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best maple tapping day yet

Today I got over seven gallons of sap! I went out once at around 1:30 and again at 5:00 or so. The sky has been looking like the Sky in Spirited Away when they first cross over into the other world--so blue! With white clouds, just so. The sunlight is buzzing around.

Now I'll be boiling for the rest of the day. And have to squeeze more editing in somehow, to get to my proper amount of hours.

Oh--and I've put on the Music from Cosmos, which I can't find on CD, so this is my old cassette tape, made off the old LP--and it's so, so, beautiful!


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Mar. 23rd, 2006 08:32 pm (UTC)
How much syrup do you get from say a gallon of sap? Can you mail it? (hint).

Is that the Carl Sagan "Cosmos"

Have you ever heard "Albedo 1.5"?
Great album....."albedo -- The ratio of the amount of solar radiation reflected from an object to the total amount incident upon it."
The earths reflective ratio 1.5.
Mar. 24th, 2006 03:04 am (UTC)
Actually, it's Albedo 0.39, pretty sure. I spent years fruitlessly looking for that album.

If the albedo was over 1.0, it would mean the Earth glowed in the dark or something (having an albedo over 1.0 would be very weird, because it meant that it reflected more light than shined on it).
Mar. 24th, 2006 03:23 am (UTC)
a quick google check shows albedo averages .30. My mistake. Here's the lyrics. At the end he just repeats over an over Albedo 0.39. The whole song is a list of facts. The cd is available at Amazon.

I guess if it was 1.5 it would reflect more than it absorbed?
Very bad to rely on memory. (sorry to use all this space Asakiyume)

Vangelis Lyrics

ALBEDO 0.39 Lyrics

Maximum distance from the sun: 94 million 537 thousand miles
Minimum distance from the sun: 91 million 377 thousand miles
Mean distance from the sun: 92 million 957 thousand and 200 miles
Mean Orbital velocity: 66000 miles per hour
0rbital eccentricity: 0.017
Obliquity of the ecliptic: 23 degrees 27 minutes 8.26 seconds
Length of the tropical year: equinox equinox 365.24 days
Lenght of the sidereal year: fixed star fixed star 365.26 days
Length of the mean solar day: 24 hours and 3 minutes and 56.5555 seconds at mean solar time
Length of the mean sidereal day: 23 hours and 56 minutes and 4.091 seconds at mean sederial time
Mass: 6600 milion milion milion tons
Equatorial diameter: 7927 miles
Polar diameter: 7900 miles
Oblateness: one 298th
Density: 5.41
Mean surface gravitational acceleration of the rotating earth: 32.174 feet per second per second
Escape velocity: 7 miles per second

Albedo: 0.39
Albedo: 0.39
Albedo: 0.39
Albedo: 0.39
Albedo: 0.39
Albedo: 0.39
Albedo: 0.39

Mar. 24th, 2006 03:31 am (UTC)
Yeah, I know it's available now, but back in the day (I'm thinking early nineties) it wasn't (I only had it on tape). Since then I've gotten the tracks I wanted elsewhere, Pulsar on a greatest hits CD, and Alpha from the Cosmos CD.
Mar. 24th, 2006 08:27 am (UTC)
Gah--I mean, thank *you* Tom, for the lyrics! I'm not processing things quickly. But it was you who posted the lyrics :-)

But the rest still applies--I do love having things like this in my blog!!

Mar. 24th, 2006 08:19 am (UTC)
(reposting this--I typed doubt72's lj name wrong last time I posted it). So anyway... hi Tom! hi Douglas!

As Tom will know, I became unconscious ridiculously early last night, so I didn't get around to replying. All for the best, because now I see between you, you've found this great-sounding (but unavailable... ) song by Vangelis.

Yes, the piece "Alpha" (also by Vangelis) is from the album "Music of Cosmos," which was selected from the Carl Sagan Cosmos show. "Alpha" starts out very small, a very simple theme, and grows and grows, with more instruments coming in, until in the end it's so full that you feel like it's got the whole universe in it. When you hear it, you feel like you're starting with an atom and expanding to a galaxy. I believe it played when Carl Sagan was discussing his notion of a cosmic calendar (If the life of the universe equalled one year, when would various events have happened). I think he also used it when he was talking about the evolution of life.

