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Dear Google, What exactly IS a vortex?

on May 9, 2013

So I asked and I Google gave me a wiki page tat told me this:

In fluid dynamics, a vortex is a region within a fluid where the flow is mostly a spinning motion about an imaginary axis, straight or curved. That motion pattern is called a vortical flow.[1][2] (The original and most common plural of “vortex” is vortices,[3] although vortexes is often used too.[4])

Vortices form in stirred fluids, including liquids, gases, and plasmas. Some common examples are smoke rings, the whirlpools often seen in the wake of boats and paddles, and the winds surrounding hurricanes, tornadoes and dust devils. Vortices form in the wake of airplanes and are prominent features of Jupiter’s atmosphere.

Vortices are a major component of turbulent flow. In the absence of external forces, viscous friction within the fluid tends to organize the flow into a collection of so-called irrotational vortices. Within such a vortex, the fluid’s velocity is greatest next to the imaginary axis, and decreases in inverse proportion to the distance from it. The vorticity (the curl of the fluid’s velocity) is very high in a core region surrounding the axis, and nearly zero in the rest of the vortex; while the pressure drops sharply as one approaches that region.

Once formed, vortices can move, stretch, twist, and interact in complex ways. A moving vortex carries with it some angular and linear momentum, energy, and mass. In a stationary vortex, the streamlines and pathlines are closed. In a moving or evolving vortex the streamlines and pathlines are usually spirals.

Uh, okay? The truth is I tried to read all that and then my brain quit, so I can’t be sure what that says but I am pretty sure that it doesn’t mention everything being pulled into one place. For my purposes I am using the word vortex as a type of cone that sucks everything into on horribly unorganized place. The vortex in my house:

This makes me want to scream!!!

This makes me want to scream!!!

It’s my kitchen table/classroom/craft area/everything else (and once it gets covered in crumbs, that’s my substitute word for crap, it becomes a cat bed!!!!!) Anyway, here it comes, the confession: THAT is why I haven’t blogged this week. I mean, clearly, that’s not the only reason. There is a list: Monday my wife took off, I’ve been busy working on trying to get my neighbor’s dog into some kind of home. (Long story, with it’s own post!) I’ve been doing dishes that will not stop multiplying, and just generally running a house.

Along with all of that my laptop, which is my blogging computer is buried under all of that! It’s’ no good I tell you. Today, however, once again is a day of getting this house running and with that I plan to excavate my computer and get all the blogs in waiting up! Kisses, you guy! Tomorrow will be a Friday 5 and a whole weeks worth of blogs retrieved from that post purgatory that its “draft” status!

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