Monday, March 28, 2011

Fun 19th Century Photos

These photos prove to me that society just went totally nuts by the turn of the century… as if they aren't more-so today. And what is up with posing with Skeletons? Goes to show people have always had hysterical sense of humor.

Taken from this Tumblr website...most are just a riot.

Friday, March 18, 2011

The Orphan of Ellis Island (A Time Travel Adventure Story)

I just happened upon this book in the library as I was straightening up and it immediately caught my eye for a number of reasons-

1. It had a brown, old-fashioned, steampunk style cover
2. A drawing of a cute young boy who looks very lost (I'm a sucker for people thrust out of their element.)
3. Time Travel
4. Time Travel
5. Ellis Island=New York City=My home
6. Did I mention Time Travel?

When I thumbed through it I was pleasantly surprised to see the text printed in brown! Lovely! It's a nice switch from the usual black on white and retains the turn of the century feel to it. I'm hooked!

Here is a synopsis of the story, it seems very sweet:

The Orphan of Ellis Island: A Time-Travel Adventure: Dominic Cantori is an orphan. Ashamed of his situation, Dominic avoids making friends for fear of exposing his terrible secret. One day on a class trip to Ellis Island, a tour guide asks everyone about their families. Immediately, Dominic flees from the class and hides in a closet, where he falls asleep for hours. When he wakes up, the museum is deserted. Lonely and afraid, he picks up one display telephone after another, listening to the recorded voices of immigrants who describe their lives in faraway countries and their journeys to Ellis Island. To Dominic's surprise, the voice of an old Italian immigrant speaks directly to him! And before he knows it, he's transported back in time: to Italy in 1908. There, he unlocks the door to his past, and discovers just what it feels like to be loved by his own family.

I look forward to delving into this one. I'm not ashamed to say that I often read well-written books geared toward juveniles and young adults. I love Voyagers, don't I? :) This one in particular is for 4th-7th graders. Amazon has a preview of the book and you can read inside it. Check it out when you can, you may find it an interesting read.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

We are all time travelers…sort of!

After the catastrophic 8.9 earthquake in Japan, the earth shifted, speeding up the earth's rotation and shortening the 24 hour day by 1.8 Milliseconds. There are natural variances to that over the course of a normal earth year due to seaonal shifts and jet streams. The earthquake also managed to move Japan's main island an astounding 8 feet! My heart and prayers go out to all the people afflicted in that country right now

So, from the moment that earthquake started until it finished about 2 minutes later, the human race and everything else on earth literally time traveled backward as the earth moved faster? That is a totally wild and amazing notion! — Even if it's not exactly true.

"The scenario is similar to that of a figure skater drawing her arms inward during a spin to turn faster on the ice. The closer the mass shift during an earthquake is to the equator, the more it will speed up the spinning Earth."

Since the beginning of time who knows how often these time variations have occurred? Time is often considered a relative concept. Still, Forever is promised to mankind and i firmly believe in that. It's not just the dream of poets and romantics. It's really fascinating to think that we can all fathom and wonder about the concept of time/eternity because it has been pretty much programmed into us.  Ecc 3: 11: Everything he has made pretty in its time. Even time indefinite he has put in their heart, that mankind may never find out the work that the [true] God has made from the start to the finish.

Apparently, we have been "time traveling" for the last few years. According to other data-The 8.8-magnitude earthquake in Chile last year also sped up the planet's rotation and shortened the day by 1.26 microseconds. The 9.1 Sumatra earthquake in 2004 shortened the day by 6.8 microseconds.

You can read a detailed report here: Japan Earthquake shortened days on Earth