More Grandpa Davey Speaks
A Path with a Heart
A Stop at Willoughby
Can't Captue It
Invest in Yourself
Killing Me Softly
Leave it to Beaver
Lost in the Grand Canyon
Mind Over Temperature
Mother of all Storms
No Sense at All
Not Shadow People
Squirt Gets Run Over
The Cheapest Medicine
The Golden Calf
Ticket to Freedom
Two Types of Girls
Vaya Con Dios
Where's the Beef?
Worst Case Scenario
I once read a story of a planet
inhabited by colonists sent from Earth to avoid a global cataclysm.
All of the people received an implant at birth that prevented them
from pursuing lines of thought that could lead to the development of
mechanized warfare. After many millennia, they had
sophisticated technologies that provided them an advanced modern
society. When it came to developing something dangerous, for
instance, the wheel, it just never occurred.
In the story, several people
discovered that when solving a problem through its logical stages,
an obvious next step failed to occur. An individual would just
think they reached a dead end. Only as a group did they
realize the illogic that the obvious next step was denied them.
I don't recall if this realization enabled them to override this
programming, only that they became aware of unseen forces
controlling them. Like most science fiction I read, maybe this is
more science than fiction.
Shortly after the events of September 11, 2001, someone discovered
that when folded in a particular way, U.S. currency displays images
of the occurrences of that memorable day.
The revelation of this did create some short lived curiosity among
people and then faded off into the realm of trivia. Reactions
were generally: that's weird, how could they know, or the events
must be a conspiracy planned years in advance. Some thought it
purely coincidental, like seeing Jesus on a potato chip.
I would have thought the logical reaction would have been headlines
in the press, congressional inquiries, and a field day for
investigative journalists. It would have been as if the
Martians had landed. Alas, Martians, feel free to visit
Where did the obvious questions go? We should want to know:
- Who discovered this?
- Was it perhaps an origamist
playing in his wallet?
- Did someone know beforehand
and wait to publicize it?
- Who revealed it to the public
- How do I know? (many still are
- When was the artwork
commissioned and by whom?
- Was this a message planted by
These questions remained unanswered
and are rarely asked.
My initial response was that this is proof of time travelers.
In a way, I still believe this to be the case, but find the answer
to be much simpler.
I once heard that our existence is both sequential and simultaneous.
One day, I'll tell the story of "The Drill Press" in which I'll tell
how we can change the past as easily as the future.
There is no mystery to the
mysterious money, we just decided it to be so. The mystery is
why, as in the science fiction story, we are not curious.