Welcome to the month of July! We’re now officially halfway through this wonderful year of 2020! What did I have to greet me when I flipped the calendar page to July? This wonderful summer scene of a fully furred wolf howling atop a snow covered mountain. Nothing quite conveys the sweltering month of July better than a snowy scene. Apparently, my calendar was supposed to be shipped to one of the observation stations in Antarctica, but wound up at my Mecca by mistake…
And with the comically bad photo matching out of the way, let’s get on with our usual Thursday bi’ness, and that’s answering Melanie’s Share Your World questions for this week! They promise to be philosophical, which means I’ll probably hurt myself trying to think. Please keep that stretcher handy in case I need it…
Must we have evidence to know the truth?
Only if you’re playing the game Clue. Everyone else is free to create their own truth from whatever they choose to believe is evidence of that reality…
How much control does a person have over their life?
Nowhere near as much as those sappy inspirational memes or Disney movies like to make you think you have. Life’s a constant lottery that begins the day you leave your vaginal hideout and doesn’t end until it finally kills you. Like with the real thing, the more tickets you buy, the better your odds of winning…. but in the end, the House always wins.
What is gravity and how does it work?
Ugh! This is giving me bad flashbacks to all of that fucking physics I had to take in college when I thought I’d make a career out of meteorology. I think I’ll leave this response to Professor Shadow…
SHADOW: Gravity is one of the fundamental forces of nature, a result of the curvature of space-time as laid out in Albert Einstein’s famous Theory of Relativity, which I hope you all have memorized. Now, let’s examine some of the basic equations that pertain to this fascinating feature in the physics of our vast universe….
BEARCAT: This is, like, SO BORING!!!
ZEEBA: Dafuq, Teach? I don’t understand this shit! Isn’t it time for gym class yet?
SHADOW: I see the mother’s pea-brain was passed along to her hopeless spawn. Well, perhaps a practical demonstration would help you two escapees from the special education class grasp this phenomenal concept with the fervor all intellectual beings should.
BEARCAT: Could you speak in English, please?
SHADOW: Sigh…. I test out with a five digit IQ, and what does it get me? An assignment teaching remedial science on the Shelf. Watch and learn, tiny ones…
SHADOW: Welcome to Professor Shadow’s classroom, lowly possum!
BUSTER: Wow, thanks for the invite, Professor! I’m answering the ad you placed looking for test subjects for unclassified ‘speriments.
SHADOW: Yes, yes… I have an experiment I’d like to conduct for the class on the subject of gravity. Would you mind stepping over here, please?
BUSTER: Oh, wow! How did this deep chasm pop up at the end of your classroom?
SHADOW: Nevermind petty details like that. Now, be a good guinea pig and show my students how gravity works.
BUSTER: If you don’t mind, I think I’d rather… (Shadow gives Buster a rather emphatic shove over the edge) Oh dear…..
SHADOW: Just like Sir Isaac Newton drew it up.
BEARCAT: That was COOL!!!!!!!!!!
ZEEBA: YES!!!! Gravity means BLOOD!!!! C’mon Sis! Let’s go push a bunch of the boys off the top of the school building!
SHADOW: Proof positive that even the densest brains can be penetrated with the proper educational techniques….
Can a person be happy if they have never experienced sadness? How about vice versa?
Of course they can. It’s appreciation for one that requires some experience with the opposite. You can’t really understand happiness if you’re never sad….
The cats have now been granted their usual access into my computer room since I am no longer scratching around them. I’m not ready to claim total victory over the fleas yet, but it’s hella better than it’s been for the past month and a half. And now I have two more critters on the SCT stage once again…