It’s been some time since the first circle and I already have a chart in color that updates itself every second.
The next thing I want to do is separating the planets and draw a line from the planet to the exact degree in the chart. I think that it won’t be very hard, because I can check whether a planet collides with another planet or house line before updating it.
It’s fun staring at it while it (very) slowly moves.
In this chart, for example, the Moon is approaching the new moon phase. Saturn is going up the East and Jupiter is setting down the West. I could see them if I went to the street.
It’s merging back Astrology and Astronomy, understanding one as an inseparable reflection of the other.
I’m spending some weeks with an excellent course named “Think Again: How to Reason and Argue”. The teachers are awesome and thanks to them I’m learning how to analyze and make arguments. Here I’d like to share an exercise constructed by myself:
I have studied Astrology for three years. Nevertheless, since I seek to be objective, I constantly look for criticisms from skeptics, which I expect to be serious and careful in their arguments. But it has turned out to be a disappointment: almost every single criticism from them shows that they know nothing about what they criticize.
Only one of many examples: if they knew that Western Astrology is based on seasons, not on constellations, they wouldn’t say that it’s wrong because of the precession of the equinoxes.
Arrogance blindly makes one feel superior, but doesn’t teach anything; knowledge remains hidden in borderless curiosity.
El parlamento griego
Cuando Rajoy pintó de manera tan bonita lo de la «línea de crédito», me pudo la ingenuidad y la inseguridad en lo que he estudiado: me da vergüenza reconocerlo, pero me lo creí, quizás por ganas de que fuera verdad que íbamos a mejor. Sin embargo, por detrás la astrología me susurraba que estamos en medio de la tormenta, que este verano será clave. Por el momento, este fin de semana las elecciones en Grecia supondrán con toda seguridad un punto de inflexión. Se celebrarán a una sola semana de la primera cuadratura exacta, con un orbe de unos 20′ de arco. Es la idea de una Europa unida, que en realidad ha demostrado ser una falacia, lo que no se sostiene, está corrupta, por lo que podemos esperar que caiga próximamente. Y qué mejor que unas elecciones en la piedra angular para dar el hachazo de gracia.
Cualquier signo de mejora que suponga revivir estructuras podridas será únicamente un espejismo. Plutón en Capricornio no tiene piedad con ellas.
Old structures must break down, rotten in dirty money.
Revolutions of fire must arise, with the hands of our people.
It’s the potential of new beginnings
that will feed our passion.
Run forward and don’t look back
for you can only smell deamons behind you.
Foto | Wikipedia
To test the work made until now on QAstrologyLib and get one of my ideas done, I extracted some data and plotted it using QtiPlot (click on the image to see it at a good resolution):
This represents the orb (degrees to exactitude) of the square between Uranus and Pluto. There are seven zero-orb points, which can’t be guessed easily from the graph:
- 24/06/2012 (next month)
When an aspect is exact (in this case we’re talking about a square, which is 90º) it is the most intense. I doesn’t need to happen anything special those exact days, but we are already noticing the tension this square represents, and we will be able to relate many future facts with it. This summer will be specially intense, since the orb of Uranus and Pluto won’t be more than 1º from 24/06 till 19/06. Not a pleasant happy summer, it seems.
This is the first graph and I’m still not very happy because I want to put in more data, for example the change of sign of the planets, that marked the beginning of the international crisis (Pluto in Capricorn), the beginning of the East revolutions (Jupiter in Aries), and the earthquake of Fukushima (Uranus in Aries), etc. Besides, I want to plot the transit of Pluto opposite the Modern Spain chart Moon. That single transit will be crucial in Spain’s history.
I wanted to go the easy way with QtiPlot, but I have soon discovered that it’s very limiting. I want to tweak what I make until I get what I really want. Therefore, I will try using QCustomPlot, which seems an excellent piece of software.
More graphs to come soon…
I have too much to do to protest or complain. Too much to build. The future awaits and it looks amazing.
John Robb, in Are you Going to Waste Time or Prepare to Prosper?
By the way, proprietary knowledge isn’t an option.
Next Saturday I’m going to Saragossa to join Akademy-es 2012. I’m eager to go, meet KDE and Qt developers and users and get to the conferences. I’m mostly interested about Qt Quick and the questions it raises, given it is a controversial issue in Qt5.
And it was during her last breath that she had this vision. She saw, she understood, but then there wouldn’t be any chance to explain it and regretted having died too soon. She didn’t know that understanding wouldn’t have been possible otherwise.
When hackers need a tool and it’s nowhere to be found, or the ones they find aren’t what they expect, they will learn as much as they need to create it. They’ll use the best available free tools to build it. Hackers just hate to wait for something to be made, because they know it’s much harder to explain someone what they want than do it themselves.
I have some ideas of astrology software I’d like to have and use, but which just doesn’t exist. In fact, there’s so little free open source astrology software that any idea is a great innovation. Most of them are non-developing or non-compiling anymore:
- Skylendar. It was for KDE3, so years behind the present version.
- OpenAstro. Written in Python. It hasn’t changed a bit since 2009.
- PyMorinus. It’s the best of the three, in fact it works, but it’s very geared towards ancient astrology (which is great, but it’s not what I want).
My goal is not to make the next best-astrology-program-ever, at least not on my own. But I can’t help having some ideas:
- An astrological clock like this one, for desktop and mobile. Data could be presented in a list or in an ever evolving chart. With a common library, that could be also a plasmoid or even a KDE animated wallpaper.
- A means of extracting zodiac location data or aspect orb data into text files and then plotting this data with SciDAVis for reviewing relevant aspects and historical periods.
- With the necessary plugin, Astrology mapping could be studied using Marble, the KDE virtual globe.
Therefore, first I’m writing a library called QAstrologyLib on top of the GPL astrology library Swiss Ephemeris. I’m using the cross-platform Qt and C++ framework. With this framework I try to make Swiss Ephemeris much better:
- I want planet and sign names to be translatable
- I want signals and slots
- I want things easier and more straightforward
- and, above all, I want this lib to make true my software desires
It’s an itch I need to scratch. As long as I’m motivated, I will be able to write code.
More to come soon…
At home we’re beginning to use homeopathy. It’s for an issue I don’t want to explain, but I do want to talk about why.
The reason is simple: we’re tired of traditional medicine and we’re trying something different. Not because we believe it will work, but because we don’t know whether it will work. I worship the goddess Doubt, I made an altar at home for her, where I make crude sacrifices of certainties. Doubt married the god Experience; they always go together and show me whatever I’m willing to discover, for good or for worse.
Who knows? Maybe homeopathy is useful. I will be happy to know.
(Via Rinzewind) In Information is Beautiful there’s an infographic of rhetological fallacies that I want to study in depth.
At first sight, I found one which I don’t quite agree:
Circumstance Ad Hominem: Stating a claim isn’t credible only because of the advocate’s interests in their claim.
“A study into the health risks of mobile phones involved mobile phone companies. Therefore, the study cannot be trusted.”
“Only”? Well, depending on the involvement of those mobile phone companies, that study can be very manipulated in favor of their interests. And the same goes for the opposing part. Studies aren’t wrong only because of that, but authors and money contributors aren’t variables I would dismiss. At least some sort of suspition will undoubtedly emerge as soon as interests stop in the way.
Perhaps the best action in this case is to contrast both poles and as many sources as possible.
Maybe the authors of the infographic don’t agree with the people that state that mobile phone radiations are unhealthy