It’s Wednesday, and I cannot summon the will to write on The Dark Fairy and the Desperado, so I’ll do a bit of writing here as I discussed yesterday. I’m not sure what the topic will be. I did at least come up with a headline that amuses me, though I doubt anyone else will find it funny. Still, you can’t rely on anyone else to amuse you—they’re much more often infuriating—so you might as well amuse yourself.
There’s no dearth of potential topics out there in the wide world, from the war in Ukraine, to the January 6th hearings, to recent Supreme Court rulings, and of course, “mass” shootings**. The latter, though certainly serious and important, still constitute a mere rounding error in the overall gun deaths in the United States, the majority of which are still suicides, as I understand it.
All of which nevertheless makes clear that, whatever your take on gun control/gun rights, there’s little doubt that we have a mental health problem in the USA (anyone reading my writing can surely testify to that fact). In some ways it’s merely part and parcel of our overall healthcare issues, but I suspect that there are aspects that are orthogonal to, and in addition to, all the various other issues we have with our healthcare system. I’m not part of that system anymore. I don’t have insurance, nor do I go to any doctor, though I am one myself (no longer in practice). My own health is one of the things about which I am least enthusiastic—which is really saying something.
Of course, in six days (if all goes as scheduled) the James Webb Space Telescope will release to the public the first of its scientific data so far. Actually, the telescope itself won’t be releasing the information. Though it could be considered a robot, it’s not that kind of robot. NASA and/or the various agencies and institutions involved in the research being done will be the ones releasing the info.
Isn’t that just typical? The JWST does all the work, but various groups of humans take all the credit. Humans! Ptooey***!
As for me and my house…well, I don’t actually own a house, though I live in one, but its state is up in the air right now (figuratively speaking). I’m being moved into a different room in it so the owner can then rent out the remainder of the house to people as yet unknown. Meanwhile, my former housemate is doing repairs and upgrades and whatnot, cleaning up after the people who were there before (who were nice, but were messy as well as unreliable, still not having paid for their last 2 months of utilities yet—I covered all that myself). He’s been using this new sports energy drink powder that’s making him a little too wired, and he was doing odd repairs at about eleven last night, right outside my room. It woke me up, and I was rather cross; I don’t like surprises much.
Anyway, I’m apathetic and stressed out, all at once. I’m also still at least a bit ill****. It’s all terribly interesting and exciting…but only in the sense of the curse, “May you live in interesting and exciting times”.
I’m working on editing a video project or two, which I expect I’ll mention a bit more tomorrow, during my usual weekly blog post. That editing process reasserts the reality of my appearance upon me, and I really doubt I will do any more such videos in the future.
I honestly still don’t know what, if anything, I will do beyond the immediate future. I have no plans of significance, and I have no real hopes. At least, there’s nothing to which I’m looking forward. No, not even the JWST results, nor even the findings from the latest startup of the Large Hadron Collider, which surely won’t give anything that can be coherently shared with the public for months. At least we can reassure anyone who still fears the LHC might produce some dangerous phenomenon that will obliterate the planet, by pointing out that cosmic rays of similar character to LHC collisions but vastly greater power—I mean there’s really no comparison—strike the upper atmosphere of the Earth countless times every day and have done so for as long as the Earth has existed. Fortunately (or unfortunately), none of them has wiped out the planet. That’s a tremendous number of missed opportunities on the part of nature, if nature actually did want to destroy us*****. So, there’s no reason to worry about the LHC. Looking through a magnifying glass at something interesting in the grass is, honestly, more likely to do damage; if it’s a sunny day, you might accidentally focus sunlight and burn an insect or start a fire.
So, please be careful, anyone who still has the childlike sense of curiosity that might make you go out in the field and look at things under a magnifying glass. First, do no harm.
*Because even though it looks like it ought to be prime, it isn’t; it’s divisible by 17 three times. 53, however, is prime. 57 is not. 59 is.
**Defined in physics as shootings that interact with the Higgs field, and so cannot ever travel at the speed of light.
***I doubt the JWST really cares—it was never designed to have such mental states, even if humans knew how to design and create such states yet, which humans don’t.
****Physically, I mean. There’s little doubt that I am, have been, and probably will be mentally ill until the day I die.
*****Clearly it doesn’t, because if the universe, or nature, did want to kill us, we would be dead, instantly. There are innumerable ways the universe could obliterate all traces of life on Earth if there were some actively hostile will behind it. We living things are, after all, extremely tiny and insignificant on any scale but that of our own minds.