Thursday, June 19, 2008
Book of Life Update
I REALLY enjoy working on this project. I thought I'd get that in writing for when I start printing and tearing my hair out going I hate this project! First things first, I love these images! Here is the website they are from so that you can read the material that I have read: http://cse.ssl.berkeley.edu/coronalweather/MagFields/page3.html
I've completed the rough sketch for the Precipitation Cycle and am now trying to refine that with a set of symbols (*) I would like to include in the images to help unravel the puzzle for confused viewers. I have also decided to have a border of pattern around each page of the book. Not only will this give me an opportunity to include more symbolics but also a clean delineation REALLY helps registration line up. Herein lies the problem, though. I'm finding that I'm basically trying to reinvent the wheel. For example, with the Precipitation Cycle, water is the vehicle being driven and the driver is temperature. I wanted to make a geometric pattern out of a symbol for water around the boarder that wouldn't immediately be recognized as symbol by a pedestrian but easily discernible by a scientist. The simple large bubble flanked by two small bubbles seems contrived to me (I'm considering maybe this will be my answer anyway as rings instead of bubbles) but the hexagonal chains rendered in most molecular structures I have found are made more to convey carbon than any other molecular structure. Brains melting yet? For the most part, I want to push the normal scientific language for the elements into something beautiful and ancient like the temples and tomes of old. I was hoping to play around with the concept of valence shells but that development will take a little more time.
My latest challenge and puzzle has been the 11 (22) Year Solar Cycle. As nature has proven to me time and time again, in essence this cycle follows a pattern but in practice it has many variables. In the research I've done so far (and been able to understand), texts say that the sun goes through an 11 year cycle of solar maximum to solar minimum. This refers to the amount of activity erupting on the surface. At maximum, the sun belches massive amounts of material into the solar system and it's surface is violently blistered with magnetic and x-ray explosions. At solar minimum, the amount of sunspot storms is reduced to a few if any. Also, during the cycle the sun will switch its polarity of the magnetic poles. What has NOT been explained is how both of these occurrances relate to each other. Do these storms occur during the magnetic switch or when the poles have established themselves? I have not been able to find the answer in any of the texts available to me or any online sources. Instead of shelving the image and waiting, I have made an executive decision: I will render the image as logic speaks to me. If my deduction is incorrect, it will be the most beautiful failure you've ever seen. I have read that in the process of changing poles, sometimes the sun will even have two north or south poles before everything works itself out. I have also read that sun spots are explosions of material that follow the path of wayward magnetic fields. This happens because the center of the sun rotates faster that the top halves. Rotation twists and stretches the normal mesh of magnetic bands out of proportion and instead of infinitely winding around the sun, break and pop into strange loopy tables. Here's what I think: When the sun settles into an established magnetic pole phase, the maximum cycle fires up because there is now an established magnetic pathway to follow and be twisted out of proportion and create maximum storms. We'll see if I'm right.
(*) Anyways, I've known that I wanted to include some tools used by the ancients (Egyptians, Asians, and South Americans) that would help me use text without using text. Cartouches were used to set aside and delineate concepts. Going down my meager list of cycles, I realize that even these can be steeped down to a common thread. It would be asinine not to address this. I've noticed Convection, Gravity, and Chemical Reactions are usually the root of most cycles. If anyone is willing to correct me or give me more examples, I'm all ears. Also, my list of 10 is becoming compressed. I was going to address the CO2 cycle in deciduous forests and also address respiration in two different illustrations but I've found that a richer illustration would include the two. This only leaves yet more room for more cycles. My brain feels like a mad scientists lab as it steeps these concepts down and mulls them around while searching for new material. Mwuhaa-haa-ha-haa-haaaaaaaaa!