10.3.18

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“No indeed, the world is just as concrete, ornery, vile and sublimely wonderful as before, only now I better understand my relation to it and it to me. I’ve come a long way from those days when, full of illusion, I lived a public life and attempted to function under the assumption that the world was solid and all the relationships therein. Now I know men are different and that all life is divided and that only in division is there true health.”
–Ralph Ellison, “Invisible Man”

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On this day in 1849 occurred one of the greatest unsolved mysteries in the world of literature. Author Edgar Allan Poe was found in a Baltimore gutter—delirious, incoherent, and not wearing his own clothes. Four days later, he would be dead, having never recovered from the mysterious incident.

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One of the greatest American authors of all time. And we still don’t really know the exact circumstances of his death.

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There is something very not-right out there—I think you and I can agree on that.

Or rather: you may agree with me right off the bat because you assume we think the same.

My definition of not-right may NOT be the same as yours. Or it may be. We are simply not sure.

But as a baseline we can say: baseline, something is very not-right out there.

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In this article Professor Lord Martin Rees hypothesizes that it’s possible a screw-up with the Large Hadron Collider could result in shrinking the entire Earth into a “hyperdense sphere” the size of two football fields:

“…quarks would reassemble themselves into compressed objects called strangelets. That in itself would be harmless. However under some hypotheses a strangelet could, by contagion, convert anything else it encounters into a new form of matter…”

Which, in turn, reminded me of “ice-nine” from the Kurt Vonnegut Jr. novel Cat’s Cradle, which instantly transforms water into ice at room temperature in somewhat of a chain-reaction (turning the entire Earth into a popsicle).

Rees also posited that perhaps a LHC mishap may simply just rip the fabric of space/time as we know it instead—which feels, at least, a bit more “rock n’ roll” to my reckoning.

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Well that’s it for today, I guess. Have a good Wednesday.