Profile

Cover photo
Gaythia Weis
Works at Analytical Chemist.
Lived in Bellingham WA
863,224 views
AboutPosts

Stream

Gaythia Weis

Shared publicly  - 
 
 
14th Century Smartwatch

In 14th Century England, during the reign of Richard II, one of the first technical instruction manuals in local language was written, not like today, by some anonymous person in marketing, who has never even touched the product, but in Middle English, by the poet and founder of English Literature, Geoffrey Chaucer, who knew the many features of this early portable calculating device intimately and the heavens above him.

The astrolabe was like the smartwatch of its time with dozens or perhaps hundreds of apps beyond the basic functions of being able to tell the time, or the latitude (but not longitude. that's another story).

Philip Ball tells the story of Chaucer's Astrolabe and why the famed poet came to write the world's first scientific instruction manual. In the Middle Ages, no self respecting astronomer would be without an Astrolabe, a pocket sized device for working out the movements of the planets and stars. So how did a poet come to write the first user booklet? This story shows Chaucer in a new light: as a pre-eminent astronomer, and offers a new key to unlocking his most famous literary works.

Listen here (~30 mins.): http://goo.gl/jlLpD2
(Stream, download MP3, or podcast)

Tom Wujec (Ted Talk ~10 mins.): https://goo.gl/EyKGTV
Demo of 13th Century astrolabe principles

Astrolabe (Wikip): https://goo.gl/RLi0FC

Chaucer (Wikip): https://goo.gl/O0xUKX

Related posts:
Richard II: https://goo.gl/DxSrG2
Longitude: https://goo.gl/MdepGs

Image: Michele Invernizzi, DensityDesign Research Lab, Milan https://goo.gl/kjpdt1

A 14th Century Astrolabe: http://goo.gl/U3jsz5
But I couldn't be bothered to ask their permission just to post this image.
1 comment on original post
4
2
Add a comment...

Gaythia Weis

Shared publicly  - 
 
Video of violent arrest at Tacoma Mall shows teen slammed into car, tossed to the ground, shocked

Compare this  to the shotgun blaster in my previous post:  https://plus.google.com/u/0/100946817944952712900/posts/H2sY9uXuUKS

*http://www.seattlepi.com/local/article/Lawsuit-Off-duty-cop-tossed-Tacoma-girl-like-a-7456202.php?cmpid=fbsocialflow#photo-10030431
A Tacoma girl whose violent run-in with mall security was caught on camera has sued Tacoma Mall and the off-duty police officer she claims assaulted her.
3
Ellie D. Galen Hussey's profile photoValdis Klētnieks's profile photoRandall Lee Reetz's profile photo
4 comments
 
Well this clip is from a still camera but is edited to pan within that fixed vantage. Either that or it is was pointed via a remotely operated pan and zoom mount... as the event transpired.
Add a comment...

Gaythia Weis

Shared publicly  - 
 
Radioactive Materials, Heavy Metals, and Corrosive Salts
Putting People and Wildlife at Risk

http://www.desmogblog.com/2016/05/08/duke-university-study-finds-legacy-radioactivity-water-and-soil-contaminated-thousands-fracking-wastewater-spills

Research Source: Brine Spills Associated with Unconventional Oil Development in North Dakota
http://drcinfo.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/ND-brine-spill.pdf
Thousands of oil and gas industry wastewater spills in North Dakota have caused “widespread” contamination from radioactive materials, heavy metals and corrosive salts, putting the health of people and wildlife at risk, researchers from Duke University concluded in a newly released peer-reviewed
9
3
sporadic -Z's profile photoBoris Borcic's profile photo
2 comments
 
fracking was invented to replace and relieve "fucking" in expressions like "that's completely fracked up", "clusterfrack", "what the frack?" or "frack you!"
Add a comment...

Gaythia Weis

Shared publicly  - 
Data collected by Oregon State University researchers shows an unprecedented number of baby starfish, or sea stars, survived the summer and winter of 2015, the Eureka Times Standard reported Saturday (http://bit.ly/1WR9Y4). "When we looked at the settlement of the larval sea stars on rocks in 2014 during the epidemic, it was the same or maybe even a bit lower than previous years," Oregon State University marine biology professor Bruce Menge said...
1
Add a comment...

