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the fermi paradox

The universe is unbelievably big - trillions of stars and even more planets. Soo... there just has to be life out there, right? But where is it? Why don't we see any aliens? Where are they? And more importantly, what does this tell us about our own fate in this gigantic and scary universe?



some more inspirational shit

16 Of The Most Powerful, Wisest Quotes Ever

1. “He who fears that he will suffer, already suffers because he fears.” – Michel De Montaigne

2. “Before you diagnose yourself with depression or low self-esteem, first make sure that you are not, in fact, just surrounded by jerks.” - Sigmund Freud

3. “Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” - Albert Einstein

4. Experience is not what happens to you; it’s what you do with what happens to you.” - Aldous Huxley

5. “Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson

 6. “For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone. - Audrey Hepburn

7. “Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom.” - Thomas Jefferson

8. “In seeking happiness for others, you will find it for yourself.” - Unknown

9. “Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms—to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.” – Viktor Frankl

10. “Wisdom begins in wonder.” - Socrates

11. “Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.” - Winston Churchill

12. “If you want happiness for an hour – take a nap. If you want happiness for a day – go fishing. If you want happiness for a year – inherit a fortune. If you want happiness for a life time – help someone else.” – Chinese proverb

13. “I’d rather regret the things I’ve done than regret the things I haven’t done.” - Lucille Ball

14. “A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination” - Nelson Mandela

15. “It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.” - Henry David Thoreau

16. “When one door of happiness closes, another opens, but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one that has been opened for us.” – Helen Keller



How Hot Can It Get?

How Hot Can It Get?

My notes : 

15 million K - THE SUN

  • The sun is 93 miles away from Earth

  • Surface of the sun is 10,000 F or 5500 C

  • The center, where fusion happens, 28 million F, 15 million C, 15 million K

  • Kelvin at 0 is absolute zero

  • If you were to heat only the head of a pin to the temperature of the sun, it would kill anyone within 1,000 miles of it.

  • If you want something to be the right temperature to glow in the visible spectrum, you'll have to reach the Draper Point.

    • Draper point - 798 K. At this point, any object will glow a dim red.

  • Objects emitting heat, emit wavelengths.

    • Wavelengths get smaller and smaller, the hotter, and hotter the object gets.

  • When matter heats up as hot as the sun, matter becomes a fourth state : PLASMA

    • PLASMA - when electrons wander away from the nuclei.


350 million K - center of thermonuclear explosion


3 billion K, or 3 gigakelvin - Star 8 times larger than our Sun, on the last day of its life


1 terakelvin - the electrons, hadrons, protons neutrons, melt into quarks and gluons

Star named WR - 104 : mass equivalent to 25 of our suns.

When it dies, the explosion will amount to the energy our sun makes in its entire lifetime.


Even at 8000 lightyears away, 10 seconds of WR-104's explosion could deplete 1/4 of the Earth's o-zone, leading to mass extinction.


1 exakelvin - CERN's particle accelorators


1.4x10^32 K - the plank temperature. the wavelength is the plank length or plank distance. We don't know what would happen if it got hotter than the plank temperature.


Kugelblitz - a black hole made from pure energy.


  • The sun is 4.7 billion years old, half-way through its life-cyle. So far, it has burned the energy equivalent to 100 Earths.

  • The sun is the size of 300,000 earths.

  • Technically true: one cubic cm of human is hotter than one avg cubic cm of the sun.



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great business philosophy

Why Our Retail Staff Earns $50K, with Container Store CEO Kip Tindell

Kip Tindell argues that paying employees well is not only the right thing to do, but good for the bottom line. Tindell is the CEO of The Container Store.



It is a shame when nonsense can substitute for fact with impunity.
— Lawrence Krauss



words i learned (how to use) today




  1. exemption from punishment or freedom from the injurious consequences of an action.

    "the impunity enjoyed by military officers implicated in civilian killings"

    synonyms:immunityindemnity, exemption (from punishment), freedom from liability,nonliability, licenseMore




  1. 1.

    of, relating to, or believing in the principle that all people are equal and deserve equal rights and opportunities.

    "a fairer, more egalitarian society"


  1. 1.

    a person who advocates or supports egalitarian principles.




noun: meritocracy

  1. government or the holding of power by people selected on the basis of their ability.

    • a society governed by meritocracy.

      plural noun: meritocracies

    • a ruling or influential class of educated or skilled people.




  1. remove (a need or difficulty).

    "the Venetian blinds obviated the need for curtains"

    synonyms:precludepreventremove, get rid of, do away with, get around, rule out,eliminate, make/render unnecessary

    "our latest agreement obviates any further discussion of the matter"

    • avoid; prevent.

      "a parachute can be used to obviate disaster"