Retaining a sense of perspective can be tricky when things, especially work, are presented as the centre of everything and of meaning. It’s times like these when I recall that a sense of perspective is the last thing you need. As HHGTTG explains:
“The Total Perspective Vortex derives its picture of the whole Universe on the principle of extrapolated matter analyses.
To explain — since every piece of matter in the Universe is in some way affected by every other piece of matter in the Universe, it is in theory possible to extrapolate the whole of creation — every sun, every planet, their orbits, their composition and their economic and social history from, say, one small piece of fairy cake.
The man who invented the Total Perspective Vortex did so basically in order to annoy his wife. Trin Traglua – for that was his name – was a dreamer, a thinker, a speculative philosopher or, as his wife would have it, an idiot. And she would nag him incessantly about the utterly inordinate amount of time he spent staring out into space, or mulling over the mechanics of safety pins, or doing spectrographic analyses of pieces of fairy cake.
“Have a sense of proportion!” she would say, sometimes as often as thirty eight times in a single day. just to show her. And so he built the Total Perspective Vortex – just to show her. And into one end he plugged the whole of reality as extrapolated from a piece of fairy cake, and into the other end he plugged his wife: so that when he turned it on she saw in one instant the whole infinity of creation and herself in relation to it.
To Trin Tragula’s horror, the shock completely annihilated her brain; but to his satisfaction he realized that he had proved conclusively that if life is going to exist in a Universe of this size, then the one thing it cannot afford to have is a sense of proportion.”
Douglas Adams, The Restaurant At The End Of The Universe
Whilst you mull that, two podcasts to choose for free download. If you want to ponder the vastness of space and the meaning of life, opt for the Radio Three Sixty podcast. If, however, you have a Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster ready, you’re going to want the acid battering Area 303 podcast 002.
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Alan Watts – Discusses Nothing
Ki:Theory – I Wanna Run (Fink VIP Remix)
Kadugodi – Yumi Zouma – The Brae (Kadugodi Remix)
Zelda Henriette Marshall – Replay (Kyson Remix)
Silent Rider – Hours
José González – Crosses (Midliife Remix)
Breezeblocks & Piano – Alt-J (Kadugodi Remix)
Lorde – Royals (Until The Ribbon Breaks Re-imagination)
LYLA – Things You Do – LYLA
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Miei – Broke For Free
LocoMatt – Too Late
We Are All Astronauts – Falling
James Blake – The Wilhelm Scream (Kygo Remix)
Helios – First Dream Called Ocean (We Are All Astronauts Remix)
Alec Troniq and Gabriel Vitel – Mind Doodles