My physics teacher in high school first introduced me to the Dutch equivalent of the saying “to Measure is to know.” In the current climate of anti-intellectualism a.k.a. post-truth, measuring is often attacked. Let’s have a look at measuring and its pitfalls.
My one-year-old’s upstairs, in bed, sleeping off the morning. My back hurts from carrying her around and running after her. She’s been ill a lot the last month, and was teething, but things seem to be alright again today. I have an hour or so to myself to do the chores and write a little.
I often hear ‘nothing can prepare you for parenthood’. Maybe that’s true, but you know: I’m a writer, it’s my job to describe the indescribable.
So I say ‘challenge accepted’.
I recently saw two animated movies, Zootopia and The Secret Life of Pets, and – because I can’t turn my internal critic off – I’m going to do a comparison of the two.
Before humanity managed to send man-made objects into space seventy-five years ago, the field of orbital mechanics didn’t really exist. Only the movements of other celestial bodies mattered. Things have really changed since then.