Monthly Archives: November 2015

Mindbogglingly big

To quote the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, “Space is big. Really big. You just won’t believe how vastly, hugely, mindbogglingly big it is. I mean, you may think it’s a long way down the road to the chemist, but that’s just peanuts to space.” As an illustration, let me present the following image (courtesy […]

Maxims from the Paranoid School of Philosophy

Descartes – I think, therefore they are out to get me. Voltaire – If someone were not watching me, it would be necessary to invent him. Hegel – Only one man ever understood me, and he tried to kill me. Heraclitus – They’re just waiting for me to┬ástep in the same river twice. Rousseau – […]

Episode 5. The Shower Spiders Strike Back

My normal transition to wakefulness, which typically takes place over an extended period of time, was abrupt and heart-stopping this morning. I was showering in my usual drowsy state, and reached over to grab a bottle of shampoo. When I had the bottle about four inches from my face, the horrifying import of what was […]

Understanding a reaction

The first time I saw Steve Martin’s Picasso at the Lapin Agile, I went in to the theatre excited and came out disappointed. But I never quite understood why. Was it because I was in the wrong mood? Did I have expectations that were too high? Did I subconsciously want a Steve Martin comedy routine […]