Rydberg Atoms, Micro-Lagrange Points, and a Time Traveling Trick of Particle Physics Suspected

Did you know there is such a thing as micro-Lagrange points? That is to say the same neutral points where the force of gravity is equalized between a planet and it’s sun can be found at the atomic level, yes a different force than the weak force of gravity, but neutral points just the same, and quite stable too as observed in Rydberg Atoms. Also since the particles are spinning very fast, there is a tunneling effect, pretty cool right?

Oh well, it gets much better than that. What if you could send information back through that tunnel? Then you’d be sending information back in time. But how could you do that you suppose? Well, how about using light and these tunnels would act in a vacuum like state. Where would the light go – back to multiple previous snap-shots in time of the spinning system, where you could intercept the information, before the light turned on in the first place.

That’s a mind screw isn’t it, best of all we do have the equipment right now to measure all this, to actually run this experiment and if we do this, we will have proved it is possible to send information back in time. So, then we should try it, and while we are at it I have about ten other concepts I’d like to try as well.

If you like considering such anomalies of particle physics, or anomalies at the atomic level, then perhaps we should talk. If you’d like to discuss this further please shoot me an email. Please consider this concept – sleep on it, tell me what you come up with.

How to Take Good Photos – What to Look For When Traveling

Most people carry cameras when they travel to record memories of the trip. What you photograph depends upon your interests of course, but it’s fairly common to see photo after photo of the traveling individual or couple or group, but very little about what makes the destination important. When my husband and I spent three weeks in Italy, we realized we only had one photo from the entire trip of us together! We’re glad to have that one photo because we can prove we were there, but mostly, we have photos that tell the stories of the destinations. Good travel photos convey a sense of place and a feel for the culture.

For example, we visited Chongqing- the biggest city in China and one of the biggest in the world with a population of over 33,000,000 people. The story of Chongqing was told not with photos of Mark and me in front of the zoo, Mark and me in front of the bird market, and Mark and me in front of the bus, but with photos of traffic, chaos on the roads, masses of people in intersections. It was told with photos of people on the sidewalks doing all manner of activities such as washing clothes in a tiny tin tub, sorting greens and other vegetables with the food spread out on the sidewalk itself, people sitting at tiny plastic tables, people selling eggs on a corner. The zoo is famous for the pandas, and although I took plenty of panda photos, the people watching the pandas were fascinating, as were the grandmas carrying babies in traditional wicker carriers on their backs, the monks reading about the pandas on huge signs in Chinese characters. All of these were indicative of the people in Chongqing, China, and the flow and pace of the city.

If you are on a tour bus, stay alert and take photos from the bus window – it’s amazing what fine photos you can take through the window of a moving vehicle. You may have to use photoshop or another photo editing program to remove the spots from the windshield, but it can be done. And while you are driving, snap shots of the street signs or landmarks also to help you identify where you were. Shanghai is a city full of gorgeous, modern buildings, and I got photos of most of them through the bus window. If I’d just sat without camera in hand, I would have never gotten those photos, yet all the modern buildings help tell the story of Shanghai.

Besides street or monument signs, be alert for other signs that can tell stories also. One of my favorite photos is a sign in Xitang, a “water city” not too far from Shanghai, that says “The Battery is Retrieved.” The sign conveys a sense of place and culture, certainly, with the Chinese characters, but it also makes me smile. First, the Chinese love slogans and pronouncements. Second, anyone who has tried to put together a toy on Christmas morning knows that the Chinese to English translation can be confusing at best. This tells me that the people are being urged to recycle and this little box with two holes on the front is a receptacle for used batteries. But best of all, when I read THE BATTERY IS RETRIEVED I felt triumphant! I got a huge kick out of it. I thought, hooray! We have it! The battery has been retrieved! Almost like finding buried treasure. That sort of travel photo is amusing to others but certainly brings back a flood of memories to the traveler.

The photos of infrastructure, buildings, people and destinations are important, but pretty photos can convey a sense of place also. For example, we went to Vernazza in Cinque Terre, Italy. Vernazza is one of the five hill towns on the Ligurian Sea. I was sitting by the harbor writing postcards and looked up to see the most beautiful sunset ever. It’s a gorgeous photo and though one can see a sunset anywhere, when I look at this one I am transported right back to the harbor in Vernazza, and the feeling of relaxation I had there washes over me. The “pretty” sunset photo definitely conveys a sense of place.

In contrast, our last night was in Shanghai, a city we loved. I looked out the hotel window and saw that the sun was just about to set. I grabbed the camera, aimed and shot – you know how quickly the sun disappears, so you do have to be fast. The sunset can be just as pretty in a city, silhouetting tall buildings and grimy infrastructure. As a travel photo, it of course evokes this city we loved. So don’t fall into the trap of thinking infrastructure can’t be compelling.

While touring museums, historical buildings, and other sites particular to where you are, take photos of the signs explaining the history, the names of paintings and the artists, and pick up brochures. Having this information is incredibly helpful if you journal or make photo albums. While photos of the signs aren’t travel photos per say, they are indispensable for remembering those things you are sure you’ll remember, but of course, you forget.

