Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Time and gravity

~ From the Book "Naive - Super" by Erlend Loe

"......It is a lot more I didn´t know about time.
In a lab in Bonn there is a 3 meter long metal cylinder. Paul writes that it is shaped like a submarine and lying in a frame of steel surrounded by wires and other equipment for measurements. It is an atomic watch, and at the moment it is the most accurate clock on earth. It is more accurate than the rotation of earth.
An accuracy like that surprises me. It evidently has nothing to do with earth. It is just something somebody has decided. I like that. Strangely enough I feel that I can grasp time in a better way because of this. I want an atomic watch for my birthday.

As a compensation for the the irregularity of earths rotation they add a second now and then. The last time this was done was in June 1994.
Nobody told me about this.

Because of the atomic watches the definition of a second has changed. Before a second used to be defined as 1/86.400 of a day, but now it is 9.192.631.770 rotations of a celsium atom.
I think that is a lot of rotations.
This information puts me out a little. I feel a little sick and have to get the ball. I throw it for a while against the fridge until I am able to read on.
Now I am reading on.
It just gets worse and worse.
Paul says that the gravity influences time - the man has no limits
Completely without warning he says that time is influenced by gravity and by movement.
I look at the cover of the book. It is published by a serious publish house. What he says is very likely accurate.

I get annoyed.
Why has nobody told me about this?
Doesn´t physics teachers understand that this makes a lot of difference?
Maybe they knew it all along? In that case I should get a revenge on them. I should push one of them hard in the back when they are not at all expecting it.

On the sun the time passes two million times slower than on earth.It is because of gravity. Paul says it is stronger up there.
I thought time was time and gravity was gravity.
It is obviously not like that.
With a couple of really good atom watches one can prove it in the empire state building.
This is not something I am making up.
If you put an atomic clock in the bottom of the empire state and one on the top, after a while you would see that the one on the top goes a little faster.
During a lifetime you will save a couple of 1/1000 seconds if you are on the street.
The one on the top of the empire state will be a little older than the rest of us.
I put the book down.
I feel very drained.
This definitely changes a lot
Time doesn´t exist"

Friday, July 18, 2008

Book recomendation for hoplessly romantic hearts

Since it is not a wide selection of books in English in the Spanish libraries, I started reading the old classics that they do have.

My first one to devour was Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë.
And I must say, I am actually glad this book came my way. I read it once, when I was 13, but didn´t remember much of it.

Call me a bleeding hearted sucker (and you are very right) but it was so passionate and romantic. The feminist part, plus the psychological analytic in me has several objections...but I just cried and cried and laughed and cried and wished the book would never end.....and such a romantic fairytale to happen to me too....

Friday, July 11, 2008


I have gone quite Norwegian lately
Apologizes to English-speaking (or other) readers

Tuesday, July 08, 2008


Det synger i gresset
Og drømmene sover stille bak fjellene
med et smil om munnen

Friday, July 04, 2008

Et par av mine favoritt dikt


Når mitt sinn er fylt av drømmer,
mere dunkle, mere fjerne
mere ville, mere hete
enn mitt hjerte kan forstå,
vil jeg bare stå i regnet
slik som hester står i regnet
på en bred og saftig slette
mellom tunge fjell, som her.

Stå og kjenne kroppen suge
dette svale, sterke, våte,
som i strie strømmer siler
over ansikt, hår og hender.
Likne skogen der den suger,
som et barn, av himlens bryster.
Likne sletten, full av sødme,
sitrende av fromt begjær.

Slik som hester står i regnet,
lutende, med våte flanker,
og lar duft av muld og væte
drive sterkt og søtt i sinnet,
vil jeg stå og bare være
og la himmel-yret falle,
inntil tanken fri for feber
følger drømmene til klarhet
i en steil og stille ro.

- Astrid Hjertenæs Andersen

Du ska tacka

By Karin Boye

Du ska tacka dina gudar,
om de tvingar dig att gå
där du inga fotspår
har att lita på.

Du ska tacka dina gudar,
om de gör all skam till din.
Du får söka tillflykt
lite längre in.

Det som hela världen dömer
reder sig ibland rätt väl.
Fågelfri var mången,
vann sin egen själ.

Den som tvingas ut i vildskog
ser med nyfödd syn på allt,
och han smakar tacksam
livets bröd och salt.

Du ska tacka dina gudar,
när de bryter bort ditt skal.
Verklighet och kärna
blir ditt enda val.

- Karin Boye

Du sökte en blomma...

Du sökte en blomma
och fann en frukt.
Du sökte en källa
och fann ett hav
Du sökte en kvinna
och fann en själ
du är besviken

- Edith Södergran

For the english speakers. there is a link to Karin Boyes
poems on the left column in my blog

Thursday, July 03, 2008

"What we observe is not nature itself, but nature exposed to our method of questioning."

~ Werner Karl Heisenberg


Great to be back!

Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Goodbye Barcelona

You have been like a friend to me
and it hurts me to leave you
But maybe some day we will be together again

God! That was sentimental
But I am really sad now
and at the same time excited about going back to Norway
- Aasa


This is the end
Beautiful friend
This is the end
My only friend, the end

Of our elaborate plans, the end
Of everything that stands, the end
No safety or surprise, the end
I’ll never look into your eyes...again

Can you picture what will be
So limitless and free
Desperately in need...of some...stranger’s hand
In a...desperate land

Lost in a roman...wilderness of pain
And all the children are insane
All the children are insane
Waiting for the summer rain, yeah

There’s danger on the edge of town
Ride the king’s highway, baby
Weird scenes inside the gold mine
Ride the highway west, baby

Ride the snake, ride the snake
To the lake, the ancient lake, baby
The snake is long, seven miles
Ride the snake...he’s old, and his skin is cold

The blue bus is callin’ us
The blue bus is callin’ us
Driver, where you taken’ us

This is the end
Beautiful friend
This is the end
My only friend, the end

It hurts to set you free
But you’ll never follow me
The end of laughter and soft lies
The end of nights we tried to die

This is the end