This has come up again, with the release of the new It movie a week or so back, but I just have to say, I don’t understand the fear of clowns thing. I am sure that some people legitimately have a phobia of them, but is it possible that some people who claim to be afraid of clowns are just kind of… hopping on the bandwagon? Because that is what it feels like to me.
Picture this: It’s late at night and you’re in your home at the edge of the woods. You hear something outside and you see someone standing at the edge of your property. They’re holding a machete, making threatening gestures, yelling obscenities, and dressed as a clown. In this scenario, the fact they are dressed as a clown is the least scary thing on the list, and that is how all depictions of scary clowns feel to me.
But anyway, that’s just some off-the-cuff thoughts on why I am not scared of clowns. But the real reason for this post follows: I checked my little site here and I can not find a joke that I thought up a long time ago. Possibly it was on Contains2, but it is just as possible I have never written it down. For posterity, this joke must be recorded.
What is the funniest side of a clown?
The Mentarrids are a race of psionically powered aliens. Their physical forms are essentially just life support systems for their massive, complex brains, with eight stumpy legs help them graze the fields of their high gravity world, Torrascad. With almost no threats to their bodies on the homeworld, the Mentarrids are free to project their consciousnesses into the mental realms. Through this medium they have made contact with intelligences from other worlds and even other dimensions and realities. Most of the time the Mentarrids are more powerful than the others, being almost like natives of the mental realms, but unlike the true natives, they have a physical form to which to return when needed.
Fast Brain is a Mentarrid noted for being especially perspicacious. Wizards and astral projectors from all over the multiverse come to Fast Brain to answer vexing questions, and Fast Brain obliges because such puzzles are quite enjoyable.
Not all Mentarrids are kind to those they meet in the mental realms. Thought Spy, for example, has a tendency to steal information that other beings would prefer to keep secret and either sell it to those who are interested, or blackmail the victims with the threat of such sales. Since currency is not of much value in the mental realms, Though Spy prefers to be paid in servitude. Those who owe Thought Spy are asked to perform tasks in the physical worlds, the purpose of which Thought Spy has not revealed.
Astral Guide is a people person. When a mind wanders into the mental realms but is not quite as skilled at traversing them as a wizard might be, Astral Guide will offer them help finding where they need to be.
A Fact About the Mentarrids: Torrascad is the only planet to develop complex life forms in its galaxy. Were it not for their mental abilities, the Mentarrids may never have realized that other intelligent life exists. The remoteness of their world has definitely helped to keep them safe from invasion by other species.
Since I’ve been free of illness, I have had less of a need to do updates, but I’ve got some time so I will do so right now:
The big thing this week was a minor, but expensive, car problem. I am used to one big car problem every winter, except for last winter when the car did not break down, but I did. So, I don’t know if the recent problems are a leftover from last winter, or if this is the first and only problem that I will have until this time next year. Let’s hope for that one. Anyway, it was just a case of replacing the rotors. Cost me about seven hundred bucks. Coulda been worse.
Apart from that, little to report. I am trying to work my way through the goals I set for myself to accomplish in 2017. I am almost done goals related to reading and have been making progress on goals related to writing. One goal that I have really been slacking at is Secret Government Robots. It’s as if I have this mental block where I want to get all the other goals done so I can focus on it, but that just leads to me not working on it. And 2017 is nearing completion, so I had better get going.