Relative Inconveniences

That thing they say is extra small
Does absolutely not at all

Possess a quality called size
When by itself, you realize

The thing depends on something large
Like a tractor or a barge

To juxtapose it side by side
Because without it, it will hide

From you this metric we call small
There's no such quality at all

That by itself can surely say
If a thing's petite or way

Too fat to fit in these old jeans
(The pants are small is what that means)

If you find a thing so wee
You need a glass to even see

And nothing's to be found that's smaller
I'd like to know, give me a holler

(Best when read in the gravely voice of William S. Burroughs while pretending it is illustrated by Dr. Seuss.)

A Gentle But Stubborn Heresy

The Electron can hardly decide
To display an appearance or hide
The spark of synapses
Wave function collapses
The seer and seen coincide

If you wave to me I will take it as a sine

Aside from Einstein’s mind-bending notion of time as a dimension, Relativity also means that the data point D on the sine wave above is a part of the sine wave only in relation to all the other parts. Without that relationship it is a meaningless piece of data: an amplitude at a point in time. The waveform is like our breathing in and out, charting out the states between lung-full and lung-empty. But there is no point in time or thing you can isolate as a breath. It is a process, not a thing. Continue reading “A Gentle But Stubborn Heresy”