the most important object in the universe

I’ve seen a lot of hate and deception towards Lapis lately. And I don’t understand how could anyone feel that way about the most powerful and strong gem in the show. And of course I love all the gems, but let’s remember how incredibly important Lapis is for the show.

*She endured thousands of years of imprisonment after the Gem War as an object, a slave of others

*She literally controlled the entire ocean to use it as a water platform to reach Homeworld

*She warned Steven of Peridot and Jasper’s ship and served prison for it

*Even though she had the chance to fight for Homeworld, she chose to fight for Earth, a world that had held her prisoner for thousands of years and for Steven, the kind hearted boy who saved her

*She trapped and fought against Jasper for months to keep her from harming Steven (might I remind you that it took Garnet, our Love Queen, two tries and very short fights in comparison to immobilize Jasper)

*She struggled afterwards to overcome the abussive relationship she had as Malachite and managed to become emotionally stronger than Jasper

(if you have not been in an abussive relationship than you might not understand when Lapis says she misses Jasper, that’s how toxic a relationship she was in, and to ship them is horrible: Lapis deserves to be free)

*She forgave Peridot for kidnapping her to the point that they are now barn buddies

*She can fucking control water! She literally has the power to control the element that gives life and could give death to everything on Earth! And the fact thay she chooses to use her power to defend herself and grow plants is priceless and beautiful.

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5 scientific myths you probably believe about the Universe

“Every theory has a limit to its range of validity; General Relativity will break down at some point, like at the singularities inside of black holes. But quantum field theories have those limits too: at the Planck scale, or distances of around 10^-33 meters or so. Gravitons ought to exist, but they’re similar to photons: real ones can be detected as gravitational waves (just as real photons can be detected as light waves), while virtual ones cannot be detected, and are just a calculational tool. Einstein’s description is perfectly valid. Although we hope it’s someday superseded by a quantum description of gravity, our picture of curved spacetime affected by matter and energy, where the curved spacetime determines the paths of objects, is fundamentally valid in the most important sense: it perfectly describes every observation we can conceive of making.”

Sure, you’ve studied a little physics. You know about Einstein and General Relativity, the quantum nature of the Universe and the fundamental particles and their interactions. You know about the Big Bang, and you’ve read up on the latest theories and ideas. So how did you wind up believing in many (or even all) of these scientific myths out there? Are space, time and gravity an illusion? Can we not see farther than 13.8 billion light years since the Universe is only 13.8 billion years old? Was the Big Bang the birth of space and time? Is gravity not fundamental at all? And isn’t it all “just a theory” in the end?

There’s a reason these are myths; don’t let yourself be taken in by them. Get the scientific truth – as close as we can ever get – instead!

Te-Fi vs. Ti-Fe

Te: It’s not always important to understand all the intricate details of a situation in order to gain a sense of logic or rationality. It’s more important to take action than to spend too much time asking questions. Logic is a fairly universally defined concept; you can see if a plan is efficient, a system works, data/facts support a statement, etc. The outcome is the most important concept of logic, and it is an objective measurement. 

Fi: However, it is important to recognize the subjectivity involved in morality. In fact, morality is a made-up concept created by humans and morals are inherently illogical. The most important part of moral values is the process of personal experience and questioning that goes along with it. We can’t just accept moral laws without personally questioning them and putting them into context of our own lives and beliefs. 

OR

Ti: The most important part of logic is the internal process of reasoning for each individual. Exercising our intellect, questioning the rationality of a process, and being able to understand why we think certain things are logical or not is extremely important. We can’t just accept logic for how it appears on the surface, we have to personally understand why something makes sense. Everyone’s internal process of arriving at an answer is different. 

Fe: Fundamentally, humans have values in order to affect their outward and societal interactions. At the end of the day, it is more important how we treat each other and the people we decide to be than our internal debate about morality. There are certain qualities that we as humans have recognized and valued (ex: kindness, altruism, honesty) because there is a certain universality in morality. It would be pointless to debate the concept of morality and never act in a moral way, that is the most important outcome of the situation. 

how to write college essays

Hey guys! This is Peng’s first post in the college prep advice series. I felt obligated to write this one as my first because, well, I’m a freshly pressed senior who was recently admitted to my dream school via early decision. And I feel that I was accepted mostly for my essay, so hey, why not help other students out as well? So without further ado, here is my advice on how to write the best college essay you can…
  
(NOTE: I am talking about the “Why __” essays. Other prompts may be too various for me to cover in one essay. Ask me and I might help you, though!)


