Once upon a time, he says, people were not born separate from each other, they were born in twined—kind of coupled with each other.
So they were boys attached to boys, and they were girls attached to girls, and of course, boys and girls together in a wonderfully intimate ball. And back then we had eight limbs; there were four on top, four on the bottom, and you didn’t have to walk if you didn’t want to, you could roll, and roll we did. We rolled backwards and we rolled forwards, achieving fantastic speeds that gave us a kind of courage. And then the courage swelled to pride. And the pride became arrogance. And then we decided that we were greater than the gods and we tried to roll up the heaven and take over heaven and the gods, alarmed, struck back, and Zeus, in his fury, hurled down lightning bolts and struck everyone in two—into perfect halves.
So all of a sudden couples who’ve been warm and tight and wedged together were now detached, and alone, and lost, and desperate, and losing the will to live. And the gods seen what they have done, worried that humans might not survive, or even multiply again, and of course they needed humans to give sacrifices and pay attention to them.
So the gods decided on a few repairs. Instead of heads facing backward or out, they would rotate our heads back forward. They pulled our skin taught and knotted it right here at the belly button. Genitalia, too, were moved to the front, so if we wanted to, you know, we could. And most important, they left us with a memory. It was a longing for that original other half of ourselves. The boy or the girl who used to make us whole. And that longing is still so deep in all of us; men for men, women for women, men for women for each other that it has been the lot of humans ever since to travel the world looking for our other half. And when, says Aristophanes, when one of us meets another, we recognize each other right away. We just know this. We’re lost in an amazement of love, and friendship, and intimacy. We won’t get out of each other’s sight, even for a moment. These are people, he says, who pass their whole lives together and yet if you ask them, they could not explain what they desire of each other… They just do.
The color of the Aurora depends on the altitude and the atom being struck by solar radiation (causing excitation). At higher altitudes, there is more Atomic Oxygen than Nitrogen, leading to the common color stratifications you see.
500-200 km altitude
— Atomic Oxygen — Red
— Atomic Oxygen — Greenish-Yellow
— Ionized Nitrogen — Blue/Purple
— Nitrogen (N2) — Crimson
Oxygen only emits red at higher altitudes because once it’s excited, it takes a longer time to emit red than it does green. Why is that important? Well, at lower altitudes there is more Nitrogen for the Oxygen to bump into and absorb that excitation-energy before it gets a chance to emit red light. In this case, where the collision occurs, the Oxygen will emit Green and at low enough altitudes the Nitrogen-Oxygen collisions eventually prevent Oxygen from emitting any light at all.
During stronger storms, high energy solar particles will reach lower in the atmosphere and cause the Crimson emission from Nitrogen, creating a deep-red band at the lower edge of the aurora. Other elements emit light too, like Hydrogen (Blue) or Helium (Purple) which are at higher altitudes.
Batkid Saves San Francisco
A boy’s wish to be Batman inspired thousands of volunteers to help turn the streets of San Francisco into Gotham City today.
Five-year-old Miles, aka Batkid, has been fighting Leukemia since he was a baby. The Make-a-Wish Foundation helped organize an entire day catered to the caped crusader. Miles, whose cancer is in remission, rode in a Batmobile, rescued a damsel in distress and helped police capture the Riddler and the Penguin. San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee even gave Miles a key to the city.
FAA Advisory Panel Says We Should Be Allowed to Use Electronic Devices
As expected, the FAA advisory committee has recommended that airline passengers should be “allowed to use smartphones, tablets, e-readers and other personal electronic devices during takeoffs and landings”. That means, yes, we can finally use our damn (innocent) electronic devices while on an airplane without looking like a criminal. Gizmodo
welcome to the future guys
Q:hi toan, how are you doing? we haven't talked in a while and i miss you. but i feel like if i tell you, you'll just be like wtf lol.
Hi Anon, I’m doing good :) Seems like everything in my life is falling into the right places for the first time.
If you feel that I’ll be like wtf if you tell me you miss me then you might not know me well enough, Anon!