You will naturally take better travel photos if your camera is with you, in hand and ready to go. In London, I was walking down a passageway in a tube station (subway). I was in a hurry but I just grabbed my camera – which is always around my neck when I travel – thinking, I need a photo of the interior of a tube station. The great thing about digital camera is that you don’t have to wonder if you are wasting a shot or if it will turn out well. My hasty picture of the tube station interior surprised me. It’s a gorgeous spiral of white tile with green and red highlights, and the perspective makes it looks like a funnel. Besides evoking a sense of place and culture, I think of all the jokes about looking into the light, approaching the light. I think of the movie Poltergeist and Finding Nemo, which satirized “stay away from the light.” So this photograph makes all kinds of things go through my mind, but really, I just love the shape of it all and the stripes and handrail – those little bits of color, and the fact that I was in a tube station in London! It’s so much better than a photo of me standing in front of a tube station, for example. When you are prepared and shoot quickly, you may get surprises.

I hope this has opened your eyes to how you can take interesting photos that convey a sense of place and culture while you are traveling. They are much more interesting to recall and look at than a bunch of people standing in front of each cultural attraction – but don’t forget to take some of those too, to prove that you were there.

Faro – A Rough Diamond For Travel in the Algarve

Do you already know the Portuguese town Faro? You should, because it is worth it. The Algarve is known for its wonderful beaches all over the world. It is a great holiday spot. But most people concentrate on very touristy towns even though there is so much more to the Algarve. A good example is its capital, Faro.

Many people recognize the name Faro, because it is the Algarve’s main traffic junction with the international airport, the head-quarters of the supra-national bus-company EVA and a big train-station. But instead of rushing out of the plane and hopping onto a bus to travel to the hotel as fast as possible, one should take the time and visit the town or come back later to do this.

The reason why this is a non-touristic place is hidden in its location. The town lies at the Ria Formosa River, behind a wonderful lagoon area and has no direct access to the beach. The Ria Formosa nature preserve area is at the same time Faro’s most beautiful jewel. It offers food and rest for many migratory birds and hides one of Portugal’s most celebrated culinary treasures: the mussels.

But this does not mean that who stays in Faro has to do without a beach. The beach – Praia de Faro – lays approximately 5 kms away from the town and can be reached by car or bus. Praia de Faro is actually an island, situated between the Ria Formosa lagoon area and the Atlantic Ocean. It is reached by a small bridge. (Careful: In August, when in Portugal are holidays, the bridge and the parking lot become very crowded.) The beach is wonderful, with fine sand and very far-stretched, which makes it perfect for long beach-walks. It is also very nice for all kinds of water-sports, like swimming, kite-surfing, sailing, etc. One should know though that the water takes some time to warm up in the summer. In June and July it still can be pretty cool.

Faro itself is a town of about 40 000 inhabitants. The old town, named vila adentro, is one of the few places, which survived the devastating earthquake in Portugal in 1755. It is surrounded by a wall, parts of which were already built by the moors, when they had captured Faro. You have to go in there during your visit. The town gate is a monumental entrance with a very friendly gate watch: Many storks build their nests here and you will be welcomed by their clattering. They offer some nice snap shots, too. If you go through the gate just follow the little street and it will take you to the plaza Largo de Sé, where you find the Sé cathedral and the bishop’s palace. This is the centre of the town. The Sé cathedral was originally built by the Visigoths was then replaced by a Moorish mosque, just to become a Christian cathedral again. The earthquake destroyed big parts of it but still today you can go up on the tower from the 13th century. It is a breathtaking view from up there. Try it.

Outside of the walls you will find the more modern Faro. Stroll around the marina and have a coffee at an esplanade. In Portugal you get many, many different kinds of coffee. You may want to bring a dictionary. From the marina and the little park Jardim Manuel Bivar you come to a picturesque pedestrian zone. This area really invites you to do some shopping. Just remember that on Saturday afternoons and on Sunday the shops are closed. But there is always Forum Algarve, a big shopping mall, at the entrance of the town. So if it is Sunday, just go there.

Right next to the town gate is a tourist office. It is recommendable to stop there and get a little map in order to find your way to our next stop: The Carmo Church. This pretty baroque church is definitely worth the little walk. It also has a little eerie attraction. If you pass through the sacristy and step out in the graveyard, you will see the Chapel of Bones. You should not miss that, as long as you have strong nerves. The whole chapel is decorated with bones and skulls, which are artistically arranged. Monks of the Carmelite Order built the chapel in 1800 and used the remains from the graveyard for the decoration.

Faro has many more sights, too many to be named here. To give you some inspiration: Visit the São Pedro Church which was built during the renaissance and have a look at its wonderful tiles. Or go to the archaeological museum. Not only the museum is interesting, but also the building. The museum is set in an old Clarissine convent with a very beautiful cloister. Then there is the Lethes theatre, which was a Jesuit school in earlier times. It is a little copy of the Scala in Milano.

This town is definitely underestimated. If you stay in the Algarve during your holidays, you really should take a trip to Faro and visit all the great places. Just explore everything yourselves and you will spend a fabulous day.