I like to read while I get my cardio on at the gym. I am less bored during my workout and my peddling effort is proportional to how hard my brain is working. This morning I was really struggling to make sense of Stephen Hawking's recent paper discussing event horizon activities around black holes. Obviously, he makes perfect sense, but I realized I was in over my head with quantum gravity math. I needed a reboot, and set about Googling "Quantum Gravity for Dummies". While that search string does in fact return a result, I found something else amazing.
I have always understood concepts more thoroughly if I can play with a physical model. Computer-based models are fantastic and allow data play with a wide variety of variables, but sometimes you just need to get your hands dirty. I especially like physical models when speaking with students, even if they are simplistic in nature. There is quite of bit of research support documenting improved learning with active participation.
Back to black holes and warping space/time: difficult to visualize, yes? Take a peek at this video, and blow your mind. Thanks to Dan Burns at Los Gatos High School in the Bay Area for such a fantastic lesson.
I am in the process of transferring my WordPress blog over to Weebly. fiaanaut.com should direct to this fiaanaut.weebly.com shortly.
My web writings have not been particularly focused, and I found myself not engaged with the WordPress style. I love tech, and I am very good at pulling together design, but it is time consuming to design your website. I felt that I was not as motivated to post because I couldn't find a modular design that fit what I needed.
I am not a photographer, and didn't need a portfolio site, but wanted to have modular galleries for photo and video. I don't do ecommerce, so I didn't need a store front, and neither was I interested in producing a web magazine. In short, although WordPress is probably capable of delivering what I needed, it was taking too much time to adjust.
I ran into David Rusenko (Weebly's founder and CEO) a few times over the last year, but using Weebly wasn't on my radar. (Spaceflight and scuba diving were our chief conversation topics.) However, my decreasing comfort with WP spurred some quick research. I opened an account with Weebly, and 10 minutes later had a site I was entirely happy with.
I won't be transferring my old posts over anytime soon, but will eventually get around to it.
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