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Pause for a moment.

Pause and listen to Reinbert de Leeuw's illumined recording of Erik Satie's Ogives.

This music stops everything.  It makes the now fade away.

As you listen, use that moment to ponder the long-term destiny of the earth and the universe in this Wikipedia article: Timeline of the Far Future.

Highlights include:

In 50 thousand years, “Niagara Falls will have eroded away the remaining 32 km to Lake Erie, and ceased to exist.”

In 100 thousand years, “the proper motion of stars across the celestial sphere… renders many of the constellations unrecognizable.”

In less than 1 million years, “the red supergiant star Betelgeuse explodes in a supernova. The explosion is expected to be easily visible in daylight.”

In 50 million years, “Africa’s collision with Eurasia closes the Mediterranean Basin and creates a mountain range similar to the Himalayas.”

After 230 million years, “The orbits of the planets become impossible to predict.” [PS: remember the slow approach of chaos in this planetary motion simulator?]

In 600 million years, “tidal acceleration moves the Moon far enough from Earth that total solar eclipses are no longer possible.”

In 800 million years, “carbon dioxide levels fall to the point at which C4 photosynthesis is no longer possible. Multicellular life dies out.”

In 7.9 billion years, the Sun, now a red giant, reaches “its maximum radius of 256 times the present day value. … During these times, it is possible that Saturn’s moon Titan could achieve surface temperatures necessary to support life.”

In 100 billion years, “the Universe’s expansion causes all galaxies beyond the Milky Way’s Local Group to disappear beyond the cosmic light horizon, removing them from the observable universe.”

In 1 trillion years, “star formation ends in galaxies as galaxies are depleted of the gas clouds they need to form stars. … The universe’s expansion… multiplies the wavelength of the cosmic microwave background by 1029, exceeding the scale of the cosmic light horizon and rendering its evidence of the Big Bang undetectable.”

By 1 quadrillion years from now, “the Sun will have cooled to five degrees above absolute zero.”

In 3×1043 years from now, assuming protons can decay, black holes will be the only objects left in the universe.

What happens after that, when Boltzmann brains start popping into existence and the Poincaré recurrence theorem gives us another big bang (because of math), I leave to you to read.

And don’t forget to take a look at Satie’s beautiful score for the Ogives.

From Earth Science Picture Of The Day; January 21, 2014:

Aletsch Glacier
Photographer: Renata Hari; Summary Authors: Renata Hari; Jim Foster

Aletsch Glacier, shown above carving through the Bernese Alps of Switzerland, is nearly 14 mi (23 km) in length making it the longest glacier in the entire Alps mountain system. It’s currently in retreat as are nearly all glaciers in the Alps. The dark narrow bands within the glacial ice are medial moraines, formed when individual valley glaciers merged. These moraines extend many miles downstream. The wavy features at bottom are possibly ogives — spacing between the wave crests related to the ice flow over a given season. To give scale to the immensity of this glacier note the hikers at bottom center. Photo taken in late summer of 2013.

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Ogives / Erik Satie

何人かの友人には伝えましたが、敦賀に移り住むことになりました。今は引っ越しに備えてちょこまか準備をしているところです。先週、一週間ほど敦賀に滞在していたのですが、月曜日に兄とユースケくんと山に行ってきました。今回も僕のペースに合わせてくれたので助かりました。ノコノコと4時間ほどかけて下山。全力で満喫。→

本も一冊読みました。サリンジャーの『フラニーとズーイ』。村上春樹さんの訳は読みやすく、スゥッと物語に入っていけました。サリンジャーといえば『ライ麦畑でつかまえて』が有名ですが、ライ麦~に関しては野崎孝さんの訳が好きです。学生のとき、ほとんど本を読まなかった自分が何故かハマって、何度も読み返した憶えがあります。

最近の音楽。HOP KENでEttと川手直人さんを購入(とてもいいお店でした)。あとオークションでエリック・サティを300円で落札。初期のさかなの曲にサティの「オジーヴ」に似た曲があります。タイトルは「コカ」。大好きな曲。

背(せい)の高いコカの葉をかみ
背の高い夢を見ている
背の高いいきものみたい
背の高いいきものみたい

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Erik Satie Ogives (Les Anges, Elegie, Sylvie, Les Fleurs)

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This is the first of four Ogives, by Erik Satie. I’m not really sure what to make of this piece. Satie’s a funny guy. I’m sure most people have heard the Gymnopédies, and these are in the same vein. I only linked to the first one, but I’m sure you can find the other three. These Ogives, along with Satie’s other pieces, find a way of getting inside my head and confusing me. They’re strange. Go listen to this, bitte.

OBRA: TEATRO 4 DE SETEMBRO

LOCAL: PRAÇA PEDRO II. BAIRRO: CENTRO. TERESINA. PI

AUTOR: ALFREDO MODRAK

PERÍODO: INÍCIO DA DÉCADA DE 1890

Desde sua origem, a edificação foi projetada para ser um teatro, datando do final do século XIX. Caracteriza-se por sua elegância plástica, alcançada devido ao equilibrado jogo simétrico de esquadrias compostas por arremates superiores em arco ogival. As balaustradas em ferro, as bandeiras ogivais em vidro e os demais elementos que marcam bem as fachadas acarretam em um resultado plástico agradável visualmente e bem equilibrado. 

Texto: Alcília Afonso. Em janeiro de 2014.

Aquarela de autoria de Jordana Souza, janeiro de 2014.

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Onward to the coolest planes! This is the Concorde, one of two supersonic transport airplanes! (The other is the Tupolev Tu-144.) Too bad it was retired not too long ago. But why is it so cool? Well, first of all, it can travel up to two times the speed of sound, or Mach 2! Its design is also something to admire. The Concorde has a drooped nose, which allows better landing visibility for the pilots. When in the air, with a simple switch, the nose would straighten itself to allow maximum speed. Also, its wings are delta shaped and ogival, which allows greater lift from reduced air pressure from the powerful vortex that the wings produce. And do you know how powerful the turbojet engine is? Maybe it makes someone wonder whether or not they’re riding an enlarged fighter jet, or, maybe at least, a bomber…

Here’s what the Concorde’s cockpit looks like, and how everything generally goes from lift-off to landing!

OBRA: CASA DO BARÃO DE GURGUÉIA

LOCAL: RUA RIACHUELO. BAIRRO: CENTRO. TERESINA. PI

AUTOR: DESCONHECIDO

PERÍODO: INÍCIO DA DÉCADA DE 1890

A Casa do Barão de Gurguéia possui um estilo neoclássico, simétrico e austero. Sua composição de fachada é bastante equilibrada, marcada por janelas em arco ogival com molduras em alto relevo. A escadaria com acesso duplo feito pelas laterais, marca o frontispício do edifício.

Texto: Alcília Afonso. Em janeiro de 2014.

Aquarela de autoria de Jordana Souza, janeiro de 2014.

According to this, the 5.56 NATO ogive length should be longer - as a measurement. I’m going to recheck the barrel stamp. Also, in a minute I’ll measure a M193 cartridge.

Source: AR15.com forums

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I decided to put my Hornady length gauge to work on my old AR. The gauge allows you to measure the length of the round from the ogive rifle lands versus the overall length. Glad I did since the rounds I loaded earlier are too long. The round should be 2.213 inches plus jump space compared to the 2.26 as noted in the reloading manual. I believe the 5.56 NATO chamber is what forces this change. So providing 0.020” of jump distance, that’s 2.193”. Seems short.

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