Friday, February 10, 2012


Casimir Effect: the secret of real levitation

Photo from UK Telegraph article, listed but not linked here:

Can a hidden effect that causes things to stick together like dry glue on a tiny scale be the secret to levitation---of objects...even people?

Consider the gecko, walking on the ceiling---how? There's a molecular force that creates a friction allowing the feet to adhere without incident. (We could just as easily be excited here about the possibilities of scaling the wall like Spider-Man!)

ON the tiny level, one might construct nano machines, with parts invisibly small to the naked eye. These microelectrical machine systems, however, can encounter friction. When you are building circuits at the micro-chip level, it's here the Casimir effect becomes a problem to be studied. This is probably a major factor in the evolution of processors, which were doubling in speed every eighteen months by the turn of the millenium.

Great. levitation?

Researchers at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland have explored this quantum phenomenon. The process of reversing the Casimir polarity would result in the nanomachines operating together in a fluid state. You see, the parts would basically levitate in place. If nano-machines can levitate, so can larger objects, possibly.

The applications of levitation could have enormous influence in engineering, medical, and exploration. To the point, if it could be done economically, the draining of fossil fuels could taper.

Here's a three minute explanation of the Casimir effect if you want it.

Here's a video introduction to Casimir effect.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Richard Rorty, philosopher

I was just reading about Richard Rorty's critique of analytical philosophy and the continental school--chuckling over the possibility Steve Gerber had him in mind when he selected a name for his disc jockey and friend of swamp dwellers, Richard Rory. I came to Dr. Rorty's views through looking up Quietism, and got THERE from Discursive Meditation, which is not the same thing but is apparently elided with it historically. Let me share with you this from his last essay, Life with Fire (2007)

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Kudzu Mountain Gypsy Cave Makes the News


Two new looks for Valentine's!

Cave Spring's newest original art contribution made the Rome newspaper! The wine bottles, repurposed into evocative canvasses, make great room show pieces to enliven your mantle, desk or shelf. Contact them at or if you're in Rome, stop by Imagine Hair Salon and Art Gallery on Broad Street!

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

My first day programming Integr8d

Well, first I had to get the original password again. Always make sure you have your stuff backed up!