December 2015 —Day 22: “I’m not weird, I’m limited edition.” OKAY. Let’s be honest. I wasn’t intending to publish this but I am CLOSE to freaking out!!! All my stock works have been accidentally wiped out from my computer (except this one) which means I literally have nothing to post for tom and the days after that. I need to stock up on my quick works ASAP so please send in your requests if you have any!! ):
I would like to inform you all that there was a published book where Sabrina the Teenage Witch accidentally magicks herself onto the bridge of the USS Voyager. It is there that we, the audience, learns that the Borg once attempted to assimilate the race of witches that Sabrina belongs to, but gave up when they discovered that witches have no technology.
There’s been some great videos about the physics and philosophy of teleportation released recently.
Above, check out CGP Grey wondering whether the Star Trek’s teleporters are suicide machines, and what “beam me up” means for the continuity of existence. I mean, if you get teleported to a new place in the universe, do you stop being you? This one has some serious implications for whether you’ll be able to sleep tonight, trust me.
Jake from Vsauce3 looked at that same logical paradox this week (plus a few others) by turning the lens on his recent cancer surgery. How much of your body would you have to replace, piece by piece, before you stopped being you? It’s the Ship of Theseus, human edition.
To take this to a bit of a meta level, Grey and Jake also published videos discussing what happens when two creators accidentally make video about the same topic in the same week. It’s a great discussion on the creative process. I should add that I can personally verify Jake and Grey are, in fact, two different people, and this situation is not the result of an online video existential paradox. We’re not going that meta.
Finally, MinutePhysics asks if quantum teleportation, the only teleportation that actually exists in any real way, makes all of these questions moot. Or not.
Okay, so it’s like you made a beautiful dress…but you accidentally put the zipper in the front instead of the back. Well, you gotta rip it out and reset it. Does it stink? Yeah. Was it a ton of work the first time around? Yeah. Is it worth it? Yeah.
It’s a great dress.
And you can’t go out naked.
My mom, when I came to her crying about how hard it is to edit the first draft of my book.