I missed the October update, so I’ve got a bit of catching up to do.
I have gotten little work done on the website, for the same reason I missed the October update: school. It is likely that I will not get almost any work done on this website for the rest of the calendar year, but I will see what I can do. It is starting to look like I may just give up on the forums, and go back to the old, free WordPress, though with a new domain and some other new stuff, simply because the paid site loses so much of the simple WordPress compatibility, which is the entire reason I chose to use WordPress as my host.
I am making progress! The new site is up and running, and I am working mainly on getting the forums operational and smoothing out a host of wrinkles that came with the “upgrade” to the paid plan. For some reason, the paid version took away nearly all compatibility with WordPress: there is no button I can put up so people can follow the site with their WP accounts, anything WP related is gone from the social media options, you have to have an account with my site specifically to use the forums as anything but a guest, etc, etc. There is a plugin that solves some of this, but not nearly all, so I am working with the person I mentioned in the July update to get those ironed out and see if I can’t retain all of the WP integration without giving up on the upgraded version, and, by extension, an in-site forum. School is starting in earnest for me, so I won’t be able to work on the site as much as before, but I am definitely starting to see some progress, and I’ve got several exciting idea concepts waiting for me to flesh them out in posts when the new site is up.
On a somewhat different note, I have decided to write a book. It is based on one of the ideas that I have sitting half written in my blog workspace document, so you should get a sneak peek at the idea behind it in a few weeks/months (hopefully weeks). I have no idea how to write a book, and my only attempt so far at creative writing was, quite frankly, pitiful. So, I am not good at creative writing, I have no idea how to write a book, and I don’t tend to be very creative at all (I know these science ideas I come up with appear very creative, but I would argue that at least most of them are just basic common sense, with perhaps a unique application), and yet I’m writing a book. This should be interesting… Due to school and other factors, I don’t plan to start on it at least until the end of the year, aside from notes and spontaneous inspiration, and I have no idea how it will progress past there, whether I will post updates on this site, make a new site for it, or virtually anything else about the future of this project, but I know the majority of you guys are writers, so I figured you would be interested to know about this.
By now you know this guy is really smart, so now you get to watch him act like a complete idiot to prove a point. And no, he wasn’t acting like an idiot on purpose. You’ll see what I mean:
I still have somewhat mixed feelings about the title—it feels too simple, etc.—but I have decided on a title.
I can now secure a domain and proceed with the website upgrades and edits that I’ve been trying to do. Thank you all for your patience and support in this, and I will try to get the website in its (hopefully) final form (aside from minor edits in the future) by the end of next month.
I will also use this opportunity to ask for prayer. School is starting back, but I am struggling to get back into the school routine. I am taking several dual-enrollment courses, normal high school courses, starting karate, teaching Algebra II at a co-op, running this website, working on weekends, etc, etc. I have a very full schedule, lots of decisions weighing on me, normal life problems, specific personal struggles, and even depression (unrelated to current life, but very much exacerbated by it), and I am completely overwhelmed by it all. There are days when I can list five different major tasks I need to work on, but all I want to do is go back to sleep, even though I’m not tired. So, without going further into details, I would like to ask for prayer that I would be able to deal with it all, and not just hide myself in books, naps, computer activities, and work, and that God would give me peace.
I recently got a really cool confirmation on my matter idea. A Korean family stayed at my house last week, and the dad was a theoretician. He teaches quantum physics at a university in South Korea, and was here on a research trip. I jumped at the chance to get an educated opinion on my ideas, and had him read my Ultramatter, Gravity Shield, and Matter ideas. He was ecstatic to find a student that actually cared about school, instead of just being in it for the grade and degree, and he gave me his email address so we could keep in touch and he could give his input on my other ideas as he reads them, but the most exciting part was his response to my matter idea. As soon as he read the main concept about matter being a vibration, he said, “How did you know…?”
Apparently, one of the main concepts of quantum physics is the idea that matter, in its most basic form, is a vibration. On the one hand it’s slightly disappointing that I did not think of it first, but on the other hand, this means I figured out quantum physics (or at least part of it), which, needless to say, is really encouraging. One of my ideas was actually correct, at least to an extent! The Korean dad pointed me to the Grand Unity Theory, which is one of various Unified Field Theories, which attempt to explain all aspects of the universe except for gravity in terms of one field. I tried to read up about it, but it required too much back knowledge and would have taken way too long to research about it, but apparently it theorizes that matter in its most basic form is a vibration. My theory would be a Theory of Everything, because it includes gravity in the things it explains in terms of one field, and Scientists are ultimately hoping to come up with a Theory of Everything, but so far the only theories that are deemed plausible have been Unified Field Theories.
Here are the titles I have come up with so far. Any one of them could probably be vastly improved along the same lines, but these are the main ideas, and the examples give you an idea of what I’m looking for. I’d prefer a reference to God being the reason for science, but I couldn’t find a quote that would work, and I couldn’t remember the ones I’ve seen in the past. Which would you like to see as my new title? Do you have suggestions of your own? I’ve added a poll at the end of this post whose results will weigh rather heavily in my decision.
