High Wind-Gusts For now

I host this blog on my home-PC. This means that the blog’s availability is only as good as that of my PC. I do not advise everybody to do it this way; this is just how I do it.

Well right now we are experiencing 80 km/H wind-gusts in Montreal, that are expected to continue throughout the night. Of course, since I also live in a suburb, this could bring about a power-failure. Therefore, within the next few days, this site and blog could go down.

If this happens, I encourage my readers to be patient with me. There would be nothing I could do about it.

Dirk

 

Upgrade, Downtime

Today, the computers I name ‘Phoenix’ and ‘Klystron’ received major updates to their core ‘libgcc’ and ‘libstdc++’ libraries, as part of a combination of 25 actually-updated packages. Even though this did not upgrade the (Linux) Debian version of either O/S, which is still ‘8.10’ , This type of an upgrade requires a reboot. So I rebooted.

But, The PC which I name ‘Phoenix’ is also my Web-server. Therefore, there is no way for my blog or site to be visible to the Internet, during a reboot. My blog was offline from 20h15 until 20h25.

I apologize for any inconvenience this might have been to my readers.

Dirk

 

A Problem with How Light is Presently Conceptualized

The fact that the macroscopic phenomenon of light, can be stated as a set of wave-functions, whose polarization can be stated as vector-sums, in which either component can additionally be phase-shifted with respect to the other, is also the direct statement today, of what the possible states of a photon are, entirely justified by the concept of superposition of states.

The problem with this approach is, that it’s possible for the macroscopic inspection of a phenomenon to reveal properties, which individual particles – i.e. photons – do not have.

What the real set of properties, of one photon, are, remains to be discovered at some future point in time.

Dirk