planets rotation

I want you to remember
how old this world is.
I want you to think of
all the times you could
have been born.

In the caves.
Moss and dirt and spears.

Amidst the gods and the demigods.
The time of planets rotating
around the earth.

During the building of the pyramids.
Hidden passages and large sphinxes.

A hundred other decades / a
thousand other years / a
million other moments.

But despite everything, we 
were born at the same time.
We exist now, together –
in the same place,
breathing the same air.

This is a formal thank you
to the universe for allowing
your birth to be the biggest
miracle of my life.

For letting you and I
walk this earth at the same time.

—  Week 40 of 52 - Possibilities by Darshana Suresh
I’ve spent days deciphering Steve Harwell’s code.  I will now delve into a detailed, line by line analysis of what I’ve learned.

Somebody once told me the world is gonna roll me

The code starts off by referring to an unknown figure known as Somebody.  This figure is likely a being with future vision, seeing as how within this first line they foresee an event.  This prophecy of an unspecified world rolling an individual, possibly Steve Harwell, is difficult to fully understand, but I think I figured it out.  Steve Harwell is either going to create some kind of weaponized planet that he can pilot, or be destroyed in some sort of freakish accident involving enhanced planet rotation speed.  Regardless, this will all become more clear as the code continues.

I ain’t the sharpest tool in the shed

My research showed that this is a human phrase that essentially means that an individual is intellectually inferior to their peers.  However, I think it has a more literal meaning in this context.  Steve Harwell is clarifying that he is not the most powerful force there is, but at the same time threatening that he has the potential to become much stronger with time.

She was looking kind of dumb with her finger and her thumb in the shape of an ‘L’ on her forehead

This part of the code refers to an unknown female, performing some kind of strange salute.  Further research showed that when a human holds their fingers in a right angle on their foreheads, it is meant to be some kind of insult.  Seeing how it is directed at someone else and not himself, Steve Harwell is likely trying to say that anybody who tries to oppose him, in this case the female, will have no success, and just end up looking like a fool.

Well, the years start coming and they don’t stop coming

In this line of the code, Steve Harwell references the ever progressing passage of time.  He likely means this to reiterate the inevitability of him completing work on his weapon, and how, although it may take some time, he is always getting closer to that goal.

Fed to the rules and I hit the ground running

I see this as meaning that Steve Harwell has a disregard for the rules that have been set forth by other members of the human race.  He seems to express distaste towards abiding by the rules, and chooses instead to run in the opposite direction.  Surely, by running away from the rules set by others, he is running towards the rules he will set himself once he takes over.

Didn’t make sense not to live for fun; your brain gets smart but your head gets dumb

This was one of the more vexing lines to decipher.  My attempts at research were futile, as even most humans seemed confused at the deeper meaning behind this.  My theory, however, is that this line is Steve Harwell making fun of other humans. My interpretation of this statement is that Steve Harwell emphasizes, again, that he should not play by the rules, and should instead do what he sees as ideal for himself.  The second part of this line is meant to mock those who choose to follow the rules set by humans, claiming that their brains, or intelligence levels, increase, but their heads, or freedom and power, decrease.

So much to do, so much to see, so what’s wrong with taking the back streets?

To humans, the “back streets” are generally seen as unnecessary and out of the way.  Here, Steve Harwell teases those who believe such, claiming that there is much more than what most seem to think.  This is potentially a hint as to how he is getting access to the materials for his weapon: By staying beneath the radar and only interacting with people who have few social connections.

You’ll never know if you don’t go; you’ll never shine if you don’t glow.

The first half of this line refers back to the previous one, stating, again, that people are unaware of what goes on because they don’t believe that there is anything to be found where they do not look.  The second part of this could possibly referring to some kind of energy cannon that the weapon will have, using light to disintegrate his foes.  By literally and figuratively radiating energy to demonstrate his power, Steve Harwell would surely shine above all others.

Hey now, you’re an all star, get your game on, go play

Here, along with in the next line, Steve Harwell calls for help from those who know the true meaning behind the code.  He refers to them as “all stars”, due to their potential connection to space or light.  I considered that maybe it meant the Crystal Gems, but then I read the next line.

Hey now, you’re a rock star, get the show on, get paid

The phrase “rock star” normally refers to performers of a certain genre of human music.  However, I find it far too fitting as a code name for the Crystal Gems to believe otherwise.  Whether this means that the Crystal Gems are already working for Steve Harwell, or that he intends to recruit them in the future, they must be kept under supervision for any behavior that indicates a connection with Steve Harwell.

All that glitters is gold, only shooting stars break the mold

This is the third consecutive line that references stars in some way, further solidifying the link with the Crystal Gems.  This is supported even more by the idea that all that glitters is gold, but, since gems have bodies made of light as opposed to metal, the Crystal Gems glitter without being gold.  This also emphasizes Steve Harwell’s desire to have the Crystal Gems working with him, seeing how he compares them to gold, which is a valuable resource to humans.

It’s a cool place, and they say it gets colder.  You’re bundled up now, wait until you get older.

