A sleepy philosopher born in an age of ruthless efficiency, John Cartan is forever bewildered. As an explorer of the human condition, he travels not by the straight line, but by the absurd meander. He is at his best when utterly lost. For more essays, projects of no apparent redeeming value, and other trivia, please visit his electronic hermitage of Cartania.
Projects of No Apparent Redeeming Value: "The great ponarvians of history are not lucky fools who in their madness happen to bump into great discoveries. Rather, they are skilled and relentless hunters who endure the hoots and sneers of the unimaginative and bring to light the most elusive prey. "
"Another lesson I have learned along the way, a bitter lesson that every lover struggles to deny, is that, even in love, uncertainty is as inescapable as death. "
The mechanism was crafted so that the force of gravity caused a stately procession of the ship shortly after the page was lifted. So that's how the letter worked, but how did the dream itself work? I won't ask what it "means," but, in general, how do dreams do what they do? Are there any patterns we can detect? If I could turn my dream over what kind of pins and slots would I find?