Welcome to On the Prowl.
Spring has sprung! Okay, maybe it’s more like Spring is starting to spring. I’ve been doing a lot of thinking this month, but none of it’s about the stuff I’m supposed to think about. Now I’m pulling you into the fantastical madness of time travel, under the worm(hole) moon. Put on your imagination hats and hold on tight! TG
The worm moon is full at 2:50 P.M. EDT on Sunday, March 28, 2021. As you know, my dear readers, the full moons have many names, owning to many Native Nations. I wasn’t going to go with the worm moon, even though our favorite resource, the Farmer’s Almanac does, simply because worms are icky. They are. Yes, yes, they are the super stars of gardens and the earth, but they are still icky. You have to admit, Eagle Moon, Wind Strong Moon, Crow Comes Back Moon, and Sore Eyes Moon are much more appealing.
But I’m sticking with Worm Moon because of a conversation I had with my friend James that I can not get out of my head. It was about time travel and, well, wormholes.
Rabbit WormHole: Time Travel, not just for physicists
As I said, earlier this month, a conversation over the best glass of fresh squeezed orange juice I have ever had (Nellies Restaurant) had me thinking about time travel day after day after day. If you really want to get into the nuts and bolts of time travel, you literally have to be a physicist.
The physicist everyone has heard of, Albert Einstein, was one of the many who have contemplated the concept of an unconventional vehicle to crossing time and space. In 1935, Einstein and Nathan Rosen used the theory of general relativity to build on an idea originally conceived in 1916 by Ludwig Flamm. The idea was a shortcut could connect two different points in space-time. The shortcut is called a wormhole. The image shows space-time bending over itself and a wormhole forming between the two planes. What goes in one end at a point and time, comes out at a different one. Here is some reading on wormholes for satisfying that curiosity I know you have.
Now, let’s leave the physics to the PhDs and talk about the kind of time-travel where all you need is an imagination. There are so, so, so many stories about time travel because it is just fascinating. Rules of time travel are bound only by imaginations and provide a near endless topic of conversation of the “cans & can’ts”, “what ifs”, and “but thens”.
In my mind, if you were to consider “real” time travel, I think the time traveler could only go forward. Picture two space-time lines, one moving three times as fast as the other. A person stepping from the slow line to the fast line, staying for 12 months, and then stepping back would appear to have been done for 4 months. Conversely, a person stepping from the fast line to the slow line, staying for 12 months, and then stepping back would have missed 36 months. Every step is lateral and moves forward from there. The rate at which time moves may vary from planet to planet, galaxy to galaxy, etc., but it always moves forward. Why? Because of nature tends to disorder. This rule, called entropy, says that without a sustained input of energy, things rot, decay, fall apart, stop. So once something dies, changes, ends-that’s it. Game over. Reversing time may be imaginable but buildings standing themselves back up and bodies un-decomposing are not.
The image at the top shows space-time folding over on itself, as though it were a fabric where every stitch, once made, stays forever.
I don’t buy that.
I picture it more as comets that exists in space-time for an instant and moves on to the next, new instant. You can’t go backwards because backwards doesn’t exist anymore. You can’t go forwards because it doesn’t exist yet. You can go between to lines, stepping from one reality to another reality
I can suspend my own rules long enough to enjoy a good story, so let’s talk about the good and the bad of time traveling movies. As my younger son and I are re-watching the Marvel Universe, End Game is on the top of my mind. I enjoyed the way the team went back to get the infinity stones and yes, in fact, changed time. I’m dying to know where Loki will pop back up. I’m a superfan of the troublemaker. I had issues with the “unsnap” logic, but was cool with the time travel.
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban used the Time-Turner to get Hermione to class on time. The use of time travel there was fine. When they used it at the end (spoiler) with the patronus, there I had more issues. Harry claims to have gotten the confidence to do the advanced spell because he had, in fact, done it before, think it was his father. He did not, in fact, do it before because he wasn’t there before. It would have been a case of spontaneous patronus combustion the first time. Nope. A swing and a miss.
Back to the Future is now a classic and it’s hard to argue with time travel in a DeLorean. I like how this one didn’t attempt to not change the future, avoiding all the trickery of not being seen, etc. Marty meddling makes the future McFly’s life much better. (Yeah, happy ending.) It could have easily have gone the other way. I had no problem with the sequencing and logic of this one.
Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure. Comedies seem to do the best of time travel. Maybe its because the story lines are fairly simple, which makes it less likely to violate the rules they create. Undoubtedly, the lives of Napoleon and Socrates would have forever been changed by their expedition to the future, but that’s not part of the story, so we can suspend disbelief and just have a good laugh.
