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Smarter Than the Average Bear

Hedge03312018Yeah, this is a dated reference, but to my mind who better to fly over the event horizon?

Hey-Hey, Boo-Booooooooooooooooo!



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The Three Body Problem

hedge02182018The Three Body Problem is also an excellent sci-fi book by Cixin Liu.  I’m now reading the second book in the series, The Dark Forest. Very cool speculation on what would really happen if we made first contact with an advanced alien civilization. A civilization that sees us as we see insects. The irony is that insects are REALLY difficult to totally exterminate.

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Ice, Ice, Baby

oh170105It’s Hammy’s world and we’re all subject to its physics.

Every action has an unequal and unexpected reaction.


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Hammy vs. Physics

oh140622I can draw. But I can’t draw this well. Tip-o-the-pen to Mr. Lewis.

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Please Return Your Tails to the Upright Position

oh130716Have you ever wondered about the physics and aerodynamics of a couple dozen butterflies flying a one pound wacky squirrel?

Neither have I.


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The Gumby Effect

The Gumby Effect is a lot like the Doppler Effect. To an observer, as Hammy’s velocity increases his body turns into Silly Puddy, while from Hammy’s perpective his body was always Silly Puddy.

The butt scratching thing?  I just made that up on the spur of the moment.

As opposed to the rest of it which took a lot longer to make up.

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The Suggestions of Physics

We’ve done several “universal remote” gags over the years. Way before that forgettable Adam Sandler movie. We were fast forwarding and rewinding time and space before it was cool. And after. And now that it’s cool again.*

This reminds me of the time we got our first DVR and we were watching live TV and one of my daughters (she was pretty young at the time) asked why we couldn’t skip through the commercials. I said, “Because they haven’t happened yet. We can’t fast forward into the future.”

It’s a funny story and we still tease her about it, but the truth is we live in a time shifted culture where past, present and future get jumbled up into a squishy reality where one night Clint Eastwood talks to an empty chair…

The next night the empty chair talks back…

And now Clint is set to remake Every Which Way But Loose staring opposite the empty chair.**

If you missed Clint live, you can rewind and re-watch or just skip the actual event and fast forward to events that never took place or may take place in an alternate reality of your choosing.***

Maybe as RJ and Hammy imply, the laws of physics really are just suggestions.

Wouldn’t it be nice if we were older
Then we wouldn’t have to wait so long
And wouldn’t it be nice to live together
In the kind of world where we belong.****

*Because I say so

**Should be true, but isn’t.

***Not the one where Clint and the empty chair remake Unforgiven.  That would be wrong.

****Where you can fast forward through commercials that haven’t happened yet.

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