Questioning Reality: Watt’s flat?

Questioning Reality is an occasional series and is a complete work of fiction.

The views contained herein are nothing whatsoever to do with the author, and instead are based on the views of the character ‘Thom’. Thom is a fifty-year-old gardener who likes talking to begonias. Although, she may be a twenty-eight-year-old secretary who sings spiders to sleep. Or perhaps he’s a 25 year old panel beater who likes the history of Queen Nefertiti.

Names, where necessary, have been changed, but also where necessary, they haven’t.

Historians used to think the world is flat. Not modern historians, I hasten to add, but history’s historians. I don’t think they had time in those days, although they may have used the occasional sundial. Even though the world curved around in front of them, and they were surrounded by hilly hills, they were still of the impression the world was flat. Nothing anybody said to them to convince them otherwise changed their opinion, and fruit and vegetables such as onions, tomatoes and apples hadn’t been invented yet.

They were probably around back then, in history, but went by a multitude of different names. It wasn’t until the mid to late 1600s when a historical figure by the name of John Ray (sometimes Wray) began a vast classification project of plants and animals that existence began to take on a more structured look. From these yellowed pages, onions eventually became a vegetable and tomatoes a fruit. Presumably, before this classification exercise, they were probably known as ‘weepy thing’ or ‘squishy thing’.

Tomatoes may or may not have been red at that time. As the previously mentioned classification project was starting to take place, Isaac Newton, another historical figure, was discovering colour. Back then, red was the most light colour, and blue most dark. Or least light. You see, Isaac was working on light at the time and discovered the spectrum.

Also at the same time, research was beginning into electricity. Electricity had been a myth for thousands of years before this, even back to the times of Ancient Greece and before. Folk were regularly receiving shocks from creatures such as electric fish, or static shocks from stroking cats, but they had no idea what the effect was and put it to the backs of their minds. William Gilbert, yet another of history’s figures, wrote about a magnet in the early 1600s, and came up with the word electricus at the same time due to receiving a static shock after rubbing a piece of amber. (The Greek word for amber back then was ‘elektron’). Electricity now had a name, several years before fruits, vegetables and spectra came into existence.

Many years after the introduction of electricity into mainstream reality, James Watt (yes, another historical chap) discovered horsepower, nowadays shortened to power. The Watt was named after him. Power, in fact, is the rate of work over time, and it certainly took a lot of time for power to come into existence. Incidentally, James Watt wasn’t really looking into electricity, but steam engines.

The historical fruit, tomatoes, are a source of electricity – especially damaged ones. Lycopene, which is the red colouring in tomatoes and other fruit and vegetables, helps with the generation of electrical charges. The charge is only small, however, only 0.3 watts per ten milligrams of tomato waste, but it’s a start.

From a flat world to a flat tomato the world has come a long way.

The connections between everything in existence are quite remarkable, when you stop and take a look.

Next time: We may look at the invention of time.

Abstract Anemone

The Abstract Anemone dazzles its prey by a display of light from deep within its well-lit murky lair. It’s more of a fish than an anemone, hence its name, but it has four flippers that instantly change into claws when the need arises. It’s not friendly but has no teeth.

This is where my blank canvas took me today. I splodged. I splattered. I bubbled. I babbled. I created a creature and then wrote about it in fifty words. Creativity doesn’t always need to make sense… sometimes it’s more fun when it doesn’t!

Anything is possible!

Questioning Reality: Is 10 a Random Number?

Questioning Reality is an occasional series and is a complete work of fiction.

The views contained herein are nothing whatsoever to do with the author, and instead are based on the views of the character ‘Thom’. Thom is a seventeen-year-old spotty oik with a grudge against the world. Although, she may be a ninety-year-old grandmother who can pick up a stitch quicker than she drops one. Or perhaps he’s a 25 year old law graduate who likes listening to Pam Ayres.

Names, where necessary, have been changed, but also where necessary, they haven’t.

