January 23rd, 2006

Checking my watch

Can't sleep...

Let's calculate how old I am in Martian years... I'm 23 Martian years old... Hmmm I think I may become a Martian.

Some of my hair is a sort of metallic dark red now so I'm clearly from Mars and 23 years old.

Information from Your Age On Other Worlds.

I found another cool site where you can scale down the solar system into more manageable numbers... But it just starts to make my brain hurt. When you scale down the earth to 2.7mm (that's about the size of a 2p coin or slightly bigger than a quarter) then the the sun would be the size of an old vinyl LP by comparison.. Fine so far, then by comparison the Earths distance from the Sun would be 32.237 meters (105ft 9inches) Ok I can visualize that... But that means Pluto at it's closest would be 1274.445 meters from the sun about .7 of a mile... Wow! Remember the scale is Earth the size of a coin. OK let's leave the solar system and go to a near by star Alpha Centauri in our (Earth = 2p coin scale) becomes 8706.7km or 5410 miles away... So if I put an LP on my record deck in my flat in London to represent the sun... I'd have to place another one on Ari's record player in Texas to represent Alpha Centauri (give or take a couple of hundred miles).

So how far is the centre of the galaxy in this coin = Earth, LP = Sun Universe? Answer is... about 35 million miles.

Now tell me this sort of stuff doesn't keep you awake at night?

You can scale down the Galaxy and even the speed of light here

Please note I am not a flat Earthist (I can almost hear my inner pedant about to start a sentence beginning with the word "Actually") So just to make things clear I use a coin to represent the scale diameter of bodies I firmly believe to be spheres.
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Earlier tonight I mentioned the phrase "flat Earthist"... and this made me wonder are the Intelegent Design people (creationists) also flat Eartists?

Do they still hold on to the idea the Earth is the centre of the Universe? How about microscopic life? The church once denied microscopic life. Their argument as far as I can follow it went something like this. God created man in his image, God gave man domain over the rest of His creation and therefore wouldn't of made anything too small for man to see.

Hmm... do I really want to go look at a load of looney Web sites to find out?

Well I've just looked into the murky waters of amateur theology and found out here that antediluvian animals were all vegetarian. More importantly Christians are forbidden from giving vegetarians and hard time Romans 14:2-3 but also points out that vegetarians are "weak of faith".

And after further reading around and about the Web... it seems there is Theistic evolution which is compatible with all the scientific discoveries of the last few hundred years. So you can be a Christian and accept the theory of evolution, big bang, and a spherical Earth But if you can't get your head around the concept of an all powerful, omnipresent God / Goddess / Gods who can transcend time and space to perform His / Her / Their wonders...then you can opt for the fundamentalism of a Geocentric Universe with a flat 6000 year old Earth.
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How strange I just had a dream where I was at a Cocteau Twins gig. Once again I had a pile of recording equipment with me but wasn't using it. For some strange reason Wayne Hussey was in the band too. There was very few people at the gig and as they played the encore people started to drift away. I stayed to the end. I had to walk past a baby elephant to get to the car park and it decided to charge at me, when I tried to defend myself it's mother woke-up and tried to attack me too.


Off to Kingston now to exchange a CD player.
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