What a difference a year can make. About a year ago, I decided to write a blog post daily. While it has not always been easy to think up topics, I have definitely learned and expanded my interests during this exercise. I am not sure if I will continue this blog next year or start a new one, but I will definitely continue writing. Often times people wonder about tomorrow, but they never actually think about how long it takes to actually get to tomorrow. Our days can be broken down into hours, minutes, and seconds, and with each second we have a chance to make a change that we want to see for tomorrow. In order to make the future we want to see tomorrow, we must take a minute to begin working on the hour that will become the day of tomorrow. Each day of this year, as short as they seemed, added up to make the year that we are currently ending. As I look back on this year, I can see plans that blossomed well and others that fizzled out, and I have realized that the only difference between the two is the time that was put into preparation and execution. The plans that turned out well were well prepared and the others were thrown together foolishly. In the year 2016, I am going to make sure that I use the time that I have much more wisely, every second counts and I will treat every second like a fraction of my day rather than time to be wasted. This year went by quickly, as does every year, but that is no reason to let another second pass on working towards your goals and dreams. I am excited for this new year, not because it is new, but because I get another year to grow and improve the world that I live in. Happy New Year everyone! Thanks for reading along throughout the year.
Last night we all gained an extra hour of sleep here in the US, which is definitely a great thing for most people, but we also have to deal with the fact that this new hour will be taken away once again in the spring. The change in time is due to the end of the much maligned use of daylight saving time. Daylight saving time is a practice of turning the clocks forward in the spring and back to normal in the fall, this process is used to basically take advantage of extended evening daylight during the summer. In the past, when this practice first began, it was beneficial for energy conservation and for the economy overall, but now, with all of today’s technological advancements, the practice is somewhat archaic. I personally don’t mind daylight saving time, I guess it is due to the fact that I have observed it my entire life, but it just seems to be a non issue to me in general. Many opponents of DST cite the adverse effects it has on human sleep patterns and in turn the human body, but I truly don’t believe a one hour shift will yield such drastic results in my physical health. I am sure that debates will arise, and arguments will be made, but unless somebody conducts a study that shows some sort of negative effect DST has on the money of major corporations, this practice will be here to stay for years to come.
I just realized that I spend over 10 hours of my week on the New York City subway system, and I find that to be pretty upsetting. The subway system is probably not the worse place in New York to be for 10 hours, and it is not as horrible as it is shown on television, but 10 hours is a long time to do anything really. I guess if I was to break it down 10 hours is only about six percent of my week, but the way time is, I’d be glad to get 1 percent of my time back at the end of each week. I think I may have an obsession with time, it is not that I want more of it, or less of it, it is the fact that time is a constant, which means it can’t be controlled or changed. Time is set, we are given a finite number of hours in a day, and if a task must be completed by a certain time, there is nothing that can change the approaching deadline other than our inability to keep up with a schedule. Whenever I think back to my days in school, I can remember instances when a paper or project were due, the most aggressive obstacle in the completion of these assignments was the time deadline, and no matter how I sliced it, in order to make that deadline other things, such as sleep, had to take a back seat. Time management is probably one of the most important skills to pick up these days. With great time management, it is hard to be unsuccessful in any venture. My way of managing my time, is to lay my schedule on a pie chart, we have a finite number of hours in a week, so if I plot them accordingly, I should be able to maximize my productivity. Time management is a skill that takes tremendous resolve, since keeping to a schedule is not as simple as cutting a pie, but once a commitment is made to keep to a schedule, everything flows much easier. I know that it is simpler to write about time management than to practice it, since the constant of time is always intertwined with the variable that is life, but proper time management can make the things we can control move a lot smoother. The way this world is, it is impossible to run everything mechanically or on a stopwatch, but when good time management skills are learned controllable events can easily become much more predictable and enjoyable.
