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Sadness and the Bottle Analogy

Shortly after new of Robin Williams’ suicide broke, a friend of mine wrote a very well-crafted, thoughtful piece about what it’s like living with depression, essentially the devil you know. I meant to post it here sooner, but for various reasons I’m late to the game.

I’m going to quote most of it, but not the entire thing. I think it really hits the nail on the head and will give you something to think about, maybe both for yourself and someone (or several people) you know.

by Alex M:

Basically it works like this: imagine every person like a bottle with the cork out.
People take from each of us but people also give back. Not everyone, though. We all lose water, sometimes. That happens to everyone I think, eventually. You feel very empty.

When your body, mind, and personality are a certain way, when you hit fizzy water bottom, you put the cork in the bottle. That bottle will not be filled. You have put the cork into it and only you can take it out. It could rain fizzy water and your bottle would be empty while everyone else’s is flowing over the top and into the sea. But it’s okay, because there are ways to fill someone’s bottle even when yours is empty. It’s still possible to create it, through words and actions. It’s possible to tip an empty bottle and have something come out.

You may never take that cork out of the bottle. Every day billions of other people are thirsty because something is going wrong for them and I can help with that! I would love to help with that. Because if I’m not taking in water then there’s extra to go around. Because everyone deserves to 艾福瑞 be happy. Not me, though. All of those tiny invisible somethings happened to me because I did something to deserve them. Because I did those things and I still wound up empty, so there’s the proof. And then what happens sometimes is the bottle breaks. Empty bottles break better than full ones.

To those who are surprised that someone so happy like Mr. Williams could be so sad: hello. We’ve met. We’ve met but despite how good you are you can’t ever be inside my head. I am an empty bottle person who has empty bottle thoughts, but I have both full and empty bottle friends. Sometimes being around you and people like you I can even take the cork out! It’s hard, though. Compliments are hard. Kind words are not easy at all and sometimes make the self-doubt greater.

It’s important that you remember that depression is an illness, and it can be mediated and moderated with the help of a treatment plan. It is important that you remember that your kind words can save someone, even if they think that their cork is in, but also that sometimes you can’t. The most important thing you can do is make sure that you give when you can and take when you can’t. I and you and we are all of us alone within ourselves but sometimes when everyone is offering water you’ll let yourself dive in. Even if you just want to float for a while.

I also came across this a while ago, which will perhaps serve as further inspiration for you:

Ocean on Saturn’s moon and Asteroid with Rings

It turns out that NASA has just found a rather sizeable underground ocean on one of Saturn’s moons, and not the moon they were expecting. Yes, ocean as in bigger than lake.

From Sploid: “NASA finds hidden water ocean in Saturn moon, may contain alien life“:

The Cassini gravity measurements show a negative gravity anomaly at the south pole that however is not as large as expected from the deep depression detected by the onboard camera. Hence the conclusion that there must be a denser material at depth that compensates the missing mass: very likely liquid water, which is seven percent denser than ice. The magnitude of the anomaly gave us the size of the water reservoir.

The gravity measurements suggest a large, possibly regional, ocean about 6 miles (10 kilometers) deep, beneath an ice shell about 19 to 25 miles (30 to 40 kilometers) thick. The subsurface ocean evidence supports the inclusion of Enceladus among the most likely places in our solar system to host microbial life. Before Cassini reached Saturn in July 2004, no version of that short list included this icy moon, barely 300 miles (500 kilometers) in diameter.

On a related note from Wired, “Astronomers Surprised to Find Asteroid With Rings”:

For the first time ever, astronomers have discovered a ring system surrounding an asteroid. The finding is a complete surprise to planetary scientists, who are yet unsure exactly how such rings could have formed.

The cosmic bling was found around an object named Chariklo, which orbits in a region between Saturn and Uranus. At 155 miles across, or about the length of Massachusetts, Chariklo is the largest known asteroid in its neighborhood.

There are only four other known ring systems in our solar system — around Jupiter, Uranus, Neptune and, most dramatically, Saturn — and all the other ones have formed around planets. Astronomers aren’t yet sure if Chariklo’s ring system makes it unique among asteroids. In recent decades, more than 10 other objects in its neighborhood have been searched using a technique similar to Chariklo’s stellar eclipse but have not shown any rings

Both are very cool discoveries, and this is one of the great things about science, we keep finding things that don’t match up with our previous understanding of the universe (ie that only planets have rings), and that opens the door to new possibilities and considerations.

And of course this also puts us one step closer to actually finding life on other planets, possibly in our own solar system! Maybe not sentient life, but still pretty cool.

Animal Drinking Physics – Just as cool as it sounds

So here’s a random but cool thing I found yesterday. I’ve watched dogs and cats drink from water bowls, toilets, ponds and lakes plenty of times. I figured they were basically just coating their tongue with water and sucking down whatever excess there was.

Well, nature is often a whole lot cooler than you think, and here is one such example. Check this out:

That’s right, dogs (and cats, and probably some other animals as well) actually scoop water with their tongues, and basically splash it into their mouth kind of similarly to how we would scoop water and splash it out of a boat that is sinking.

I feel like this is one of those things that totally makes sense once you see it in action, like duh of course that’s what’s happening, but until I’d seen this I’d never considered there was anything more to it.

Cool, right?

Earth’s water – where did it come from?

Here’s a really cool video that helps answer a question with some really cool science. I had heard the theory before that Earth’s water came largely from meteorites, but this explains it in a really simple, clear way. Earth started as a dry rock (much like Mars is now), but now is 70% covered with water. Here’s how scientists believe it happened: