Heat Dome – the Equator’s revenge for all those arctic outflows.

I have been sweltering under a heat dome for the last three days and take great joy (sarcasm mode engaged) in knowing another three, at least, are immanent.

I do not approve of heat domes.

Thankfully we have our trusty portable air conditioner, who over the last two years has only had to run for a few days. So far its been going flat out for seven. (with breaks between the o’clocks of 2am and 9am)

The ‘42’ in the title doesn’t refer to Sir Douglas Adams’s answer to everything, It’s how hot it got today, 42°C. That’s 107° for the Fahrenheitists among us.

That’s an ugly heat folks, and I am done with it.

To those of you in the neighbourhood, (I’m talking geographical not geo-political) I hope you’re managing to stay cool and hydrated.

The Fountain

Every now and then I come across a very unusual and perhaps challenging Science Fiction movie. One was Jerome Bixby’s ‘Man From Earth’, which I’ve posted about here, another is one I’ve just finished watching, ‘The Fountain’.(Warning: If you’re thinking about watching the movie, don’t click on that link!) The trailer doesn’t do it justice, but I’ve included it at the end of this post anyway … just to tease you.

The central captivating theme for me is the concept of Time being uni-linear. We might be entering a time where it’s possible for something to move faster than light, (although I think Albert would be jubilant … the theorists who have spent their entire careers believing in absolutes – not so much!) so why not shift through Time?

I think it’s only the left sides of our brain that really want Time to be linear, measurable, scientifically provable.

I’ve toyed a little with these concepts in Mortal Instinct and here’s a tip if you’re inclined to do the same; make sure you keep track of your timelines, no matter how convoluted you make them. There’s nothing worse than the moment you realise you’ve scripted an entire block of chapters in the wrong time-zone!

Not that I did that of course!


“If the Universe came to an end every time there was some uncertainty about what had happened in it, it would never have got beyond the first picosecond. And many of course don’t. It’s like a human body, you see. A few cuts and bruises here and there don’t hurt it. Not even major surgery if it’s done properly. Paradoxes are just the scar tissue. Time and space heal themselves up around them and people simply remember a version of events which makes as much sense as they require it to make.” Douglas Adams‘Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency’