Category: Natures hack


All you need to know about Thermodynamics

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There are some words that can provide a large contrast to different people, yet still mean the same thing.

For example, “empirical“. Def: Verifiable or provable by means of observation or experiment.

If a philosopher[1] finds empirical evidence for their theories, it is considered a great accomplishment. It is reassurance that the threads of thought they weave can come together to make a t-shirt.

Conversely, if my physicist friends find an empirical formula, even if it fulfils science[2], there is still a feeling of uneasiness. Until a mathematician friend can come along to formalise what is no less than universal suspicions, there is always some doubt.

[1] my philosopher friends, please correct me if I am wrong.

[2] testable, repeatable, consistent results.

Days & Dates

A calendar showing the leap year day.

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I’m surprised that I’ve never sat down and worked this out before.

My birthday this year is on a Wednesday (today actually) my half Birthday is on a Tuesday. Next year they will both fall on a Thursday since that will be a leap year. I like Thursdays. I was born on a Thursday on a year just after a leap year.

Have you ever tried to follow your birthday’s precession around the week? Doing some maths, you quickly realise that:

365 ÷ 7 = 52 remainder 1
52  ÷ 4 = 13

For administration purposes, a month is usually defined as a four-week period.

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Snowflake. Small microscope kept outdoors. Sna...

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Well, I thought I should add my contribution to the wealth of white to the social networks. This also gives me an excuse to show off the image quality of my phone.

I did have thoughts of taking before/after, day/night shots. I also toyed with ideas of exploring the area, hunting for shots of good snow. Unfortunately, have you seen how cold it is out there.

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