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I hate cliches, so some years ago I
resolved to tell C-space Happy New Year completely free of babies in diapers and
hunched-over old men. That's its only virtue: it's different.
Light -- a shortcut nickname for
electromagnetic radiation of all sorts, not just the narrow band of colors human
eyes can perceive -- has a well-measured speed and well-understood properties.
So light's speed and properties produce this Light Cone, and inside the Light
Cone is all we can ever perceive or remember about the Past, the Present and the
There may be other "stuff" outside the
Light Cone, but we can never perceive or know it.
I suppose I should also throw in a word
about The Arrow of Time. It flows inexorably in just one direction, and never
flows backwards (even though Newton's wonderful laws of motion and gravitation
and mechanics merrily work equally well forwards and backwards). So the Past is
always behind us, the Present is now, and the Future is always ahead of us, and
hasn't happened yet. And never Contrariwise.
Eventually we'll reach the Heat Death
of the Universe, but you don't have to worry about that any time
If you're preparing a big hoopla Happy New
Year whoop-de-doo at your local Midnight -- mine will be about 8 hours from now
-- please remember that this Magic Moment of the Odometer flipping over its
rightmost digit specifically references the Reformed Gregorian Calendar. There
are lots of other calendars, each with its own different Happy New Year date.
But for a variety of reasons, some logical and scientific, most entirely
arbitary, most of the world chooses to pop open a bottle of methode
champaignoise and shoot off colored explosives when the Reformed Gregorian
Calendar tells it to.
I just heard about 1,000,000 people in
Hong Kong sing "Auld Lang Syne" first in English/Scots Gaelic, then in
Vleeptron would like to thank Israel for making last
week's Pilgrimage to Bethlehem unsually welcoming and easy for Christian
pilgrims. Bethlehem's Church of the Nativity also got its first architectural
makeover in 600 years, and the little town's merchants apparently prospered.
Just like the first Christmas, but for happier reasons, there was No Room at the
For all Vleeptroids in Galaxy Dwingeloo-2
and on Earth and low-Earth orbit, Vleeptron and Agence-Vleeptron Presse and
Lenny & Spike wish you a spectacularly peaceful and happy 2014. Leave a
Comment and tell us how you celebrate the New Year. We eat black-eyed peas
(Vigna unguiculata) for good luck. If we can stay
awake until Guy Lombardo plays Auld Lang Syne, we'll drink a little methode
Labels: Arrow of Time, black-eyed peas, Dwingeloo-2, Einstein-Minkowski Light Cone, electromagnetic radiation, Heat Death of Universe, Pope Gregory, Vigna unguiculata