vacuum wave

salt water

I whisper my
into glass
and watch them
to the bottom
of the sea,

These waves
that part us now,
consume my stories
in tranquil laps
I sit
the shore,
feet half drenched
in foaming salt water,
eyes closed
and listening,

it is hard
to say
has disappeared
in time,
leaving a shell

if it is you
or me,

or the both
of us
have left,
a vacuum
in the space
between us,
that only an
ocean can fill.

© SoulReserve 2017

I put this line on hold since I was concerned that the Popplio line would cover the same thing, but now that the games are out, I figured I’d draw this one out anyway since I liked the idea of basing a fakemon on catfishes and sealions. It’s also not a starter line, just a reason to use your fishing rod.

Dampurr : Damp + Purr
Washker : Wash + Whisker
Pawseadon : Poseidon + Paw + Sea

Notable moves: Hydro Pump, Surf, Waterfall,  Aqua Tail, Aura Sphere, Vacuum Wave, Superpower, Autotomize, Crunch, Ice Beam, Thunderbolt, Rain Dance, Swords Dance, Work Up

[ After running for hours, the party settles down, hopeful they’ve lost Hel… ]

[ Lily fetches bandages as quickly as she can… ]

[ Duke learnt Heal Pulse! Though his current magical aptitude leaves it weak… ]

[ Lady used a Vacuum Wave/Mud Bomb to create a sealing agent ]

[ Njuru’s wound was sealed! ]

[ The party is far from the nearest Pokemon Center… ]

[ The party resolves to stick together, as they are all targets of Hel now… ]

[ Bios have been updated! ]

[ Lily, Duke, and Lady gained levels! ]


We should take the time today to remember how Satoru Iwata changed the course of Nintendo.

He became President in 2002, and began showing his vision with the Wii, released six years later. You all remember, right? Everybody, everybody was shitstorming the Wii. Why? Because it wasn’t as flashy or powerful. But soon the numbers came in, and everybody saw the true genius behind the scenes. Iwata wanted a Nintendo for everyone. He was proud that children and adults alike were picking up the system, even if for niche reasons. Nintendo was giving everybody a reason to game.

Eventually, he decided to break away from the model altogether. No big flashy E3 showing, just a digital event that still did its job and did it well. He was aware of the internet’s vast collection of memes and jokes. Not only did he recognize them, he made a few just by being off the wall. This is a man who stood on camera, dapper as you please, with a Luigi cap on while Shiggy Miyamoto waved a vacuum around behind him. Hell, this was the man who deemed to dedicate a year to one of their characters. This was the man who staged a battle with memetastic President Fils-aime to support Smash. THis is the man who let the team behind the Muppets work on last year’s E3, and the Robot Chicken team the year before that. This is the man who decided to open up a stream holding a banana bunch pensively for literally no reason other than to hold a banana bunch pensively. This is the man who brought back the Nintendo World Championship.

The cat suits, the come-out-of-nowhere moves, the fun. The pure and simple fun that he brought back to Nintendo. The Big N no longer exists as part of the petty console wars; it stands above to simply be itself and nothing else.

We cannot ask for Miyamoto, Reggie and Takeda to try and be him. Nobody can last long in forcing themselves to be in another’s box. We can only hope they stay mindful of his vision in the Nintendo they create from here.

Thank you, Satoru Iwata. Thank you for all the laughs, thank you for all the hype, thank you for all the fun and, above all else, thank you for following your dreams no matter what the media ever said. You are truly one of the greatest minds and most earnest souls gaming has ever known.

Hakke Kuuhekishou

More data book translating.

Thanks to Roja for the image.

Hakke Kuuhekishou (Eight Trigrams Vacuum Wall Palm)
Taijutsu, Kekkei Genkai
Volume 55, Page 132

Two people simultaneously release the vacuum shock wave of “Hakke Kuushou.” Normally, this is done with one hand, but Hiashi released it with both arms to deflect an attack from the Juubi.


Why does gravity move at the speed of light?

“In theory, we know that the speed of gravity should be the same as the speed of light. But the Sun’s force of gravity out here, by us, is far too weak to measure this effect. In fact, it gets really hard to measure, because if something moves at a constant velocity in a constant gravitational field, there’s no observable affect at all. What we’d want, ideally, is a system that has a massive object moving with a changing velocity through a changing gravitational field. In other words, we want a system that consists of a close pair of orbiting, observable stellar remnants, at least one of which is a neutron star.”

According to General Relativity, the speed of gravity must be equal to the speed of light. Since gravitational radiation is massless, it therefore must propagate at c, or the speed of light in a vacuum. But given that the Earth orbits the Sun, if it were attracted to the Sun’s position some 8 minutes ago instead of its present position, the planetary orbits would disagree with what we observe! What, then, is the resolution to this? It turns out that in relativity itself, what we experience as gravitation is also dependent on both speed and changes in the gravitational field, both of which play a role. From observations of binary pulsars, a gravitationally lensed quasar and, most recently, direct gravitational waves themselves, we can constrain the speed of gravity to be very close to the speed of light, with remarkable precision.

Sound, Light and Water Waves And How Scientists Worked Out The Mathematics: 

You’re reading these words because light waves are bouncing off the letters on the page and into your eyes. The sounds of the rustling paper or beeps of your computer reach your ear via compression waves travelling through the air. Waves race across the surface of our seas and oceans and earthquakes send waves coursing through the fabric of the Earth.

As different as they all seem, all of these waves have something in common – they are all oscillations that carry energy from one place to another. The physical manifestation of a wave is familiar – a material (water, metal, air etc) deforms back and forth around a fixed point.