This likely refers to the low temperature of the vacuum of space, which is the only place where a planet would be able to be weaponized.  The second part of this line indicates that those working for Steve Harwell are going to need to be prepared for the conditions in which they will construct the weapon.

But the meteor men beg to differ, judging by the hole in the satellite picture

Steve Harwell’s usage of the term “meteor men” basically confirms without a doubt that he is working with gems or some other similar beings, perhaps native to the asteroid belt within Earth’s solar system.  These beings seem to be helping Steve Harwell stay undercover, by blocking satellites from revealing his secrets.

The ice we skate is getting pretty thin, the waters getting warm so you might as well swim

From what I understand, this line seems to refer to how Steve Harwell’s creation of the weapon is drawing nearer.  The ice is representative of the planning phase for the construction of the weapon, and when said ice gives way to the water underneath, him and his workers will begin “swimming”, which is obviously code for building.  The combination of the ice getting thinner and the water getting warmer both seem to demonstrate that Steve Harwell’s master plan draws ever closer.

My world’s on fire, how bout yours? That’s the way I like it and I’ll never get bored

Steve Harwell uses the term “my world” in this line.  This almost certainly refers to his planet that he intends to turn into a weapon.  The idea that said world is on fire is likely a hint to what planet it is.  Possibilities are Mercury, which is very close to Earth’s sun, and thus much hotter than Earth, Venus, which has a thick atmosphere which traps in heat, as well as having a surface riddled with volcanoes, Mars, which is a fiery red color when seen from Earth, or perhaps even the sun itself, although this is unlikely, seeing how it would be nigh impossible for human technology to work in close proximity to the sun.  However, Steve Harwell notes that he is comfortable with his world, meaning it is likely not a planet with very extreme conditions.

At this point, some of the lines from the code repeat themselves, so I will skip ahead to the new lines that show up later.

Somebody once asked, could I spare some change for gas, I need to get myself away from this place

Here, for the second and final time, the unknown figure from the first line is referenced again.  Here, rather than providing Steve Harwell with knowledge and assistance, the figure is pleading for Steve Harwell to return the favor, and help them make their escape before he creates his weapon.

I said, Yup! What a concept, I could use a little fuel myself, and we could all use a little change

This is the final non repeated line in the code.  It shows Steve Harwell’s response to the figure from the previous line.  He agrees to help it escape before he makes his weapon.  However, he also notes that he may still need its assistance in the future, perhaps to escape from something else.  The concluding statement of “we could all use a little change” is representative of Steve Harwell’s desire to take over Earth and change life as humans know it.

If any others have any further things they can draw from this, I’d like to hear them myself, so I can put together an action plan.

But y'all the way that they keep time in Voltron is literally what keeps me up at night. In ep. 1 Allura said she had been asleep for 10,000 years but why would she even use years as a unit when she’s not on Earth. Our units of time are based off of our own planet’s rotation, revolution and our lunar cycle. Even within our own measly solar system there’s huge variances in rotation and moons so who’s to speak for the rest of the entire fucking universe. And how do the paladins keep time. I mean, half the time they’re just floating around in space so they can’t even keep time in days. Did one of the paladins have a watch on them when they left Earth cause that’s the only way they would be able to keep track of the time that they’re used to. Is one of them making little tally marks on something to keep track of the days (that makes me sad to think about, strangely). TIME IS MEASURED IN UNITS SPECIFIC TO EARTH. WHY DO CORAN AND ALLURA REFRENCE YEARS AND DAYS WHEN THEY HAVE THEIR OWN SYSTEM OF TIME. ITS 2 AM I NEED ANSWERS!!!


Star Trails over Japan - keep the lens of a camera open and just let it record the changing position of the light sources as the night moves on. The North Star is roughly at the center of the loop in both of these frames.

dharjeeling  asked:

Awesome blog!! If a habitable planet becomes tidally locked to its sun, does that generally occur gradually over a long period of time, or is it a sudden event (with presumably catastrophic effects)? What would inhabitants be experiencing around this time, and is there a possibility that once tidally locked, the areas outside the twilight zone would be somewhat habitable given certain technologies / magic / evolution? Would there be variances in climates even within the three zones?

Tidal-locking usually takes place over a large, gradual amount of time - several million or several billion years. There’s actually an equation that estimates the time it takes for a body to tidally-lock to another one:

But don’t worry about it. I just like math. ;-)

The equation states that the faster the planet rotates and the farther away the other body is, the longer it takes to achieve a tidal-lock. Conversely, the more massive the planet and the other body the less time it takes to achieve a tidal-lock.

As to the effects to the world as it moves towards being tidally-locked, well, just look outside - assuming you’re on Earth, that is.

The Earth’s rotation is actually slowing down and approaching a tidal-lock with the Moon. The Moon is, or course, already tidally-locked to the Earth.

As the Moon creates tides and the Earth rotates inside them, that friction generated does two things - it slows the Earth’s rotation, and it allows the Moon to get slightly farther away from the Earth. Eventually, the Earth and Moon will both be tidally-locked, keeping the same face towards each other.

