Musing: Wrong side of the rainbow

I’ve not put much thought into this, but I thought I’d write it down anyway.
Everybody knows there is a pot of god at the end of the rainbow, but rainbows are arcs and thus have two ends. Whats on the other end of the rainbow? I reckon that it’s something that is no where near as nice as a pot of gold.
I’m not sure what but it could be something sinister, or something irritating. or it could just be a sign saying:
“Sorry you’ve reached the wrong end of the rainbow, pot of gold on other side, better luck next time.”
On reflection I think the wrong side of the rainbow might be seen as the wrong side of the tracks. Maybe it’s where the bad things live? Who knows.

Story Idea: I for one welcome our <x> Overlords

So I’ve thought up an idea for a seris of short stories that I’d like to work one. The basic premise is things that seems totally harmless rising up and taking ove the world.

I’ve so far got an idea for two of these, one is based partly on a dream I had a fewweeks ago and partly on a Poem/Song I wrote when I was 15 (I’ve got no idea where the poem is now, I may have a copy on my web server), the other is based on a random thought I had yesterday while tidying up the house, which as I was tidying just grew and grew.

I’m going to try to write these up as soon as I can, they shouldn’t come to more than 1k words.

But to give you a teaser The working titles are:

“I for one welcome our Faery overlords” and “Rise of the Butterflies.”

I’ve scribbled down the opening sentence of each of them on a scrap of paper, because I know that for me that is the hardest part.

Anyway I’ve got paid work to do at the moment.

Relegion and Memes

I was reading over the shoulder of somone on the bus this morning because I’d forgotten to pick up a copy of the Metro and the internet connection on my phone wasn’t working so I couldn’t check twitter and I saw that they were reading Richard Dawkins’ The Selfish Gene which I’ve never read but I’m familiar with some of the concepts of, Albeit because I’ve read Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson…

I’m facinated by the concept of the Meme (Wikipedia) which is:

“is a postulated unit or element of cultural ideas, symbols or practices that gets transmitted from one mind to another through speech, gestures, rituals, or other imitable phenomena”

Dawkins postulates (from the few paragraphs I could read over this poor guys shoulder) that memes are like organisms, in that they evolve and also try to stay alive byt combining. For example the section I was reading said that Hellfire in it’s self is a scary thing, and the fact that worrying that it might happen to you when you die if you are a bad person perpetuates it, RD also postulates that the concept of god is a meme, but if you mix these two concepts together you get a God whom if you don’t beleive in you go to hell, the hellfire meme in essence make the God meme more powerful.

Anyway…

I got to thinking about how all of these memes at some poin had to be thought up by somone, they passed into common lore and then became revered, which led me to…

Ceiling Cat is Watching you Masturbate.

(Wikipedia)

I thought up a society where hundreds of years from now all the internet memes that we take one look at and think “Hey thats pretty funny” were the tennents of society.

  1. Everyone fears the almighty ceiling cat which has merged with the God meme.
  2. Rik Astley’s Never gonna give you up is the accepted way of ending a formal letter.
  3. Macro cat Images are considdered high art.
  4. The Starwars Kid‘s (You tube) moves are considdered to be a sacred dance.
  5. Leeroy Jenkins (Wikipedia) Becomes synonymous with CHARGE!

Et cetera…

Would it be such a bad world, I’m sure it would be a world filled with mirth and amusement, maybe though there would be a dark side and people would use the message of peace and love that Ceiling cat intended to bring to us as a reason for wonton slaughter.

Anyway I leave you with this…

Inability to sit still.

I find it milldly amusing that two stumbles in a row stumbled upon gave me something to do with not being able to sit still. Especially when I’m feeling like I’d rather be running around the house than, doing work.

The first a quote by Blaise Pascal:

“I have discovered that all human evil comes from this, man’s being unable to sit still in a room.”

And the second a video by Keith Schofieled about drugs.
The video is actually a music video of a song called “I can’t sit still” by Wintergreen with the method of synthesizing a number of mind altering substances using household ingredients, you can find the original video here.
As a T-Totaler I’m don’t really condone drug use, but I find it interesting that despite the amount of legislation there is out there on this kind of stuff that it’s that easy to do.
Do not try this at home, you might kill yourself if you get it wrong.
Video after the break… (Warning it autoplays, I’ve tried to get it not to)
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