Which comes first – chicken legs or egg timer? I think for me, it was probably the egg timer. Chicken legs came later in life. Mum used to make baked chicken but memory is strong on egg timers which weighed more in my mind that chicken legs. Certainly egg timers have more mass than force, at least from outside the realm of the timer. I mean it’s all force with a chicken leg, scratching around in the dirt looking for grit, with their head cock-eyed down to the earth and sky for an instant. No the face of an egg timer is pretty straight and it doesn’t exert any force whatsoever, except on the mind of the child watching it. Which is why egg timers, mechanical ones are a pain – they tick along like a chicken scratching. What you really need is the timer that just has sand falling down inside a glass. Yes but they are hopeless mate, what happens is that the sand falls down due to the force of gravity, it has some small mass, and then when it’s all down you basically spin the thing over and it starts again, but unless you are watching it, you don’t know when the time limit is reached. I think there is something comforting about having a ringing or dinging of things, ring ding at the end of an allotted span of time, you wind it up, set it on the table, and then at the end of the time interval, it rings, just like the phone. So you go get your egg and turn it off on the stove. Yes for sure now you don’t need an egg timer – now I can set any time I like on the microwave, put the egg – all mixed up – inside a bowl – and just turn on the microwave, which automatically turns off – and the ringing thing is to tell me to “REMOVE FOOD”..
As if I didn’t know anyway – hungry for the egg, and eggs come before chickens as you all know.
Yes it’s all chicken and egg with mathematics as well. What comes first ? The chicken of an idea or the egg of theory. Which has more courage, which succumbs to the mass of criticism or the force of pure reason. Lets be reasonable now. The old equation learnt in high school – F = MA is the same. It implies kind of that Force = Mass x Acceleration. Newton again, but definitely gravity existed before the apple on the tree, and the Acceleration faced by the Apple was due to the Gravitational Force acting on it’s mass. So a more natural equation would be —- A = F/M … yes I think I like this better, but you see typesetters don’t like division A = F/M. So what happens when the mass goes to zero – dummy. ? I hear the critique coming – then basically the acceleration is infinitely better isn’t it.
So what you are saying is that without the Mass of Criticism, there would be infinite acceleration of an idea, with just the slightest amount of reason behind it. Yes, it can get a bit that way with people. Wake up with an idea, hide it from the critics and with a minor reason – go destroy something. It is very hard to make something decent without a mass of criticism to balance your force of reason out.
I had an idea about string theory. With a kiwi fruit just sitting there on the table, it looked so … I don’t know passive – just sitting there, as though not to be loved, forced down by gravity on a table waiting for someone’s enjoyment or neglect. Inside a whole universe of life, but outside, just an object of still life. Waiting for a painter or something. As an Idea with no reason whatsoever, I felt the urge to tie a string to the kiwi fruit, as though it was a present perhaps, or like the world on a string perhaps.
There are many string theories, most of which are not comprehensible by the average person, even mine. I am sure my string theory, an idea, without the force of any reason whatsoever, with the gravitational impact of a whim and with the mass of intellect of what it takes, waiting for the microwave pseudo egg timer to go off, or my wife to say “please REMOVE FOOD from the table, and what is that silly string doing tied to it ?”