Friday, March 28, 2008

I'm not radical

But I really wish I were. Most of the time my activities are rather conventional and even mediocre. No meditation this morning on account of a late night of writing to beat a deadline for a newspaper article I was writing. Now I'm torn between writing this and washing the dishes.

I have two envelopes from my bank, unopened. One is a bank card, the other a pin code. Should I open them?

Bank, blank, crank, dank, flank, frank, hank, lank, plank, prank, rank, sank, shank, shrank, stank, tank, thank, wank, yank . . .

Bottle, coddle, dawdle, puddle, throttle, waddle, yodel . . .

On her corner a beautiful whore
Stood across from the diamond store
She said to a John
Whom she'd rather turned on
"Fetch a rock and I'll show you some more . . ."

The meteorologist, Coddle,
Found a most unusual Puddle
He could tell by the moisture
That it once held an oyster,
A bottle,
And a shepherd who yodeled.

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Here's a story idea that came to me last night:

As you all know, we live in an infinite, eternal universe where anything at all is not only possible, it is inevitable. Therefore somewhere, out there, there is a planet exactly like Earth, give or take a few minor details.

As it turns out, Russian computer hackers I know managed to hack their way - don't ask me how! - in to the Internet of this "other Earth."

At first, they thought they'd just hacked in to another part of this Earth's Internet. Then they noticed that the dates were all wrong. You see, one of those "minor details" is that this other Earth's timeframe is set a few years into the future compared to us.

Other "minor details:" McCain wins election. US bombs Iran, pissing off entire Persian nation.

In an intriguing act of revenge, Iranian Jews (of which there are some 30,000 living inside Iran) construct a network of "nuclear volcanoes" - giant atomic rocket thrusters - around the world with which they plan to control the Earth's distance to the sun, thereby controlling its climate and increasing the value of Iranian energy assets.

Trouble arises when the Iranian Jews ignite such volcanoes in an effort to move the Earth a bit further away from the sun. Instead of moving the Earth, they cause its rotation to stop, although it continues to orbit the sun at the same distance as before.

The result of their actions is an Earth with one half drenched in constant sunshine and the other half in endess dark of night, lit only by the stars and moon.

The Iranian Jews try to reverse things, but because the Americans have destroyed several of their volcano-thrusters, it's not so easy. When they try to start the Earth spinning by using the limited thrusters they do have, they instead end up pushing it further away from the sun and succeed in cooling it off, even on the sunny side.

Even on the sunny side, life is not so good. The weather is terrible, lots of winds and precipitation. The US military manages to stay active, with its mobile command stations, un-interruptible power supplies, walkie talkies and so forth. But basically the only comfort is found within geodesic structures called "Noah Domes" launched by an enterprising little company, Groovy Geometry. The domes are like enormous tents that cover and protect entire communities from the outside elements. Such domes on the dark side even have their own internal "suns". Power comes from nearby power stations, such as nuclear power stations or geothermal electric plants which derive electricity from geothermal activity deep in the earth (question: if the Earth stops spinning and/or moves away from the sun, will geothermal activity also stop?) They are called "Noah" Domes because they contain as many examples of terrestrial life as possible - fruits, vegetables, dogs, bugs, birds, etc.

Later events include:
  • volcano thrusters are replaced by "zero-point field energy"/electrogravity (ZPEEG) propulsion systems thereby turning the entire planet Earth into an enormous faster-than-light spacecraft.
  • Moon is ignited into a gigantic fireball (see Sir A.C. Clarke's *2010, Odyssey Two*) whereby it becomes a local sun, restoring Earth's original climate. Moreover, wherever "Spaceship Earth" goes in the universe, it takes this new sun with it.
  • Political debates erupt concerning where "Spaceship Earth" should go. Some people demand the Andromeda Galaxy, others wish to explore star systems within the Milky Way

Monday, March 10, 2008

Stormy Monday

It's 5:11 p.m. I've done very little of the stuff I've gotta get done. But I've got 4 hours and 49 minutes before bedtime. I'm sorry to bore all you readers with what I must do, but for the purpose of clearing my head and to prove to myself that I can at least do this, I will type a list of what I must do.

1. I will prepare a mid-term exam for my journalism students. This gets top priority. I will find a suitable article around which to base the exam and I will make it.
2. I will find all the students' articles that are ready to be posted to the web and send them to Sven, the student editor.

I think this is all I will do this evening. Tomorrow I will rise at 5, meditate, practice Yoga and head off at 8:30 to meet my two media planning clients at MC Media in the morning, then I will come home for an hour, during which time I can ring someone at OTP home leasing for the leasing article the BBJ expects me to write.

Then, at 11:30 I will leave for McDaniel College to administer the mid-term. Once done, I'll head over to Sanoma magazine publishers to meet my client there at 3 p.m. Then I'll head home to write the article on the Hungarian Irish Business Circle party this past Saturday. Lucia has agreed to do some research for me on this during the day while I am teaching. It won't be a long article, so I'll finish it before I go to bed at 10.

Wednesday morning, if all goes according to plan I will meet with Steve Torocskei with whom I can get more trend information on leasing in the Hung market. With luck, he'll supply me with some people to call to get more info. Then I'll head home, arriving around 11 where for 2 hours I can call these folks about leasing and eat some lunch. Then at 1 I'll head over to MC Media to meet this new client there. Once done, I'll head home, arriving at about 3. Then I'll commence to write the leasing article, make supper, etc. God willing, I'll finish that by ten.

Wish me luck!