I guess you know the drill by now. Round earth with a moon whizzing around, and the pair occasionally block sunlight from each other. Neat stuff. Do you want to see an actual ray diagram of that? Yes! Well, I drew one in Adobe Illustrator, and then converted it to html. Edit: WP Does not … Continue reading What Does it (really) Take for an ECLIPSE?
A few days back on Zhihu.com at home, there was an astronomy question that made it onto the "Trending Q&A" list (quite impressive for my homeland), "What is the most frightening celestial object known to science?" Not surprisingly, in the scientifically literate answers -- many of which I might be interested in covering in the … Continue reading What is the Most Frightening Celestial Object?
Welcome to the Nebulous Future An Introduction to Complex Systems A Speech at Toastmasters, February 21st, 2018 Toastmaster, members and guests, good evening. [Newton's Dream] Around three hundred years ago, after setting the foundations of Calculus (ahem), Sir Isaac Newton wrote down his three laws of motion. First - A body will stay at rest … Continue reading Welcome to the Nebulous Future: Speech at Toastmasters on Campus
It's a nice day looking out, There's squawk in the distance. A being sits by the glass, through another, it grasped a cup of water, it swirled like galaxies: one born out of another. . The entire history of all we comprehend as cosmos elapses. . it took a sip. It's a nice day looking … Continue reading ‘Cosmos’
I saw stars through my ceiling, Below our moon, they were sitting In my mind they were calling. The autumn leaf and the swirling wind were my finger’s relative. Maybe here I am, so we never again separate. ⋯ I could not see where it began. I could not conjure afar I am afar. I … Continue reading Sleepless Hearts, #1 (ENG – CHN)
A letter from "AC" to a newly formed star. The word “to create” can be understood as “to verify a theory”, if you wish.
It's procrastination gone awry, in a way.
Another very short one. I just printed out my last assignment of the week, and decided to spend another few minutes writing (personally) before I head for a Café (to grab a non-caffeinated drink alone, of course), and hopefully finish the problem set soon after. Bay Area's temperature broke historical records this weekend (39 degrees … Continue reading Naming the Stars
A fictional future “me” nonchalantly reflecting on the path of themselves and the species before a potentially distructive experiment.
Happy new semester! As part of my procrastination plan (two more posts, to be honest and spoil-y), instead of writing personal statements for URAP. Here I am. There I was. If you have scrolled all the way down my newly facelifted homepage, you would have seen it: stars, through my eyes and my machines, like … Continue reading A Few Non-Astro Astrophotographs
First attempt in proper translation
In order to finish some essays, I have been digging through my archives painstakingly. Here's a trivial find. From my 2014 Chronicle. Translation approaching. 绝对的寂静里， 深的模糊 是无尽世界的棋子 还是岁月旅人的眼睛 他们单纯地向未知跋涉， 最初的 却不是最后的 恐惧可以解除 只是一瞬 却为剧变的天地铄出光芒 在我所及之处 恰是我不可即之殇： 那将发生， 你将归来， 那也是很久远的事了 这层当下延伸至未可知的迷雾 也遮挡不了那点遥远的旋转的光锥。 星星或许也很远 或许更远 我只能看到千年， 那不是我的世界 那是未来的领地了 此去期年， 忘掉了， 和努力阅读自然的故事时一样 再看看自己的过去。 Link to original work: user.qzone.qq.com/775842684/blog/1419872866/
Hang on. -- to gravitation. A bunch of family friends were in my living room. After cutting a Wassermelon, introducing Prof. Carl Sagan (whose picture was smiling at us on the dining table), and discussing my new semesters' resolution... I took out my laptop and showed them Titan, red giants, and M 31, etc. with … Continue reading Earth, #2
I like nights better. How much time has every bit of reality waited in darkness to briefly experience light? Why should I know? Every point of it, in a mathematical abstraction or every grid points separated by Planck length⋯ why am I in light, on a hospitable planet, amid some lively adventure towards knowledge of … Continue reading Turning on the Lights
There are words below, though. No one will be here to see my message, the same logic, however, applies to the historical expeditions where we send messages to places afar. Lack of confidence doesn't kill me, inertness and laziness do, and perhaps cultural incompatibility. Whereas I do not seem competent in anything - I am the … Continue reading Afar, The Message