Down in Bism we have them alive and growing. There I'll pick you bunches of rubies that you can eat and squeeze you a cup full of diamond-juice. You won't care much about fingering the cold, dead treasures of your shallow mines after you have tasted the live ones of Bism.
Also, ich bin ein nerd.
Dream Idyll - Edward Robert Hughes
Heather Dale — The Maiden And The Selkie
Once a fair and handsome Seal Lord
Lay his foot upon the sand
For to woo the fisher’s daughter
And to claim her marriage hand
I have come in from the ocean
I have come in from the sea
And I’ll not go to the waves, love
Lest ye come along with me
Lord, long have I loved you
As a Selkie on the foam
I would gladly go and wed ye
And be lady of your home
But I cannot go into the ocean
I cannot go into the sea
I would drown beneath the waves, love
If I went along with thee
Lady, long have I loved you
I would have you for my wife
I will stay upon your shoreland
Though it robs me of my life
I will stay one night beside you
Never go back to the sea
I will stay and be thy husband
Though it be the death of me
Lord, I cannot go and wed thee
All to watch my lover die
Since I’ll not be left a widow
I have a plan for us to try
Let us speak with my grandmother
Who has ever dwelt beside the sea
She may know some trick or treasure
That I may wed my fair Selkie
So they’ve gone to her grandmother’s
Little cottage by the sea
To inquire how a maiden
Can be wed to her Selkie
For the Selkie’s watery kingdom
Would surely rob her of her breath
But to stay on land past midnight
It would surely be his death
Lord, I know not how to aid you
You may never live on shore
For your kind to live till dawning
It has never been seen before
But my mother had a seal coat
That she buried beneath the tree
And she told me that its wearer
Would become a fair Selkie
So they’ve journeyed farther inland
Though the Seal Lord’s getting weak
And she’s shouldering the shovel
To unearth the thing they seek
At the rising of the fullmoon
Underneath the elfen oak
She has unearthed that faery treasure
Of which her grandmother spoke
Just before the stroke of midnight
They have made it back to sea
And she has donned the magic seal coat
And become a maid Selkie
Now they’ve gone into the ocean
Hand in hand into the sea
She has gone along
A fair seal bride for a Selkie
NEWS - Higgins Armory Museum to close after 82 years
An 82-year-old Worcester institution with an internationally renowned collection of arms and armor that is the second largest in the country, announced Friday it will permanently close Dec. 31 after losing a long battle to raise enough endowment money to ensure its future.
P.S. This made me unexpectedly sad.
Here’s a legal sized print out for anyone that has a library, school, or any other public place where they can hang it.
A CALL TO ARMS!!! SAVE THE HIGGINS ARMOURY MUSEUM!!!
Higgins Armory Museum in Worcester, Mass, the only museum dedicated solely to arms and armor in the Western Hemisphere, is closing on December 31, 2013 because of reported financial difficulty.
Like this cause on FACEBOOK to show your support for the Higgins in 2014 and beyond!
BIPOLAND By Matty Brown
Song from the new Shugo Tokumaru album “In Focus?”.
You know you live in New England when: ice forms on the inside of the window.
Things I truly adore: War chants.
Potential New Clock Measures Time Based on Mass
It’s part clock, part scale: A newly developed atomic clock measures time based on the mass of a single atom. The research, published online January 10 inScience, is controversial but could provide scientists with more precise methods of measuring both time and mass.
“This is the first clock based on a single particle,” says Holger Müller, a physicist at the University of California, Berkeley. “Its ticking rate is determined only by the particle’s mass.”
The idea for the clock stemmed from the quantum principle that particles also behave as waves, and vice versa. In particular, Müller and his colleagues wanted to determine how frequently the wave form of a single atom oscillates, a quantity that in quantum mechanics is inherently linked to the atom’s mass. Then the researchers could use those oscillations like swings of a pendulum to create a clock.
The snag in Müller’s plan was that it’s impossible to directly measure the oscillation frequency of waves of matter. The frequency of these waves is about 1025 hertz, 10 orders of magnitude higher than that of visible light waves. So Müller and his colleagues came up with an apparatus that creates two sets of waves — one based on a cesium atom at rest and another on the atom in motion. The researchers measured the frequency difference between the waves and then used that number, a manageable 100,000 hertz or so, to calculate the much larger oscillation frequency of cesium at rest.
With this approach, Müller was able to use the wave frequency of the cesium atom to create a clock that would gain or lose a second after eight years. That’s better than a wristwatch but about a hundred millionth as precise as today’s best atomic clocks, which count the frequency of light emissions from an atom as its electrons release small bursts of energy.
Physicists not involved with Müller’s research are impressed with his clever technique but are skeptical about its potential for precise timekeeping. “I think the paper is slightly oversold,” says Vladan Vuletić, a quantum physicist at MIT.
Other researchers have a more conceptual objection: Because there is nothing at this frequency actually oscillating within the atom, they say it is not a clock at all. “It may be a clock numerically, but it’s not a physical clock,” says Christian Bordé, a physicist at the Paris Observatory. Müller counters that the clock’s simplicity is its greatest trait: He is measuring an intrinsic quantum property of an atom, one that depends only on the atom’s mass.
In fact, this relationship between frequency and mass means Müller’s technique may prove most useful as a scale for measuring mass. Scientists define the kilogram, the base unit of mass, with a lump of metal stored in a French vault — a lump that is likely gaining heft from contamination (SN: 11/20/10, p. 12). The international General Conference on Weights and Measures, led by Bordé, wants to replace this artifact with a kilogram standard based on fundamental physical constants.
Müller says he can do just that by measuring the frequency of matter waves to accurately determine an atom’s mass. Once he finds the mass of one atom, he says, it is straightforward to relate it to the masses of other atoms. He will have a lot of convincing to do, but Müller plans to let the scientific process play out to test his ideas. “This is a concept that physicists never thought about,” he says. “This frequency wasn’t measurable until now.”
The archives of more than 1,200 journals are now available for limited free reading by the public, JSTOR announced today. Anyone can sign up for a JSTOR account and read up to three articles for free every two weeks.
Yes! This is great.