Let's Get Historical

Thursday, February 24th 2011

People often don't realise they're making history when they're making history. But people who think they're making history are usually just making news headlines.

Near Field Stupidity Generators

Wednesday, February 23rd 2011

The prodigy in question, Freeman Dyson, now middle-aged, stared ahead, his incessant concentration on the road unbroken. He seemed mesmerised by the oncoming pavement, or by some idea or formulation glimpsed in the immateriality beyond the pavement. I asked him whether as a boy he had speculated much about his gift. Had he asked himself why he had this special power? Why he was so bright?

Dyson is almost infallibly a modest and self-effacing man, but tonight his eyes were blank with fatigue, and his answer was uncharacteristic.

"That's not how the question phrases itself," he said. "The question is: why is everyone else so stupid?"

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The interesting thing about a particularly insightful person, or the particularly talented person, is that this is often the way the question phrases itself. They don't think, initially at least:

Wow! I'm splendid at this!

They think ...

Egad, why is everybody so crap at this?

Alphonse

Tuesday, February 22nd 2011

Alphonse

King of the Glass Chambers of Necropolis Island

Monday, February 21st 2011

King of the Glass Chambers of Necropolis Island

Rortling Scythe Legs

Saturday, February 19th 2011

Rortling Scythe Legs

Six Stages of Idealism

Friday, February 18th 2011

Baby ... Arrrgrh, gurgle. No idea.

Child ... I am the world!

Teen/Young Adult ... I Hate the world! I must save the world! You don't understand my world!

Early 30s ... How will my kids fit into the world, and how do I pay for it?

Late 50s ... Bah! The world annoys me! The world isn't like it was in my day! How will my grandkids fit into the world, and how will my kids pay for it?

Late 70s ... What comes after this world?

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