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Out of the blue

Out of the blue

I tried to figure out who first thought of that phrase. Doesn’t matter though. But my whole blog has to do with it. I am not the first to find any of these things out obviously. I’m only making simple observations that all of a sudden are striking me as extremely profound (not my observations but the things I’m learning). As a matter of fact, many of these things I’m learning about were discovered hundreds of years ago. I’m so far behind!

How many times do you realize the world is boundlessly complex? And how do we deal with that thought? We like our familiar and comfortable and only rarely leave that nest that’s cozy and warm and protective. Here’s an out of the blue observation. You remember those high school girls and 1 guy in New York that all of a sudden developed tics of some sort?  Apparently everyone has practically recovered from that except one person and it wasn’t due to a chemical spill 40 years before in the area. It was a conversion disorder. Those kids had a reaction to something very unfamiliar to them and their response was psychosomatic. Kinda sad that that was the reaction and the hysteria that surrounded the whole affair.

Here’s another reaction to something profound. It’s called Stendahl Syndrome. A person could be “exposed” to a  particularly beautiful piece of art and then become dizzy or faint. I think I know the feeling.  It’s not really art but it’s a lot of things for me. It’s music, it’s someone’s writing, it’s a thought or a discovery of something new to me. What is my response? It’s this blog. It’s blog syndrome?

I think we all know about Isaac Newton and Charles Darwin. What you might not know is they held back their thoughts and writings until they were convinced that people could handle or needed to know the information. There was also the worry of persecution. But their revelations were out of the blue. Does anyone ever have the thought, “why didn’t I think of that?” What seems so logical but at the same time is just so ordinary that we don’t think about it, bothers me! Why do we not easily understand the things that make the world go ’round?

I bought a microscope. Yes, whoop de do. But when is the last time you looked at a paramecium or anything else in your own backyard that you just take for granted? Get back to me if you found out something new, would ya please? And hopefully you won’t develop some syndrome like me 🙂 Or, hopefully you will 🙂

 

Finally, a lot of blue back in Colorado today (not all of it sky)….

Colorado blue skies

Colorado blue skies

 

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Blue is hot and Red is cooler

Blue is hot and Red is cooler

What if I told you that blue means hot and red means cool? I know that’s not the way it looks on my sink handles. There’s a reason why I ask the question because most of us generally assume that blue means cold and red means hot. This is almost like a previous post of mine when I was talking about why the word right can mean so many different things.

This blue and being hotter thing has to do with stars as well as earthbound examples of blue being hotter than red. Stars are extremely hot, duh! Apparently a teaspoon full of sun will cause some devastating effects over hundreds of kilometers if you dropped that on our earth. But our sun is considered a cool (red) sun. If you ever look up at the sky, and I hope you do, the stars aren’t all white. Let’s throw out the twinkling ones because our atmosphere is causing that problem. I’ll take one star as an example….Betelgeuse (pronounced beetlejuice by most people). It’s a very bright star we can easily see. It’s red! It’s not as hot a star compared to Sirius, a bluish star. By the way, these stars are massive, way bigger than our sun. Put Betelgeuse in place of our sun and it will smother us and maybe extend out to Jupiter. Stars have different colors during their life spans. The really hot blue ones don’t live as long either.

Here’s an example of earthbound blue being hotter than red. A flame from a propane or butane torch is hottest at the tip when it’s blue and the lower part of the flame is red. There’s a bit more to burning (combustion) and colors but let’s just leave it at that (high frequency=high energy=high temperature=blue flame). So red is “cooler” than blue. I’ll include a couple of links of some more scientific explanation at the bottom if you’d like to understand combustion, temperatures and flame color. I sure do like wikipedia and you can see that from all the links below.

So how did blue become known as cool on our water faucets and red become hot? I’m just guessing at the reasoning here. Maybe it’s because a fire is generally reddish looking and the stove also turns red when it’s hot. And blue looks like the color in a swimming pool or the ocean? You got me. But are you down with that?:)

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adiabatic_flame_temperature

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Betelgeuse

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blue_giant

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hertzsprung%E2%80%93Russell_diagram

Hertzsprung

Hertzsprung-Russell diagram