A while back, I mentioned what I thought was a deficit in WoWW (world of woo-woo) reports.
This was promptly followed by not one, not two, but three sets of keys to the farm truck disappearing, although with my favorite Beechcraft flying hat. This last one being where my FAA WINGS Basic and Advanced pins live…so that ticked me off.
Last week, though, everything showed up – including the missing hat – but neither Elaine or I can recall putting it where it was found: Back of my closet behind some clothes. Then again, the missing truck keys appeared in places I remember looking for them, too.
All this and CERN isn’t even operating. Boy, I can hardly wait for that to start up.
On topic, a note from the “radio ranch” (a fellow ham in North Carolina with similar tastes in old-school vacuum tube radio gear) showed with with a number of thoughts that I forgot to pass on.
…about the perceived Woo Deficit.
Several possibilities self-suggest:
1) There really is an ebb and flow to strangeness. (of any kind)
Seems likely. Nearly everything else pulses with change.
The work of Terrance McKenna, while called psuedoscience,
may contain some indicator of strangeness — or “novelty” as
he called it — being a human-mind influenced quantum effect.
“When you’re paying attention to It, It’s there: when you look
away, It vanishes until re-called into Being.”
2) It’s only something (the woo drought) we notice: the rate of
woo-ness is a Random Variable With Limits, and while the
curve of event counts is jaggy, the longer-term mean is smooth and
constant. Consider buying a new car. Suddenly you notice hundreds
of the same model, where you once thought you hardly ever saw one.
3) The People slightly tired of it. After reading nineteen reports of
missing keys suddenly turning up mysteriously, the twentieth carries
somewhat less impact. Most excitable people have by now reported
their oddball event, and there are fewer left in the Not Reported Yet
4) There’s no “Ah-HA!” moment: no Answer, no Resolution, no
satisfying denouement. A riddle without an answer grows dull
after some time. Now, if somebody made a Great Call-out for New
Input, promising a vigorous and solid scientific probe and analysis
of It — perhaps with the hope of Discovering A New Truth — then,
I wager a new tidal wave of reports would pour in. The novelty
and interest level will have been re-stimulated.
Which gets us around to two ponders.
The first one is “How does size fit into all this?”
There are multiple reports of large objects simply ‘winking out’ and ‘winking in’ – perhaps the most notable of these being aircraft that disappear from otherwise normally operating radar, only to reappear a few seconds to minutes later.
This phenomena is most often cited along with references to the Devil’s Triangle or the Bermuda Triangle. But appearing and reappearing planes happen all the time. Including one incident mentioned in the book “Ethics of the Royal Netherlands Navy” where a disappearing and reappearing jet turned out to be a civilian Brazilian aircraft.
More interesting are the UFO reports – like this one – where they pop in and out of radar tracking.
We’re back to our old friend – the spectral issue. At a low dose, woo-woo, nothing is out of the ordinary. At a more gross level, events become noticeable. But then at still higher levels rational responses appear.
Things may be blinking out all around us, but unless your attention rests on something that’s “missing” it will likely be there the next time you go looking for it.
Take this weekend, for example.
I know it was there – I was just enjoying it.
But it seems to have disappeared, although I’m hopeful it will reappear Friday.
Tropical Rain Forests of Texas; Some Future Forecasts
Huge forest fires in the West seem like almost a sure thing this year.
Not intending to offend both of our California readers, but you know Texas is swimming in water this year; at least here in the Outback.
Tyler, Texas, about 45-minutes north of us (where there are signs of civilization like banks and restaurants) has chalked up more than 15-inches of rain this year, so far.
By comparison, San Francisco has managed 2.18-inches, LAX reports 2.01 inch. Even Portland, Oregon has a mere 11.62 inches year-to-date.
Seattle? Another story. 13.66-inches. But this is the city Elaine and I have been dragging our feet on moving back to because it rains so much up there. Or, at least, it used to.
Denver has about 2.59 inches this year while Phoenix is looking at 1.15-inches.
Up around Reno, there’s been only 1.5 inches of rain this year. Last year was even drier – with 1.15 inches and that’s far cry from a “good water year” like 2006 when almost 4” had fallen by today’s date on the calendar.
We know from experience with the Texas drought over the past several years that these things come and go. All the legislating and hand-wringing and water fines don’t keep climate from doing what it will. It’s just we’ve never been so hard-up as a society that we’ve had to “make-up” new and creative ways to tax and spend. There’s that much lack of innovation around now.
With the except of a few people who grokked the change early – this rollover to consumer super-saturation economics – like the gaming industry – the amount of fundamental innovation is, frankly, disappointing.
People getting worked up over idiotic new toys – like smart watches – which are completely redundant if you have a phone or a tablet. All that’s need is a $5 app and a $20 wrist-mounted sensor. Yet, almost without a doubt, someone will develop a continuously wearable heart monitor. Worst of all, someone will buy it.
The reason there’s a Depression coming is because people have not “re-visioned” themselves a new world. When you look at the heyday after WW II and Korea, what was going on? Sure, terrible wars and all, but while out there in the trench, a ton of men and women were revisioning the future and then they set about building it.
The last several wars the US has been in have been gigantic failures because we managed to forget that a successful conclusion to a war depends on nation-building. And that goes for here at home, as well.
Electronic tribes are useful substitutes for sitting around a camp fire with a friend or two, but it’s not the same thing. Steam and Social aside, we’ve gone so far down the path of digital cocooning that we have become a society of what I can socialpaths: Digiots.
You saw last week that car sales began to soften?
Trends are additive when you consider the future. Brain dead people who feel disenfranchised, spent their time on useless/pointless social, and don’t go in hock?
Not a pretty economic picture.
Once we get the sense that a peak of the “recovery” is in, people will pull in their spending even more, and that will leave us with a massive drought, people displaced by technologies – just like in the Great Depression – and then we’ll listen to anyone who comes along and promises a better Free Lunch.
Through the smoke of America’s resource burning (figuratively now, perhaps literally by this fall) the cycles of history, cycles of drought, and cycles of generational ambition ought to play out as they always do.
If you live in dry areas, put “Review of homeowners insurance for wild fire loss” on your list this spring – as soon as you get your taxes done.
Off to another Monday we go.
Write when you break-even,