The Friend of Truth
“Plato is my friend, Aristotle is my friend, but my greatest friend is truth.” –Newton
Playing on the beach of the ocean of truth
“I do not know what I may appear to the world, but to myself I seem to have been only like a boy playing on the sea-shore, and diverting myself in now and then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me” –Newton
The image of Truth
“Science is but an image of the truth” –Francis Bacon
Mirror of Truth
“There are two ways of spreading light—to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it” –Francis Bacon
I did no website work this month, but it was by no means an unproductive month. As some of you know, this was National Novel Writing Month, and Gabrielle at Write for the King used the month to go back over her novel and edit it. I am editing it for her, so this meant, in large part, incorporating my edits, but I had not finished them. So this month was spent exclusively on finishing the edits on her book. However, that has been the biggest competition for website work, so now that I am finished with that, I will have more time to devote to finishing this website. So here are my goals for this month:
Decide on a new website name
Purchase a domain in accordance with that name
Get the forum set up
I really can’t project much further. I won’t likely get much website work done, because school will be starting back, and I will be doing several dual enrollment courses, teaching, working, and a few normal homeschool courses, but I should be able to work with the person who is helping me with the website to at least learn how to operate it all better.
I have some website name ideas, and I will try to get a post out about that soon, and I would really appreciate any feedback you can give me. I hope to base it on a quote from a Christian scientist about the linkage between God and Science.
In the meantime, I will leave you with one of my favorite Smarter Every Day videos to chew on.
Thank you guys for your patience as I figure out how to work this whole thing.
My website development has taken a new turn. A friend got me in contact with someone who works with WordPress professionally, and who will help me navigate this new world of website administration for free. As a result of my work with him and another friend’s suggestions, I will be upgrading to the self-hosted version of WordPress–so no “.wordpress.com” at the end, and increased functionality, including plugins, so I can do a forum without linking to an outside website–and changing the name of the site while I’m at it. However, I will freely admit that I am not good at naming things (hence the current name), so I would love any suggestions you guys have. Put suggestions in the comments for this post, and if I can’t decide between a few, I will make another post and poll you guys for my decision.
In the meantime, here is another science video. I can’t put them side by side, so you will have to open them in separate windows (they need to be side by side). Enjoy, and God bless.
In my last update, I said I would be back to posting by June. June is here, and I am not quite ready to post. Last month ended up being very…interesting with life happening all around me. Why does life have to happen? I don’t know when I will be back to posting, as it depends on a number of factors, but here is what is on my plate at the moment:
Finish learning the admin console for the forum website I have set up, since a free WordPress account does not allow plugins, which are necessary for a WordPress forum
Finish working on pictures for each of my posts so far
I might be able to get in touch with someone who does website design professionally and get him to help me on this stuff for free, in which case I will probably do a bit more work revamping both this and the forum website
Overcoming a debilitating apathy that has been hanging over me for the past few months, which varies in intensity and has been fairly bad recently
I will also be working this around farm work for my parents and my summer job, but hopefully I will be able to overcome those time suckers enough to post at least once or twice a month.
For now, while you wait for me to make a real post, enjoy this video from Smarter Every Day:
So yeah. I’ve been a slacker. I haven’t even done background website admin stuff in over a month, and I haven’t even visited the admin console in at least two or three weeks. I have been bogged down in school, so I haven’t had time to work on this; I have had limited internet access, so when I have had time, I didn’t have the ability, and I have had limited willpower, so when I have had time and ability, I just haven’t even worked on something to tell you what is going on. So I am making it official: I am shutting this website down. Not to worry, though, I am simply moving the website to 6tscience.wordpress.com. The new website is still under construction, and I don’t plan to do any work on it until school lets out, but hopefully I will finish building the website sometime next month and be back to posting by June. I apologize for disappearing, and I will try to be more consistent in the future.
In the meantime, the least I can do is refer you to someone else for a cool science injection, so here you are:
So, from what I can tell, somehow my website started to try to portray itself as an https site instead of an http site, which, in the long run, took the website down. I don’t know how that happened, but I apologize for not taking care of it faster. Anyway, it’s back up now, and I might as well get back to posting.
On February 11, the scientists at the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (or LIGO) detected a blip. That blip provided massive evidence for Einstein’s theory for how gravity works. The LIGO is essentially a gravity microphone. To avoid wasting time on describing the discovery, here is the news release for those of you who haven’t heard of it yet: https://www.ligo.caltech.edu/news/ligo20160211
This discovery provides a large amount of plausibility to my gravity shield idea, because if gravity does work in this way (as supported by the blip), and if we can detect the fluctuations in space-time, it isn’t much further to actually manipulate it. And if we can manipulate it, we can do most, if not all, of the things I mention in my gravity shield page are possible.