Archive for April, 2007

Apr 24 2007

Luke Egan interviewed by Adam Khamis

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Apr 24 2007

Rainy and small at DY

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Hello Friends,

What a gloomy old morning it is along the northern beaches. Managed to grab a pic of Dee Why point just before another heavy shower arrived. It looked pretty ordinary down there. There might be the odd set into the barely rideable range, but for the most part it doesn’t look too promising.

Swell out at sea is around the 2-4 metre mark and is averaging around 9 sec apart. Kinda surprising that it looked quite as small as it did when I checked because the direction is an okay SSE.

Wind is SSE at 10-15 kts and is due to get to 20-25 kts at exposed locations as the day goes along.

Swell should gradually push up a little during the day, but not to spectacular levels. In fact, I think we may not see a lot more than we do now.

We’ve had close to 100mm of rain up here on the hill, so there should be a fair volume of stormwater dumping out on the beaches. From the radar it looks like most of the rain is falling right along the coast and is largely confined to Sydney and just north and south of it.

The models show the swell being about the same again tomorrow, but there might be a little less wind.

Have yourself a top old day, and a big happy birthday shout out to my darling daughter who turns 12 today and to my dear old Dad who rounds the sun for the 86th time.

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Apr 23 2007

Consciousness among the atoms

Like millions of others, I’m fascinated by consciousness. And by the scale of existence that runs from the Planck length to the size of the universe.

Of late I’ve been lulling myself off to sleep with speculations about where those speculations might be taking place.

One thing I’m reasonably confident of (at the moment) is that all these thoughts are occurring in the space between my ears. (Of course the minute anyone else reads these words, they’ll start echoing between their ears too.)

But what is the nature of this little corner of the universe? Apparently there are about 100 billion neurons* in the average adult brain, and 150,000 kms of myelinated nerve fibres leading to 0.15 quadrillion synapses.

So, like countless others before me, I’ve tried to imagine where this ghost in the machine might be.

Does it exist at the atomic level, or is that too small and is it something closer to a molecular phenomenon?

Or are atoms much too big and is it swimming around down at the quantum level where ‘stuff’ isn’t stuff so much as regions where there is a relatively (but not absolutely) higher probability of something ‘being’?

And while I can accept that consciousness has certain highly specific preconditions for its formation/existence (eg an organism with sufficient density of consciousness-friendly structures), I think that it must be something that is as apart from and yet bound to the physical as a dancer is to a dance…

I think of the universe as being a unity (as opposed to a big space with little bits of separate stuff in it), and it entrances me to think of self-awareness whispering through interstices that are at least as fine as neural synapses. When you think of the size of the universe (or try to!) the scale difference between it and the aforementioned gaps, suggests to me that consciousness is an exceedingly fine-grained feature of the place.

Maybe we’re somewhere in those gaps – or in the electro-chemical potential difference on either side… or maybe we’re down there at the planck length, popping in and out of potentiality itself…

Good night moon!

*approximately the same as the number of stars in our galaxy…

Some people a lot smarter than me…
Quantum Consciousness
piero scaruffi

CONSCIOUSNESS AND QUANTUM REALITY
with NICK HERBERT, Ph.D.

Why Classical Mechanics Cannot Naturally Accommodate Consciousness but Quantum Mechanics Can


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Apr 23 2007

Monday 23.04.07, micro

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Hello Friends

What do you call a surf report when there’s no surf? Well, whatever it is, that’s what I’ve got for you. Dee Why looks nice and smooth but too small for anything you could carry to the water by yourself. There was a break in the showers when I checked, but it might just as well have been sheeting down.

As I write this, the MHL buoys up and down the east coast are all showing around a metre of swell. Periods range from 5-8 seconds, so there’s just not much energy around at the moment.

The outlook for the next few days is for s-sw winds in the 15-20 kt range across the Sydney region. The forecast models are showing average wave heights pushing up into the surfable range tomorrow morning, but the wind will be with ’em. Weds could be similar and then it looks as though we’re back to the small to flat stuff for awhile.

Go well with your day!

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Apr 22 2007

22 April, Sunday flatness

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Hello Friends,

Sad, dull old day out there and just about totally flat to go with it. Plus, our server was off the air.

Never a good day for the dear old server to go down, but this would come close.

