The Off-Mission – a 100 word story
The clowns came over today. They were just on their way to Kentucky. The big boss knows who to send on an off-mission, I mean, no one would suspect a clown. They always get their target and those poor bastards just don’t know what hit them. Was it the little plastic hammer? Maybe it was the pennywhistle? Those are so deadly. One note played the right way and all the gray stuff comes running out of your ears screaming. Not this time though. This time it was that little electric hand buzzer. Gets them every time. Those clowns are good.
Hi there and thanks for stopping by. I’m Guy, and you’re listening to my surreal sketchbook of reality.
Episode 11, Stuff Comes Running Out of Your Ears
Repetition creates patterns, and patterns can help us organize our world, making some chaotic sense of it. This episode Is a semi-philosophical look at patterns. I’m not a professional philosopher by any means and my approach can be quite absurd, illogical and not at all that serious, so – you’ve been warned. Do not take this podcast too seriously. If you tend to take things too seriously, this might not be the podcast for you. Seriously. I mean it. Find another podcast to listen to.
You’re still here? Good. Let’s talk about patterns. We need to keep our world organized in order to make some sense of it. Patterns can sometimes come to our aid here. They can give us the security that comes with knowing that one thing comes after another. Let’s consider a simple pattern as an example, the pattern of day and night. That pattern has two opposite components that fluctuate with each other, coming one after the other. The repeatable pattern of “day, night, day, night,” is recognized by us and we know it to be a relatively unchanging pattern. Night always comes after day and vice versa. We expect that. In a way, this simple pattern lets us predict the future and that is what pattern recognition often does.
Patterns in nature are pretty common though not often as precise and sometimes quite chaotic. You can find it in the wandering of birds or in the sleep habits of polar bears. You can find patterns in the movement of clouds and the changing of seasons. The fact that patterns let us predict the future can help us find out where those birds are most likely to wander off to next year and they can help us create weather forecasts. If we make pattern recognition into a science, we can even predict the future of the human race. That is how the notion of the technological singularity, which I’m probably going to explore in a future episode, came to be, by exploring the exponential growth patterns of technological trends. I’m trending towards taking a break right now. I’ll be right back.
Army – a 100 word story
The army of clowns slipped and fell, slipped and fell. Child laughter could be heard from houses with barricaded windows. Apparently, someone buttered up the road. Dogs started barking nearby. Doors opened and the dogs started coming out, seeking out the clowns. Bites and screams followed. “You should have stayed in the circus” shouted someone, “You make a lousy army”. Some people started opening their windows and throwing flaming rocks at them. The clowns started running away in the opposite direction, trying to avoid bursting into flames and running out of town. That’s how the army of clowns was defeated.
Welcome back. We can recognize patterns in the most unlikely of places. We can find patterns in the movement of mountains and be surprised by the fact that mountains actually move. We can also find patterns in the movement of people and be surprised by the fact that people actually move. Patterns in the movement of people are called behavior patterns and they are the basis of a brunch of psychology called social sciences.
People don’t move the same way as birds. They don’t fly, well, mostly they don’t. Studying thair movement and thair behavior patterns can bring much insight into what those crazy humans are up to. Looking at those patterns you might find many similarities between both individual humans and groups of humans, but then you might notice that every individual human is a little bit different. Groups of people also have behavior patterns that are similar but not exactly the same. That follows the rules of chaos geometry, were looking at the whole you zoom in on the smaller parts of the whole and see that they are similar but not the same. When a pattern is chaotic it can’t be predicted precisely but only in an approximate manner. That way we can predict that the next episode of this podcast would have two 100 word stories and a single topic cut into two parts, but we can’t predict what those would be exactly. This concludes episode 11 of this podcast. Close the door on your way out and don’t forget – I’m just a figment of your imagination.