Category Archives: Astronomy

Scenes on Sunday ~ Arizona

in Arizona they salt margaritas, not sidewalks and roads

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Watermelon Margaritas

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

in Arizona, nothing but a Mustang convertible will do.

 

Scenes on Sunday ~ The Moon

That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.

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It’s fifty years since Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first men to stand on the moon.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

the result of an extra-terrestrial visitor to the Earth

Meteor Crater, Arizona

Music ~ Flat Earth

I have come to believe that the shape of the Earth cannot be proven.  ~  Albert Einstein
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Following on from my post earlier in the week about self-deluded people who believe in a flat Earth, here’s a song about a woman who seems to believe that the Earth isn’t round.

When it comes to believing in very strange theories, it’s almost always a woman.

Please listen responsibly.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

well, there you go

the Earth is round, after all

The Flat Earth Conspiracy

Those who are able to see beyond shadows will never be understood.

April Fools Day

The Earth from Space.  (that’s Atlanta GA in the centre)

A bunch of conspiracy theorists who persist in believing that the Earth is flat are planning a trip to Antarctica to see ‘the end of the world’.  I think they really mean the “edge of the world”, but you wouldn’t expect anyone who believes in a flat Earth to have a good grasp of semantics.

Good luck on that trip.  If the Earth really was as flat as a pancake they would never get there because all navigation by sea and air relies entirely on the fact that the Earth is an oblate spheroid ~ that is not at all flat.

Mind you, as the next meeting of the Flat Earth International Conference will be held in Dallas, Texas, the spiritual home of conspiracy theories.  I’m guessing that their meetings are filled with febrile debates about nothing that is within shouting distance of reality.  You know what?  I would have expected the Flat Earth Bunch to be headquartered in California, where they really do know how to party with psychoactive substances.

There is no evidence whatsoever for a flat Earth, other than the evidence of our own eyes when our feet are planted firmly on the ground.  In that case, when we look around us, the Earth does seem flat ~ other than hills and mountains, and valleys, and gorges…..  The Pythagorean theorem, one of the oldest mathematical proofs in Euclidian Geometry, is predicated on the Earth being flat.  However, Pythagoras falls apart when great distances across the Earth are involved, in which case we need to use spherical trigonometry.  (Which only works for big balls.)

As far back as Columbus in 1492 AD, navigators knew the Earth was a spheroid, although Columbus got the circumference badly wrong.  The Norse Vikings knew the Earth was a sphere when they travelled to America in about 1,000 AD.  The Ancient Greeks were thinking about a spherical Earth in the 6th Century BC, and before that the Phoenicians navigated great distances based on the idea that the Earth was a sphere.

The Moon is a sphere too

Only in the Bible is the idea of a flat Earth much popularised, and as we all know, everything in the bible can be treated as the Gospel Truth.  However, if you are interested in exploring the flat Earth conundrum, the Flat Earth Society has a cool website  https://www.tfes.org/

Some say that NASA’s sole reason for existence is to propagandize the public and promote this false ball-Earth heliocentric worldview.  And that there was never a moon landing, it was all shot in a studio in Culver City.  All I know is that some gullible fools are eager to believe the stupidest pseudo-scientific dross.  And the moon really is made of green cheese.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

some say that real women have absolutely no sense of direction, and that no woman will ever admit that they’re wrong,  some of that is mostly true

The Vernal Equinox

The first day of spring,
when a young man’s fancy lightly turns to love and sex.

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Most very masculine men think about sex all the time.

But Spring is a really nice time of year to be with your lady-love.

The vernal equinox will be at 21:58 Greenwich Mean Time today, 20 March 2019.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

some say that;

mature women also think about,

love and sex, all the time

Lover’s Moon

The moon is but a pale reflection of the love in your heart.

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he took her in the moonlight

her eyes sparkling silver bright

her hair black as the sable night

their caresses, hard kisses excite

desire ignited hot in their hearts

entwined bodies sexually inviting

moving with simultaneous delight

until at last their passion was spent

and they lay under the cold moonlight

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

for the cold light of the moon is love’s softly warm kiss of adieu

Bad Weather

there is no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather

Snow in New Mexico

As far as I’m concerned the weather here is bad today ~ gale force winds and driving rain, courtesy of an Atlantic storm sweeping in from the south-south-west.  Some fool decided that severe storms here should have names, and this one is called Erik ~ pathetic.  Hurricanes should have names, minor storms over the British Isles shouldn’t.  (Actually it’s Met Éireann, the Irish Meteorological Office which names storms here ~pathetic.)

For all of history, today, and into the foreseeable future mankind’s activities have been /are / will be dependent upon the weather.  Agriculture relies on the right kind of weather at the right time, travel can be disrupted due to high winds rain, and snow, and power consumption rises if the weather is too hot or too cold.

Right now 70 million Americans across the Midwest are bracing themselves for dangerous storms bringing high winds, cold, rain, hail, and the possibility of a tornado or two.  Now that’s really bad weather.  But then America does have extremes of climate.

Weather refers to what’s going on in the atmosphere at a particular place, over a short period of time; temperature, humidity, wind, rain / snow, clouds, visibility…..  Climate is the long-term weather pattern over a large area over many, many years ~ long enough to generate meaningful statistical data ~ say a hundred years or more.

