Does anyone have any experience and/or opinions on the popular ipod sounddocks out there? I’m thinking of getting one. I’ve wanted one of the Bose ones for years. I’m not absolutely sure if it’s really worth the money however. Also, I’m not sure which of the Bose systems to go for. I’m leaning toward the Bose series ii as it allows for input of other devices (unlike the original) and because I wouldn’t take my sounddock with me when I travel enough to justify the increase in price of around $100.
So basically, what I want to know is… Should I get the Bose Sounddock series 2, or something else?
If the concept proves successful, Lynn, professor in the WSU Departments of Physics and Mechanical & Materials Engineering and director of the Center for Materials Research, and Weber, staff scientist in the WSU Department of Physics, see it leading to large-scale production of antimatter fuel capable of powering deep space travel, as well as a host of other, more earthbound, applications.
Just 0.3 milligrams of antimatter – the size of two grains of sand – packs the same energy potential as about 1, 700 tons of liquid hydrogen-oxygen fuel currently used to power the space shuttle. The trap design could be scaled to a size large enough to power space ships, for example, which would use the gamma rays to propel them along. With only two milligrams of antimatter and a ten pound trap, Lynn speculates that astronauts would be able to fly into deep space.
“I can never read all the books I want; I can never be all the people I want and live all the lives I want. I can never train myself in all the skills I want. And why do I want? I want to live and feel all the shades, tones and variations of mental and physical experience possible in life. And I am horribly limited.”—Sylvia Plath (via babytornado) (via fuckyeahsylviaplath) (via missworld) (via sugarhighz)
“Although there are many anecdotal stories of breakthroughs resulting from daydreams - Einstein, for instance, was notorious for his wandering mind - daydreaming itself is usually cast in a negative light. Children in school are encouraged to stop daydreaming and “focus,” and wandering minds are often cited as a leading cause of traffic accidents. In a culture obsessed with efficiency, daydreaming is derided as a lazy habit or a lack of discipline, the kind of thinking we rely on when we don’t really want to think. It’s a sign of procrastination, not productivity, something to be put away with your flip-flops and hammock as summer draws to a close.
In recent years, however, scientists have begun to see the act of daydreaming very differently. They’ve demonstrated that daydreaming is a fundamental feature of the human mind - so fundamental, in fact, that it’s often referred to as our “default” mode of thought. Many scientists argue that daydreaming is a crucial tool for creativity, a thought process that allows the brain to make new associations and connections. Instead of focusing on our immediate surroundings - such as the message of a church sermon - the daydreaming mind is free to engage in abstract thought and imaginative ramblings…
“If your mind didn’t wander, then you’d be largely shackled to whatever you are doing right now,” says Jonathan Schooler, a psychologist at the University of California, Santa Barbara. “But instead you can engage in mental time travel and other kinds of simulation. During a daydream, your thoughts are really unbounded.”“
And the last movie you saw? Now, movies I’ve been doing OK [with] because it turns out we got this nice theater on the ground floor of my house … So Star Trek, we saw this weekend, which I thought was good. Everybody was saying I was Spock, so I figured I should check it out and—[the president makes the Vulcan salute with his hand].
Very good. Yes, absolutely.
Did you watch that when you were growing up? I used to love Star Trek. You know, Star Trek was ahead of its time. There was a whole—the special effects weren’t real good, but the storylines were always evocative, you know, there was a little commentary and a little pop philosophy for a 10-year-old to absorb.