Obligatory "ignore this space" : https://sacoronavirus.co.za

Venus doesn't seem to be all that interesting to astronomers. That's just a feeling I get; I may be wrong: to me the planets are as interesting as the equivalent number of cogs, however many that is; that is, unless there is any truth in the idea that the stomach is sympathetic to them. Calling the sun a planet, which suits me because I have as much direct knowledge about what's inside one of those things as I have direct knowledge of what's inside what I'm on top of, then one planet certainly does have a great effect on more than my stomach.

History shows us that by getting on top of a body that goes round and round the same thing we go round and round we gained all the direct knowledge that anyone cares for; so we can let the governments of the world figure out the rest with their instruments.

But we can be quite beside ourselves without any footprints on the moon. The evidence is quite clear when we think of the use of a pendulum to weigh the world, as opposed to the use of laser beams.

The motion of a pendulum gets us to look at a change in energy. But to get to energy we need to look at momentum and force. Starting from energy we might force our way down to something simpler, but either way we'll need to look at the Real number line and talk of Integrals. I can't mention differentials without mentioning the overuse of the variable t for independents; which necessitates my mentioning the coincidence of it being tea time, and that butter is too much effort for me--that is, I can't starve myself so as to keep my un-Scientific descriptions free of politics and religion.

And then I find myself thinking of happy families in slow motion, with the thought of home-made swings, which happy families track each other's motions; which reminds me at once of the difficulty a single mother must face in learning to trust that her son has learnt sufficient caution (or daughter, but I don't have any examples that girls needed to learn caution) and of an overbearing father who overstepped the line with me. To save myself from describing a fish that I never caught, therefore, I leave this as a half-hearted attempt at describing Ideal Mechanics--which only describes motors in Classics that Englishmen used to be able to build.

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