Tuesday, July 26, 2011

I blame my lack of productivity on the earth's axial tilt!

The axis of the rotation of the earth relative to that of its rotation around the sun is tilted by 23.5 degrees.  This causes some pretty extreme changes in the climate here at 43 degrees N latitude:

For example, here is what Wisconsin looks like in the winter:

This leads to very productive weekends of staying inside and barfing blog posts out of my brain and into the computer.

Here is what Wisconsin looks like in the summer:

This leads to extreme levels of outdoor awesomeness, but very low levels of indoor blog-post-barfing productivity.

Never fear, Science Minus Details will return to full glory soon.  For now I will leave you with Mike Flores' awesome summer 2010 time-lapse montage.

Have fun in the sun, I will see you soon!


  1. On a semi-related note, my friend Michael pointed me to this MIND MELTING super-slow-motion video of jello bouncing:

  2. My question is "Why does the video look so 3-D-ish?" I haven't had my cataracts removed yet, so life itself often lacks dimensionality, but this was like a View-Master show.

  3. This guy apparently sets up some sort of track for his video equipment to move along as the day/night progresses... So not only is the sky moving but also your perspective is changing. The perspective change is kind of like 3D. Pretty awesome! Glad the time-lapse could bring some dimensionality back to your life!