Tuesday, 8 January 2013

Bambi, The Heat Wave & Sugarcubes

I know it's something of a faux pas to crap on about the weather in a blog post... but seriously, today was like nothing I have ever experienced before (outside of sauna rooms, and they at least feature an EXIT sign). These photos were taken yesterday when it was a reasonable temperature - it then proceeded to rise by 20 whole degrees ensuring it was a ridiculous 43 degrees by today (I'm talking Celsius  people)! I'd intended to write this post some hours ago, but the heat also apparently melted the internet - it's been down all day. That coupled with constant bushfire warnings/threats, and I haven't had the most fun day ever. I have no idea how anyone lives in places where their summer is like this every single day.

A nice thing I did yesterday, though, was to go op-shopping in a country town! For any serious op-shoppers/thrifters reading this, you will know that country town charity stores are gold. They don't attract the flocks of hipsters that city stores do, or the ridiculously marked-up prices. I filled two massive plastic bags with vintage goodies for $30 - and in these bags I managed to squeeze around 30 or so items, so I'm pretty happy with that! This blouse and belt you see me wearing are just two of my finds.
Then, there is this amazing Bambi skirt (which I've been eyeing ever since posting it on my fashiolista account a month ago) and this necklace sent to me by Sheinside! Both are such awesome statement pieces.

wearing
blouse - vintage
skirt - c/o Sheinside
necklace - c/o Sheinside
belt - vintage
boots - ASOS
hat - c/o Wholesale

An interesting bit of science today (although hopefully it's interesting everyday...)
Atoms, the units which make up all matter, while containing protons, neutrons and electrons, are basically 99.9999% empty space (although you don't fall through a chair when you sit on it because of something called the "Pauli Exclusion Principle" - read one of my readers comments below if you want to know more about that.)

So anyway, here's the point - if you were to take all the empty space out of atoms, you could fit all of humankind into something the size of a single sugar cube.
Or so say some physicists. If anyone knows if this is truly the case and who exactly made this calculation, I would love to know.
Human kind squashed into some pretty pastel sugarcubes... Image from here.
I'm now going to go back to monitoring the cold front move towards the beach I'm staying at! It should hopefully arrive here by midnight :( I CAN'T WAIT.

Hope you're all somewhere nice and cool,

62 comments:

  1. Hey, what country town are you in?? I love country markets! You got some good finds, ill have to keep whatever town you went to in mind next time I holiday!

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    1. This was Nowra (a bit bigger than a country town but good enough for the purposes of an international blog) but unless you definitely have to be there or near there, I wouldn't recommend going just to op-shop. It's not the niiiicest place ever...
      You could try around the west of Sydney if it's closer - they've got some good warehouses around there too!

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    2. Did you go to Mickey & Mallory's? It's an awesome second-hand store in one of the main streets of Nowra, hidden up some stairs. It's more expensive than it used to be but I always manage to find something awesome there :) The only things Nowra is worth going to is for Spotlight or to use the train station.

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    3. No! That's also the "Hip op shop", right? I couldn't go up the narrow staircase because I was with my boyfriend's sister who had her two babies and a big pram with her and I didn't want to leave her out on the street. Next time, I really want to go there though! It looks amazing what I glimpsed of it, and also quite out of place for Nowra!
      The church charity op shop just over the road from that is really good - at least they were when I went because they had a deal on to "fill a bag for $5" and it was amazing!
      Plus i thought the vinnies there was pretty decent too.

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  2. Haha I'm in the U.S. and want a free bowler hat! Who wouldn't! Anyways, I really love that cute little bambi skirt. Ack so precious!

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  3. So sorry to hear about how hot it's been there Annika!!! ;_; On the plus side, you look GORGEOUS (as always) and the bambi skirt is too cute <3

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  4. Oh gosh I was lucky to be stuck in the lab the whole day - it was farrrrr tooo hot!!! What a cute skirt, you're looking very adorable sweetie!

    Nora
    NoraFinds

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  5. I am SERIOUSLY considering buying the gorgeous skirt...could you possibly help me out with measurements and such though? Is the waist band stretchy? I am usually a AUS size ten in my bottoms, so would you suggest a small or medium? Sorry for all the questions!

