Thursday, September 23, 2010

RAINBOW: Radiant Apparition Induced Naturally By Opportune Water

It's not every morning you get to wake up and enjoy a rainbow, even here in rainy Hilo. So imagine my delight at seeing one this morning while preparing to take the second part of my credit-by-examination test for physics. As a physicist, I do love rainbows. A wonderful and free source of spectrum viewing. Whenever I have a series of colored writing implements, I tend to arrange them spectroscopically, in order of increasing frequency, like the rainbow (though every once in a while I switch it up and arrange them by increasing wavelength, just for fun).

I am also reminded that today is the autumnal equinox, and thus the last day of summer (or first day of autumn) in the Northern Hemisphere. It also happens to coincide with the Harvest Moon this time, a rather rare event. The full moon was extremely well placed to rise just as the sun set from here on the islands, and was distinctive enough that I noticed the difference in illumination this evening caused by it.

A hui hou!


  1. Random question...When you eat Skittles, do you eat them in ascending or descending frequency order?

  2. Actually, I tend to randomize Skittles as much as possible, grabbing them one at a time sight unseen out of the bag. Similarly with M&M's, although I tend to group them together by color and eat each group one at a time. I just randomly pick the next group.

    I'm not sure what would happen if I had a lot of Skittle visible at once. I'd have to try it and find out.


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