Wednesday, May 19, 2010

And So We Wait

When the booming voice came, everyone heard it.

As nanotechnology is to you, so you are to us. Let us explain.

Even with our most advanced instruments, the smallest objects and forces were beyond our technology. However, we knew they were vitally important to understand. So we created your universe and encouraged intelligence to evolve. We knew that intelligent life would eventually seek to explore and understand the world around it, which you have done admirably.

Thanks to your unquenchable thirst for knowledge, we now know more than we had ever dreamed possible about the building blocks of our existence.

We wish to congratulate you and thank you.

Now, however, you have begun to probe even further. Some of your recent cosmological observations and theories prove that you are on the verge of discovering the truth about your universe. Your research would no longer advance, because all your focus would turn to us. Therefore, we have decided to end this experiment.

We hope this message provides solace - your existence has had tremendous meaning and usefulness.

And so we wait.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

On spills

Oops, you spilled your juice on the table. Here let me wipe that up for you. There, all clean!

I guess that's the image that they want to conjure up when they say there's an oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Instead, here's what's we ought to be thinking of:

You come home from work and discover that someone has broken into your house and taken a sledgehammer to your kitchen faucet and its shutoff valve. Water is spraying like a fountain out of a broken pipe, and there's no way to turn it off. There's water all over the kitchen, ruining the cabinets, the furniture, etc. It's collecting on the floor and making its way into your dining room to ruin your family heirlooms. It's also seeping through the flooring into the basement, where it's dripping onto your pool table.

But it's just a spill, right?