First Thoughts

I have long mulled over the idea of starting a blog; this is in fact my second attempt and hopefully my final one.

Welcome, my new friend. You are reading what will be a collection of my thoughts and my fiction. Why should you read some random persons thoughts on the internet? Good question.

I have no idea.

I don’t have anything special to offer you; no ground-breaking advice or self-help, nor do I claim to be the most entertaining person on the face of the Earth.

What I’m getting at is this; if you’re reading this, thank you. Sincerely, thank you from the bottom of my heart. And if you come upon this site read this and then move on, I don’t blame you. Hell, I’ve done the same for hundreds of websites in the past and I’m sure I will do the same in the future.

We all have different things that pique our interest, and this might not be what piques yours.

But for the few, if any, that do stay I hope you find this blog entertaining, possibly helpful, and maybe occasionally informative.

Fiction is another thing I should probably mention. I enjoy writing, as you may have guessed, and part of that is writing fiction. Growing up I consumed countless books from all genres and eras but what emerges from my keyboard most are Science Fiction, Fantasy, or General Fiction. I cannot write horror to save my life, so you don’t have to worry about that.

This first post was meant to introduce you to the site, but I learnt something today that you might be interested in.

Imagine you are standing on the top of a mountain. The wind is whipping around you and your hair continuously flicks in your face.

Finally, the wind dies down and you’re able to enjoy the sensational view of the Earth below you. To your left, an expanse of green fields dotted with livestock and farms. To your right a city, smaller than it seemed when you were driving through it an hour ago.

But I want you to focus on what is in front of you.

A bird is nestled in a crack in the stone of the mountain you’re standing on. It’s two chicks and their parent; a mother or father, you can’t tell. They are only a few metres away from you and the sound of the chicks high-pitched chirps and the patient sqaw of the parent reaches you easily.

The parent knows you are there, and though they don’t seem to mind, they keep a close eye on you as you watch. Time passes, the wind comes and goes, and the sun crossed its zenith and starts to dip. The parent looks at you again and you hold out a hand. For the first time you notice its size; the bird is far bigger than your hand, in face, it looks like it could comfortably be bigger than even your head.

Fear trickles down your spine and you draw your hand back as slowly as you can.

The bird sqaws as if it is satisfied with that result before it jumps out of its nest and flies away. You watch it go and hold up your hand once again. In a few seconds the bird is smaller than your palm, a few seconds later it is smaller than your finger.

Everyone knows this. As objects move away, they appear smaller to each other.

But there is an exception.

Galaxies, that is, the most distant galaxies that were old when ours was an infant, many billions of years ago, can appear bigger the further away they are.

That’s right; because the speed of light is constant and since the Big Bang Expansion these galaxies have been moving away from us, there was a point in time when they were closer.

But because the Universe is and has always been in a constant start of ever-accelerating expansion, and the distance at the galaxies closest point was so vast, the light is only reaching us now.

That means the light we are seeing now is billions of years old and from a time when the galaxies were far closer. It won’t always be like this though, one day, many millions of years in the future, the light they started emitting when they began to move away will finally reach us and we will see them suddenly stop and start to get smaller again.

And that is what I learnt today from the fascinating book The End of Everything (Astrophysically Speaking) by Dr Katie Mack.

I cannot recommend it highly enough.

Thanks for reading; I hope you stick around for more.

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