INTRODUCTION: Why is it important?

College essays are often noted as the largest or one of the most reflective parts of a student’s college application (to an American university). People often say that while the numbers (the GPA, the SAT scores, etc.) reflect the “objective” sides of the prospective student, the “subjective” side is best represented through the student’s own writing. Through short answers and essays, you as a student must prove yourself not just a statistical fit but also a personality fit with the college.

In this aspect, it is first most important, before even starting your essay or even adding that college to your Common App list, is to think whether you are the right fit for the college. I’m not talking about stats–I’m talking about the studying environment, the location (city? countryside? suburban?), the demographics (are you overwhelmed when there is a very low percentage of your own race/ethnicity, or does it not matter?), offered majors, etc. Don’t just think about whether they have a good pre-med track, think about whether there are other majors or subjects you can switch to in the case that you might change your mind in college (this is important because many, many students change their minds. After all, a whole bunch can happen when you’re in a totally new environment with new people and a whole new level of learning).

  

PART 1: Play it smart. It’s a game.

Let’s face it–the college app process is a crapshoot. Don’t take it too seriously - they’re not judging you as a human being (in all honesty–it’s up to no one to judge you!). College is a business and they want to buy good products. So your job is to understand the motto of the “company” (the college’s motto) and then be able to present yourself as the product they want. I mean, think about it: the decision making process is nothing more than a group of people judging four years of your life (through a few numbers and a few written works) in order to see whether you’ll thrive in X college and make X college proud. It’s a human-run process that is prone to, well, human-like errors. So don’t get too tied up emotionally in the college app process (I’ll make a better post on this later). It’s okay to be stressed, but try not to go to the point where you think your life will be over if you don’t get in. That’s not a healthy attitude to maintain in the long run (even if you do get in). You need to detach yourself emotionally, evaluate the situation with only logic (what can I do to get in? - while also knowing it’s totally okay if you don’t), and then carry through with your plan.

Therefore, once you are sure that you want to apply to this college, it is then important to understand the college. By understanding, I’m not talking about knowing its history; I’m talking about knowing what the admissions officers (henceforth called AOs) want. Some colleges like the academically rigorous. Others like the academically passionate. Others still like those who aren’t top-notch “book smart” but have an undying curiosity in all realms of knowledge. Others yet search for those who can balance a tight schedule. Some might like those who are giving and compassionate and are willing to use their talents to help those in need. Whatever X college wants or claims to be their “pride,” you must show them through your essay. You have to give them what they want in order for them to want you.

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On April 21, 1967, the 100 millionth GM vehicle rolled off the line at the plant in Janesville – a blue two-door Caprice.

There was a big ceremony, speeches. The lieutenant governor even showed up. Three days later, another car rolled off that same line. No one gave two craps about her. But they should have, because this 1967 Chevrolet Impala would turn out to be the most important car – no, the most important object – in pretty much the whole universe.

She was first owned by Sal Moriarty, an alcoholic with two ex-wives and three blocked arteries. On weekends, he’d drive around giving Bibles to the poor “gettin’ folks right for Judgment Day.” That’s what he said. Sam and Dean don’t know any of this, but if they did, I bet they’d smile.

After Sal died, she ended up at Rainbow Motors, a used-car lot in Lawrence, where a young marine bought her on impulse. That is, after a little advice from a friend. I guess that’s where this story begins.

And here’s where it ends.

Baby- Prequel (The Impala’s POV)

A story of true love- all types of true love. The Impala helps narrate this Dean x reader story about fighting the Darkness and finding the light.

Word Count: 1150

Warnings: None

A/N: I’m excited about this one, guys! Get ready!


Some have called me the most important object in the universe. Some have called me a “real beauty”. Some have called me a heap of scrap metal.

But he calls me Baby, and that’s the only name I answer to.

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The Theory of Everything - The E8 Lie group, a perfectly symmetrical 248-dimensional object and possibly the structure that underlies everything in our Universe.

Mathematics is the language of the Universe. Absolutely everything, from a plane crash to your skin pigment to the shape of a Sphere can all be expressed using mathematical equations. This last example is most important in pursuit of the Theory of Everything.