    I found that so amazing about the sugar cube scenario. Science blows my mind

    xx Carina

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    1. of course! I am an 8 to-an-almost-10 in bottoms, and I got the medium - the waistband is stretchy so a medium would probably be fine for you, but the medium is also a litttttle bit tight actually. Maybe it would even be worth getting the large? It really is quite a small fit.
      xxx Annika

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  6. Wow that is some crazy weather! I don't think I could live in Australia, I'd complain too much :P
    I really like the shape of your outfit, it must be those large sleeves, and the shirt has lovely detail on it, can't believe you found it in a charity shop! There's hardly anything nice in my local charity shops, except for large quantities of cheap fabric to cut up.
    xxx

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    1. You mean as actual fabric or the clothes are so bad that all they are good for is the fabric to cut up?? haha. well at least that's something... and this is the worst hot weather we've had (broke records since the 1930s or something), usually where I live it's pretty mild!

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    2. Oh I meant as actual fabric, usually duvet covers and lots of plain white sheets, the clothes themselves aren't great at all :/ Ah well enjoy the sunshine while it lasts? xx

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    3. Hey well it isn't all bad then! The fabric in the op shops I live near is always WAY too expensive!

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  7. I love this outfit, the skirt is adorable!

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  8. You're the only person who can wear a bambi skirt in such a lovely way !

    In France, that's not a good bargain to buy second-hand clothes... For this I would like to change my country haha !
    Seriously, as it's kind of trendy to wear vintage clothes, they put the prices very high, as in normal stores. There are not a lot of charity shops, only second-hand stores where you can see shorts for 40 euros and coats for 100 euros; what a shame ! Sometimes I don't understand french mentality :P

    Noé,
    on Couleur Spleen.

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    1. No, it's become a bit like that in our cities too, where second hand clothing stores have suddenly realised that they can exploit the vintage trend and charge $30 for dresses that wouldn't even have been that much to begin with... even though these stores are meant to be for poor people so that they can buy clothes. They have forgotten what they are there for :(

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  9. You look so cute! =3 And OMG I'd want scorching hot weather over freezing cold temperatures any day! It's freezing where I live right now! =(

    http://quirkyaesthetics.blogspot.com/

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  10. I adore your skirt so much. Such a pretty outfit.

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  11. OMG! I love Bambi skirt. No I want it sooo bad.

    And 'hi' from Poland! :)

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  12. omg that skirt is amazing, the best print ever!xx

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  13. stunning! that bambi skirt is adorable! :) xx

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  14. the skirt is so cute :)

    http://petitsmorceauxdemoi.blogspot.co.at/

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  15. Annika you should really do a meetup someday id defs be there ;) keep up the great work xx

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    1. Nice idea, i hadnt ever though about that before. Ooooh like an opshopping meet up? Although maybe that wouldn't work because we'd all want the same clothes... hahaha. I don't know if there's that many people who live near me who read my blog though!

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  16. aww man your skirt is adorable!!

    Francesca xo
    http://goingroundthemulberrybush.blogspot.co.uk

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  17. Unf that skirt!

    Actually, i hope you don't mind being corrected on this one, i understand where you're coming from with the sitting and the hardness of the chair thing but i think you may have gotten it confused with forces. When you exert a force on an object the object then exerts and equal and opposite force back onto allowing us to sit. On a quantum level the reason that things made up of matter don't pass through other things made of matter (we don't fall through chairs, walk through walls, pass our hands through tables, etc) is because of the Pauli Exclusion Principle which states that no two identical fermions (quarks, leptons, the fundamental building blocks of atoms) can occupy the same quantum state simultaneously. So essentially we don't fall through chairs when we sit on them because at that specific point in time our fermions and the chair's fermions are aligned in such a manner that at least two identical fermions would be occupying the same "space" and this is an impossibility therefore we sit on the chair, rather than fall through it. This principle leads to a fascinating consequence that there is a probability, a small one, that one day the fermions could align in such a perfect manner that we do indeed pass through another object of matter! So we can walk through walls, fall through chairs, etc it's just highly improbable.