Think of the ripples on the surface of a pond when you throw in a stone. Looking from above, circular waves radiate out from the point where the stone hits the water, as the energy of the collision makes water molecules around it move up and down in unison. The resulting wave is called “transverse” because it travels out from the point the stone sank, while the molecules themselves move in the perpendicular direction. A vertical cross-section of the wave would look like a familiar sine curve.

Sound waves are known as “longitudinal” because the medium in which they travel – air, water or whatever else – vibrates in the same direction as the wave itself. Loudspeakers, for example, move air molecules back and forth in the same direction as the vibration of the speaker cone.

In both cases, the water or air molecules remain, largely, in the same place as they started, as the wave travels through the material. They are not shifted, en masse, in the direction of the wave.

The one-dimensional wave equation (pictured) describes how much any material is displaced, over time, as the wave proceeds. The curly “d” symbols scattered through the equation are mathematical functions known as partial differentials, a way to measure the rate of change of a specific property of the system with respect to another.

On the left is the expression for how fast the material is deforming (y) in space (x) at any given instant; on the right is a description for how fast the material is changing in time (t) at that same instant. Also on the right is the velocity of the wave (v). For a wave moving across the surface of a sea, the equation relates how fast a tiny piece of water is physically deforming, at any particular instant, in space (on the left) and time (on the right).

The wave equation had a long genesis, with scientists from many fields circling around its mathematics across the centuries. Among many others, Daniel Bernoulli, Jean le Rond d'Alembert, Leonhard Euler, and Joseph-Louis Lagrange realised that there was a similarity in the maths of how to describe waves in strings, across surfaces and through solids and fluids.

Bernoulli, a Swiss mathematician, began by trying to understand how a violin string made sound. In the 1720s, he worked out the maths of a string as it vibrated by imagining the string was composed of a huge number of tiny masses, all connected with springs. Applying Isaac Newton’s laws of motion for the individual masses showed him that the simplest shape for vibrating violin string, fixed at each end, would be the gentle arc of a single sine curve. A violin string (or a string on any instrument, for that matter) vibrates in transverse waves along its length, which creates longitudinal waves in the surrounding air, which our ears interpret as sound.

Some decades later, mathematician Jean Le Rond d'Alembert generalised the string problem to write down the wave equation, in which he found that the acceleration of any segment of the string was proportional to the tension acting on it. The waves created by different tensions of the string produce different notes – think of how the sound from a plucked string can be changed as it is tightened or loosened.

The wave equation started off describing movement of physical stuff but it is much more powerful than that. Mathematically, it can also describe, for example, the movement of heat or electrical potential, by changing “y” from describing the deformation of a substance to the change in the energy of a system.

Not all waves need to travel through a material. By 1864, the physicist James Clerk Maxwell had derived his four famous equations for the interactions of the electric and magnetic fields in a vacuum around charged particles. He noticed that the expressions could be combined to form wave equations featuring the strength of the electric or magnetic fields in the place of “y”. And the speed of these waves (the “v” term in the equation) was equal to the speed of light.

This simple mathematical re-arrangement was one of the most significant discoveries in the history of physics, showing that light must be an electromagnetic wave that travelled in the vacuum.

Electromagnetic waves, then, are transverse oscillations of the electric and magnetic fields. Discovering their wave-like nature led to the prediction that there must be light of different wavelengths, the distance between successive peaks and troughs of the sine curve. It was soon discovered that wavelengths longer than visible light include microwaves, infrared and radio waves; shorter wavelengths include ultraviolet light, X-rays and gamma rays.

The wave equation has also proved useful in understanding one of the strangest, but most important, physical ideas in the past century: quantum mechanics. In this description of the world at the level of atoms and smaller, particles of matter can be described as waves using Erwin Schrödinger’s eponymous equation.

His adaptation of the wave equation describes electrons, for example, not as a well-defined object in space but as quantum waves for which it is only possible to describe probabilities for position, momentum or other basic properties. Using the Schrödinger wave equation, interactions between fundamental particles can be modelled as if they were waves that interfere with each other, instead of the classical description of fundamental particles, which has them hitting each other like billiard balls.

Everything that happens in our world, happens because energy moves from one place to another. The wave equation is a mathematical way to describe how that energy flows.


Ask Ethan: Can Gravitational Waves Let Us Peek Inside A Black Hole?

“If spacetime distortion can in effect boost the speed of light, is it possible for a passing gravitational wave to alter the event horizon of a black hole, giving us a way to observe the contents due to a temporary boosting of c?”

One of the cardinal rules of a black hole is that anything that falls inside the event horizon – that crosses that invisible boundary – can never escape. That’s because the escape velocity from inside the event horizon is greater than the speed of light in a vacuum, c, a speed that nothing in this Universe can exceed. But in curved space, different observers don’t agree on what the speed of anything, even light, is at different locations in space. Some observers will even see a photon move at speeds greater than c, for that matter. Could that mean that maybe there’s a loophole, and that something like a passing gravitational wave could enable a particle or photon from inside the event horizon to make it out after all? It turns out that the answer is no, but the full explanation from General Relativity is more bizarre than anyone would have expected!

Daily dose of heart attack:

I was vacuuming when my husband came home from work. I didn’t hear him come in so he decided to take the chance and try to scare me. What does he do? He gets completely naked in the front hall while I’m behind the wall vacuuming the living room. As I’m making my way to the dining room, I’m looking towards the back of the house and my husband is at the front, so I clearly don’t see him. When I turn around to adjust the vacuum, my husband jumps behind me waving his arms around. What do I do? I scream for 5 seconds, wave the vacuum hose around in the air, and I start crying because he scared me so badly.

Thanks, sweetie.

I’m sure that would have made a better GIFset then the one of me trying to scare him. Lols.