New Iberia!

Submitted by eagle on Sat, 04/18/2015 - 19:26

After a fun ride to New Iberia, I continue to get wet in the swamp!
Actually riding with one gear is proving kind of fun. It's a simpler mechanical setup, and perhaps more importantly, simpler to ride. Good thing Louisiana's so flat!
This area is beautiful, with amazing huge trees that grow out of the water, and animals like I've never seen before. I keep seeing new insects, birds, mammals, and more. I've seen armadillos and snakes. Just now I saw a caterpillar with beautiful markings that look like other animals. It had geometric rows of penguins, and buffalo and sharks. And the colors are brilliant and beautiful.
And the people here are interesting, too. I learned that the city was formed by a mix of French, Spanish, English, Caribbean, native, and other influences.
Now on a quiet Saturday, gonna write more Astrotripping.
Rock & Roll!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Getting wet in Lafayette!

Submitted by eagle on Fri, 04/17/2015 - 03:59

More rain today. What's a little water?
Bike's still having issues. Currently dealing with derailleur issues. Not the most interesting topic. Should be fixable soon.
Old computer's dead. Writing this from a new computer, courtesy of my awesome host!
Now I'm using English software, instead of Spanish software. We'll see how that affects my languages!
And the Earth keeps on turning...
Rock & Roll!!!

More adventures!

Submitted by eagle on Mon, 04/13/2015 - 15:30

Continuing to travel and write!
Getting really wet, resulting in damage to electronics and mechanics, e.g. computer and bicycle.
Also, the wet weather can be physiologically and psychologically difficult to deal with.
Luckily, challenges can spur improvements!
Added a Q&A with the newly functional CodeWOW forms:
When should I buy a new computer?
You should buy a new computer when you need one.
Now, time to write more ASTROTRIPPING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Submitted by eagle on Sat, 04/11/2015 - 21:37

Lots and lots of rain, and lots more scheduled.
(By the way, when it rains, the sun still shines above!)
In Louisiana, the sides of the road are lined not only with Mardi Gras beads, but also with frogs.
And here, you can get liquor at the drive-thru: beer, daquiries, whatever you want.
(By contrast, in Seattle you can get coffee at drive-thrus. Wet places with liquids to get you on your way!)
At the boudin festival (boudins are sausages with rice and stuff inside), great music including zydeco.
I also tried fried alligator. Tastes like frog. (Frog tastes like chicken.)
Also, had a chance recently to have a crawfish boil, with some swamp pop, and good company.
Laissez les bons temps rouler!

Recently Reading: Design in Nature

Submitted by eagle on Wed, 04/08/2015 - 15:56

Design in Nature: How the Constructal Law Governs Evolution in Biology, Physics, Technology, and Social Organization

The book provides a very good general introduction to constructal theory. This is the best book I've read in ages.

The main idea is that everything in nature, including us, grows in the quality of its flows, according to a physical law. This resembles and complements thermodynamics. Despite the abstractness of the idea, it has relevance throughout realms of everyday life.

I think this is the most beautiful idea I've ever come across.