I’m a science-buff at heart. In college, I took 2 semesters of calculus, physics, and organic chemistry each. Admittedly, I skipped out on P-Chem (Physical Chemistry) after starting down the computer science path (and eventually becoming a Java programmer for IBM), but I still love and miss studying natural science. I find myself most fascinated by String Theory…and in particular “M-Theory”. It attempts to explain the essence of all time and matter, and defines our existence over 11 dimensions.
String theory is a developing theory in particle physics that attempts to concile quantum mechanics and general relativity. It is a contender for the theory of everything (TOE), a manner of describing the known fundamental forces and matter in a mathematically complete system. The theory has yet to make testable experimental predictions, which a theory must do in order to be considered a part of science.
Today we celebrate Groundhog Day….a special holiday of Pagan origins wherein a large, rotund rodent, native to the U.S. mid-Atlantic and mid-West regions, provides Americans with a mystical divination regarding the oncoming Spring Season. The prophecy holds that a Groundhog who sees his shadow, will run back to his burrow, alluding to six more weeks of winter. Otherwise, we in for an early spring. I just heard that the most famous (and supposedly most accurate) Groundhog of them all didn’t see his shadow, so perhaps we are in for an early Spring? One can only hope 🙂
Happy Groundhog Day everyone.
Woolworths Counter sit-in; February 1, 1960
Today marks not only the beginning of Black History Month, but also the anniversary of the historic Woolworth’s Sit-In, which took place on February 1, 1960 in Greensboro, NC. Four amazing young college students did the unthinkable…they sat at a “Whites-Only” lunch counter, in the segregated south. This act of bravery helped spark the civil rights movement. They are (and always have been) examples to me of steadfastness and standing by one’s principles…even when those principles aren’t popular.
There are many lessons to learned from this act that took place 51-years-ago today.