I Have Ants In My Pants

Not this ant.

Not this ant.

Well, I did, but I don’t now. I killed those fuckers. I realize that my pants contain glories that can transport one to heights of pleasure or to the depths of despair, but I won’t even give that much to ants. They get death.

I don’t know where they’re coming from. I don’t know why they’re coming. I don’t know what their intentions are. OK, I do know that last bit. Their intentions are the complete destruction of the human race through a clever combination of annoyance attacks, reproductive ability, and extreme patience.

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Lunchtime, Doubly So

Time is an illusion. All the signs are there.

And still no hovercars

And still no hovercars

Time is subjectively malleable. You’ve noticed this, how sometimes the time flows so fast that you barely notice it’s gone by, and other times when it seems to stop.

There is no scientific evidence for an objective concept of “time”. Even worse, physicists can’t reconcile quantum mechanics (which is almost certainly a thing) with the normal non-quantum variety (which is almost certainly a thing) unless they get rid of the notion of some sort of universal clock. When you have a subjective thing that is screwing up your equations, it’s often the case that it’s because the thing does not exist.

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Technodeterministic Utopian Chaoticians

chicken eggAnne Galloway made me think:

[…] these attitudes still suggest that wireless technologies were considered inevitable in the sense that someone was going to create them and push them out into the world. Interestingly, no one I spoke with considered herself or himself to be that someone. Nonetheless, almost everyone described their work as something they felt compelled to do so that these technologies were rolled out in the best (according to them) ways possible.

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Things That Don’t Exist

Donald Duck in Grauman's Chinese TheatreFrom atheism to racism, there has been a lot of people declaring that things don’t exist lately.

This is entirely understandable, given than people have always lived in a reality that is based as much on imagination as physics. We applaud the healthy mental exercise of questioning perceptions and assumptions, no matter how accurate they may be, but are a but disappointed with the choices of things to declare into nonexistence. We have some better selections.

This is going to be a workout, so let’s start small.

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