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Just ate a breakfast with buttermilk pancakes, eggs, bacon, grits, coffee, cane syrup, and lots of butter on everything. With the smell of wood smoke, and lots of beautiful people.
I love Louisiana!

Oh my goodness!

Today I read through the entire draft of Astrotripping. What a trip!
Seriously, just reading the book draft has taken me on a journey through the last two years, and across space and time. Reliving many adventures, while coming to new realizations, has proven quite inspiring.
And I wasn't kidding when I said it's a really good book! :)
I love it! I laughed, I cried, I'd do it all over again, and will when I do the next draft.
I am really grateful.


Today I finished writing the first full draft of Astrotripping!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Tomorrow I'll read it.
Feels fantastic!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Plus, it's a really good book. :)
Stats: 174 pages, 76,070 words.
Still lots of revising to do, as I will write another draft. And then there are other steps along the publishing path. However, this is a pretty big landmark.
Rock & Roll!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Shrimp Gumbo...

Last night, went out on the town, tried a few new foods including duck and sausage gumbo, hushpuppies, and remoulade.

Recently Reading: Walden and Civil Disobedience, by Henry David Thoreau

In Walden and Civil Disobedience, Henry David Thoreau writes of his experiences living in wilder conditions alongside a pond, rather than with mainstream civilization. He expresses a very life-affirming view, and quite beautifully. Intuitively, he seems to grasp much of what characterizes the good life, without recourse to modern scientific precision. A few times he seems to veer off into his own preferences as if they represented some of the grander, more abstract ideas and ideals he represents. However, overall he seems to convey the importance of developing our meanings in life.

I especially like this passage:

I read in the Gulistan, or Flower Garden, of Sheik Sadi of Shiraz, that "they asked a wise man, saying: Of the many celebrated trees which the Most High God has created lofty and umbrageous, they call none azad, or free, excepting the cypress, which bears no fruit; what mystery is there in this? He replied, Each has its appropriate produce, and appointed season, during the continuance of which it is fresh and blooming, and during their absence dry and withered; to neither of which states is the cypress exposed, being always flourishing; and of this nature are the azads, or religious independents. -- Fix not thy heart on that which is transitory; for the Dijlah, or Tigris, will continue to flow through Bagdad after the race of caliphs is extinct: if thy hand has plenty, be liberal as the date tree; but if it affords nothing to give away, be an azad, or free man, like the cypress."


Just wrote up to around 75,000 words of Astrotripping. Now the rough draft is almost ready. Next I'm going to edit it a bit, then proofread. After that there'll still be quite a lot more to do. However, it feels great to get to this point.
Also, continuing to have fun adventures in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA.
Rock & Roll!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


And lots of 'em!!!
Today I wrote over 5,000 words of Astrotripping, bringing the running total to over 70,000!!!
Getting close to finishing this draft!!!
Meanwhile, having a lovely time in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, meeting wonderful people and going wonderful places.
My new definition of being a writer means getting hit by lightning and doing your wordcount for the day anyway.
Rock & Roll!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Lightning Strikes!

Last night I camped out on the Mississippi River again.
This morning, I awoke to a thunderstorm with lightning. Bright flashes filled the sky. A bolt of lightning cracked the air.
The rain started to pour down heavily, and a strong wind forced water everywhere.
Already a bit surprised, I started to think of what to do.
Lightning struck, shocking me.
"Ow! Fuck!" escaped my mouth.
The smell of burning emanated, and I thought I could see smoke rising amidst the maelstrom.

Q & A: Relativity

Here are some answers to reader questions. Please send any more to eagle@eaglegamma.com.

Q. Why can't matter go to the velocity of light?

A. Matter cannot go the speed of light, according to modern understanding, because matter is basically light that is also busy doing other work, which costs some of its speed.

As light (electromagnetic energy) travels through the universe, it flows freely. However, light that interacts with other particles in intricate ways takes on the property of matter. This work takes energy, and it also takes energy to move. So, the light that we perceive as matter moves more slowly than the light that we perceive as color.

By the way, Einstein discovered this limit in 1905 with the "special theory of relativity," the first part of his revolutionary theory of relativity. After making various technically motivated changes to connect space with time, his mathematical description revealed that matter must travel slower than the speed of light. Observations have thoroughly confirmed the superiority of this theory over classical mechanics.

The speed of light in a vacuum is 299,792,458 meters per second. And you thought Olympic sprinters ran fast! If you're wondering about going really far from Earth, traveling faster than the speed of light doesn't seem like a plausible scenario. A few people have speculated about alternatives like creating wormholes, to move matter across huge distances without traveling faster than the speed of light. However, for now those dreams remain more in the realm of the imagination than engineering.

More info: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Faster-than-light

Q. Can you explain to me the concept of time deformation?

A. Time runs slower when measuring an object moving by you than when measuring an object moving with you. This comes about because of how light moves in relativity theory, which connects with space instead of going against an abstract background. With matter moving so much more slowly than light, we hardly notice the effect in our everyday lives. It affects astronauts moving very fast on spaceships, although only enough to measure it.

This also comes from Einstein's special theory of relativity, and has lots of evidence in its support. There are time dilation effects in general relativity as well. Because time and space are connected in relativity, these time changes also apply in space, so mass and velocity also experience deformation.

Also, psychologically we experience time at different rates, as our mental gears shift according to our conditions. Certain drugs can help with this process.

More info: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Time_dilation

Q. What is holding all those atoms?

A. Matter, in the form of atoms and other particles, moves about in a sea of space and time. However, the joint spacetime isn't so much a "container" holding the atoms. It's more like a complete system, like a chess board: do the white squares hold the black squares, or do the black squares hold the white squares?

This came from the other part of Einstein's relativity theory, the "general theory of relativity" in 1915. Einstein extended his thinking to pretty much everything in the world, and realized that the "background" of matter actually interacts with all the "contents". Again, plenty of observations verify that this theory reflects physical reality better than an independent background container.

Space, that great enormous expanse where we live, "holds" all the people and atoms and light. Although we can describe how space acts, it still holds plenty of deep mystery. All that matter and energy moving through all that space and time evolves to produce the designs that we find in our lives. The world includes the atoms, the empty places, and the spatial relationships among them, in this ever-changing system. And we can at least make a little sense of it.

More info: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Space

A general principle arising from these three questions is that the world operates mechanically very differently than humans intuitively believe, and we can find more accurate descriptions by a careful effort at thinking and checking. Also, we continue to have ignorance and learn new things, so bear in mind that these are provisional answers that work extremely well yet continue to develop.

Again, please send any questions to eagle@eaglegamma.com

Thank you!

Love Life!

Writing more Astrotripping in beautiful Louisiana.
And doing other good things.
Rock & Roll!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



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