Which is why all this brouhaha over catastrophic anthropogenic climate change is just so much crap.  If global temperatures show a significant warming over the next 30 years or so, then maybe there may be something to it ~ or more likely it’s still just changes in long-term weather patterns driven by the usual suspects.

Our weather is created by the sun, and sometimes catastrophically modified by rare events such as a very major volcanic eruption, (Krakatoa), or a comet / meteorite hitting the surface of the earth, (whatever killed off the dinosaurs).  Occasionally local weather can be catastrophically changed by the actions of man; the Great London Smogs for example, but those events are rare and temporary.

Some say that man is killing the planet.  And that we need to stop using cars, aeroplanes, electricity, living in houses, and definitely stop eating meat.  All I know is that every now and again Chicken Little runs around screaming that the sky is falling.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

snow on the high plains isn’t so very rare

 

Ultimate and Impalpable Reality

There are more things in Heaven and Earth
Than are dreamt of in your philosophies

At heart I am a skeptic who refuses to believe without direct personal experience, or hard evidence that what I have been told is indeed true.  More than that, I am a practical, engineering, Newtonian Physics kind of Englishman who does not take charlatans, fools, and knaves kindly.  I give no credence whatsoever to alien encounters, flat earthers, or people who believe that the Pyramids were built by men from other star systems.

So what am I doing trusting in such things as divination, precognition, and spooky connections?  Why do I have and use a pack of tarot cards, am in constant close contact with my personal astrologer, would walk ten-thousand miles to avoid a ouija board, and believe that kissing a witch in the moonlight is more than just a kiss?

If it comes right down to it, why do I believe that there are such beings as witches?

Well, recently Victoria, my personal astrologer and tarot reader, wrote to me;

You are now venturing on another important evolutionary step on your life path to discover what you are truly capable of, and realizing that you have an immense inner power!  Part of your life path is discovering what this power is, unearthing this power from the depths of your heart and soul, and knowing how you can use it in the various areas of your daily existence.  ~  Victoria

Not so long ago I would have utterly rejected those words.

Now, I’m pretty certain that Victoria has a gift, and that she knows what she’s talking about.

I’m better at denial than most, and my mind is more closed than even most Englishmen of my generation, but looking back on my life I can see some hard evidence that I have abilities most others do not.

For example; it’s not just that I can tell when people are lying to me, or know when they have falsehoods in their soul…..  my ability to read people is far deeper than that, and I used it unashamedly when I worked in banking and finance.   And, that’s as much as I’m going to say about my ‘…..immense inner power…..’

What I will tell you is that everyone who reads this blog is a unique individual who deserves to receive much more recognition and respect for who they innately are, and for the good they do in this world.

Some say that they do not feel as much in charge of their own destiny as they could and should be.  And, that there are people and situations preventing them from accomplishing all that they deserve and desire.  All I know is that everyone reading this is stronger than others believe.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

the ultimate and impalpable strength

of the Divine Feminine

Road Trip Eclipsed

If you’re always looking back, how can you see the road in front of you.

talking

and laughing

towns passing by

sharing quiet intimacy

marvelling at the scenery

enjoying long roads’ rhythms

discovering unknown real America

driving through the country no one sees

California, Nevada, Arizona, Utah, Wyoming

witnessing the marvel of a dark sun at noontime

knowing those uplifting moments will be long gone

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

Marmaduke really likes road trips

and so do I

The Shipping Forecast

I must go down to the sea again, to the lonely sea and the sky,
and all I ask is a tall ship, and a star to steer her by…..

At 05:20 each morning the haunting notes of Lillibullero announce the beginning of the shipping forecast on my wireless.  Weather reports and forecasts for the seas around the coasts of the British Isles, it’s as reliable as Death and Taxes, and as accurate as an atomic clock.  The shipping forecast has to be accurate, sailors lives depend upon it.  It’s all about the wind, the sea, the sky, and the clouds.

The shipping forecast has been made available to sailors for the past 151 years, (except during wartime when weather was a military secret), and has been broadcast on the wireless since 1911.  In more than 100 years the BBC has only failed to broadcast the forecast once, on 30 May 2014, when due to a technical fault listeners heard the BBC’s World Service instead.

The 31 sea areas reported always come in exactly the same order.  Mostly I mentally tune out the reports and forecasts for such places as Southeast Iceland, Faeroes, Fair Isle, Viking…..  But I really listen up when the announcer intones Cromarty, Forth, Tyne, Dogger…..  because that includes ‘my’ sea area, and as my garret is just 100 yards from the sea I get whatever weather the shipping forecast says is expected.

Utterly reliable, honest, dependable, accurate, and a little old-fashioned, the Shipping Forecast is a rock of stability in an ever-changing world, and I’m probably the only person I actually know that listens to it.

I should learn from the Shipping Forecast.  I firmly believe that what women want most in a long-term partner are exemplified by the qualities of that daily radio broadcast; reliability, honesty, dependability, accuracy in thought, word, and deed ~ and maybe a little sense of old-fashioned style.

Some say that women want spontaneity, excitement, adventure, really cool things.  And, that most women want guys who pick up the restaurant bill, arrange the vacations and buy the tickets, and who will go to wild parties and pretend to enjoy them.  All I know is that when the shit hits the fan women want a guy they can rely on to keep them safe, a guy as dependable as the Shipping Forecast.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talk

 

the cold grey North Sea is often a very dangerous place to be

 

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