Hatboy’s log, additional: Hawking

I was saddened to learn this morning of Professor Stephen Hawking‘s death. He was 76 years old.

I don’t understand even a fraction of the things he knew and spoke of, but his was a simply incredible mind. Humanity was richer for his existence, continues to be richer for his contributions, and is now poorer for his departure from this biological state.

Not a bad run, for a man who was given two years to live back in 1963. Guess when you’re the master of time, space, matter, energy,  cosmology, relativity, quantum mechanics and the underlying mathematics of it all, you can make two years go a long way.

It would not be much of a universe if it wasn’t home to the people you love.

About Hatboy

I’m not often driven to introspection or reflection, but the question does come up sometimes. The big question. So big, there’s just no containing it within the puny boundaries of a single set of punctuationary bookends. Who are these mysterious and unsung heroes of obscurity and shadow? What is their origin story? Do they have a prequel trilogy? What are their secret identities? What are their public identities, for that matter? What are their powers? Their abilities? Their haunted pasts and troubled futures? Their modus operandi? Where do they live anyway, and when? What do they do for a living? Do they really have these fantastical adventures, or is it a dazzlingly intellectual and overwrought metaphor? Or is it perhaps a smug and post-modern sort of metaphor? Is it a plain stupid metaphor, hedged around with thick wads of plausible deniability, a soap bubble of illusory plot dependent upon readers who don’t dare question it for fear of looking foolish? A flight of fancy, having dozed off in front of the television during an episode of something suitably spaceship-oriented? Do they have a quest, a handler, a mission statement, a department-level development objective in five stages? I am Hatboy. https://hatboy.blog/2013/12/17/metalude-who-are-creepy-and-hatboy/
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3 Responses to Hatboy’s log, additional: Hawking

  1. stchucky says:

    Today, I wrote two blog posts about giants.

  2. Damn, now I’m saddened too! That’s a pretty amazing lifetime given his condition, but still far too soon. A giant indeed! And what a loss for memes, too! Sorry, I don’t really believe in “too soon” 99% of the time!

  3. Also, “Hatboy’s log”? The less I hear about your logs…any of them…the better!

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