If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.

- George Washington

Sunday, 7 November 2010


In a recent post, I told an old joke:
  • The pessimist says the glass is half empty
  • The optimist says it's half full
  • The engineer says the glass is bigger then it needs to be.
The comments provided some interesting additional angles on the topic. And now we have another take on the issue:

H/t to Tom Paine, whose thoughtful and intelligent blog I recommend.


  1. An additional refinement is that a fully empty glass empty of air, i.e. in a vacuum, would be full of quantum foam. If you are ever served a pint of a quantum foam of virtual particles in a bar pay the man with virtual money. Virtual money appears as money and antimoney before cancelling iteslf out in a time so brief as to render the money undetectable except as a solution to Schroedinger's equations irrespective of the Fermionic mode or Bogoliubov transformations. It's more widely known as, 'having a mortgage'.

  2. Antimoney isn't all that rare as a substance. My bank account is full of it. I have no idea what happens when it meets real money, as this has never happened.


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