"What grander idea can the mind of man form to itself than a prodigious, glorious and firy globe hanging in the midst of an infinite and boundless space surrounded with bodies of whom our earth is scarcely any thing in comparison, moving their rounds about its body and held tight to their respective orbits by the attractive force inherent to it while they are suspended in the same space by the Creator's almighty arm! And then let us cast our eyes up to the spangled canoply of heaven, where innumerable luminaries at such an immense distance from us cover the face of the skies. All suns as great as that which illumines us, surrounded with earths perhaps no way inferior to the ball which we inhabit and no part of the amazing whole unfilled! System running into system, and worlds bordering on worlds! Sun, earth, moon, stars be ye made, and they were made!" - Edmund Burke, at age 15 praising the 'noble science' of astronomy

The world is a funny place you know. Full of mysteries that no one can explain. 

But in reality there really isn't anything that we can do about it. Nothing we can really solve. All we can do, is to try and find an explanation.

And even that is a hard task. Trying to find an explanation for something that we have no idea what is.

You could say that, maybe we'll never get the chance to find it in our lifetime. But then again,you never know what could happen.

Take the Bermuda Triangle for instance. (For the people who don't know, here is a brief explanation.)  The Bermuda Triangle is an area of water in the Northern Atlantic Ocean, in which numerous amounts planes, and boats appear to go missing in mysterious circumstances. Some people believe the disappearances to be the work of bad weather, time warps, alien abductions, and even suspension of the law of physics. 

Although substantial documentation exists to show that many of the reports have been exaggerated, there is still no explanation for the unusually large number of disappearances in the area.

I have this friend, Chris. He goes on cruises every single year to the Bahamas, and passes right through the Bermuda Triangle, and he comes back alive and well. So I'm not entirely sure if this is believable or not. 

Oh well I guess.

-Meiko
 
 
"The meek shall inherit the Earth. And the rest of us will go to the stars."  - Omni Magazine

There is something different about our ever changing world. I don't know if any of you know this, or if you would even care.. but it has been in my thoughts lately.

Do you believe that we, (humans) could be the only life in existence? Or are we just a small population too far to find other life forms out there in the universe.

That thought has come to my mind many times within the last couple years.

The closest galaxy in the universe to us that happens to be very similar to ours, the Andromeda Galaxy. There is a huge possibility that within the Andromeda Galaxy, there could actually be a planet similar to Earth. This possible Earth like planet, could also have possible life forms on it. Could be primordial life, or intelligent life like the humans on this planet.

You know what? There could actually be more than one planet, maybe dozens. All we have to do is search for them. But there is a problem with all this. There is no way we could know if this is true or not. Why? Because we're in a point of our existence where technology hasn't evolved enough for us to search vast distances.

The Andromeda Galaxy is over 2 million light years away from us. And when we see the galaxy through our primitive telescopes, we're seeing it as it was 2 million years ago. So if there was a way for us to see into the galaxy and find the planets, who knows what we would find. Whatever we see wont be like they are today.

That is where my site banner comes in. THE DRAKE EQUATION. The true question is, is there a way to estimate the number of technologically advanced civilizations that might exist in our Galaxy? Actually, yes, there is. It was created by Dr. Frank Drake. And he conceived a means to mathematically estimate the number of worlds that might harbor beings with technology sufficient enough to communicate across the vast gulfs of interstellar space.

N = R* fp ne fl fi fc L (the drake equation) 

  • N = The number of communicative civilizations
  • R* = The rate of formation of suitable stars (stars such as our Sun)
  • fp = The fraction of those stars with planets. (Current evidence indicates that planetary systems may be common for stars like the Sun.)
  • ne = The number of Earth-like worlds per planetary system
  • fl = The fraction of those Earth-like planets where life actually develops
  • fi = The fraction of life sites where intelligence develops
  • fc = The fraction of communicative planets (those on which electromagnetic communications technology develops)
  • L = The "lifetime" of communicating civilizations

This estimates about 10,000 communicative civilizations in the Milky Way alone. Imagine another galaxy, say Andromeda?

Just thought I would share.

-Meiko
 
 
"With every passing hour our solar system comes forty-three thousand miles closer to globular cluster 13 in the constellation Hercules, and still there are some misfits who continue to insist that there is no such thing as progress." - Ransom K. Ferm

Now, for a random thought, 'End of the world', or as its popular title, 'The Fate of the Universe'. How will things go? It has been said that the Earth can end several different ways.

One being the 'Big Freeze'. Most likely, the definition of the 'Big Freeze' is that the universe will continue to expand forever. As it expands, the universe will cool and eventually be too cold to sustain life.

The other possible scenario for the ultimate fate of the universe being the 'Big Crunch'. You know how I said that the universe will most likely expand? Well, this scenario is different. Basically the expansion of space will eventually reverse and the universe will re-collapses on itself, ultimately ending as a black hole singularity.

