Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Hark! Radiation! Gardens! Composting! Transitions! Jesus!?

Hearken!  If anyone has ears to hear, let him listen!  Or should it be "If anyone has eyes to see, let him see!"?  Or should it be "If anyone is literate, let him read!"?  Gah!  Forget it.

Randall Munroe of xkcd put up a fascinating chart detailing radiation dosages in different situations, compiling several different sources from the mighty interwebs.  Check it out below (or go here to view the original page).
Unless you have phenomenal eyesight, click to gigantify

Am I the only one who finds it odd that bananas contain radiation?  I mean, it makes perfect sense, considering radiation is everywhere (EVERYBODY PANIC!) and bananas are, um, there.  If you break it down, if you eat 4000000 bananas in a short period of time, you're going to get radiation poisoning.  The radiation probably wouldn't be fatal, but the freaking 4000000 bananas sure would be.  This is why I steer clear of bananas.

I'm not sure why, but I've always been fascinated by radiation disasters, like Chernobyl or Hiroshima and the likes.  It's horrifying to think that we're capable of such devastation.  I did a report in high school on J.R. Oppenheimer and have always been fascinated by his often quoted phrase (which in turned is quoted from the Bhagavad Gita): "Now I am become death, the destroyer of worlds."

Can you imagine being responsible for such death and destruction?  Sure, there were plenty of other issues going on during the times, but still, nuclear power.  I, for one, have no problems with nuclear power plants.  (This coming from a civil & environmental engineer.)  Heck, I don't have a problem with bombs either, though it depresses me to no end thinking that innocent people die from their destruction.  (It depresses me that not-so-innocent people die, too.)  I don't know where I'm going with this.  I meant to write about how I thought that xkcd chart was interesting, but maybe I'm just morbid.

For lack of transition, Spring has arrived in beauty and splendor.  The weather has been in the 60s and 70s, perfectly windy, with glorious sunshine and radiance.  Our hyacinths sprouted a few days ago and are already standing tall and smelling wonderfully.  The tulips haven't yet bulbed, but they shall soon.  Sunday afternoon I spent several hours outside, working in the garden, flipping soil, etc.  After that I planted about 50 onions while Keisha planted some peppers, tomatoes, and lettuce in a mini-greenhouse for transplanting later.  She also planted some carrots in the flower garden, since we're not going to have as much greenery as we did last year.  If all goes well, we'll have a nice little harvest this year.

I've always wanted to compost, but I've never known how really.  Apparently, if I wanted any compost for use this spring/summer, then I needed to start last fall.  Still, I'm thinking I may try my hand at making some in use for any fall crops we happen to plant.

Truthfully, I'm just hoping my yard doesn't have as many weeds as it did last year.  I know very little about yard maintenance, but I know enough that weeds look like crap.

For lack of transition, we met with some pediatricians yesterday, trying to select one before our daughter arrives.  Stewart Little has been kicking up a storm lately, and I find it hard to describe how much I'm looking forward to holding my baby.  It's amazing.

For grasp of a transition, it's amazing that we get the privilege to serve and worship the God of the Universe.  I was listening to a sermon yesterday that talked about how we often like to focus on the fact that we have to give up and sacrifice things to serve God and that we often spin that as a sad story.  Truthfully, said the minister, it's an amazing, beautiful story.  We get the honor to serve and worship God when He could just as easily squash us for our sin.  How awesome is that?  Moreso, how awesome is it that He loves us despite our wickedness?  I mean, can you imagine being responsible for the death and destruction of the soul, how our sins are tiny atomic bombs dropped on our souls over and over throughout our lives, and yet Jesus loves us even though we're sick with banana poisoning?  It's honestly the most astonishing thing imaginable that God loves us.  We're being selfish and vain if we think the Creator owes us anything. 

More and more I find my thoughts turning towards God.  I hunger for His Word.  I thirst for the Spirit's presence and guidance.  I yearn to worship Jesus, so that the Father can be exalted.  I am so unworthy, and yet God has made me worthy.  I mean, I'm an idiot, yet God loves me.  Craziness.  Amen.

For lack of transition, Epic Weekend is coming.  LOTR extended version marathon.  Risk.  Nerf guns.  Nights of mayhem and sleeplessness.  Mischief and miscellany.  Disc golf.  Music.  Laughs and fellowship.  I cannot wait.

Telos, for lack of transition.


Bill said...

Logan I'm quite jealous of your garden descriptions. I'd love to have my tiny plot of clay and rock make me some dinner. Perhaps after I make some headway with the lawn!

On that note, the most comprehensive info on lawn care that I've found is at the University of Missouri. They've got an absolutely wonderful lawn care calendar.

Despite a plethora of transitions, I love bananas. They are one of the most practical fruits: easily obtainable, simple to open and eat, contains their own protective case, and just radioactive enough to give me a hearty banana equivalent dose. And they make a great "frothy" addition to a fruit shake.

In light of this segway, I hope to be present and properly costumed for this weekend's festivities. We are still larping our way through LOTR, right?

David Wagner said...

Dang! Sounds like quite a weekend you have planned! Wish I could participate.

Kids are treasure. Hold the heck out of that baby when she arrives! It will be every bit as awesome as you imagine it will.

logankstewart said...

@Bill: If you stop by this weekend, you'll get to see Stewartland Gardens. And, I'll even waive the entrance fee, provided that you do not bring any nasty bananas with you. LARPING FTW! I call Arwen!

@Dave: Yeah, if you leave now you can probably make it by Friday night. Or you can just skype in.

Anonymous said...

Most of the danger from Fukushima is not radiation levels it is leaked radioactive substances. That chart does not put Fukushima in context.

Paula Titus said...

The weather has been lovely, hasn't it? God has been so gracious in giving us an early spring after a long hard winter. Although, I hear tomorrow will bring another blast of semi-cold air, hopefully it will be the last until spring settles in. :)

logankstewart said...

@Anon: Not sure I follow. The Fukushima data lists ~3.6mSv at two sites 50km away, which I take to mean is what the collected dosage was at these locations. The chart does not list the dosages for leaking radioactive substances at the plant. I'm confused.

@Paula: Indeed, and I saw that we're looking at 40s again tomorrow, but I think I'll still wear my flip flops to work.