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Expect Us (Poem)

Posted: March 13, 2014 in Life
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My last post was originally a Facebook post I typed on my phone while laying in bed, mind racing. It was recieved so well I decided to make it a poem. I’m no poet…. enjoy.

We live in a society that ridicules and insults intelligence,
where cool kids poke fun and mock the smart kids.
Where adults shame those who dare question the boundaries of the world around them
and express their deep seeded desire for understanding the conundrum.

These same people jump on Facebook
to post and text, not knowing that it took
leaps, bounds, imagination, ingenuity, and risks,
from the theory of gravity, to the laws of quantum physics.
The culmination of man’s achievements at their feet,
all so they can bat their eyes, and send that tweet.

Now I’m not saying you need to know quantum physics
to operate a phone or to watch Netflix,
but the attitude we hole at large is deplorable,
regrettable, unfortunate, shameful, dire, and miserable.

But a shift is coming.

A minority brewing with desire and uncapped passion,
scientifically literate and ready for their unmasking,
driven to understand, learn, filled with desire
to keep moving forward, a hunger that won’t expire.

We know what “progression” means, and understand that
if we are to move forward, we cannot look back.
We have to let go old ways, old thinking must break,
for it stagnates progression and we repeat our mistakes.

I can’t tell you when it will happen,
I can only tell you we’re here,
standing strong, poised, and staunch
trust me, it’s near.
Expect to see a push for change,
for discovery and to explore,
the farthest of Horizons from our cosmic shore.

And I promise it’s worth it,
this change is for the best.
It’s most effective from within,
and the wisest can attest.

So if you feel it, you know it,
and want to stand,
we’re here in growing numbers,
with extended hands.
Inhale deep, with spirits elevated,
scream IM SICK OF SEEING IGNORANCE CELEBRATED.

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One mile is 5,280 feet. For most people, it would take 2,112 steps for you to go that far. If you walked around the world on the equator, it would take 52,592,073 steps. The Earth is 24,901.55 miles across. That’s a pretty big distance… But let’s look beyond our world.

The sun is  91,402,641 miles from the Earth. Walking that would be 193,042,377,800 (billion) steps, roughly. Let’s just stick to miles to keep this relative for now. Our furthest planet is Neptune, a beautiful blue gas planet. The distance from the sun to Neptune is 2,798,310,156 miles away (billion). To get to our furthest object, Pluto, a dwarf planet, it would take another 871,741,908 miles! So the diameter of the solar system is roughly 7,340,104,129 miles!

When numbers really get this big and bigger, we use other forms of measurement like AU, astronomical units, and light-years, but I’m going to stick with miles to really show perspective. Just for giggles, it would take over 8,000,000,000,000 (trillion) steps to walk out of the solar system, assuming every step you take is 2.5 feet.

We live on a planet that’s part of a planetary system, that’s grouped together with other planetary systems, stars, rocks, dust, and cool stuff to create a galaxy. Our galaxy is called the Milky Way, and it’s HUGE! Our galaxy contains from about 200 to 400 BILLION planets and stars. Just think about the distance that lies between the planets and sun in our own system and blow it up a couple million times. There’s a lot of space between bodies and a lot of space to be covered. Buckle up!

The center of our galaxy contains a super massive black hole. It exerts a huge amount of gravity and it’s one of the things that keeps the galaxy together. To distance from us to the center of our galaxy is about… get ready…. over 180,000,000,000,000,000 (quadrillion) miles. But that’s just a mere spec in the universe.

Our galaxy is a part of a big cluster of galaxies, called the local group. It contains over 50 galaxies. Each galaxy has billions of planets and stars within it. Our local group is estimated to be about 58,784,998,100,000,000,000 (quintillion) miles wide. Now we’re really taking off…..

Think for a moment…. Why would anyone all powerful being ever concern itself with people worshipping it? I see that as a flaw, something a perfect being shouldn’t have. The only reason why people feel the need to worship a god is because they have daddy issues. Lol…  OK…  But more seriously, it makes people feel more significant. I can’t think of any other logical reason. I’m sure many will give other reasons, but I can see it boiling down to what I already stated.

Most people don’t have a real big perspective on most of the world and what lies beyond in terms cosmos… So I guess I will shed a little light on it in the near future. Really give you an idea of just how small we are in reality.

Now that I’m back down to Earth

Posted: January 22, 2012 in Life

It’s official.

