I am still constantly appreciating the beautiful physics around me, and I have not forgotten the intention to write all about it! I am just forcing myself to keep all my “beautiful physics” writing in drafts for now, because I am saving my refinement until after I am done my thesis (which happens to be in physics).
I don’t suspect there’s anyone reading here yet, but I feel like trumpeting my success today and there’s no better place but here. I successfully changed my primary site from beautifulphysics.com, to qrystal.name, and changed the former to an addon site. I only suffered a few hours of stress in trying to figure out why it was seeming so difficult, but I managed to beat it into submission, and I am quite pleased.
And so, my work as a webmaster has begun, and all it took was a spark of a dream (beautifulphysics.com), a sprinkling of me (qrystal.name), and a big dash of enthusiasm. Woot!
I’m also managing to keep a decent amount of focus on my thesis, which is more than I’ve done in the past, before I figured out what I wanted to use my education for. This website development is thus forced to proceed very slowly, but it’s all for the best, because I can’t move forward with any of these plans unless I can also rescue myself from eternal studenthood.
Soon enough, I’ll sort through the pile of lists of plugins that I’ve been collecting… because I don’t want to still be figuring out plugins once I have readers. Administration first, while working on collecting my writings, and THEN I will move into marketing and networking. Joy, oh joy! :)
This post is just a test of latexrender.
I see the “tex” button when I’m in Code editing mode– that’s good.
I see the pictures being generated in the directory they’re supposed to– that’s good too.
But I don’t see the image properly when I preview the post. Maybe I should Publish it… testing that!
…Darn. Going back to review the steps in the installation, and going to try some debugging tactics mentioned at the plugin author’s website.
I’ve now uncommented the unlink(delete) commands, and am trying a new formula:
No dice. Undoing the uncommenting (heh).
I’ve now deleted all the files that have been created in /pictures and /tmp. Gonna try something else… tweaking
$latexrender_path_http = "/path_to/latexrender";
AHA!!!! I had to use “/wordpress/latexrender”, not just “/latexrender”. I think this is because I have wordpress installed in its own directory, but the site is set up to run wordpress as the root. Neato.
Now, all I have to do is find where the images are getting that awful outline…
(First guess: the theme did it!)
…and whadda you know, that wasn’t so hard to fix!! This CSS stuff isn’t so bad at all!!!
am positively giddy about this blog, and am really looking forward to sharing my observations of the beauty of physics. I’ll never run out of things to write about, either, because physics is everywhere and I am fascinated by all of it!
I recently encountered the idea that writing a list of 100 things in a single sitting can be an effective brainstorming tool, because once you get the “obvious” ideas out of the way, your mind opens to different sorts of ideas that can be real gems. I was also inspired by the entries to a list-writing contest, and if I had started this blog just a few days earlier, I would have been able to participate in it! Ah well, I can still participate “in spirit” by making my own list.
As I use the following ideas, I will update this post with links to the articles. Hey, that will inspire me to focus on brainstorming specific post topics rather than vague subjects that would be better used as tags! Awesome! And what better way to demonstrate the kinds of things this site is going to feature, and kickstart my writing so that I can get more content out without having to deal with blogger’s
blog block! :)
100 Ideas for BeautifulPhysics.com posts
- Derivation in time
- Position, Velocity, Acceleration
- Vectors and Components
- Newton’s Laws
- Laws of Thermodynamics
- Fun With Entropy
- Rollercoasters: Playing with Gravitational Potential Energy
- Elastic-Potential-Energy Powered Car
- Static Equilibrium of a Ladder Against A Wall
- The Generalized Coordinates of a Bicycle
- Tour of the Electromagnetic Spectrum
- Wave-Particle Duality of Light
- Quantum Computers: When Do I Get Mine?
- Water in Video Games
- “Rag Doll Physics” in Video Games
- Refraction of Light
- The Shape of a Coffee Mug and its Efficiency
- Why Snuggling is Warm
- The Yo-Yo
- The Q-Ray Bracelet
- How Electricity is Like Water
- Star Trek’s Transporters
- Good Posture
- Happy Posture
- Electroshock Weapons
- Microwave Cooking
- Cooking Onions
- Leaking Energy from Buildings
- Orbital Mechanics of our Solar System
- Iridescent Clouds
- Evolution and Explosion of Massive Stars
- Red Mars, Green Mars, Blue Mars (books by Kim Stanley Robinson)
- Chaos and Order Magic (as described in L.E. Modesitt’s Recluse novels)
- SOH CAH TOA Trigonometry
- Sheet Music: The First Time Axis
- Sound Frequencies and the Human Ear
- Audiophile Cables
- Acoustic Guitars
- Electric Guitars
- Light Emitting Diodes (LED)
- Television Technologies
- How Can I Avoid Getting Shocked When Exiting a Vehicle?
- Colourful Sunsets and Sunrises
- Setting your Camera’s White Balance
- Waves on Lakes
- Boiling Water: To Salt or Not To Salt?
- The Algebra of Physical Space
- Quantum Entanglement
- The Constancy of the Speed of Light
- My PhD Research: Boosted Entanglement in the Algebra of Physical Space
- Lagrangians and Hamiltonians
- The Portable Telephone
- Cellular Telephone Radiation
- Bouyancy (Experiment)
- Bubbles! (Experiment)
- Playing Dice with the Universe
- What’s “100 Amp Service” Mean, in household circuits?
- How Computer Processors Work
- Moore’s Law
- Your Brain on Chocolate
- How Eyeglasses Work
- The Gravitational Constant
- The Psychology of Symmetry and Sine Waves
- The Accelerating Expansion of the Universe
- Thunder and Lightning and the Speed of Sound
- Why Lightning Happens
- How Speakers Work
- Setting Up for Stereo Listening
- Setting Up for Surround Sound
- Subwoofer Crossover Frequency
- Blu-Ray Technology
- Record Players
- Aurora: Curtains of Ions
- As the World Turns…
- The Direction of Water Whirling
- Simulations of Weightlessness
- Weight vs. Mass
- Hydrogen Fuel Cells
- Heat as Wasted Information
- The Shape of Snowflakes
- Meditation on Gravitation
- How to Use a Nutcracker
- Paper Airplanes
- The Spin of an Electron
- Accelerating Towards the Speed of Light
- Warp Drives and other Faster-than-Light Travel
- Tachyons: Hypothesized Time Particles
- Sound Reflections inside a Spherical Yoga Ball
- Plasma: the Fourth State of Matter
- Magnets and Paper Clips
- Making Your Own Compass
- Why is the Sky Blue?
- Polarization in the Sky
- Relative Velocity: How Much Faster than Me?
If you are inspired by any of these ideas, please send me the link to your own article! I love learning about how others are appreciating the beauty of physics around us!