September 3rd, 2006

sushi2

Hearing things

I think I'm hearing things again. Last night while I was trying to get to sleep, I kept hearing this thing that sounded like someone was huffing. I asked Renu if she was hearing anything. She said no, that I was probably hearing things. "But it sounds like someone's huffing a kitten or something!" I protested. (Warning: NSFW images and possibly disturbing article for those of you not into animal cruelty. Did I just use an Internet acronym? I believe I did.) I ignored it and went to sleep.

Then this morning I woke up to hearing someone snoring. It wasn't Bria or Renu because Bria wasn't there and Renu was awake. I told Renu that I heard it again. "It's snoring now," I told her. And it was; it was snoring rather heavily. She asked me if it was what I had heard last night, and I said that it probably was. She ignored it. Seriously, though, I think there's something in here.
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In other news, I started my period last night. I'm starting to suspect that there are hormones specific to the LJ community that causes excess wank at certain times of the month. It also causes the menstrual cycles of those who interact often to coincide, meaning we're all wanky at the same time. How wankariffic is that?

(Oh my, I just used "wankariffic". The world's going to end.)
calvin and hobbes: don't want to study

Astronomy is apparently sexy.

I just finished my astronomy reading, and I couldn't stop giggling at the last part of it. Just read this. Seriously.

"The Moon's umbra is also surrounded by a penumbra. During a solar eclipse, the Moon's penumbra extends over a large portion of the Earth's surface. When only the penumbra sweeps across the Earth's surface, the Sun is only partly covered by the Moon. This circumstance results in a partial eclipse of the Sun.
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"If a solar eclipse occurs when the Moon is farthest from the Earth, then the Moon's umbra falls short of the Earth and no one sees a total eclipse. From the Earth's surface, the Moon then appears too small to cover the Sun completely, and a thin ring or "annulus" of light is seen around the edge of the Moon at mid-eclipse. This type of eclipse is called an annular eclipse. The length of the Moon's umbra is nearly 5000 km (3100 mi) shorter than the average distance between the Moon and the Earth's surface. Thus, the Moon's shadow often fails to reach the Earth, making annular eclipses occur slightly more often than total eclipses.
"A total solar eclipse is a dramatic event. The sky begins to darken, the air temperature falls, and the winds incrase as the Moon's umbra races toward you. All nature responds....As the moment when the Sun becomes totally eclipsed approaches, the landscape is bathed in shimmering bands of light and dark as the last few rays of sunlight peek out from behind the edge of the Moon. Finally, the corona blazes forth in a star-studded daytime sky. It is an awesome sight but should only be viewed through a suitable protective filter."


I'll never think of eclipses the same way again.

P.S. I asked Bria about the noise. She hears it too. It's coming from one of the fans. Whew. I'm not hearing things after all.