What Does it (really) Take for an ECLIPSE?

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?

What is the Most Frightening Celestial Object?

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: Speech at Toastmasters on Campus

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

Sleepless Hearts, #1 (ENG – CHN)

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)

Naming the Stars

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

Fear and Future

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/