Of Mars, Molars, and Missed Opportunities
It’s been quite some time since I last updated. More wild still is that people are now paying to advertise here. What a wild state our world lives in when my thoughts are valued enough over 0 cents (nearly 3 now the last I looked, hooray for me). I’m 50% beyond the proverbial “2 cents”. We’ll continue on and see just how much cognitive cents I can provide. (It occasionally plummets back to 2 cents. Turns out folks like updates.)
I suppose I’ll begin with some commentary on the first episode of this Season of “Nova Science Now” which asked the question of if we can make it to Mars. What the episode did not cover was why that is such an important endeavor to be shooting for. The majority of arguments against it ring of the same basic flaws in thought. “Why try to go there when we have problems here.”, “Why waste money on going somewhere we cannot live?”, or anything similar.
What these arguments tend to forget is that the advancements of medical science or truly wonderful advances that we’ve largely taken for granted are almost entirely not created for their inevitable use. The MRI was not designed from the ground up to do what it did, that was a secondary function. Many military advances such as the jet engine were not originally designed to shorten our travel around the world. Financial gain, military prowess, and dumb luck are what lead most science projects and the seemingly altruistic outcomes are merely a likely and pleasant result.
Supporting science is vital to gaining the very dreams that many people hold dear. Living longer healthier lives, doing less damage to the environment, and even removing the harm of animals from our daily diets. Some of these things are much harder than others, and some will take longer than others, but the support of things will lead us to a much more productive and comfortable future.
People fear nuclear power, pesticides, heavy metals in water, these things may have come from a stage of science but they’ve only remained because of the stagnation of science in their respective fields. Nuclear power could be lost to the history books with more investment and interest in more potent and safer (and renewable) alternatives, pesticides could be a thing of the past with advancements in hydroponics and light based weaponry (such as the mosquito laser), and with advances in energy we could create amazing water filtration systems that are not bound by the limitations of modern day energy. Reverse osmosis on a massive scale, or perhaps an even more efficient advancement in the future.
Funding the imagination is the key to surviving happily in our reality. The people who push straw men horrors of science (events of the most grand of minorities) are seemingly always the ones who profit most from stagnation. They have invested in Coal, Nuclear Power, Natural Gas, Modern Industrial Farms, or Patented Medications. Their lives are relatively short and the benefits of innovation are not in their best interest financially.
It’s not necessarily an evil way to live ones life, just a very sad one (in my person opinion).
If anyone ever tries to convince you that cutting funding to your local sciences will save you money, do not fall for it. This will likely never be true.
I may come back to this in the not-to-distant future to explain how even ones faith could very likely support this view of life (that is the embracing of curiosity and advancement).
I have what is known as a Mesioangular impaction of my bottom left Molar in my mouth. It’s the most common kind of impaction. I have for quite some time been avoiding having it removed. As a child my dentist routinely told my parents it should be removed, I won’t go into details why it was never removed, but I would like to give a word of caution to current and future parents.
If your dentist tells you to remove your children’s wisdom teeth, ask them what likely complication is foreseen. If they tell you that your child will be having a Mesioangular impaction (the most common kind), put aside your planned purchase of that new widescreen TV and actually get it done. As the tooth first starts to pierce your gums it will elicit a pain that is, perhaps because of the age it arises, quite a bit more painful than the crowning of your other teeth.
It won’t come out even either, so the pain of emerging teeth will be prolonged for weeks, months, or in my case quite a bit longer. It will be at an angle, more than likely, that you cannot reasonably brush. Immediately I imagine you see your next problem. Tooth decay and tooth discomfort. My tooth in particular has created a pit that is so phenomenally complicated to clean that I’ve fantasized about ripping it out myself far more than once.
If you get exceptionally lucky, and I say that with a bit of bile, the tooth will begin to rub against the side of your cheek. If you grind or move your mouth at all while you sleep you’ll awake with a remarkable level of pain in your mouth. This pain in my case lasts for a good few hours.
I hope for you, whoever you be, that your tooth be like mine and be in the lower mandible. That’s the way to go, I’ve read that it is easier to repair and hopefully that’ll be the case. Unfortunately once the tooth has breached you will likely need much more work and have longer healing times than other folks. There is not one part about the healing progress that is anything above shitty.
Your mouth is a dirty dirty place, having a wound in it is not ever a fun experience. So I suspect within the next 2 weeks I’m going to be a very pissed off individual.
So I suppose I should reiterate. If you have children and your dentist warns their wisdom teeth will have impactions, get them removed. Your kids will thank you, and if they don’t tell them about this story. It’s not exactly riveting, but discomfort that requires surgery of any kind is not something that adults like to think about, at least for a child they’ll be over it and forget it. Treat it like circumcision, if it’s necessary, get it done before they are old enough to be upset with you when they need to get it. It’s expensive but it’s hardly expensive enough to screw expenses for longer than a month or two.
Unfortunately it appears that my personal brain has failed and cleared all the data that I had been storing under the many tabs that are strewn across it (roughly 100 nodes). I was at first confused, then I was upset, and now I find myself shrugging it off.
Sure I have lost all the past ideas I had about my story universe, but I’ve also been thinking about it constantly since the last time the files were open. I’ve decided to take this missed opportunity of storing the data in some more secure way and will use it as a chance to breath anew my thoughts about the world of Scion.
I’ve decided I’m going to start documenting all my story via the wonderful world of paper and transcribe it from there to notepad files and occasionally personal brain. Ironically I have found the least reliable software I’ve ever used is also the most expensive, perhaps there is a lesson in there to examine for the future.
I have faith that I can publish a book of at least 100 pages, perhaps multiple short stories, within this year and hopefully by summer. I would love to live a life of reading and writing, as with all journeys it is a matter of taking my first step.