    I'm sorry for the wall of text but as you can tell i'm a very excitable astrophysicist who loves quantum theory and i like to share my excitement with others because it really is a fascinating subject.

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    1. No that's awesome, thank you so much! I also actually half (maybe) understood that myself, so I'm pretty excited about that:) haha. Ive never done physics and so never learnt about any particle smaller than electrons!! I want to learn about physics so badly, though.

      I now remember our chemistry teacher telling us this, although he talked about the *electrons* having the same property as you described, and being influenced in their quantum shells by the Pauli exclusion principle... does that make any sense at all, or is it only at the level of fermions?

      I do at least remember being in awe of him telling us in an infinite universe.. there is the very very small possibility of everything aligning just so, just once, so that you could walk through a wall. That always amazed me. But I never exactly understood why it was! You're the best for leaving a comment and explaining because I couldn't find a good enough explanation anywhere online :) p.s. so excited that I have an astrophysicist who is excited about quantam theory reading my blog. I should post some more stuff about physics so you have to correct me and teach me all about quantum physics!! ;)

      Xx Annika

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    2. An electron is a Lepton which is a fundamental particle and is considered a fermion so you are very right in your memory of your chemistry teacher!
      You're very welcome, it's so lovely that you are interested in physics and you run a fabulous fashion blog! Starting in february, as part of my degree, i have a whole module specifically about quantum physics so i'm hoping that will expand my knowledge further and i'd be more than happy to share that with you!

      :)

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    3. An electron is a lepton?! WHAT IS THIS? Hahah, okay, awesome. I've fixed my blog post up a little now anyway, and told people to refer to your comment because it's very well explained.
      YES AWESOME, and if I have more quantum physics questions, I will definitely come to you! Google was so unhelpful (and wrong) for this question, haha!

      OH! I've also added you to my blogroll because you're a astrophysicist/lingerie blogger - and that's fantastic :)

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  18. WOW!!! this is one of the most beautiful skirts I´ve ever seen!!! love it so much!!! can´t explain this with words my dear!! and the way you wear it is also stunning! and again love it!!! :)

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  19. What an incredible skirt! Wowee!

    Becky
    xx

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  20. Ahhh bambi skirt, you look like my best friend, she loves Disney movies. Oh that's so cool, I really liked it, but would not. The necklace is very very beautiful, I'm in love. And the first two photos were so cute ♥

    nasty-lady.blogspot.com

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  21. I love that skirt, so cute!

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  22. Here in Spain we have 40 almost every day in summer, and I couldn't hate it more! >.<

    I want that skirt , too, looks so lovely on you! <3

    Girls that glitter love the dark
    xoxo

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  23. YOUR SKIRT. YOUR SKIRT. OH MY GOD YOUR SKIRT.

    I am in love! :D Also, I saw your picture on Chictopia's facebook--so popular! ;)

    I desperately need to do some thrifting soon. And you're totally right--small town thrifting is the way to go, big city thrifting is tough luck (all the good stuff gets taken!).

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  24. I definitely had to google the celsius to Fahrenheit conversion, and holy crap! 109 degrees? That is insane. It only gets that hot here in California a couple of days in the year.
    And I love the skirt! So cute!

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    1. Oh it only ever gets that hot here a couple of days a year too. Yesterday was a record-breaker - it's normally about 80 to 90 Fahrenheit over summer which is definitely OKAY.

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  25. Oh that skirt is adorable!! And I can't believe that you bought so much for so cheap :c

    xx maggie
    saltandleather.blogspot.com

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  26. Haha it's plenty cold here...
    A SUGARCUBE that is crazy. I remember reading something in class about if the galaxy was a cookie, the solar system wouldn't even be the size of a chocolate chip. I think they try and soften these crazy facts by comparing them to sweet treats, huh?

    Rachel

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    1. Well it sure makes them easier to - wait for it - DIGEST! Hahahahaha.
      I should be a stand up comedian or something, I'm too funny.

      But yeah, I doubt we'd even be a crumb or 1/100th of a crumb in a cookie, the galaxy is masssssive.

