things I thought about on Sept 10 2010

I came across a post from 2010 where I mentioned some of the funny thoughts that kept me entertained, that week. Wanna read?

  1. idea for a Little Red Riding Hood story from a cats perspective. Little Red Stripey is going to bring Nanacat a mouse…
  2. thinking about the importance of repeats in fairy tales. And how fun it is to read those aloud.
  3. idea for the sad story of Knight ChromePlate who is born in the modern times. Sadly, there are no more dragons or damsels in distress for him, he has to cope with the IRS and normal sane women. He cannot even park his horse at the supermarket!
  4. Thinking about how lungs and intestines really are part of the outer skin, folded inwards. Only when something penetrates through this skin (or seeps through) does it really arrive on the inside of you. In your bloodstream. What are the implications of this view for what you eat and things you dig out of your nose?
  5. in the wild a cat will typically live to an age of 3 or 4 years old. As a pet however it will live to be 20 years. Which factors are in play here? And can we extrapolite them to humans? Humans ‘in the wild’ will be 25 years old, typically. Living indoors could raise this age to 120, you’d think. Are the stretching and napping that cats do all day clues how humans too can live to a healthy old age? (since 2010 I have learned that humans ‘in the wild’ only average to 25 years old when the large number of baby deaths is considered. Once adulthood is reached ancient peoples could easily live to be 60 or more)
  6. The American segment of the knitting site Ravelry.com seems to consist of very opinionated people. Do Americans perhaps nééd opinions, as a culture? Their news is covered in that way too. It would drive mé crazy itchy, if the news offers me an opinion together with the facts. Is that a sign of the culture that formed me?
  7. Dragons are often pictured as some sort of leguana with wings. But that’s wrong because all animals have four limbs, except insects. What if dragons were to have evolved from insects? How would that look? Insects have an exo-skeleton with all its characteristics —> how would that work for dragons? how large could a dragoninsect grow with one of those? And how do insects get such strength from their little legs anyhow?
  8. it’s strange that we can eat species that are far from us on the evolution tree. We can eat and ‘internalize’ shrimp and fish and chicken which are all very different species. Or are they not so far away from us? Or does it simply come down to deconstructing amino acids and fatty acids of which they are all made? (since then I feel much strongly for the evolution tree that has the shape of a dog: all its body and limbs represent bacteria. It’s just a little tuft of hair on its bald head that represents the non-bacterie such as humans, trees, insects, fish, modern dinosaurs and slimes)

new subjects I hoped to think about the next week back in 2010 were:

  1. how alternating acid and base milieus are very important in various processes. The digestive system for example. Or dyeing wool. Or the making of chicken stock. But especially the wool dyeing. I also would like to learn more about dying wool with fermentation baths that dye wool by alternating acid and base. (little did I know then that fermentation mainly stands for “bacteria are involved” and that acidity is only relevant in relation to bacterias preference)
  2. the fact that to the ancient Celts a day started on the previous evening. Think Christmas-eve, Sinterklaas. That means a whole different perspective from our view on what a day is and how it is composed. Where its crescendo lies. We see the evening as a closure of the day and the night as recuperating before we rise and shine and start a new day that will tire us until evening rolls around. If you think the Celtic way than the night is not ‘a pitstop outside of time’ but a prelude to the morning, to the day. When a Celt rises in the morning half his day has been done.

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