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AND if fleas cared about going to college

If the planet were smaller, gravity would theoretically be lower, and jumps could be longer… which might improve Flea-Norma’s ability to get back to campus, but might also cause her to overshoot and end up a couple flea-miles past her destination.

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Sometimes I want to stab Abby with Occam's Razor.

Not circles, really– just very long lines. In order to decide whether your assumption is truly the simplest explanation for the facts, you must examine other assumptions you have and deduce whether they are the simplest explanations for what they explain, and so on. Eventually you’ll be trying to articulate why you believe in the most basic facts, assumptions so self-evident that we don’t even have words for explaining why we believe them to be true. And that’s when you realize that a very long line of reasoning is just as pointless as a circle.

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 salt and batteries!

Sometimes it’s difficult to define what is a metaphor and what isn’t. The word “shell” has many uses– a nutshell, an eggshell, the shell of a turtle or a clam or a bullet– but they’re all considered equally literal because the meaning of “shell” (at least currently) is seen to be very broad: “a hard outer covering.”

Yet, presumably, one of those uses came first; presumably there was a time when only one type of hard outer covering was called a shell. For instance, if the shell of an egg was the first thing to be called a shell, did people consider it a metaphor when the next thing (a nutshell, perhaps) was given that name?

When someone took the word “battery,” back when it only meant “beating” “or “bombardment,” and used it to refer to a group of weapons, was that a metaphor? Perhaps not, since weapons are used for battering. When someone took that meaning and used it for a cluster of power cells, was that a metaphor? Perhaps not, since by then the word “battery” may have begun to refer generally to a group of objects. Yet you can’t really say that “battery” for “beating” and “battery” for “power cells” are literal in the same way. Language is sometimes so counterintuitive…

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a Wordsworth a thousand puns

More than a thousand, probably, depending on how many frames per second you use.

In college I took a digital art class where I learned to make animations and computer games, and all that came of it was this ridiculous little movie. I really discovered how hard it is to portray in pictures what it’s so easy to say in words. (And I think there’s a scene in there where someone turns out to be an alien, too.)

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