I am starting a series in which I will discuss some of my favorite people in history and why they made the list. I will not be ranking these people since they could all go into different categories, and it would be too difficult to accurately place them on a “favorite” scale. I currently have about four people in mind, but the list may be as large as ten individuals and even possibly a couple of groups. The first person on my list is Sir Isaac Newton, also known as the guy with the apple falling in his head. Isaac Newton revolutionized the way we look at motion and the way we look at the universe at large. Newton’s laws of motion are one of the first things we learn in physics, and a solid explanation for why our toy cars rolled down hills when we were children. It is amazing how Newton had the boldness and intelligence to make such an assertion about gravity in the era in which he lived, and the fact that his laws are still being held up and studied today it is a testament to his persistence in proving his hypothesis. Newton is one of my favorite people mainly due to his work in mathematics and science. I would consider myself as something of a “nerd,” and I was always interested in the works of Newton. While Sir Isaac is best known for the laws of motion, he actually had quite a few other interesting ideas in science, some of which didn’t pan out as well as gravity did though. Isaac Newton was truly a trailblazer in his time, and his interesting life and his informative studies have landed him on my list of favorite people in history.
Neil deGrasse Tyson is a famous astrophysicist who has seemingly brought the exciting world of physics to a generation that no longer cares for the subject. In this era of pop culture kings and queens, it is important to have a voice that provides education while the rest of the world seems to be running from it. Today I read an article from about a year ago, in which Tyson was asked about his stance on religion, a topic he generally stays away from. He basically stated that he is fine with it, but he just doesn’t want it taught in science classrooms. I respect the answer Tyson gave, since to be honest, science is much easier to understand than faith, but the author of the article seemed to miss the point. The article was written by an atheist writer, who would be considered a “militant atheist,” these individuals attack faith and religion as though it is hurting them, rather than ignore it like other atheists. The author stated he wanted Tyson to completely denounce the idea of religion and take a stance against it, rather than give his non combative opinion on the mater. I think Tyson gave the best response that he could have, since he doesn’t study religion, and he doesn’t want to make it his job to tell others what not to believe. The author of the article ended up sounding like an upset man looking for others to join his crusade against people who are not fighting with him. I have not read many of Tyson’s works, but I am fully aware of his contributions to physics. Tyson considers himself an educator, and the primary job of an educator is to enlighten and foster discovery by experimentation. I hope Tyson continues to educate in the same non combative way he has in the past, since there really is no reason to alienate an entire group due to small differences.
Fashion is a fickle art, clothing changes so frequently that it is hard to create a lasting impact in the fashion world. In this day and age fashion is extremely cyclical with styles being taken from every era and rehashed for a modern look, but even with the slight tweaks to styles there is almost no such thing as originality. Humans have been around and wearing clothing for a long time, so it is understandable that we might have an issue with creating new looks, but it is frustrating as a consumer to have to repurchase the clothing you sent to Salvation Army a short decade ago. I have several friends in the fashion world, and while they are doing some amazing things with fabrics, it is hard to imagine that there is a profit to be made with a product that is so volatile. Many current fashion lines are created or backed by celebrities and musicians so they have a direct line to the consumer. Celebrity backed fashion lines often set the pace for and direct the path of fashion for entire seasons, so “individuality” in fashion is often based on what the celebs are pushing on the consumer. No matter how unique a look is meant to be, it is usually unsuccessful if it is not similar to the popular look of the more profitable brands. I believe the best fashion is a classic semi formal look, since a nice suit will never go out of style. The cuts my change with the times, but a suit is a look that is timeless. I understand that I can’t wear a suit everywhere, but since it is the only attire that hasn’t changed in the last 60 years I think it’s a safe bet when trying to be trendy in this ever changing world of fashion.
How did it get so late so soon?
– Dr. Seuss
Time is a topic that I could probably ramble on about forever, but for the sake of sanity and time itself, I will limit this posting to merely one of times many aspects. If you have ever had fun at any point in your life, you will have noticed how quickly time passes, it is almost as if time itself is sped up by enjoyment. On the other hand, time seems to be stretched and slowed in times of peril or turmoil. It is interesting that time is the same for everyone, no matter how it is calculated, but time is still relative to the individual in the moment. A practical example of the relativity of time can be seen in a car accident, for an observer a car can spin out in an instant and three seconds will seem as such, but for an individual in the car it will feel like slow motion, and three seconds can seem much longer. I am always reminded of the theory of relativity when I think about time, more precisely time dilation, time dilation basically explains how a change in time recorded by two observers for the same event can differ, based on their relative movement. While time dilation is pretty advanced and won’t be observed while driving a car, it does help explain the relativity of time itself. I believe time dilation can be observed in the human brain, our thoughts move extremely fast, and it is not completely absurd to say two people can experience time differently while sitting in the same room. Overall the best way to look at time is as an object that is always moving. Make the most of time, because no matter how it is being perceived, it is finite to those in each moment.