

    Any good music? Have they offered you a glass of wine?

  29. Dave said,

    Wow – just caught a great rainbow about an hour ago. It was raining, yet wicked bright outside. Very surreal. Now I have the sudden urge to Google Judy Garland.

  30. LaFlamme said,

    Yeah, we had that yellow tinted storm, too. Good thunder bangers. Kind of ironic because I was just writing about how the storms have been sissyish this summer.

  31. Linda said,

    you think? I remember some terrific thunderstorms, for a week or two earlier in the summer. Our power went out about 4 times in just a couple of weeks.

  32. Linda said,

    “There are nights when the wolves are silent and only the moon howls.” George Carlin.

  33. Linda said,

    I know this is off topic but — well at least it’s not algebra —

    I bought a new mouse for my computer today and it came with directions. Here is the text of the directions (each step has an illustration too) —

    (1) Turn off PC / Tourner de PC / Apague su PC

    (2) Connect PS2 connector / Connecter votre PS2 connecteur / coloque el connector PS2

    (3) Turn on PC / Allumer PC / Prenda su PC

    I like it when things are clearly spelled out, don’t you??

  34. LaFlamme said,

    Yes/Si/Oui

  35. Linda said,

    Did you mean Yes/Oui/Si, by chance?

  36. LaFlamme said,

    Uhh… oui.

  37. AO said,

    Oui..Oui!! Night all!

  38. Gil said,

    Today’s theorem:
    Postulate 1: Knowledge is Power.
    Postulate 2: Time is Money.
    Power = Work / Time
    Knowledge = Power and: Time = Money, it is therefore true that: Knowledge = Work / Money
    Solving this equation for Money, we get: Money = Work / Knowledge
    Thus, as Knowledge approaches zero, Money approaches infinity, regardless of the amount of Work done.
    Conclusion: The less you know, the more you make.

  39. Linda said,

    I think my ears are starting to bleed. Who are you people? 🙂

  40. Bobbie said,

    I heard about the awesome thunderstorm that you guys had around 7 PM your time. A friend of mine just had to call up and let me know that I’d missed a really good thunderstorm. The friend was sitting out on the porch of her apartment building while critiquing (?) the people passing by in the rain. Some big black female was walking by wearing a black and white checked skirt (more white checks than black) and I guess the rain was turning the white checks transparent because the only thing I heard next was “Oh my God! That is not allowed! That is so not allowed! That black bitch should not be wearing that in the rain! Too many white checks should not be allowed in the rain!” Thankfully, the black lady could not hear these comments being made because the rain was coming down so hard.

    We had a couple of rumbles here, just enough to make the dog and the cats run for cover. Too bad because I was looking forward to a good storm tonight. Maybe tomorrow.

  41. Bobbie said,

    The other side of the world got to see a lunar eclipe the other night. Too bad the solar eclipse that is going to be happening shortly will be in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean where no one can see it.

    And that begs the question: When the solar eclipse occurs and no one is around to see it, does that mean that it still happened?

  42. Bobbie said,

    Article published Sep 8, 2006
    If you’re up early, go check out lunar eclipse
    By Pam Eastlick
    For Pacific Daily News

    If you read your paper early in the morning, you might want to go out and have a look at the western sky.

    There’s a partial eclipse of the moon this morning. It started at 3:30 a.m. and the moon will set eclipsed around 6:30 a.m. So if it’s before 6:30 as you’re reading this, go out and have a look at the moon. You can expect it to be slightly reddened, but since it only entered the Earth’s outer shadow for this eclipse, there won’t be any dramatic changes.

    Solar and lunar eclipses always occur in pairs, if there’s a lunar eclipse at full moon, there’s a solar eclipse at new moon, but we won’t see the solar eclipse that occurs on Sept. 23. Very few other people will see this one either. Most of the path of totality occurs over open ocean in the Atlantic.

    Don’t worry if you missed the lunar eclipse this morning, however. You’ve got something to look forward to tonight that will be much easier to see.

    Harvest moon
    Lunar eclipses always occur at full moon and this month’s full moon just happens to be the fabled harvest moon. Harvest moon is the full moon that occurs closest to the autumn equinox and if the clouds let you see it; tonight’s harvest moon will be a wonder to behold. The moon reaches perigee — its closest point of approach to the earth for the month — at 9:04 this morning and tonight’s full moon will be the biggest full moon of 2006, 14 percent bigger than it was last February. Shine on, harvest moon!