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    2. I had a little giggle at your pun, I just have to admit it haha. I'm feeling ya with this heatwave! It's finally cooled down here at Byron, so i'm enjoying the nice breeze after a day of gross sticky-ness!

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  27. i live in such place like every day *_* you look so wonderful and stole my heart. again <3

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  28. Wow these photographs are absolutely stunning! And that skirt is fabulous!
    dimplesdiaries
    x

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  29. Hi Anika, I was wondering if you could tell me if the material of the skirt was jersey or slightly stretchy?
    Thanks

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    1. Hey Sarah! Just the waistband is stretchy, and it is elastic (and sparkly, too!) The rest of the skirt is a light chiffon-like material.

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    2. Thank you! Can't tell you how happy I was to have our blog on my RSS feed when I saw that bambi skirt!!!! yes I admit I have a bambi addiction...Those beach pics from a few posts back were beautiful too!!

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  30. THAT SKIRT! I love it on you and I want one!!
    <3 katherine

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  31. That skirt is making me melt. It's too adorable.

    <3 Melissa
    wildflwrchild.blogspot.com

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  32. I want to see your finds !!

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    1. I've posted more in my latest blog post, and another one planned for Saturday ;)

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  33. That Bambi skirt is awesome and hopefully helped a little with the heat.

    I spent this past Summer at Furnace Creek in Death Valley, California, I got to experience 53.333333333333333C or 128F, which was wholly nightmarish.

    And I found this via WolframAlpha: Schwarzschild radius of Earth
    event horizon radius | 0.008869 meters
    = 0.3492 inches
    = 8.869 mm (millimeters)

    Not quite the same thing as empty space between atoms, but still pretty interesting.

    Nice Post!

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    1. Yuck. The middle of Australia is getting to that temp at the moment and we're getting all the wind from it blowing in our direction - I don't actually know how you would survive in such a temperature!! 43 was so bad. 53 would be on a whole other level.

      I had to google that because I had no idea what it was - and I don't think I know enough about physics, or general relativity orrrr gravity to really understand it - but it sounds really cool! Please explain it if you know more about it than me - I'd love to understand what it's about!

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    2. Basically, you don't survive in a temperature like that.

      As far as the Schwarzschild radius, essentially if all the mass (like all of humanity without the space between subatomic particles in a sugar cube, which I tried to find data on but was difficult to do [hence the Schwarzschild thing]) of the planet, or anything really, is gravitationally compressed into a sphere to where the speed it would require for something to escape is that of the speed of light, the distance from center to edge is it's Schwarzschild radius.

      So only black holes are exempted really.

      And if the earth was sq-sq-squashed down like that, it's about 9mm, which is 3mm less than your average sugar cube. It's in reality way more complicated than this explanation, but my absolutely non-existent mathematical abilities prevent me from being any better at explaining it.

      Some other awesome and difficult for me to explain or grasp stuff is matter approaching absolute zero. Whew. Science. Again great posts lately (and always).

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    3. Wow. Okay. I'm kind of getting it. Or, at least I am telling myself that I'm getting it. (I don't think I'll ever be a theoretical physicist.)

      SO are you saying that all of humanity plus the Earth plus everything on the Earth (basically, just Earth, because the stuff on it would be negligible mass in comparison), compressed and removed of it's "empty space", would be about the size of a sugar cube?

      Also, "a mass similar to Mount Everest has a Schwarzschild radius smaller than a nanometre" apparently. Wow.

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    4. I am unsure really how density starts working at that point, but with the radius of a human probably being just so much smaller than an atom, the two concepts are pretty different, I believe. The cube thing seems to be if you just plucked all the neutrons, electrons, and protons of all people with little microscopic tweezers and painstakingly organized them into a cube it'd be the size of a sugar cube, but if you gravity'd up all of humanity it'd be quite a bit smaller, considering that the earth and all of it's stuff would be about 3mm smaller than a sugar cube.

      Whew. I'm no theoretical physicist either, makes my head spin.

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    5. AHHH okay, okay. That makes more sense.

      Gravity is a crazy mother-flipper.

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