I finally got around to reading Dr. Drang’s coverage of Lagrange points and its interest in the case of the satellite that took this picture/gif:
To be completely honest, it took me back to college and my mechanical engineering degree. I realize sometimes, that I miss that portion of my education dreadfully; it is what made me who I am today because it taught me to stay interested in learning and being challenged. Here’s a taste:
Lagrange is a name you’ll become very familiar with if you do any work in mechanics. He was a 18th century mathematician/astronomer/whatever who took Newton’s mechanics, which was based on forces, and reformulated it in terms of potential and kinetic energy. I spent one semester in grad school where it seemed like all I did was generate differential equations of vibrating systems using Lagrange’s equations.
Did the Internet community peak at bookmarks? Asked in a different and perhaps more complete way: just as technologies like RSS and email in their purest forms are hard to beat even as technology marches forward, what better technology exists to keep track of information on the ever-expanding Internet than bookmarks? Taken a step further, what better way to share the bookmarked information than a site of your own? As such, I‘ve been reading, which is why I write now.
Working in and having a passion for libraries, I am struck by the fact that the way bookmarks work in the physical world is not directly analogous to bookmarks in the digital world. Bookmarks in the digital world are instead like dog-eared pages or highlighted passages; if you think of the Internet as a single tome, that is. In any case, anything that moves you to deface a book should probably be shared or become immortalized in some other way than just a reference for a future version of yourself.