In the 19th century, the mathematician Sophus Lie created algebraic formulas to describe the shape of symmetrical objects. These are called Lie Fields. In the 1890s, Wilhelm Killing found a set of Lie fields that described perhaps the most complex shape in our Universe, the E8 Group. The E8 group, an interrelated 248-dimensional symmetrical object, is an extremely complex one.
This dense object is so complex, in fact, that it was plotted by computer for the first time in 2007. It took a team of 18 mathematicians four years to calculate and plot the formula for E8. So how can a symmetrical shape be the key to the Universe? First remember that a geometrical shape is merely the graphic representation of mathematical formulae. It is a pattern that is expressed in math and forms a shape when plotted. In this sense, the E8 could be the framework into which everything - all forces and particles - fits in our Universe.

Physicists generally held that gravity couldn’t be expressed mathematically in the same way as electromagnetism and strong and weak nuclear forces could.
But Garrett Lisi had heard about a mathematical way of expressing gravity, called MacDowell-Mansouri gravity. Using this expression, Lisi can use mathematical expressions to plug gravity into E8, along with electromagnetism, and weak and strong nuclear forces. All four of the forces in the Universe create a distinct effect on all of the most basic subatomic forms of matter - called elementary particles. When these particles interact with force carriers (called bosons), they become different particles. For example, when one of the most basic quantum particles - the lepton - encounters a weak-force boson, it becomes a neutrino. A lepton interacting with a photon (a boson that carries an electromagnetic charge) becomes an electron. So while there are limited numbers of the most basic particles, when they encounter the different forces, they change to become other, distinct particles. What’s more, for every particle, there is an equally distinct anti-particle, for example an anti-quark or anti-neutrino. In total, these make up the elementary particles, and there are 28 of them. Each of these distinct elementary particles has eight quantum numbers assigned to it, based on the charges each particle has. This brings the number of distinct particles to 224. These numbers helped Lisi make the particles fit into the E8 model. While the E8 is expressed as a 248-dimensional object in one way, it can also be expressed as an eight-dimensional object with 248 symmetries. Lisi used E8 within eight dimensions for his calculations. For the remaining 24 places unfilled by distinct known particles, Lisi used theoretical particles which are yet to be observed.

Take another look at E8, and notice how the lines radiate from each point:
Lisi assigned each of these 248 points to a particle, using the eight numbers based on their charges as coordinates within the eight dimensions. What he found was that, like the symmetries in the E8 group, quantum particles share the same relationship within the symmetrical object. He has hope that he has figured out a way to crack the Theory of Everything, because when he rotated the E8 filled with the force-influenced (including gravity) quantum particles, he found patterns emerging between particles and forces - photons interacting with leptons, for example, created electrons. The connections shown within points on the E8 match up to real, known connections between particles in our physical world.

100th Anniversary of Einstein’s Theory of Relativity

One hundred years ago this month, Albert Einstein published his theory of general relativity (GR), one of the most important scientific achievements in the last century.

A key result of Einstein’s theory is that matter warps space-time, and thus a massive object can cause an observable bending of light from a background object. The first success of the theory was the observation, during a solar eclipse, that light from a distant background star was deflected by the predicted amount as it passed near the sun.

When Einstein developed the general theory of relativity, he was trying to improve our understanding of how the universe works. At the time, Newtonian gravity was more than sufficient for any practical gravity calculations. However, as often happens in physics, general relativity has applications that would not have been foreseen by Einstein or his contemporaries.

How many of us have used a smartphone to get directions? Or to tag our location on social media? Or to find a recommendation for a nearby restaurant? These activities depend on GPS. GPS uses radio signals from a network of satellites orbiting Earth at an altitude of 20,000 km to pinpoint the location of a GPS receiver. The accuracy of GPS positioning depends on precision in time measurements of billionths of a second. To achieve such timing precision, however, relativity must be taken into account.

Our Gravity Probe B (GP-B) mission has confirmed two key predictions derived from Albert Einstein’s general theory of relativity, which the spacecraft was designed to test. The experiment, launched in 2004, and measured the warping of space and time around a gravitational body, and frame-dragging, the amount a spinning object pulls space and time with it as it rotates.

Scientists continue to look for cracks in the theory, testing general relativity predictions using laboratory experiments and astronomical observations. For the past century, Einstein’s theory of gravity has passed every hurdle.

