arcana imperii :: the book of j


the coriolis force / effect

i don't know how we went from installing a digital thermostat to discussing the effect of the coriolis force on the draining water in a sink or a toilet, but we did discuss the matter and agreed further researh was required.

the result is that while the force, caused by the earth’s rotation, is indeed responsible for air being pulled to the right (counterclockwise) in the northern hemisphere and to the left (clockwise) in the southern hemisphere, whose effect is the observed curved path of moving objects relative to the surface of the earth (hurricanes are good examples. they curve to the right in the northern hemisphere and to the left in the southern hemisphere), it is too weak to affect such small bodies of water as contained in a sink or toilet. in fact, one can find both counterclockwise and clockwise flowing drains in both hemispheres.

«be very, very careful what you put into that head,
because you will never, ever get it out.»

~thomas cardinal wolsey (1471-1530)

read this faq for further information on the subject.

quotation of the week: the curse

«i curse you. until you do right by me... everything you think about... will crumble! until you do right by me, everything you even think about will fail! the jail you planned for me is the one you'll rot in. everything you done to me... is already done to you. i'm poor... black. i may even be ugly. but dear god, i'm here. i'm here!»
~miss ceely (whoopi goldberg), the colour purple

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testing and refreshing

please bear with yours truly as i (based on a ravashti template) work to refresh αι's look, update links and attempt to restore missing graphics. substantive writing and commentary has been sporadic at best... so has been my living of life...


quotation of the week

«read between the lines



see no evil, hear no evil...?

billy said in a deposition that he hadn't sexed the pretty, smart, pudgy girl and got himself impeached despite the parade of constitutional scholars who told senators and citizens that well, fibbing about extra-marital affairs isn't really treason nor an impeachable offence. georgie & co set out to dismantle the fundamental principle of separation of powers, the separation of church and state and system of checks and balances along with the bill of rights and the country looks the other way if it looks at all.

the news is that bush actually authorised domestic spying before the terrorist attacks of 11 september 2001. truthout reports that a declassified document contradicts the president's assertion that the 11 september attacks prompted him to take the unprecedented step of signing a secret executive order authorising the NSA to monitor american citizens thought to have ties to terrorist groups in such a way that the protocols implemented in essence meant the agency was conducting a covert domestic surveillance operation in violation of applicable law.

via andymatic.


auld lang syne

should auld acquaintance be forgot
tho' they return with scars?
these are the noble hero's lot
obtain'd in glorious wars
welcome, my varo, to my breast
thy arms about me twine
and make me once again as blest
as i was lang syne

methinks around us on each bough
a thousand cupids play
whils thro' the groves i walk with you
each object makes me gay
since your return the sun and moon
with brighter beams do shine
streams murmur soft notes while they run
as they did lang syne

midnight + 00:00:01 approaches

as i reckon most know, the new year arrives one second later this year... hence the title of this entry, in which i simply wished to re-visit the thoughts from the same time last year and well, share this one quotation again:

«life careers gravewards at a breakneck rate,
so drink and love [me], and leave the rest to fate.»

~tony harrison
(b. 1953), british poet: palladas: poems (1975), no. 11. / the poems are versions of greek originals by the fourth-century alexandrian poet palladas.