Monday, March 3, 2008

Schrödinger's Bottle

The Queen of Memes has done it again! My best friend Starr Ann (hi, Starr Ann) and I are being held in the dungeon at Bloggingham Palace until we respond to Mimi's Message In a Bottle Meme.

Here's how this one is supposed to work:

You are about to send a virtual Message In a Bottle across the Blog Ocean. Leave a message in the sand or on the bottle. Write anything you wish. Be a pirate or a poet. Serious or silly. Anonymous or not.

What message would you like to send out to the universe?

Message In A Bottle Meme

1. Compose a message to place in your virtual bottle
2. Right click and Save the graphic below

3. Use a graphics program of your choice to place the message on the picture
4. Post the meme and these rules on your blog
5. Return your "Message In a Bottle" to Mimi via email ~ mimiwrites2005 at, sign the Mr. Linky below her post and leave a comment THERE telling her you've finished. IF YOU WANT YOUR MESSAGE TO BE ANONYMOUS PLEASE SAY SO.
6. Tag a minimum of five people - or your entire blogroll - to do the same. Notify them of the tag.

Here's how Starr Ann insists we do it:

You open the bottle only to find another, teensy bottle inside. On that tiny bottle, there's a label that reads, This Bottle Contains One of Two Things - Unbounded Joy, or Dreadful Misery.

Your dilemma is whether to open the second bottle.

This is Starr Ann's version of Schrödinger's Cat, that famous thought experiment posed by Erwin Schrödinger. According to Starr Ann (and Schrödinger), until you actually open that second bottle, indeterminacy dominates the whole situation. In other words, you're caught up someplace between Joy and Misery, living a mixture of the two.

So, if Starr Ann's bottle washes up into your life, you can choose to leave it corked, not mess with the indeterminacy, or pull the cork out and risk Dreadful Misery in your hope of attaining Unbounded Joy.

Sounds scary, doesn't it?

Well, here's the good news. Starr Ann claims human spirit and perception trumps paradoxes in quantum theory. As the observer, you get to choose whether what you're looking at is Misery or Joy. So, what are you made of? Will you be opening the bottle?

(Starr Ann tags: Our Fine Strappin' Cap'n, Drowning Pisces, Current Jam, and Creatively Flowing.