One guy in the water at the point, but I saw no sign of waves whatsoever. There is some very long period stuff showing on the MHL Sydney buoy though, so maybe if you sit and wait, a set turns up every half hour or so… but I wouldn’t count on it.

Outlook for tomorrow is similarly grim and there is only a slight hope for some onshore junk into the surfable range out around the mid-week mark for Sydney.

In a bit of a rush this morning, so sorry to be so brief.

flat dy

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Apr 21 2007

Saturday 21 April & small…again.

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Hello Friends,

Impressive sunrise this morning in Sydney. Somewhat less impressive swell however. Average size around our region is knee to waist high at spots with exposure to the south. So, it’s very small, but not totally flat. There’s no wind about to start with, so while it’s weak and little, at least it’s beautifully glassy.

Wind is due to come up later and be out of the SW to SE at 10-15 kts. Swell at sea off Sydney is south at 1-2 metres, but the period is a gutless 7 seconds.

There aren’t too many hopeful signs in the runes for tomorrow either, but I do note with interest that there are peak periods of 12 sec showing on the Eden buoy. It’s been like that since about midnight, so if those long period swells are headed our way, they should start to show up as very occasional chest high sets at south exposed spots from late this morning. .

Outlook for tomorrow is for similar conditions to prevail tomorrow and Monday, but toward the middle of the week there could be some messy, head high stuff lighting up SE exposed spots.

Go well with your day!

One guy at DY

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Apr 20 2007

702 ABC Saturday early call

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Don may be a gloomy chappy at 725. Surf situation was dire at dusk yesterday and he is confident that things will not improve today. Sydney surfers will be hard pressed to do any surfing Saturday as waves will be only knee to waist high at best. The wind is due to be out of the southern quarters, so not only will it be tiny, it’ll also be junky. Yum. The hot tip for early risers: Stay under the Doona!

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Apr 20 2007

20 April, into the flatness

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 Hello Friends,

Good day for east coast surfers to clean the old wax off boards, go to work, see friends during morning hours, etc. Very small to nearly flat at Dee Why. Little SSE swell is just barely flickering on the rocks at the point and lumping softly over at kiddies. Didn’t see anyone catch a wave, but my vantage point doesn’t take in the whole sweep of the beach, so there may have been some knee high things flipping over up toward No Man’s.

Outlook for the remainder of the work week and the weekend on the east coast is pretty dismal. Looks good for kayaking I guess. The models are currently showing a little something forming up toward the middle of next week. At this stage it doesn’t look too astounding, maybe waist to chest high plus SE windswell. But we shall see…

In the meantime, have yourself a top old day!

flatness at DY

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Apr 19 2007

Pretty little at Dee Why

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Hello Friends,

Wandered down to look at DY this morning and found small, not very crowded and glassy conditions. The problem is that you have to wait a fairly long time between rideable sets. And then they’re only about waist high, weak and frequently closing out shortly after take-off.

Outlook for the day ahead is for there to be not much change to the waves. And it looks like more of the same for the next week. There are some interesting looking low pressure systems between Australia and Africa, but it looks like the high over the continent will keep them too far south to send us any energy on the east coast. If you could be anywhere in Oz today, I reckon the spot would be south west WA. Looks like a nice combo of swell and offshores for our friends out that way.

Have yourself a top old day!

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Apr 18 2007

DY, Weds 18/4: small condx

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Hello Friends,

Pretty looking morning out there and there are some little, just-rideable waves trickling into Dee Why.  Swell out of the SSE at around 1-2 metres at sea. The Sydney buoy is showing 10 sec average period, with some peaks to 13 sec. Biggest wave I could see was in the waist high range, but it wouldn’t surprise me if there were some chest high plus sets up the beach where the south exposure is better.

The models were showing this pulse a few days ago, and more or less as predicted, it looks set to only run for about 18 – 24 hours. It started toward dark yesterday, so I reckon it’ll fade steadily and be consistently smaller by this afternoon in the Sydney region. The average power level (as measured by period) down at Eden has dropped dramatically overnight, so I’m guessing that will mean the same for us by late this afternoon and definitely by tomorrow morning.

The outlook for the remainder of the NSW school holidays is not terrific. Basically the various charts and models all seem to be pointing toward the entire surfable east coast being small to flat through early next week. Groan. Oh well, Huey’s been pretty good to us for the past couple weeks, so I guess one shouldn’t be too peevish.

Go well with your day!

little ones at the beachy

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