Countdown to Powers of Ten Day
- 10/10/10 2150 days ago
Posts by carla:
First flower delivery for tomorrow’s celebration!
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with your snail mail address, and we will happily send a copy of the Powers of Ten Workshop Guidebook to the first 100 people requesting it. This was also posted on two other pages, so they are going faster than the speed of light (10+16)!
Just received our Powers of Ten Workshop Guidebook from the printer! In celebration of tomorrow, we will send a copy out to the first 100 (10+02) persons that call or write us!
It’s a compendium of 20 years of Powers of Ten Thinking–a wonderful/invaluable resource for those who want to lead Powers of Ten Workshops whether in the office, classroom, library or home.
Countdown speeds ever faster to the day after tomorrow: 10/10/10. An Eames great-grandson bravely attacks the task of stuffing 100 (10+02) goodie bags. Each one includes a pair of DVDs (Powers of Ten and Scale is the New Geography) that we are urging the 100 attendees at our Eames House Fundraiser (on the evening of 10/10/10) to give to either a teacher or a library–thus spreading Powers of Ten Thinking even further!
Today a magical, ethereal, translucent orb gently sways in the center of the Eames Office! Sadly, this is the third balloon to be installed; both of its predecessors burst!
The first weather balloon was featured in my September 13th post Just how big is our Earth?.
May this wonder, touted as the most durable of outdoor weather balloons, remain inflated until the end of the run of our exhibition Powers of Ten: A Rough Sketch for a Proposed Exhibition on Scale!
A couple of days ago, a friend of mine posted on Facebook a Telegraph article celebrating the ban of plastic water bottles along her favorite stretch of Italian coastline: Cinque Terre. Apparently 3 million (3 x 10+06) tourists have left an average of 2 million (2 x 10+06) bottles a year on these beaches–with 400,000 (4 x 10+05) bottles abandoned in August alone on this relatively tiny stretch–10 (10+01) kilometers–of UNESCO World Heritage coast.
As a comparison, in the U.S., in 1997, 4 billion (4 x 10+09) plastic bottles were manufactured; and in 2005, 26 billion (2.6 x 10+10) with only about 3 billion (3 x 10+09) being recycled. Furthermore, the making of these bottles required 15 million (1.5 x 10+07) barrels of oil annually (enough to fuel 100,000 (10+05) cars a year).
The tail end of the Telegraph article referred to the millions of tons of plastic that have been carried by 4 major currents to the North Pacific Gyre–now a swirling mass of plastic whose size is the equivalent to Texas–where Albatross chicks die because their parents mistake bottle caps for food. Charles Moore discusses this, and much more, in his TED talk:
An amazing factoid reported by Discover magazine: plastic bottles afloat in a marine environment degrade in about 450 (4.5 x 10+02) years!
Hat tips to the Telegraph, CRI–Container Recycling Institute, Charles Moore’s TED talk, and Discover magazine (October 2009 issue) with its iStockphoto.
This morning I was leafing through my latest issue of RealSimple and came across a number that, if I weren’t contributing to these Power of Ten blogs, I probably would not have stopped to ponder–let alone jumped up to research further!
Factoid: those of us in the U.S. consume 16 billion (1.6 x 10+10) quarts of popcorn each year or about 50 (5 x 10+01) quarts for every man, woman, and child!!!
That is 64 billion (6.4 x 10+10) cups of popcorn … or more than 3 trillion (3 x 10+12) calories … or more than 102 trillion (10+14) kernels of popcorn!
Speaking of calories, did you know that a large bucket of hot buttered popcorn has 1,650 (10+03) calories–depending on the amount of butter added!
Two hat tips: abridges01 for High speed video of popcorn kernel popping at 5400fps and www.popcorn.org
Poppy seeds are teeny. They are featured in the 10-04 panel of our Eames Office exhibition Powers of Ten: A Rough Sketch for a Proposed Exhibition on Scale. One seed, barely visible; 10 million (10+07) fill a single hanging jar.
This is an exhibition shot from Powers of Ten: A Rough Sketch for a Proposed Exhibition on Scale currently showing at the Eames Office in Santa Monica, California. Near the top of the photo, notice two large square images taken from the film Powers of Ten: the left image (10+11) depicts the inner solar system with the green arc representing a six-week path traversed by the Earth, and the right image (10+12) shows the Sun at the center of the orbits of 5 planets: Mars, Earth, Venus, Mercury, and Jupiter (which is only partially visible at the edges of the square).
In the foreground of the photo is a platform upon which rests a “raft” filled with 1 billion (10+09) grains of sand–just one example of large numbered objects sprinkled throughout the exhibition. If you look closely, you’ll see a bowling ball resting on the sand. Too small to see is another spherical object: a pinball. The relationship between these two spheres is far more impactful when compared with a third object suspended nearby:
an eight-foot weather balloon.
What’s the relationship between the three? The weather balloon represents the size of the Sun; Jupiter, the bowling ball; and Earth, the pinball. The Sun has the approximate volume of 1 million (10+06) Earths!
Earth, the 5th largest of the 8 planets in our solar system, is thought to be 4.5 billion (4.5 x 10+09) years old. As host to millions (10+06) of species, Earth has an approximate circumference of 40,000,000 (10+07) meters (the equivalent of quite a number of strides!).
A ribbon of bright pink has been streaming along the street below my loft in Denver for the past hour. My black standard poodle, Ella, and I cheered those walking by—nearing the finish line. A cluster of four proudly announced that each member had raised $1,000 (10+03) for the cure; $1,000,000 (10+06) raised in a single day in this city.
Since its beginning in 1982, the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure has raised $1.5 billion (10+09). In 2002, more than 1.3 million (10+06) people partook in over 100 (10+02) races; and now, in 2010, the race has expanded to 141 races (127 in the U.S. and 14 international) with 100,000 (10+05) volunteers—all working to find a cure for the 25,000,000 (10+07) people already diagnosed.