@ZLabe 3 hours ago Look at the fascinating interference between icebergs (bright white "specks") and newly forming frazil/grease sea ice (broader, hazy areas) off East Antarctica. Darkest blue color is open water.
Busy Work I am reading my text book on Systems Thinking, by Sterman. He mentions Parkinson’s (1957) famous law: “Work expands to fill the time available for its completion.” Which has a wikipedia entry. Who knew? Dutifully I read that, and laugh to myself. But not too loudly because there are other students here. Not to be confused with Parkinson's Law of Triviality. Which links to Busy Work. Now, this i do not find funny somehow. Maybe it is because there are still so many people engaged in "Busywork", and they are never allowed to see the funny side of it. It's hard to laugh about it, when there are still so many people taking their "Busywork" very seriously. They probably think that I am laughing "at them". But I laugh at their attachment to their "busywork". The world got on without us, perfectly well, and without our "Busy Work".
The Benefits of Playing There were found to be many benefits of Playing, for both adults and children. There were also found to be reasons that people do not play.
The following benefits of Playing were found. Play was enjoyable. It was medicine. When people became more playful, they were better company, and more enjoyable to be around. The Players gained Mastery of the Giants. Playing allowed for solving the Intractable problems. Adults, like children, needed to experience mastery. The ego is implicitly nurtured by the absence of failure. Even animals play like there was some benefit for them. Playful Adults performed better.
Game playing allowed people access their inner creativity. It allowed them to access older parts of ourselves. They were more likely to go deeper down into the Unknown. Play was an expression of Creativity. Creating was therapeutic. People invest a lot of themselves in making babies. Creative rhythmic exercise, worked the muscles, the heart, breathing, and increased coordination.
When the Sound Garden became a playground, then I became like a child. I looked forward to tuning into it every day, to see what it said to me. Inventing a game was one of the benefits of playing and especially of playing divergently, where many skills are combined and integrated.
I learned that I can do anything that I set my mind to. It didn't always eventuate from Plan A, but I was always able to adapt to Plan B. I discovered that I am a fun and playful being.
There are reasons that we don't Play. We might fear of losing control. Play can be confronting. When I didn't like to play games, I felt like if I couldn’t win, what was the point of playing? I didn’t know how to relate to the activity of rhythmic play. I had not given myself permission to enjoy it.
I would have thought that I had blogged about The Long Summer by Brian Fagan, but apparently I have not.
This was a Game Changing book for me, where I realised that there was a point to studying glaciology and climate science, even as an amateur. But it counted a lot towards my motivation to study maths, so that I could study glaciology.
UQ has two copies. I was obviously not remembering what it's title really is. It is not the Long Hot Summer. So I will hunt it down when I am at Uni next.
Since 2009, I have been fascinated by Sea Ice. About a week again, as I was bobbing around in the surf, it occurred to me that I have never frozen salty water. Now, I have made a Sea Ice Simulator. It is really just a lunch box of salty water, and it lives in my freezer. So far I have observed: frazil ice, Nilas, and maybe brash ice.
Nilas is a thin elastic coating of needle like ice crystals floating onto top of the water that forms a crust. It was very pretty. Like a frozen ice bird had dropped it's feathers over the surface of the ice. I thought about how I could photograph it. I'm still thinking. I might need to draw it. The frazil ice is the feathers of the frozen bird. Apparently the crystals of frazil ice can be spicules or plates. So after another day in the freezer, the feathers started to stick together, and made thin leaves or plates, with most of the water still underneath. A couple of days went by, and the ice had reached a critical mass, so I put more water in it, and put it back in the freezer.
So apparently I can't make embedded hotlinks anymore. Who knew. So this will have to do for now. Below are two links to Sea Ice formation at the National Snow Ice and Data Centre, and wikipedia.
So apparently more Cloud Simulations are required. Who knew? So Ubiquitous. So Ambiguous. More research into clouds is required, but not just that, I must search for the research worthy problem, how can i use the Open Simulator and Blender particles to simulate clouds? or can i build something that sticks two models together?
Remap Some clever cherubs have combined Remote Sensing and GIS, and made it handy for us Plebians to use. I believe. But here it is, where I can look at it for later. Because Twitter doesn't do that. Remap