Today is a special adventure : it’s my birthday and I’m having a wee treat!
After tasting champagne for the very first time, Dom Pérignon is supposed to have exclaimed “Come quickly, I am tasting stars!” Whilst I have drunk champagne before, I am pretty certain that I have never been present enough to the experience to appreciate this exotic liquid’s stellar qualities. I learned from my chocolate-tasting, wine-tasting, whisky-tasting and coffee-tasting adventures that I really hadn’t tasted these substances properly before : I was tasting from a ghost of a memory rather than really smelling and really tasting what was actually in my hands.
So today, my adventure is going to be tasting champagne properly for the very first time! I did a bit of internet research about the champagne I am going to taste and found a fabulous site called The Champagne Toff. On this site, it offers notes about what a particular champagne looks like, smells like and tastes like. I’m going to be tasting the Lanson Black Label Non-Vintage champagne (supposedly a racy number with a lingering taste 🙂 ) to see if my experience matches the Champagne Toff’s notes. Will I be tasting stars?
Last night I played my first game of chess with my son. We played for 15 minutes and the image shows how well it went for me : I am “white” – and I’ve already lost a knight!
I’m hoping for some improvement tonight, having watched a really helpful YouTube video. Now I know a key strategic principle which I should avoid violating at all costs. (I also stumbled across the term “castling” in this video. Further investigation reveals this to be even more complicated than the off-side rule in football, so I don’t think I’m going to take that move any further at the moment!)
I’ll be playing again tonight and I’ll be keeping my top tip to myself to until after we’ve gone head-to-head 🙂 . I wonder if he’ll notice any difference …..
My Space Odyssey has encouraged me to expand my imagination and grow my creative thinking. To support this development in my thinking, I’ve decided to learn to play chess! There seems to be a whole heap of benefits associated with playing this game and, even though my impression of chess is that it might be quite complicated, I am looking forward to squeezing my head through another wormhole 🙂 .
Today I started out by learning the basic moves from this short YouTube video. Over the coming days I’ll be watching more video tutorials and playing too.
Today’s the last day of my Space Odyssey : I get to grips with String Theory and I reflect on my own learning process. A new line of questioning emerges for me too. It’s a different type of enquiry ~ it’s a question that exists at a new level and reflects a new order of thinking . I think I only this new question as a result of going through the process of learning about theoretical physics.
Grappling with questions about cosmology and theoretical physics has had the impact of pushing my mind through a metaphorical wormhole. I now find myself in a new universe where new laws of thinking might apply. I wonder what I’m going to discover in this new place? Whatever I discover, I’m certain it’s going to be thanks to “Wormhole Thinking” 🙂 .
Whilst my mind is still engaged with cosmic matters, I hurtled back to Earth for a brief moment today so I could visit a salvage yard for the very first time.
I have to say, the yard had all the qualities of a black hole : it seemed to have sucked in all sorts of objects and I’m pretty certain that there are many salvage hunters who have entered the yard and never been seen since 🙂 .
You can watch the peat cutting tool (known as a peat spade or a turf spade) in action below. By the way, this video was filmed in my local area in Northern Ireland!
Today I’m exploring “the multiverse” ~ a theory which proposes that our universe is not the only universe! Watch me as I try to get my head around three theoretical models : Bubble Universe theory ; Membrane theory and Many Worlds theory!
Four lines of enquiry opened up yesterday as a result of grappling with the idea of wormholes. One of those lines was : what is the theory of general relativity? Today I attempt to understand, and describe, this theory which Einstein published in 1915. (I’d just like to say that my head is beginning to hurt!) 🙂
Today I’m exploring the line of enquiry that opened up for me yesterday : wormholes . Watch me as I use a part of my vacuum cleaner to explain how this hypothetical feature of space- time might work and as I begin to see a learning pattern emerge!
Alright. Hands up. It’s true : I’ve moved from “not interested in space at at all” to “totally fascinated by the entire cosmos and beyond” within 24 hours (and I’m certainly starting to see how my learning strategy really works for me!) Yesterday’s adventure opened up 3 interesting lines of enquiry for me :
What is a black hole?
What is the event horizon?
What is the singularity?
Watch as I explore the anatomy of a black hole and open up another new line of enquiry 🙂 !