caught filching ... errrr, caught remembering imperfectly
Received e-mail this week from the artist and animator Gerry Mooney, who lays claim to being the creator of the famous poster
It isn't just a good idea.
It's the law.
(Mooney's original phraseology) and says he first had his poster published in "Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine" in July 1982.
That's good enough for Vleeptron.
You can see Gerry Mooney's original poster (and he'll be happy to sell you a copy) HERE. Click around his website and you'll also find his award-winning short animated cartoon about a vampire nun elementary schoolteacher.
At top, the version stored in and re-created from my Wet Carbon-Based Memory for decades. After Gerry Mooney's e-mail, I have stolen his apple and added it to my version.
Late into a long life, Isaac Newton remarked on the famous story about the apple dropping on his head, and said it was true, not just a popular fable (like George Washington chopping down his father's cherry tree, a concoction of the pop biographer Parson Mason Weems).
Plague shut down Cambridge for a year in 1665, and the 22-year-old Newton returned to the family farm in Woolsthorpe. Sitting in the orchard, he wondered whether the force that dropped the apple on his head was the same force that kept the Moon in orbit around the Earth. In fairly short order he computed that the Earth pulled at the Moon at roughly the same strength and rate as it pulled the apple to the ground, given the farther distance from Earth to Moon, and assuming the force diminished in strength as distance increased according to
Oh, okay, this isn't hard. Suppose you measure the strength of a force between 2 points which are separated by a distance of 1 kilometer, and your Radio Shack Force-o-Meter registers strength 1.
At 2 kilometers, the Force-o-Meter will register strengh 1/4. At 3 kilometers, 1/9. At 4 kilometers, 1/16. This works for gravity and for light, radio, all sorts of fundamental forces in the physical universe.
Below, Uwe Bressem's correction of my poster. Uwe Bressem is a remarkable professional chef as well as a remarkable artist. But if you want to eat his cooking, you probably have to go to Berlin. Art you can send by e-mail; alas this is not yet possible with fine food.