Archive for February, 2009

Why Doesn’t Anybody Know?

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on February 13, 2009 by mccoolio

north-pole-moon2When in the process of getting my Associates degree at Cumberland U, I took a 4-hour Physical Science class. In it we studied the moon, it’s phases, and its revolutions around Mother Earth.

I was intrigued by this brief ( about 2 pages in the textbook) study. There are also so many cool things related to, associated with, and going on with ole Mr Moon: the tides (which is is study in itself),crazy things that humans supposedly do during the full moon, werewolves, eclipses, and children’s fables like the man in the moon and the moon being made of cheese. I would guess there’s way more interesting stuff about the moon than the sun.

I was and am most intrigued by the relationship between the moon, sun and the earth. This relationship, of course, causes the different phases of the moon. I also was fascinated by the fact that the moon is in the sky a lot  during daylight hours. I found that the moon rises an hour later each night, eventually rising during the day. I learned that the moon goes through it’s complete cycle every 29 1/2 days. Also, after some study, I realized that the moon and it’s phases are as reliable as clockwork, like the sun. Well, why wouldn’t it be though? God made it for that purpose.    Genesis 1:14 : “And God said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark seasons and days and years, 15 and let them be lights in the expanse of the sky to give light on the earth.” And it was so. 16 God made two great lights—the greater light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night. He also made the stars. 17 God set them in the expanse of the sky to give light on the earth, 18 to govern the day and the night, and to separate light from darkness. And God saw that it was good. 19 And there was evening, and there was morning—the fourth day.”

I found out that sometime the moon is 30,000 miles closer to the earth than at other times. That’s why sometime it looks so gigantic up in the sky. Finally, after closely watching the moon for a couple of months, I was struck hard by the absolute majesty and great beauty of the moon in it’s different phases and sizes, especially the full moon low on the horizon, and in daylight against a brilliant blue sky.

Of course, we all learned just about all these things in  6th grade Science? Judging by my informal surveys though, most of us weren’t paying attention. It’s hilarious what reasonably smart people say when I ask them what causes the various phases of the moon. The most prevalent, though not hilarious, is that the earth casts a shadow on the moon in different ways.

So, why does the moon appear as it does in it’s different phases? It’s all a result of the angle you observe it from (here in Nashville for instance vs being in Australia) , where the moon is in the sky as a result of it’s daily trek around the earth, and the fact that we always only see one side of the moon (remember it’s out there pretty far in the sky!). For example, if it’s between the earth and the sun, the sun would be shining on the opposite side therefore we wouldn’t see the illuminated side at all. That’s the new moon phase, when you can’t see it at all (actually  you can see it if you look really hard) In contrast, if the earth is between the sun and moon,  we see the moon’s one side fully lit, the full moon. All the other phases are simply a result of seeing different portions, pieces, or slices illuminated, but only seeing that particular portion that’s facing the sun. I guess that’s the most confusing thing, that the moon is still illuminated by the sun even when we are in darkness. Just think about every time you look at it, that the slice you see is the only part that’s getting lit  by the sun.

And that’s our science lesson for today.

OK. So, I had to reference my old science book just once.

Observe the moon for a month or two, every day and night. Learn more about this magnificent piece of God’s handiwork  that’s right there all the time, right under our noses ,that he’s given us to enjoy.

Here’s a link that has a couple of cool moon tidbits:

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,466445,00.html

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My Top 4 Annoying Commercials

Posted in Uncategorized with tags on February 3, 2009 by mccoolio

floHey, I’m back. I’m also back to work with longer hours so I’m going to have to rethink my big, long, detailed posts and go to a little briefer (?) ones.

I wanted to do a top 5 most annoying commercials but I couldn’t come up with the 5th one so here we go, my top 4, not necessarily in any order.

#1   Downtown Nashville Nissan

Jolene, the spokeswoman for these commercials has to have the most annoying voice in the history of human beings. She probably has a really annoying voice naturally, but throw in a few lessons on TV voice inflection, and you have a commercial that will make me sprint full speed to find the remote to mute her as quickly as possible. She debuted a few years ago, then was joined by another good-looking blond who actually had a nice voice but they ditched her and now it’s just irritatingly, annoying Jolene again.

I mean, the woman is a complete babe, really good-looking. But the only way she will ever get, and keep a man is if she totally has a radically different off-camera speaking voice or if he’s totally, stone cold, 100% deaf.

#2 Progressive Insurance

The ones with “Flo”. You know, the big eyed, big lipped, brunette with the tricked out name tag. No comments necessary. She is really, really annoying. The way she looks, acts, and talks. Across the board, bonafied Annoying.

#3   Empire Flooring

The reason this one sends 10,000 razor-sharp needles through a person’s nervous system is the phone # that is played several times throughout the seemingly hours long commercial: 1-800-588-2300 Empire. That’s what the lady from Satan’s choir tweets out.Yes, your right. They have accomplished their task of driving those digits into my brain. Would I ever call them though? Only to give them a good cussin.

#4 Verizon Fantasy

This is the one where they interview this guy that’s on his honeymoon with his wife but all he’s talking about is his Verizon Fantasy League hookup. He’s riding on the beach on a horse with his wife behind him, but he’s enthralled with his cell phone looking at his fantasy picks. That’s not what’s so bad though. Nothing wrong with a little sports every now and then, right? The thing that annoys me is when he says at the end of the commercial: yeah, and the buffet was really robust. Again, nothing at all wrong with a buffet. It’s mainly him using  the word “robust” that makes me want to puke. That and the fact that they’ve aired the commercial about one million times.