Permeability and Permittivity of free space…

I’ve known for a very long time that the permeability (µ0) and permittivity (ε0) of free space determine the speed of light in a vacuum. I had not realized that this would interact with E=mc2 to alter the mass/energy relationship and thus the balance between matter and energy in the universe. This would seem to have some strange implications (aside from all of the other bad things that happen if the fine structure constant is not a constant) for changes to the way the universe works if either of these constants changes over time (or perhaps even in very high energy environments as were present in the early universe).

Ice VII!

Interesting new solid phase for the water molecule mentioned at ArsTechnica.

Not an issue here on earth, but the potential for very high speed transitions from liquid to solid phase (and I have to wonder about energy and volume differences in such cases as well) makes for interesting movie plot options…

New Site…Likely for Creative Things

Years ago my daughter bought a ‘panda massage mallet’ at Disney World. It was essentially a plush panda head on a stick. Since then our panda mallets have been a running joke in the family.

When I logged into my hosting provider to renew my site and domain registrations this year they offered me the domain on the splash page and I couldn’t refuse. I have been planning to get involved in some more creative endeavors (in addition to my photography) and this seems like the perfect spot to place those with an interesting new URL and a fresh wordpress instance.

Not sure how fast this will come together as I’m a bit busy at the moment but the domain is live, the site is up and waiting to be configured and loaded with content…