So flee, all of you (believers), to Allah. (Quran 51:50)
<p> Mom: when are you getting married?<br>
Me: no clue but check out this new definition in my legs tho. Squats squats squats everybody...<br>
Mom: Allah rahem karey.</p>
The shoe came off.
Figure Eights and Peanut Shells: How Stars Move at the Center of the Galaxy | ScienceDaily
Two months ago astronomers created a new 3D map of stars at the centre of our Galaxy (the Milky Way), showing more clearly than ever the bulge at its core. Previous explanations suggested that the stars that form the bulge are in banana-like orbits, but a paper published this week in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society suggests that the stars probably move in peanut-shell or figure of eight-shaped orbits instead.
The difference is important; astronomers develop theories of star motions to not only understand how the stars in our galaxy are moving today but also how our galaxy formed and evolves. The Milky Way is shaped like a spiral, with a region of stars at the centre known as the “bar,” because of its shape. In the middle of this region, there is a “bulge” that expands out vertically.
In the new work Alice Quillen, professor of astronomy at the University of Rochester, and her collaborators created a mathematical model of what might be happening at the centre of the Milky Way. Unlike the Solar System where most of the gravitational pull comes from the Sun and is simple to model, it is much harder to describe the gravitational field near the centre of the Galaxy, where millions of stars, vast clouds of dust, and even dark matter swirl about. In this case, Quillen and her colleagues considered the forces acting on the stars in or near the bulge.
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the person who named the umbrella meant to call it brella but they hesitated
So apparently my cousin has been low key working on a novel for years and I just found out today.
Can a sister get a shout out on the dedication page? Make me an obscure character,I don’t even care. A footnote even. The level of thirst is unacceptable, but I’ll find a way.
im on his balcony right now…
…and then it was ruined by BeyoJinn
Jennifer Egan, A Visit From The Goon Squad
The Geneva Drive, or Maltese Mechanism, converts continuous rotational motion into an intermittent ‘tick.’ This is usually responsible for the ticking of the minute and/or second hand in clocks.
The laws of supply and demand are immutable.
In 1979, Texas International Airlines (the precursor to Continental) introduced the first modern frequent flier program. American Airlines soon followed, launching their AAdvantage frequent flier program in 1981.
When the program launched, you could upgrade to a first class seat on the Concorde for 20,000 miles (something that you couldn’t even do today). Today, an upgrade to first class between the US and Europe would set you back 50,000 miles, plus $900 in fees.
In fact, just about every mileage award category has been getting more ‘expensive’, particularly among the major US carriers. The majority of the increases have taken place in the last several years.
United Airlines, for example, is raising the number of miles required for most of its awards starting February 1st. The steepest is an 87% increase for first class award seats on United’s partner airlines flights to the Middle East.
A United economy class ticket to Hawaii will increase by ‘only’ 12%. And business class to Europe and Japan will increase 20%.
Just like central bankers with paper currencies, airlines are devaluing their miles.
They have created trillions of miles in the system, many of these through special gimmick promotional giveaways. We’ve probably all seen the ‘sign up for the new credit card and receive 25,000 bonus miles’.
But just like the real economy, rapidly increasing the money supply (airline miles) devalues the currency and creates inflation.
That’s exactly what’s happening here. Airline miles are worth less and less.
Moreover, the airlines have begun to restrict award seat capacity. If you have ever tried to actually USE your miles, you’ve probably become very frustrated. Sometimes you have to book those flights a year in advance just to get one crummy seat.
They’ve also begun increasing fees on top of the mileage awards– so now if you want to use miles to upgrade, you have to pay a steep fee on top of the miles.
Airline miles are a great analogy of how inflation works in the real economy. It’s clear that the supply of miles is increasing rapidly. But the effects go unnoticed for a long time.
Then suddenly, one day, prices go up dramatically (as in the case of United).
And most people who have been responsibly saving for a rainy day (or that dream trip to Paris) suddenly find that years of their savings are worth less.
Airline miles are the most rapidly depreciating currency in the world. And they’re an interesting sign of things to come with fiat currencies.