Like many who live in this profoundly connected age…the age where we are always on, and never disconnected, there’s a lot of content that comes across my phone, my computer.
As this is a personal blog as much as it’s an educational one, I’ve decided to start doing these weekly roundups where I share things I have recently read, laughed at, or otherwise enjoyed. Perhaps you’ll get some enjoyment out of these as well.
My partner and I are renovating the house on our homestead. We were going to go with drywall for all the walls, but we have a few concerns about that. First, mould loves drywall, and second, mould is easily damaged by water. Two things I don’t want to deal with again in the future. And thirdly, we have a pack of dogs. I can easily envision one of the dogs getting body checked into the wall and cracking the drywall.
I have intermittent sciatica problems. For weeks or months on end, I will be fine, but every now and then it flares up and I find myself in agony. This week was one of those weeks. I woke up screaming in pain.
Quarks are elementary particles and a fundamental constituent of matter in the universe. They are the building blocks that combine to form protons and neutrons, which are found in the nucleus of atoms.
Quarks come in six different types or “flavours”: up, down, charm, strange, top, and bottom. They are never found in isolation but are always bound together by the strong nuclear force, mediated by particles called gluons.
The unique combinations of quarks determine the properties of larger particles; for instance, a proton is composed of two up quarks and one down quark. The study of quarks and the forces that act on them is a central topic in the field of particle physics.
This article talks about how quarks can change flavours, which is something I didn’t know about until this week.
In the comments of a video I saw people sharing the ever-so-popular misnomer about camels that they store water in their humps and can go 3 months without water. I decided to look up exactly how long they can go without water. Turns out, camels are fascinating.
Oh, and here’s the video.
Warning, some of these are not PC. I may be a Quaker Minister, but I still have a sense of humour.