Gaythia Weis

Shared publicly  - 
 
Victories are possible.
Lummi Nation held firm.

http://www.nwcitizen.com/entry/no-coal-terminal-at-cherry-point-final
This morning, the Army Corps of Engineers released a simple press release. In plain language, Colonel Buck denies the Gateway Pacific Terminal project at Cherry Point. Col. Buck says he is responding to the concerns of the Lummi Nation and their rights to fishing and seafood along the shoreline ...
6
3
Vicky Veritas's profile photo
 
Awesome!
Add a comment...

Gaythia Weis

Shared publicly  - 
 
Aquifer Regeneration in Colorado's San Luis Valley: "potato fields, a mainstay of the San Luis Valley agricultural economy, have begun to phase out into less thirsty crops like quinoa and hemp."

http://www.hcn.org/articles/after-years-of-drought-and-overuse-a-water-basin-refills-in-the-san-luis-valley
How an over-taxed basin is getting its water use under control.
8
1
Add a comment...

Gaythia Weis

Shared publicly  - 
 
"In another sign of the warming climate, key species of trees in California's Sierra Nevada mountain range -- including lodge pole pine, red fir and western white pine -- are shifting to higher elevations in search of cooler temperatures, a broad new study by state biologists has found.."

http://www.mercurynews.com/drought/ci_29933558/new-study-sierra-nevada-forests-shifting-higher-elevations
The areas where the trees are growing has moved as much as nearly 500 feet higher on average over the past 80 years, according to data from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.
3
Add a comment...

Gaythia Weis

Shared publicly  - 
 
 
Their findings included a chipped and cracked plastic shovel that was used to scoop up food. They also found chipped, cracked, and missing pieces of plastic on the onion production line; knives that were used to remove unwanted pieces of onions had initials etched into them; and blue tape that was being used to temporarily fix a cracked metal plate on a packing line where products meant for export were packed at the time of the inspection. All of this made the facility nearly impossible to clean.
4 comments on original post
6
Add a comment...

Gaythia Weis

Shared publicly  - 
 
Gun Usage on the Border with Canada.

From the Blaine, Washington Police Reports:

May 4, 11:30 a.m.: The Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office requested assistance from Blaine Police with an individual on Pipeline Road discharging a shotgun into trees. Officers and a sheriff’s deputy arrived and contacted the Blaine resident and learned he had been spraying his trees for tent caterpillars. When the man was unable to reach the top branches with his sprayer he decided to eradicate the Lepidoptera with No. 2 buckshot. Although it was a blast, the sheriff’s deputy addressed the man’s unconventional method of pest control.

http://www.thenorthernlight.com/category/police-reports/
4
Rocio Goodey's profile photoScot Waring's profile photo
2 comments
 
Met a heteropterist once who collected cicadas with a shotgun. 
Add a comment...

Gaythia Weis

Shared publicly  - 
14
2
David Westebbe's profile photoMalthus John's profile photo
2 comments
 
Ironic that the headline does just what he complains against.  Myopic, self-serving writing that unintentionally
frames in such a way that ultimately misdirects and misinforms.
Add a comment...

Gaythia Weis

Shared publicly  - 
 
"The EPA has not reviewed regulations for oil and gas wastes since July of 1988, the lawsuit notes, even though the use of hydraulic fracturing and drilling waste production has grown dramatically in the United States"
+Tina Casey does a good job explaining why this has been such a struggle.
 
So, that didn't take long. Last Wednesday, a group of prominent environmental organizations filed a major new lawsuit accusing the US Environmental Protection Agency of failing to regulate fracking as a hazardous waste for the past 30 years. Just two days later, the Koch-backed Washington Legal Foundation issued a scathing op-ed accusing the EPA of
View original post
3
1
Add a comment...

Gaythia Weis

Shared publicly  - 
Despite big financial losses and tight cash, Colorado oil and gas producers have contributed $6.3 million to fend off four ballot initiatives limiting dri
1
1
Add a comment...
Collections Gaythia is following
Work
Employment
  • Analytical Chemist.
    Manager, present
  • InfoPteryx LLC
Story
Tagline
Analytical Chemist
Introduction
I'm a chemist with a background in groundwater geochemistry, semiconductor industry quality assurance, Auger Electron Microscopy, and environmental monitoring.

My current passions are science policy, risk analysis and water resources.



Places
Map of the places this user has livedMap of the places this user has livedMap of the places this user has lived
Previously
Bellingham WA