Time is circular

It’s the end of the year 2009. There’s also something you should know. I’m not affected much by holidays, as in I don’t do anything special on or for them. To me, they’re like another Sunday. The days pretty much blur into each other.

Time is circular. Seasons change, things change, people change, stuff happens, but time goes on. In fact, we humans can’t comprehend how time continues to go on and on (except for the movie Titanic, but that’s another story…) that we have to break it up. Like years, and months, and days.

Time is circular. In fact, the very notion of time itself is questionable. Sure the sun rises at dawn, and sets at dusk. You think the sun cares that you designated a time called “dawn” and “dusk” for it to rise and set? The sun just happened. It just spun all 9 (sorry Pluto) 8 planets around it, while orbiting another larger source of gravity. What does time mean?

Time is circular. In fact, if you think about it, space and time are the same. If you walked from one spot to another, how far did you cover? What if I asked you how long you took? Is it the same? What if you didn’t move, and just sat there for an hour? It just meant it took you one hour to move zero metres.

Time is, perhaps, an illusion.

I started out with the goal of thanking you for reading my blog, for tolerating some of my inane writings, for finding something useful out of others. Then my mind wandered, and I wrote something philosophical, and very likely another one of those inane writings I mentioned. Let me get back on track.

It’s been about 2 and half years since I started writing. Perhaps you found a programming article useful. Perhaps you found a funny article. Perhaps you corrected me on a blatant mistake. Perhaps you’re too shy to voice your opinions (I know, I’m psychic, remember?).

I thank you.

Yes, even you, the mutant genius squirrel who’s living in some forest plotting world domination. Wait… what am I talking about…

My goals for 2010 are:

  • Create a small business selling game/RPG products at Honeybeech
  • Get better at math
  • Get better at programming
  • Get better at writing
  • Make people laugh (in a good way)
  • Tell better stories
  • World domination

Since time is circular, there’s no real point in setting goals just for the new year. You should be doing that all the time, and readjusting as needed anyway. But hey, I need to change my calendar, so it’s a good time as any.

What are your goals?

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Dementors, Patronuses and their Muggle equivalents

A dark addition to the world of Harry Potter, Dementors are vile and loathsome creatures, whose only objective is to suck every single happy feeling out of humans. As MuggleNet, the most comprehensive guide to J.K. Rowling’s novel, puts it

Dementors feed on positive human emotions – happiness, hope, excitement. Their mere presence sucks every happy feeling or memory from any human present, leaving only cold dark despair in its place. The worst experiences of the victim’s life will flood through them as everything positive is stripped away.

Oh, and these foul beings absolutely love granting humans their special gift, the Dementor’s Kiss. The recipient of a Kiss will get their soul sucked right out by the Dementor.

Fending off a Dementor requires summoning a Patronus, guardian of the summoner’s soul and happiness. The Patronus appears as a silver glowing animal, the animal form dependent on the summoner, and is formed from the ethereal positive feelings of the summoner. It then barricades itself between the Dementor and the summoner, thus protecting the summoner from harm.

And why in the name of Merlin’s pants am I talking about Dementors and Patronuses?

Because Dementors truly exist in the real world, just not in the form described above.

The real world Dementors don’t wear cloaks nor do they have a horrible visage. They actually look a lot like us. They can be your parents, your teachers, your friends, your colleagues, the stranger you meet in the park or your nice next door neighbour. Anyone at all.

Armed with their happiness-sucking ability, they proceed to dampen every daring dream you have, every glorious goal you strive for.
“Oh you’ll never make it.”
“It’s just too hard, isn’t it?”
“That’s impossible.”
“You’re a failure, and you’ll always be a failure.”

What you need to do is slowly disassociate yourself from these people. Or ignore them. Whilst it’s hard to do for certain people (like your parents), you can do something to help yourself: summon a Patronus. Just like a true-blue wizard or witch, fill yourself with the happiest memory you can recall the moment you feel the cold despair emanating from these soul suckers. Then blast every cell in your body with the euphoria, forming an invisible barrier, thus rendering you impervious to their debilitating words.

It’s sometimes hard to summon a Patronus under the best of conditions, let alone being continually besieged by these unbelieving, depressing people around you (or descended upon by tons of Dementors in Prisoner of Azkaban). Just practise bringing up happy memories and feelings, hold them in your mind for a while, and soon you’ll be able to summon Patronuses as instinctively as the boy who lived.

Waving a wand and exclaiming “expecto patronum” is optional.