Thank you for your post about BC pills. I have PCOS and I'm about to be switched from the pill to the depo shot because my cycle is ridiculous. Every time I try to tell someone I am on BC they give me this look like I'm a dirty slut who should learn how to keep her legs closed. It's like, first of all, I have insurance, that I pay for...I should be able to receive any medication I need. And second of all, just because I'm on birth control doesn't mean I'm not making smart decisions. LKHGDFL;KGSD/ Kills me. Thank You.
I so didn’t see this before. I don’t get many things in my ask box. I hope it’s not too late to answer!
I’m so happy that my post was received well. :D Birth control pills are not always about birth control. Whether they are or not, taking them should not be demonized.
Aidan Dwyer took a hike through the trees last winter and took notice of patterns in the mangle of branches. His studies into how they branch in very specific ways lead him to a central guiding formula, the Fibonacci sequence. Take a number, add it to the number before it in a sequence like 1+1=2 then 2+1=3 then 3+2=5, 8, 13, 21 and so on a very specific pattern emerges. Turns out the pattern and its corresponding ratios are reflected in nature all the time, and Aidan’s keen observation of how trees branch according to the formula lead him to test the theory. First he measured tree branches by how often they branch and at what degree from each other.
To see why they branch this way he built a small solar array using the Fibonacci formula, stepping cells at specific intervals and heights. He then compared the energy output with identical cells set in a row. Aidan reports the results: “The Fibonacci tree design performed better than the flat-panel model. The tree design made 20% more electricity and collected 2 1/2 more hours of sunlight during the day. But the most interesting results were in December, when the Sun was at its lowest point in the sky. The tree design made 50% more electricity, and the collection time of sunlight was up to 50% longer!”
His work is certainly piquing the interest of the solar industry, and even more impressively he is demonstrating the power of biomimicry — a concept that many see as the pinnacle of good design, but one that thus far has been exceptionally difficult to achieve. Way to go!
This is really, really, impressive. And that is a monumental understatement.
This is something I keyed into when I was a kid and really fell in love with Japanese culture. There is so much (at least in their past) a reflection of using forms found in nature in their design and maintaining nature in the way they built their homes and everything else and not just stomping it out for a more utilitarian approach that denies the environment and how useful it can be if only you take the time to notice its already done most of the work for you.