  43. Gil said,

    A Math Romance
    They integrated from the very point of origin. Her curves were continuous, and even though he was odd, he was a real number. The day their lines first intersected, they became an ordered pair. From then on it was a continuous function. They were both in their prime, so in next to no time they were horizontal and parallel. She was awed by the magnitude of his perpendicular line, and he was amazed by her conical projections. “Bisect my angle!” she postulated each time she reached her local maximum. He taught her the chain rule as she implicitly defined the amplitude of his simple harmonic motion. They underwent multiple rotations of their axes, until at last they reached the vertex, the critical point, their finite limit. After that they slept like logs. Later she found him taking a right-handed limit, that was a problem, because it was an improper form. He meanwhile had realized that she was irrational, not to mention square. She approached her ex, so they diverged.

  44. LaFlamme said,

    “When the solar eclipse occurs and no one is around to see it, does that mean that it still happened?”

    This speaks of the participatory anthropic principal, which implies that nothing exists without an observer. In the classic experiment involving Schrodeinger’s cat, the animal inside a box was both alive and dead at the same time. It required an observer to provide a steady state.

  45. LaFlamme said,

    Wow, man. Just… wow.

  46. Bobbie said,

    After checking out the charts for solar and lunar eclipses, I found out that there will be a total lunar eclipse on my son’s birthday next year. Talk about adding something very special to an already special day.

  47. Linda said,

    Cool! March or August? I think August, right?

  48. lostboot said,

    Re: “Today’s theorem:
    Postulate 1: Knowledge is Power.
    Postulate 2: Time is Money.
    Power = Work / Time
    Knowledge = Power and: Time = Money, it is therefore true that: Knowledge = Work / Money”

    ok, I see you are saying if power = knowledge, and time = money, they are interchangeable in the equation, but even so, I don’t follow the logic here:

    “Solving this equation for Money, we get: Money = Work / Knowledge”

    the ” / ” means division, right? so you are saying money is work divided by knowledge?( I think it should be multiplied, money is a result of the combination of work & knowledge applied to one another – right?)

    “Thus, as Knowledge approaches zero, Money approaches infinity, regardless of the amount of Work done.”

    if the denominator is zero, then how does that make the numerator infinity?

    “Conclusion: The less you know, the more you make.”

    cute joke, but seems illogical to me.

    well, if it were money = work times knowledge, which could be shown as
    m=w(k)
    or M=W x K
    there might be a way to make sense.
    There are statistics to use as backup support also, comparing incomes & education levels and making correlations, those who have more education tend to make n=more money,
    however, I am sure it is also true that those who work the most do not necessarily make the most money. The less a person makes per hour, chances are they are working much more & harder than their bosses who are working much less but paid much much more.
    and that’s not funny.

  49. lostboot said,

    well, if you say :
    “….Knowledge = Work / Money
    Solving this equation for Money, we get: Money = Work / Knowledge
    Thus, as Knowledge approaches zero, Money approaches infinity, regardless of the amount of Work done….”

    if you mean it as division, m = w / k and k = zero, then it doesn’t matter what w is, because anytime the denominator is zero ( the bottom number , in other words, “w divided by k” or “w over k” ) then the top number is whatever it is. So you’d just be saying: money = work divided by nothing (?)
    well, that almost starts to make sense, that you can work much or little and make a random amount of money. Infinity? I don’t follow your logic.

    Actually you lost me at the point where you changed the equation from
    “….. Knowledge = Work / Money
    Solving this equation for Money, we get: Money = Work / Knowledge”

    You can’t just interchange variables from one side of the = sign to the other without due process.To solve for money, you’d have to multiply both sides of the equation by one, in the form of a fraction….

  50. Bobbie said,

    It’s August, Linda.

  51. curious said,

    it’s the republican dilemma, the more you read it, the less sense it makes, the more it becomes the “truth”

  52. Linda said,

    Curious, are you referring to algebra? I couldn’t agree more!

  53. Gil said,

    Yeah, bi-curious, because the Dems are so full of truth. Full of something. Dumbass.

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