Another scenario for the fate of the universe is called the 'Big Rip'. This reminds me of the 'Big Freeze' but worse! This hypothesis was first published in 2003, in which, the matter of the universe, from stars, atoms, subatomic particles, and galaxies, are progressively torn apart because of the expansion of the universe for this to be possible, this hypothesis relies on the dark energy of the universe.

The final possible fate of the universe that I could find is the 'Heat Death' of the universe. This is the definition on the internet: 'The idea of heat death stems from the second law of thermodynamics, which states that entropy tends to increase in an isolated system. If the universe lasts for a sufficient time, it will asymptotically approach a state where all energy is evenly distributed. In other words, in nature there is a tendency to the dissipation (energy loss) of mechanical energy (motion); hence, by extrapolation, there exists the view that the mechanical movement of the universe will run down in time due to the second law.' I agree with this definition of the hypothesis. My other thought of the 'Heat Death' is that, when the Sun dies (in about 5 billion years) it will engulf all of the inner planets, up to the asteroid belt.  And everything will burn up and explode.

Out of all of these scenarios of the possible fate of the universe, I believe the 'Big Freeze' is the one that will kill us all. Unless, in 5 billion years our Sun kills us first...

Very interesting topic to think about.

By the way. I added a page about me. . . 

-Meiko

 
 
"We live in a changing universe, and few things are changing faster than our conception of it."    - Timothy Ferris, "The Whole Shebang"


For the start of the new month (July), I decided to start reading newer books that don't usually interest me. I want to know how other people are interested. I started to read many mystery and romance novels.

After reading some mystery novels I came to a realization. Most of them are confusing, not well written or just plain boring. But I do have to give it up to some authors. They really know how to write a book. Suspense and drama everywhere. I think I'm starting to like mystery novels. Especially ones dealing with government conspiracy theories, or religious/secret societies. I mean, I'm not one for religion or anything like that, but thank you Dan Brown for making it interesting.

When reading the romance novels I find them to be sad. Not as in, getting me upset, but I pity all the men and women (mainly women) who read these types of books. Most of the women that do are alone and find comfort in a 'fictional' person's happiness and drama. I never understood why. I currently, am alone. I have no significant other of any kind, and I too feel that lonely feeling at times. But when I read these novels, these 'works of magnificent brilliance'? This is my reaction: W T F. This is pure stupidity.

That’s all I have to say about that subject. I've been obsessed with monkeys recently. Why? I've been reading up on 'the origin of species' by Charles Darwin, and I’m just amazed. I'll talk more about it later. Maybe.

-Meiko

 
 
"Mortal as I am, I know that I am born for a day. But when I follow at my pleasure the serried multitude of the stars in their circular course, my feet no longer touch the earth." - Ptolemy,c.150 AD

I don't think anyone ever reads my blog, but that is okay. This is for me to make myself feel better, or to just put my thoughts down anyway. Well, in my recent posts, they were usually about random thoughts that I had floating around in my head. This post however, is a little different. 

Anywho, I have been thinking it over and I noticed that there is something seriously lacking from my life. I don’t think it is the excitement. Just for the fact that I care not much for it. I also do not think that it’s my lack of relationships either. I have many friends in who I socialize with on occasion. I’d rather be home though, either reading a book or manga, watching anime or movies, or working on the many websites that I have. Playing a ton of video games. Usually I am always busy. With one thing or the other.

A couple weeks ago a friend pointed out how I was not accomplishing anything here. I don't think he was trying to be rude or anything, just helping out. And he was right. I thought and thought of what I should do with my life now. I’m 23 years old and rather intelligent. I have an IQ of 145 and I do nothing with it.  I should make a new start somewhere. One to clear my head, two to explore a new place/country, and three, a fresh start. I have decided that this would be a good idea and a great opportunity for me. I could finally get everything in order. 

Of course, anyone who knows me knows which country I’m going to choose to live in. Hello Japan. I started saving up money, learning more of the japanese language and its culture, filling out my passport, and finding a sponsor for my visa.This is what I really want to do and I really think I can do this. I have friends and family that say they can help me through all this. I thank them for that.

I have more thinking to do obviously and more working to do, toward this goal. 

Bye for now.

-Meiko
 
 
"We have loved the stars too fondly to be fearful of the night." - Tombstone epitaph of two amateur astronomers.

Hello. This is my first blog/site thing. Well, I would not call this my 'first', but on this website? Yes. I've used my livejournalmyspace, and my facebook to blog about things and such, but nothing like this. Not to a site dedicated to only blogging of the random things in life. I find doing this pretty fun.

I want it to be memorable for me, so when I look back on it, I can think about my life back in the past. This blog will be a place for me to talk about the happy times in my life as well as crap times, but it is mainly about the randomness of the universe.

None of you know who I am I bet. I'm no one really. I just want to write and it doesn't matter if no one reads. But if people do read, then thanks for reading my randomness!

I don't know what else to post as my 'first' post on this site. Oh, why did I choose the title, "Twenty-Six Candles"? Well I was born on the 26th day of a certain month, and it happens to be my favorite number. Look, I answered your question.

Bye for now. 

-Meiko