Monday, August 31, 2015
Sunday, August 30, 2015
Saturday, August 29, 2015
Friday, August 28, 2015
Wednesday, August 26, 2015
So much for "later this evening." First week of classes has been intense and rewarding. So now it's Friday, and I'm hoping I can remember why I posted these photos. First, when I saw this poster, and had not heard of the performers, I started reading the "fine print." The above quote bothered me because it represents the same sort of sloppy thinking, or non-thinking, that I try to cure in my writing classes. The phrase "sometimes Fate, or God, or the Universe or whatever you want to call it" implies that there is a common understanding of the "it," but that we call it by different names. This is wrong. If you say "God = the Universe" you obfuscate any serious meaning of God or Universe. As astronomers and astrophysicists continue to probe the "depths" of the Universe, both they and the general pubic at least agree on a vague definition that the word stands for "everything that exists." We just don't know the size of it all, and there remain tough scientific/philosophical questions as to what might its size be, and, if it actually has boundaries, what's on the other side of the boundaries? Other universes? And what could that mean? Only a small percentage of people, I suspect, allow their inquiring minds to go beyond this point and just grab another beer or cup of coffee and tralk about something else.
On the other hand, when we use the words "God" or "god," it opens up a discussion - or battle - in which all sorts of warring claims tend to cut the discussion short. "Fate" is probably the least useful word in the bunch. I won't comment about it further here. However, when I put my scientific training aside and check into the Alvin brothers' music, I found it mostly pleasant, and I realize the above quote was mostly a friendly statement, not meant to enter the science-vs.-religion wars, and refers to a long period during which they did not record anything, and they are now on a resurrection (sorry about that) tour. We all know you can't really "lose time."
P.S. My new Nikon DSLR arrived last night. I hope to be ready to photograph nature and post some new, better images soon.
Tuesday, August 18, 2015
Sunday, August 16, 2015
This afternoon, I had the opportunity to hike with my wife and her dog out to Gilson Creek, formerly one of my favorite places for nature study, but now famous as a place where the drug cartels have been growing a lot of pot and polluting the surroundings. I decided not to jinx the fickle Nikon, so I only brought the Canon. My next post will be a few shots from that adventure.
Thursday, August 13, 2015
Wednesday, August 12, 2015
Every time I go to Feather River College, I park in front of the California Thistles where I usually take a few minutes to see what sorts of critters might be visiting them. This morning I found a Consperse Stink Bug, then found that the word "consperse" is not in any of my dictionaries. The scientific name of this bug is Euschistus conspersus. It's in the Family Pentatomidae which name is a reference to its resemblance to a pentagon. As with this whole set of eight photos, taken with my substitute camera (a small Canon Powershot Elph), I shot from several distances, hoping that I'd get at least one passable shot for the blog. I cannot properly judge the focus on a viewing screen with all the ambient light flashing. In this set, the only ones that are reasonably sharp are those of the Praying Mantis. I can hardly wait to get a new DSLR!