length x height x depth x time x …

the filamentary dust in this nebula inside orion appears above only as it was 1600 years ago, because that is how long it takes light to go from there to here.


let that sink in
maybe even go back and read it again

i hope that concept never stops overwhelming us.  time is the strangest dimension.  “now” and the experience of “now” is different for someone yelling “i love you” from the 50 yard line of a football field than it is for someone standing at the top of the stadium who hears “i love you” about 2 seconds later.  none of what we experience is as concrete as we choose to believe it is.  light, sound…they’re both experienced so relative to the distance at which they’re perceived.

i know nothing about quantum physics or wormholes or any number of seemingly crazy ideas that fit into this line of thinking.  all i know is that it’s inconceivable that i can pull out a telescope and look into the sky right this moment and see a nebula that only existed 1600 years ago.  who knows what it looks like today…

an interesting explanation of the 10 dimensions:


5 Responses to “length x height x depth x time x …”

  1. 1 MommaDeb March 3, 2010 at 4:32 am

    you think of things i never knew. no wonder you need to wander to feed that mind of yours. as i’ve said to you many times, i can’t wait to see what God is going to ask you to do. Unto whom much is given, much is expected….as you well know. i love you.

  2. 2 Callie March 5, 2010 at 2:43 pm

    This is truly beautiful, Calais. Sometimes I find myself sitting in silence just thinking of things like this. So big that it’s hard to fully wrap my brain around. BEAUTIFUL. Your heart is so wonderful and I hope you know that I miss you and your smile 🙂

  3. 4 alli March 8, 2010 at 7:34 pm

    yeah…I got lost when he started talking about a childhood invention and a fold and the ant getting eaten by my future self and then…what?

    have you read a wrinkle in time? have we talked about this?

    • 5 calaismarie March 10, 2010 at 7:19 am

      oh, and no i still haven’t read it! tried to get it from the boulder library the other day though (you told me a long time ago i should read it) but they didn’t have it! can you believe that? i’ll look at some of the other branches around here.

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