Caution: This post contains a four letter word!
Let’s begin with some quotes:
  • “The happiest conversation is that of which nothing is distinctly remembered, but a general effect of pleasing impression.” – Samuel Johnson
  • “Marriage is one long conversation, chequered by disputes.” – Robert Louis Stevenson
  • “Polite conversation is rarely either.” – Fran Lebowitz
  • “Conversation about the weather is the last refuge of the unimaginative.” – Oscar Wilde

We are a curious mob of rambling conversationalists on Aleta. By ‘mob’ I mean pretty much anyone that’s spent more than an hour on Aleta. Here are some examples (dialogue is unattributed to protect the opinionated):

Stuff we discuss

Did you read about the program to send human DNA into space? It’s kind of a backup for humanity. There’s a Kickstarter project to raise money for it. Huh, have you ever read Kurt Vonnegut’s short story, The Big Space Fuck? It was basically the same idea. Fiction is stranger than truth, or at least there’s history you’ve not read.

With the universe expanding and the distances between other intelligent species, the problem is that we may simply go extinct before we find another life form. So perhaps we are the seminal species, we are just too early in time and have yet to populate the universe.

That’s possible, plus there’s the possibility that our universe is just one of many, many universes, all existing simultaneously – multiverses.

Why is it that humans have no trouble imagining an infinite future, but can’t handle the idea of an infinite past? Why do we need origin stories? The Big Bang theory is simply another origin story that we’re back-filling the science into. You can’t trust any science that gets the church’s approval.

You know Vonnegut was very proud of that story’s title. He said It was the first time the f-bomb had been used in the title of a piece of literature. No sense of false modesty there, eh?

Besides all that, in the multiverse there may be infinite universes that may have existed forever. Does that mean the infinite monkeys with infinite typewriters really wrote all of Shakespeare’s works? Probably.

It reminds me of that Star Trek episode where the Enterprise became some greater beings key chain and is subjected to some kind of intergalactic voodoo. Perhaps our entire universe is hanging on someone’s belt loop. Perhaps we’re an electron to an atom in some mindbogglingly larger context.

Perhaps we’re just obliquely quoting Douglas Adams for effect. Mindbogglingly! Such a great word it’s not really an adverb, it’s really a bit of onomatopoeia. Whatever happened to Zaphod Beeblebrox anyway?

You know I listened to the original Hitchhiker’s series on the radio in England when it was first broadcast back in the dark recesses of the last century. Even by the standards of Dr. Who, the sound effects guys almost completely overwhelmed the dialogue. It wasn’t easy on a crappy transistor. Wall to wall sound effects. Who knew it would grow such legs?

Wang ComputerMy uncle talks about the ‘edifice complex.’ When a brilliantly successful corporation builds the headquarters to end all headquarters and soon goes bust. Take Wang – please! Wang Towers in Lowell Massachusetts cost many millions to build. Wang went bust and it eventually sold for $500K. $500K!

If his theory is correct then we should short Apple! They’ve so seriously succumbed to the edifice complex with their new headquarters that the company is simply doomed. Proof point? Their latest Mac computers have been a huge disappointment.

I wanted to buy a replacement for my old MacBook Pro and the new ones were simply horrible. So, I bought an HP for half the price, if only it ran MacOS instead of Windows 10.

Windows 10, what a complete disaster! Steve Balmer should win the prize for the most destructive CEO in history. Nothing good happened at Microsoft under his watch and now Windows is like Facebook, constantly spying on you.

The entire user experience is a complete mess. Windows always had three different ways of doing the same thing, now it has three completely different user interfaces all doing the same thing – it’s crazy. Having used Windows since version 2.0 it’s kind of exciting to see dialogue boxes from Windows NT keep popping up, I keep wondering what else is in there!

Does hell turn you into a true believer or is it just like the Spanish Inquisition making you work with Windows 10 – pure torture? Hell on Earth?

The thing about atheists and true believers is that they’re both cut from the same cloth, there’s really no difference between them. Both are absolutists, one believes, the other doesn’t, it’s that simple, except for agnostics, belt and braces, you can’t be too careful, after all. Do agnostics ever have to choose? What about when you’re at the Pearly Gates, is it too late by then and, besides, what happens after than? Purgatory?

At the risk of being unimaginative, what’s the latest weather forecast? What’s ol’ Patchy Fog have to say for himself? It weird that we’re in a foreign country and can still occasionally pick up the weather radio. But, the Bahamas accepts US dollars as their own, so it’s not all that foreign…

Let’s end with Some quotes:
  • “Listen, three eyes,” he said, “don’t you try to outweird me, I get stranger things than you free with my breakfast cereal.” Douglas Adams

  • “And so it goes…” – Kurt Vonnegut


  1. Inspire me, then, didactic muse,
    Beyond clichés and pompous views
    Of Art and Science,
    To be dulce et utile,
    To speak sweetly and usefully
    About the world and th’academy
    And their alliance.

    Seamus Heaney

    1. “You may be an undigested bit of beef, a blot of mustard, a crumb of cheese, a fragment of underdone potato. There’s more of gravy than of grave about you, whatever you are!”
      – Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol

  2. The only shorting I ever really understood was circuits. So help me to know whether this is correct: shorting a stock is selling it when you don’t own it, promising to deliver the shares by a specified later date.
    That being so, the problem about shorting Apple is that you can’t predict when their stately pressure dome will turn into a crater. The greater fools who keep bidding it up (and they will rise again, almost certainly) have such deep pockets that they can persevere long after your promised date poops out.

    1. If you’d shorted in September you’d be a happy camper now. But given the opening of Apple Park (they meant Apple Core, surely? – ed.) and it’s spaceship design, the edifice complex looms menacingly over those denizens of Cupertino…

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