I CANNOT get drunk and be near my computer. Not that anything I did was regretful, but just that it happened. The high was a roller coaster ride. There was plenty of highs and some major lows. And over the past hour that I’ve been awake, somehow hang-over-free, I’ve been thinking alot. Just about how I conduct myself and what I want to convey to the world. I don’t exactly know what I want to convey, but I understand that I am an artist. By artist I really mean “how I see the world.” I know I don’t see things the way many people I know do, and it’s hard to get them to understand. So I just express it through different medians and hope they see what I do in the world.

Whether it be through musical instruments, a paint brush, markers and writing, I just hope someone can glimpse what I see and begin to think a little more deeply about things. Think deeply about the world you live in. You only get one shot at this, so use this time well, constructively, and have as much fun as you possible can doing it.

Neil deGrasse Tyson is an astrophysicist, science communicator, and director of the Hayden Planitarium. He’s also the host of NOVA ScienceNOW on PBS and will also be hosting a new sequal to Carl Sagan’s Cosmos: A Personal Voyage. He’s also one of the people responsible for the reclassification of the planet Pluto, now classified as a dwarf planet.

Neil is one of the latest people to really impact my life. There’s many great people in the feild of astrophysics, theoretical physics, and astronomy that I look up to- Carl Sagan, Lawrence Krauss, and Michio Kaku to name a few, but it’s how Neil approaches the public sphere and how he conveys his message that’s both brilliant and inspiring.

Neil Degrasse Tyson likes to channel the minds of adults. Kids are natural born scientist and we tend to lose that as we get older and stop kids from exploring that part of their mind. If a child decides to pull out the pans from the kitchen cabnet and beat on them, adults are usually quick to stopping them. Unknowingly, they stopped a kid from exploring acoustics. He also talks about science literacy. A great quote of his, “If you’re scientifically literate, the world looks very different, and that understanding empowers you.” is one I hold close to me. Informed people make informed desicions.

Neil brings a level of sophistication and elegance to his views and science that is very approachable to the average person. That’s something you don’t see everyday. I truly feel that the only reason science isn’t commonly talked about, is because science is usually conveyed to people in a way that many people don’t get.

I now live to spark curiosity in the minds of people, to think a little more deeply about the world they live in. I thank Neil for that. It’s beautiful when you look at what makes the universe go ’round. Neil is the first person I’ve seen doing this in public and media. His view of the world should not go unnoticed. Not only is he an intellectual, he’s an excellent communicator and someone I look up to.

Thank you Neil

Jean-Michel Basquiat was a neo-expressionist painter and graffiti artist in the late 70’s up to his death in the late 80’s. He grew up a gifted child and his work shows the brilliance of his mind. Sadly, he suffered the same fate as many young artist.

I first learned of Basquiat when I saw a documentary, The Radiant Child, created by some his closest friends and aquaintences. Never in my life had paintings spoke so much to me. I didn’t have any interest in painting before then. I grew up drawing cartoons and comics. High art, let alone painting, didn’t interest me. Jean-Michel not only conveyed the depths of his mind in his work, he opened my mind to wanting to do the same.

I had no training in painting, never bought supplies, and I still don’t know the technical side of the art, but I do it anyway. I don’t need to know that stuff because art is the best way to really let people know what’s on your mind. That’s all I do and I’ve never felt so free to express myself before. I feel like we have a mutual understanding of each other (even though he died when I was 1). The crown is a symbol he put in his work and it’s a symbol I hold very close to me. It’s in a lot of my work. It’s a symbol of individuality, freedom, brilliance, and radiance.

Seeing Jean-Michel’s work and learning of him through the accounts of those who loved him really empowered me to dig deep within myself in a way I’ve never done before and bring out something I didn’t think I had. I thank him for that. Now I try to do the same for others through my work. I want everyone to reach down in themselves and express any and everything they possibly can. Who cares what it looks like, that’s your stamp on humanity.

Times Like This

Posted: January 10, 2012 in Life

I’m at work right now. I’m an industrial electrician for the transportation authority here, Septa. I love what I do. It’s not work to me, but that’s not the point of this.

I feel awesome, right now as I write this. Refined would be a much better term to use. I am the culmination of my experiences, my lessons, and decision making. And it feels pretty fucking good to be me, right now, at work, writing this out. I think the Marcus from 10 years ago would want to be me. I think the Marcus from 18 years probably wouldn’t, but still thought I was really cool. Especially if he saw how nice my dance moves got.

But really, I feel good. No particular reason.