Thursday, March 11, 2004

Had an amusing dream last night - one could make small objects (glasses, pencils...) float in the air, if they were very finely balanced and placed in the correct position. In my dream I rationalized this by saying the centripetal acceleration from the rotation of the earth was holding them up - they were in geosynchronous orbit! This would be possible at the equator if the earth sped up so that we had about 1 hour days, which is much faster but not as if it would be flashing night/day like a strobelight. Likely dream motivation: I've been rereading the Hitchhiker's Guide before I go to bed, and am at the point where Arthur learns to fly by ignoring gravity...

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