Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Something simple for the week.

Something simple tonight. Just a little bit of biology and math. I'll ease myself back into weekly posts that actually have a theme.
Trying to find biology papers that have the same level of mathematics as physics is not that common. It's a shame though, because the potential is definitely there.
To say that they don't exist would be lying. Go and find a college level paper on DNA. Chances are high that it will be full of topological equations describing the bends and curves of the structure. And DNA is a blast if you want mathematics. The topology of the structure. The logical data structure of how it stores the information that makes you, you. And the chemistry that makes up the strands. How it's built of nucleobases built of molecules, which are described in that beautifully obtuse and confusing language know as Statistical Mechanics.
The way that cells divide and multiply make bacteria cultures look like something out of a fractal geometry textbook. And, if you look hard enough, you can find algorithms describing how genes will mutate over generations. This fits in the equations describing the probability of those genes mutating, as well as the probability of them surviving in a given environment. The more I learn about math, the more I think about the fact that it's an old language that can describe objects with precision.
Really, it can describe the patterns of ants, people, and a four stroke engine, as well as the curves of the body. There are people out there who study the math of biology. And that is the work I want to read next.

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Goodnight, and sleep well.

  Being single is easy; there's only one person you have worry about your decisions affecting. Go ahead and buy the junker with no airbags, you have no passengers on a daily basis and you'll have plenty of time to work on it since you're by yourself. Any sort of love is hard, you have to be able to give yourself to another, and learn how to give the right amount of trust and hope they do the same for you. There's so much that go wrong, and so many ways that can end with you sitting on the couch, depressed, or in an unmarked grave in the middle of a forgotten canyon.
Too much trust, and it's all over. The world will eat you up and it will destroy you. You will know pain, and it may become familiar. But no trust at all is cynicism. The world will become nothing but a dark twisted monster that only purpose is to sneer in your face and remind you how it just hates you. Strength gives us the chance to change the world around us, to create something that everyone can enjoy. We must be able to look at what is happening around us, and we must stand up to the challenge. Courage is what we need then: courage to walk up to the girl at the end of the bar; courage to take her home; courage to make it work out in the end. But life is never so cut and dried. We scramble through the brambles of the interlacing branches of other people's lives. Sometimes they snap back in our faces, and other times they simply snap in our hands. It's a confusing mess, and we try our best to find something that makes sense in it. Wisdom is the light we need. Wisdom will help us find patterns in what looks like a confusing mess; wisdom will help us decide what is worth our time and effort, and wisdom will help us decide what the difference is between the things we can change and the things we cannot.
Love has destroy men more powerful than I. Love was the downfall of heroes and gods! Love is one more thing that makes no sense in a world with no meaning and too many coincidences. What do we do? Follow Pandora's lead, baby, and just hope. Hope nothing blows up in our faces, and hope that there is some meaning. Here's to hope; let's hope that it's all we need.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

IWSG fo January. Hope your New Year is exciting.

And now for the insecure writers support group. Sorry I don't have the badge up, but I still haven't figured out how yet. Go check out http://alexjcavanaugh.blogspot.com/ because Alex Cavanaugh is good enough to host this every month and keep it organized so all the writers can get out and do this.
Look at this site! I've done nothing to snazz it up and make it presentable. I've been trying to make my writing better, because substance is better than presentation, I guess. This is only a hobby though, so when things come up in my day to day life this gets pushed to the side. And lately, I've been unsure of what to write. The act of writing is just relaxing, though, so I've been getting better about posting over the last month. I've got some ideas that need to be followed through with on this, I'm just trying to decide how to start.
Just working on things gives me practice and makes me a stronger writer. I've tried to apply that logic to everything else in my life and it's given me a mountain of skills. It's fun trying something new, and it's an adventure trying to master it. What have you been trying to learn and master, lost internet traveller? Have you tried something new to add onto your personality? I've been relearning my biology and chemistry, and have been learning Russian recently. This is on top of my never-ending quest to get better at math and writing. Someone once told me that our skills will one day catch up with our ambition, and I'm banking on that fact. I hope your travels and your writing go well. Until next time!