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M. Robespierre to Benjamin Franklin (1 October 1783)

Monsieur,

A sentence of proscription issued by the échevins of Saint-Omer against electrical conductors has offered me the occasion to plead at the Council of Artois the cause of a sublime discovery, for which mankind is indebted to you. The desire to contribute in uprooting the prejudices which opposed its progress in our province inspired me to have the address I made to the court in this case printed. I dare to hope, Monsieur, that you will kindly receive a copy of this work, whose object was to urge my concitoyens to accept one of your benefits: happy to have been able to be useful to my country, by prompting its first magistrates to welcome this important discovery ; even happier if I can join to this good fortune the honour of earning the approbation of a man the least of whose virtues is of being the most famous man of science in the universe.

I have the honour to reverently be, Monsieur, your very humble and very obedient servant.

De Robespierre

Lawyer at the Council of Arras

In Arras, 1 October 1783

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Let’s talk about “It could have been great” Making theories. (Spoiler talk)

What and episode. All around entertaining, Peridot sang, we got some new information, but a lot of questions were raised as well. I’ve never made a post like this, so bare with me. Firstly, and I think most obvious, what is this?

It seems rather important, after all, a whole room was dedicated to just that one object. Almost makes it seem dangerous. Garnet said “Not what we’re here for” when Steven asked about. Does she know what it is, or was she just ignoring it since it didn’t have anything to do with the mission? Hard to tell. However, I don’t think that’s all the information we have about this object. Look at the Diamond they passed on the way up. (White Diamond?)

She appears to be holding something in her middle. A circular shaped object, maybe about the size of the ball above. Granted we don’t know this Diamond, so the proportions may be off, but I think it would be safe to assume the orb is not part of her body, since her gem appears to be on her forehead. Maybe it is a weapon or energy source? I think that’s all the information we’re going to be getting for a while though, so, there’s still a lot to learn. While we’re talking about the Diamonds though, how many are there? We already know of Yellow Diamond and Blue Diamond. Peridot did say “They’re all here!” so, that means there are at the very least 3. (including the Diamond they passed on the way up the stairs) However, when the stairs were rising, we got a fair view of the entire room. 

It appears there is another Diamond to the left. If it is the one they passed on the way up, I don’t know. But I’d say it’s probably a safe bet that there is probably another Diamond where the camera is right now, due to the locations of the Diamonds on the wall. Four elite Diamonds. Four Crystal Gems.

Now, Peridot says while on the stair case, “We are literally walking in the footsteps of the diamonds.” Now, I don’t know about you, but Blue Diamond doesn’t seem like the type to leave to many footprints. What with the chamber that acts like a spider and a Pearl.

I personally think this was a station used primarily by one Diamond overseeing the Earth project. A Diamond that did actually leave footprints. The Diamond we see when the gems are walking up the stairs. The reason I think this is because of the orb. She appears to be holding it, and it has its own dedicated room. I think it might be a sign that she was in power of this project, but since that’s my only evidence for that theory, I’d say it’s pretty weak. Just a thought really. Last but NOT LEAST, is the final moment of the episode. 

What… is that? It was in the chair of an elite Diamond, so it had to be important. Is it a remote for the cluster maybe? An activator for the orb? I don’t know. One wild crazy possibility is that it’s one of the Diamonds. It was poofed for safety reasons and left there. That seems silly to me, but maybe. After all, who goes to the moon? It wouldn’t being the safest place to avoid being broken by the gems, but also maybe one of the last places they looked. Perhaps, however, Pearl poofed her, and that’s why she knew that station was on the moon to begin with. Don’t know. Can’t wait for the next episode!

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“On April 21, 1967, the 100 millionth GM vehicle rolled off the line at the plant in Janesville – a blue two-door Caprice.

There was a big ceremony, speeches. The lieutenant governor even showed up. Three days later, another car rolled off that same line. No one gave two craps about her. But they should have, because this 1967 Chevrolet Impala would turn out to be the most important car – no, the most important object – in pretty much the whole universe.

She was first owned by Sal Moriarty, an alcoholic with two ex-wives and three blocked arteries. On weekends, he’d drive around giving Bibles to the poor “gettin’ folks right for Judgment Day.” That’s what he said. Sam and Dean don’t know any of this, but if they did, I bet they’d smile.

After Sal died, she ended up at Rainbow Motors, a used-car lot in Lawrence, where a young marine bought her on impulse. That is, after a little advice from a friend. I guess that’s where this story begins.

And here’s where it ends.”

–Chuck