Early this morning there was another crash. Bean was second on the scene.
Bugs checks out the third dimension from behind.
Gravity, it seemed, had prevailed.
There was nothing to be done about it.
There may have been damage done to the wall.
Yes, there may have been.
Bean righted the situation as best achievable under the circumstances. Bugs pondered them.
What is the true nature of gravity?
Bugs consulted Granddaddy Gravity: Sir Isaac Newton.
This passage in Newton’s memoires gave Bugs pause. He found it strangely resonant, on the subject of Bean’s persistent inability to understand (understand Bugs? Newton? gravity? strange attractors? which? we may never know):
“I do not know what I may appear to the world, but to myself I seem to have been only like a boy playing on the sea-shore, and diverting myself in now and then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me.”
Bugs would like you all to know that the Royal Society has invited him to address the October 2011 Discussion Group. If you’re in London then, do stop by. The topic is: “Emergent magnetic monopoles in frustrated magnetic systems.”
The thesis is, of course, self-evident.
Bean has little patience for any of this. What she really wants to know is:
How about that Sir Isaac, for some kind of bodacious-looking dude?
Yeah, he kinda looks like Chopan or even that guy with wild hair and a serious face on money (cant remember which, hamilton?)
Bugs and Bean must really have some kind of empathic communication conection going on. The way bugs produces the perfect pics for the monologs… that can’t happen on accident. Theres a special bond there. I think I will dubb it: the beanbugs connection.
We are pretty much strangers to money here, so we can’t answer for guy with big hair. The Beanbugs Connection? I like it.
Bugs, never forget that Newton ALSO invented the Cat Flap!
This must be why Newton was voted more influential than Einstein.
whatever happened to “what goes up, must come down????”
Another pebble in the ocean of truth. Simple, time-tested, elegant.
Bugs, I find your topic fascinating. Especially the prospect of developing nanostructures which could be utilized in evolvable neural networks — our Beans sure could use some smarting-up. Unfortunately, I will be unable to attend your lecture. Would it be possible to get a copy of your notes? I’d love to discuss the latest by Surya Ganguli, Fibre Bundles and Gauge Theories in Classical Physics: A Unified Description of Falling Cats, Magnetic Monopoles and Berry’s Phase. I’m sure you agree that his example of falling felines is reprehensible. Almost as bad as that crazy Schrodinger character. Ugh, Beans!
And for heaven’s sake, PLEASE ask your Bean to clean up my typist’s atrocious punctuation! She is totally useless when I wake her up too early. Thank you, Bugs!
JhaJha, one period inserted & no trouble at all. As for my paper, I wrote it with you in mind, so of course you can have the notes if you really want them. But I’ve just been informed that the Society will post the presentation on YouTube within 24 hours of the meeting. So I suggest you go that route and skip wrestling with my own substandard transcriber’s pathetic attempts at my meaning. I never look at those notes anyway. As for Ganguli, I think he should be subjected to
enhanced interrogation techniquesthought reform, along with his sidekick Batterman — Batterman goes on at butt-numbing length about “Falling Cats, Parallel Parking, and Polarized Light.” One redeeming feature as far as Batterman is concerned is at least this guy admits that the debate over the “reality” of gauge structures may not really be fruitful. As you point out, though, gauge structures aren’t the problem — it’s the cattitude that needs serious enhanced adjusting.
Ah! Brains and cuteness! We are taking over for sure!
A lethal combination. I pay homage to females here. After centuries of oppression, you lot have deeply understood the potency of cuteness. Another strange attractor. Under deep cover of which lurks: Brains. Lesser males are rendered ineffective.
More-evolved males like myself, of course, watch and learn.
Let’s keep this discussion undercover. In the commentary.
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