The original Terminator is one that will keep you thinking for days. The terminator is sent back to kill the mother of the man who is a political enemy in the future. Simple enough. The man sent back to protect the woman from the terminator…is the one who fathers the boy. Issues! How did the boy exist the first time if the man-father wasn’t even a glimmer in his own daddy’s eye? If the terminators are so smart, why didn’t they figure out that the way to stop the boy from being born was TO STAY HOME? Obviously, I have issues with this one.
And, finally, Superman (the one with Christopher Reeves). Lois Lane dies and, in his grief, Superman flies around the earth, counter to our normal spin, to reverse the spin of the world, and thereby time. Events thereby undo themselves and, voila, Lois lives. WHAT!?!?! How about how everything comes to a cataclysmic end when the world stops f-ings spinning!!!!
Now it’s your turn. Tell me how time travel works in your universe and what you loved and hated about time travel movies. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wormhole, the word game
Use a wormhole (short cut) to drop letters into a word from Autumn to make a new a word from Spring. Keep the first and last letter, change the rest. For example: The best part of fall TO A first flower of spring. Answer ColorS to CrocuS
Answers are at the end
Cotton that keeps you comfy TO a pollinator’s weapon: ________ TO ___________
Jack-o-lanterns TO what seeds grow into: _______ TO _________
Overnight ice crystals TO where seeds are found: ______ TO __________
Mysteries to Die For. Season 2: The Originators
Mysteries to Die For combines storytelling and original music to put you in the heart of murder, mystery, and mayhem. This season features adaptations of some of the first stories to be considered mysteries. Episodes drop every other Friday.
New to podcasts? An easy way to start is through my website. Click PODCAST
S2 E5a Sergeant Cuff and the Moonstone Conspiracy Drops April 2
It was a thing of legends. Taken, then hidden. Given, then stolen. Suspicion reigns above and below the stairs. Sgt. Cuff steps into the chaos, charged with recovering the famed Moonstone Diamond.
An adaptation of The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins. Part 1.
S2 E5b Franklin Blake Returns Drops Friday April 16
Franklin Blake left England because the woman he loved blamed him for the loss of the fabled Moonstone Diamond. He returned to finish the job Sgt. Cuff started and, more importantly, win back the girl.
An adaptation of The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins. Part 2.
In the city of Carcasa, gunshots devastate the night as a patrol officer makes a traffic stop. The occupants—three dealers caught in the act of muling—set into motion a course of actions that can only end badly. Now, one is dead, another fleeing on foot and the third tearing through neighborhoods in a bumper car-style chase. Furious, grief-stricken officers on their heels with their brother fighting for his life on the side of a road.
The shooter escapes, and the PD begins their hunt to find the shooter before he lucks out, fades into memory. With what information they have, they dig; the dirt that is the shooter’s life getting thrown over their shoulders by the shovel-full. Family, friends, employment, any avenue of refuge for him begins to burn. Things get complicated along the way. The kind of complicated that goes into a body bag. The art of flushing out the enemy is a sacred practice, best done with smoldering rage.
But, after a man has nowhere to hide, having him out in the open might be worse.
From ALL DUE RESPECT, an imprint of Down & Out Books
Dominick Prince has been a magnet for trouble his entire life. A series of poor life choices and their violent consequences have crushed his spirit. Desperate to outrun this burgeoning rage before it fully consumes him, Dominick accepts an offer he doesn’t trust from an old high school classmate. Dutchy Kent says he wants to make one last-ditch effort to prove his acting chops by mounting the New York City debut of a play based on one of Dominick’s stories, but the true story involves the real estate empire of a notorious Queens drug dealer and $1.2 million in cash. Dutchy would love to find that cash, but he needs someone else to do the dirty work, someone who attracts trouble and is easily manipulated.
Unfortunately for Dutchy, the Dominick he knew in school is gone. The Dominick who shows up at his office is bitter, twitchy, and repulsed by the trash heaps and junk yards of Long Island City that don’t fit into his vision of a New York debut. None of that matters to Dutchy though who continues with his scheme, unaware that every insult, every passive aggressive comment, and every physical intimidation pushes Dominick one step further toward his rapidly approaching breaking point.
Bryon’s Amazon link is HERE
Cotton that keeps you comfy TO a pollinator’s weapon Answer: sweater to stinger
Jack-o-Lanterns TO what seeds grow into Answer: pumpkins to plants
Overnight ice crystals TO where seeds are found Answer: frost to fruits
See you in April for a little fun under the Pink Moon