"The best thing for being sad," replied Merlin, beginning to puff and blow, "is to learn something. That's the only thing that never fails. You may grow old and trembling in your anatomies, you may lie awake at night listening to the disorder of your veins, you may miss your only love, you may see the world about you devastated by evil lunatics, or know your honour trampled in the sewers of baser minds. There is only one thing for it then—to learn. Learn why the world wags and what wags it. That is the only thing which the mind can never exhaust, never alienate, never be tortured by, never fear or distrust, and never dream of regretting."—T. H. White, The Once and Future King
The effort to understand the universe is one of the very few things that lifts human life a little above the level of farce, and gives it some of the grace of tragedy.—Steven Weinberg
Learning has always been something of a drug for me.—Tim O'Reilly
I love to learn! It's one of my favorite things to do. Life presents so many fascinating new ideas and facts. I find something deeply satisfying in getting closer to the truth behind the world I experience. The tragedy of my short life is that I will never get to learn everything that I want to. Or maybe that's not such a bad thing: there's always something else to learn.
Please join me in my torrid love affair with reality.
Real life has intervened, and the cosmic calendar will need to wait. :(
Astronomers have discovered the most distant object ever seen: a star that collapsed 13 billion years ago. The flash of light from the collapse reached Earth on April 23rd.
A catastrophe had been in the works ever since the discovery of oxygenic photosynthesis. The organisms who converted sunlight, water, and carbon dioxide into food and oxygen were slowly poisoning their planet. About 2,400 million years ago—October 29th on the Cosmic Calendar—the buildup of oxygen in the environment led to a crisis for life on Earth.