That’s going to take a while. The Moon is receding at the rate of about 4 cm per year, and the Earth is slowing down at the rate of about 2 milliseconds every century. At these blistering speeds, it will only take about 50 billion years to achieve tidal-lock.

Sadly, it will never happen because the Moon should drift away from the Earth first. Actually, the Sun will go all red giant on us and vaporize both Earth and Moon before the Moon can drift away. Looks like we’re stuck with each other until death. ;-(

Assuming that a planet has a larger, closer moon, and does actually tide-lock with it over a couple of billion years, the climate will have changed so much that the planet will become almost totally unrecognizable. Considering the changes that would take place over billions of years anyway, the effects of being tidally-locked are negligible in comparison.

However, if a planet were to slow down much faster - say on a human scale of a few decades to a few centuries - then the effect would be much much stronger. The planet’s climate will start to radically change as temperature extremes will start to become more pronounced and animals and plant life will struggle to adjust to the lengthening day/night cycle.

Massive ecological disruption would be the best outcome of this situation. I could see most of a society’s resources turned towards mitigating or even just surviving the changes.

However, I’m sure there would be a small group of scrappy scientists that would try to uncover the reason the changes were taking place so rapidly.

If you see this, post an excerpt from your WIP

I’ll give you a bit from nano and a bit from a Bond one.

Bond first:

As for the women, they were delighted that they had another female who shared their love of danger and with whom they could trade secrets of their craft.

It had been less than a year since these two met, entirely by chance, on a flight from Hong Kong to Tokyo. In the short flight, they had come to understand just how similar they were and they continued to spend time together once they landed. Once the background checks were complete, the real friendship began.

Now both of their fathers were delighted by the impending permanent alliance between the Japanese Secret Service and the Union Corse. It was an important connection to mainland Europe for Tanaka and better control of shipping for Draco.

And my sci fi adventure:

“To be fair, Bayswater is the fifth slowest rotating planet inhabited by intelligent life. It is an anomaly.” The others stared, surprised at Kalath’ka. “What? I have a good memory for things I read.” They said nothing. “Alright then. So Ari. We put a stone where it belonged and found out Hannah has a secret tattoo. What did you learn?”

“You have a tattoo?”

“Really? Of all people I didn’t think you would sound so aghast.”

“I just didn’t expect it of you. What is it of?”

“Just a design I came up with in school.”

“A design that grows and apparently can gain the merprince’s trust,” Kalath’ka interrupted.

“Okay, there is that,” she admitted. “And I’m sorry I can’t tell you more. I just have this feeling that it means something more than I know. A secret I need to guard with my life. And I trust you guys despite not knowing you long, but this feels bigger than just me. And I wanted know everything about it before I decide who else I let in on the secret.”

The Bond one should be finished and posted this week. The other? Well, Who knows. Maybe by June?

A planet rotates once every 1,000 years so that each side is either tundra or desert; the poles are also frozen wastes, but there is a small area of ever moving habitable land. Two nomadic tribes isolated on each side of the planet begin to find the 500 year old relics of the other.


“Your sacred space is where you can find yourself over and over again.” -Joseph Campbell


“Sleeping. Turning in turn like planets rotating in their midnight meadow: a touch is enough to let us know we’re not alone in the universe, even in sleep.” -Adrienne Rich


“What is that you express in your eyes? It seems to me more than all the words I have read in my life.” -Walt Whitman


“Our truest life is when we are in dreams awake.” -Henry David Thoreau


“As far as we can discern, the sole purpose of human existence is to kindle a light of meaning in the darkness of mere being.” - Carl Jung


“Remember, Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies.” -Stephen King


“Yes: I am a dreamer. For a dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world.” -Oscar Wilde


“Sometimes you wake up. Sometimes the fall kills you. And sometimes, when you fall, you fly.” -Neil Gaiman


“I do not fear death. I had been dead for billions and billions of years before I was born, and had not suffered the slightest inconvenience from it.” -Mark Twain


“He was sounding the depths of his nature, and of the parts of his nature that were deeper than he, going back into the womb of Time.” -Jack London


“Then stirs the feeling infinite, so felt in solitude, where we are least alone.”  -George Gordon Byron


There are moments in life, when the heart is so full of emotion That if by chance it be shaken, or into its depths like a pebble Drops some careless word, it overflows, and its secret, Spilt on the ground like water, can never be gathered together. -Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

There is no hole in my heart,
I am full, whole,
and to say such words
is to say that I am broken.
Life didn’t break me,
you didn’t break me,
my illness didn’t break me.
I bend with the wind
and flow with the water,
I am whole and unbroken.
Do not say that there is a hole,
for I am not any less of me,
when I was a child of ten
Or now to having blossomed into
these adults years.
I am no less than I was,
now or ever,
and I would say the same of you:
You are unbroken, whole.
We may have changed,
stars collapsing, planets rotating,
springs fading into seasons,
but we are no less,
not holes, but complete.
—  I realize I was never broken just hurting
ciel knight
You can’t fall madly in love with someone and wanting another person to be your world. You can’t comfortably hold two rotating planets with both of your hands. You must choose, only one, and that’s the hardest part.