The oceans, the seas, the lakes, the rivers, and now the puddles are full. But just what constitutes full? The seas are full yet there is still enough room for fish and plastic. Puddles are full, yet they still have space for an Autumnal leaf to fall into, or a shoe with a hole or an irate driver to unexpectedly find, ruining new trousers. The rains still fall, and you can’t tell me that just because the oceans etcetera are already full of water the rains don’t fall there. So how full is full?

Space, on the other hand, is vastly empty. Although, that isn’t exactly true as it’s full of dark matter that we can’t see, feel, hear, taste or smell. This dark matter has recently been discovered by scientists, and may or may not be the same ‘stuff’ that exists or doesn’t exist inside Black Holes. Black Holes themselves have been known about for millennia but have only recently been photographed… and then it wasn’t the hole that was photographed, just the light around it. When you see the photo, you have to imagine that what looks like the hole in the middle isn’t there, even though it really is.

There’s a black hole in my washing machine. When its full of water and doing its thing, the black hole is shut off from the world, but when the cycle is done, and the water is drained away, the odd sock or two mysteriously vanishes along with it. Now I know that the water ends up flowing into the oceans, but we never hear about the oceans being full of odd socks, do we? So where do they go?

When you stop and think, even the most everyday of everyday objects can throw up a mystery, and it is those mysteries that make reality so interesting.

Look out for the next part of Questioning Reality. Coming soon.

Extra: The Warping of Time and Space – a behind the scenes disaster recovery analysis

This wasn’t my intended post for today, but as the intended post wasn’t ready, and this one was, this became the post for today. Maybe it shouldn’t have been, but that’s how it happened! Perhaps another question… answered. Well, actually no.

I had this post in my Live Writer, where I write the majority of my posts before sending them up to the internet to appear on my blog. Only this time, I’d written (over-written!) this post on the same page I had written the previous post, and, without saving it as a new draft in Live Writer, I published it instead… and much hilarity followed!

This post over-wrote the previous post on the blog, so the comments then wouldn’t have made sense. To make matters worse, the draft of the original ‘Introduction’ post hadn’t been saved, and when I tried to recover it in Live Writer this post appeared.

I had to search through time and space, and using Google’s cached-page search engine at https://www.ipvoid.com/cached-page/ I was able to retrieve the original post, and copy and paste the text back onto the original post. That issue sorted, I then had to get this post published… and horror of horrors! this text had then been overwritten by the ‘Introduction’ post. Sigh. Luckily for me, I’d opened the blog on my mobile phone’s browser whilst looking into the debacle above, so this post’s text was there, and all I had to do then was copy and paste that text into an email, and email it to myself from my mobile phone, and then copy it into the Live Writer for this post. Simple!

Is 10 a Random Number? Don’t ask me… I just write here!

Questioning Reality: Introduction

Questioning Reality is an occasional series and is a complete work of fiction.

The views contained herein are nothing whatsoever to do with the author, and instead are based on the views of the character ‘Thom’. Thom is a forty-year-old woman with an aversion to body hair. Although, he may be a nineteen-year-old army sergeant with immense experience of worldly affairs. Or perhaps he’s a 72 year old hermit who likes listening to Kate Bush.

Names, where necessary, have been changed, but also where necessary, they haven’t.

And as the author no longer keeps fully up-to-date with current affairs, the affairs mentioned herein may not be current. Or affairs for that matter.

Topics such as why is the sky always blue, which it isn’t, will be covered, as will the discovery of a blue-leaved plant and the search for a green-furred mammal. Important issues, such as the editing of television news prog

History will be visited to question today’s events as we will look to the future to predict just how current those events are likely to become. Quantum science will be looked into in minute detail, and major issues, such as just why is it that some people like the colour orange and not the fruit will be put under the microscope.

Why is some rain wetter than others?

How can it sometimes be warm when it snows?

How far can the truth be stretched?

And is reality really real? Is your reality mine? And mine yours? Can realities collide? What happens if they do? Do they co-exist? Overlap? Mirror? Explode? Is there anything beyond reality? Out there, for example, in space. If something isn’t known, is that reality because it isn’t known, or does it only become reality when it is?

See? Reality is already being questioned and we haven’t started yet.

Look out for the next part of Questioning Reality. Coming soon.