The "Music of (or from?) Cosmos" album has all sorts of other music on it, too--lots of classical music, some of that unearthly Hungarian singing, a shakuhachi piece, some more Vangelis, etc.

Thanks for the lyrics, Doug--I love having that kind of thing on my blog :-)

Tom--I'm still feeling apologetic about the other thing ... so sorry!
Mar. 24th, 2006 08:25 am (UTC)
Aha--so the Albedo CD *is* available. That's good--I was reading too quickly. And because I was reading too quickly, I didn't notice that you, Doug, also know the Alpha song. Isn't it great? And because you're exactly the same age as my brother (actually, a few days younger), you could have seen the original series on TV as a little kid--did you?

And regarding maple syrup, it's anywhere from 38-40 gallons of sap to make one gallon of syrup.... I find that a gallon of sap makes about half a cup of syrup, maybe a little more. So I'll get several cups :-)

By the end of the season, I should have a number of canning jars full of sap. I have been known to send it out in the mail--then I get to answer YES! when the person at the post office asks "Anything fragilehazardousliquidperishable?" I even tell him which of the above my item is.
Mar. 24th, 2006 03:43 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I saw it on PBS back in the day.

Alpha and Heaven and Hell are my favorite tracks by Vangelis (who I'm not a huge fan of, but he had his moments). I have full versions of most of the classical tracks on the Cosmos CD, too, but I have no idea what happened to the CD itself.

But then, I've long since ripped all of my CD collection (at least the parts I wanted to listen to) in MP3 form for convenience's sake.
Mar. 24th, 2006 04:01 pm (UTC)
...do you think you could send me the mp3 form of Alpha? Not only I, but "all who dwell beneath my roof" would be so, so happy to not have to rely on my cassette tape--which is sounding ever so slightly warped these days. You could send it to inatangle@yahoo.com. I've just invented that e-mail to use for things like lj. I could send you some cool protein music in return. Or, you may already know about it. Check out this website if not: http://whozoo.org/mac/Music/ (Of course, if you do that, you can download the music yourself, and then my お返しcomes to nothing...)
Mar. 25th, 2006 12:59 am (UTC)
Re: oh...
Lemme know if you got it.
Mar. 25th, 2006 01:40 am (UTC)
Re: oh...
**got it**

SO BEAUTIFUL! I ran upstairs and told some (supposedly sleeping) others, who wanted to come down and put it on their mp3 players right away. I told them it would keep until morning. I'll turn the refrigeration up.
Mar. 25th, 2006 11:01 am (UTC)
from Sioux-zen
And I have been a lucky recipient of one of these fragile, liquid containing parcels--delicious. And the idea of making maple syrup is so wonderful to me, I tell anybody I can about seeing Asakiyume trudging through the snow to collect her sap...by the way this is my first time commenting on a blog and it does make me feel a little bit weird...like i've been caught skulking around people's backyards peering into their windows or something like that...
Mar. 25th, 2006 11:30 am (UTC)
Re: from Sioux-zen
I will come and find you some maple trees, Sioux-zen, and I will bring you some taps, and then you too will be able to make some syrup! And then I'll have introduced you to *two* addictions (because commenting is the way it starts, you know, w/livejournal... that's how I started... and look at me now... THERE'S NO TURNING BACK!)

LLL, Asakiyume
Mar. 24th, 2006 09:54 am (UTC)
Somewhat off topic..
Maple ratios are about 40 t 1 Sap/syrup according to Smokey.

Also Thanks for bringing the sudden burst of life to Just Tanka!
Mar. 24th, 2006 11:10 am (UTC)
Re: Somewhat off topic..
Re: Just Tanka--it wasn't me--two of those posters just found the site on their own! It was so exciting to see new posts, just out of the blue. And two of those posters you know (wakanomori and shikuchi--if you think you don't know shikuchi, just visit her blog... you'll see who she is.)
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