It’s Monday morning, and I’m at the train station ever-so-slightly later than usual*, because I slept a tiny bit later, having stayed up quite a lot later than usual last night. That was because The Power of the Doctor was on BBC America starting at 8pm, and I was quite wide awake even after it was over.
It was pretty good, though not as good as The Day of the Doctor, but then again, that was hard to beat. The ending was a real surprise…but I don’t want to give any spoilers, except to note that I like the fact that the thirteenth doctor stepped outside the Tardis to regenerate so she didn’t trash it. I’ve already given spoilers for the presumed heat death of the universe, that’s more than enough. And that’s okay because the chances of anyone alive today in the universe being around to see it and having their surprise ruined are so small as to make winning every lottery in the world seem a near-certainty. At least, that’s my intuitive estimate.
Also, I could be wrong about the heat death of the universe. It could end in some far more horrific fashion.
I just noticed something curious, speaking of time travel-related shows: In the little Microsoft search bar at the left of the toolbar on the screen, just after the Windows symbol, there’s a little stylized jacket and skateboard from Back to the Future II, the least good of the three movies (in my opinion). I wonder what that’s about. But I don’t wonder enough to look into it. If anyone reading this happens to know and cares to leave a comment about it, I’d be grateful, but it’s not important.
Nothing is important, really. Or everything is. Either one is the same statement, when you get down to it, or at least they’re equivalent statements.
Of course, importance is a relative measure. There’s no absolute importance scale like we have for temperature. Importance is also subjective. What’s important to one person is different from any (and probably all) others. Importance is also variable, it being an estimate in the mind of the beholder that varies from day to day, year to year, decade to decade, and so on, for any given person. If you’re not convinced, try to think of the things that were most important to you when you were five, then when you were fifteen, then twenty-five, and see how your priorities have changed.
Hell, when you’re old enough, just being able to sleep through the night without having to get up to go to the bathroom several times can be amazingly important. I have a head start on that, in that I wake up anyway, so I sometimes get up to go to the bathroom preemptively. I’m clever that way.
Oh, speaking of being old enough, I want to send out a (belated) Happy Birthday to my cousin, Lance, who apparently reads this blog with some regularity. I didn’t write any posts over the weekend because I didn’t go to work, but I hope he had a good birthday and enjoyed himself.
My own weekend was basically rather frustrating and annoying, but a lot of that was just because I was there. Of course, that’s rather trivial when you think about it. Any given person cannot be frustrated or annoyed unless that person exists and is “present”, whatever that might mean in any given circumstance.
I did do something rather funny, yesterday. I made a note using my phone’s video feature about something that I have realized before but had never recorded: microwave popcorn tastes quite nice, and is a pleasantly easy snack to eat while watching (for instance) the sixtieth anniversary Doctor Who special, but it leaves a smell that lingers in the air for hours, and that smell is rather reminiscent of nether bodily effluvia.
I think it’s funny that I used the video function to record me commenting about that. I would normally** have used a voice recorder app rather than wasting video, which has the unfortunate effect of recording pictures of my face, but my new phone doesn’t have an easily used voice recorder app. It has a recording app. There’s an app simply called “recorder” and it has a waveform of sorts as its icon.
I don’t think it has anything to do with those wooden (or plastic) flutes they have you try to play in grade-school level music classes before you’re ready to use real instruments, but when I tried to use it, once, to record a quick note to myself, it asked me for all sorts of permissions and things, and I decided, “You know what? If it needs to get clearance for all sorts of things that I have to give it clearance to do, then I don’t want to record my notes on this app.” Honestly, why can’t it just be like the previous app, which recorded what you said, just like an old-fashioned Dictaphone, and stored it as a file named based on the date and time of the recording?
Apparently, the camera function doesn’t require any permissions of that sort, though it’s recording presumably just as much audio information, and a ridiculously unnecessary (in this case) amount of video information.
Oh, well, what are you going to do? The world is stupid. But, well, it would be, wouldn’t it? It’s just a planet, after all, how smart could it be? And so is human civilization stupid, or at least human society on the local, daily level. I suppose that, taken as a whole, human civilization is the smartest thing that we know of in the universe, but that’s not saying very much. Most of the universe is vacuum, filled (slightly) with whatever “dark energy” is, and that’s getting bigger all the time.
Dark energy really is bringing down the average cosmic intelligence, but it’s not as if it was high to begin with. Or even to middle with. As far as we can tell, right now, it’s as smart as it’s ever been, and that’s just because of human civilization*** is smarter than, say, the moon, or a star or a black hole or a nebula or “dark matter****”, or anything else.
Anyway, before I bring down your overall intelligence too much, or at least your mood, I’ll call it done for today. I’m not that happy even still to be around for another week, if I’m honest with you (which, in that, I am*****). Hopefully that won’t happen too many more times. Some promising signs have occurred recently, but I’ve been disappointed before, as I was particularly for the last five days.
I hope you all feel more upbeat than I do. It’s not a high bar to clear.
*By which I mean, I got here at my self-scheduled time, in time for the usual, second train.
**So to speak, anyway. I don’t know what I’ve ever done “normally” in my life.
***You can watch my video about there being no life in the universe, effectively, if you want to explore these thoughts further.
****As far as we know. We know so little about the substance of dark matter than I guess it could be amazingly intelligent. But there are good reasons not to think that’s the case, so far.
*****Though I can make no promises about honesty at any other time. How could I? If I’m honest, the promise would be true by default, and if I’m dishonest, then the promise might be dishonest. It’s a pointless promise to make, as are all too many promises.