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Jeff

It's the obvious thing to say, but ... do you think he had some notion about lightning? About electromagnetism? About potential energy? Or maybe he'd just come from the Sistine Chapel.

John Ptak

Great questions. The study of lightning--outside of sparky in Leyden jars--really didn't take place until Franklin towards the end of the 1780's. I'm not sure when lightning types get named, but I suspect it is very recent. Electromag doesn't really get born until Oersted and Ampere, both around 1820. So Dalance was stuck about 100-150 years too early to do any scientific thinking about this stuff is my guess.

Jeff

I was just wondering if he might have had a sense of some interconnectedness he could not articulate but which leaked out in this picture. Maybe the artist hit on something, rather than Dalance. Anyway, that picture is cries out for interpretation. There's always the Mother-Ship-in-the-cloud theory, too.

John Ptak

Ahh, yesss.... I'm afraid I just don't know enough about the Dalance book to make a real stab at this. It does look a bit like all of nothingness, or all of somethingness, so much of something that everything that is going on is just static. Or nothing. On the other hand maybe the hand in the picture, the hand of the creator, is being puffed up by the Void, and not the hand pricking it--it is a pipette coming out of the Void Cloud, pumping up God, the God of the God, which is Nothing.

Jeff

Nice. You could have written the Bible, John. Think how rich you could be.

John Ptak

Well, huh. I do have the name for it. The first name that is. Did you know that my surname is the unutterable and most untranslatable of all Klingon curses?

Jeff

Maybe the Klingon universe was created in part by someone you went to school with? Did you ever steal a girl from a geeky classmate? Laugh at him in the locker room?

John Ptak

Jeff, I was a good boy. Or not. But it does seem a little out of the way to get my name into such an exaltedly low position. On the other hand, it has been on comic books before (are movies comics?). Sgt Nick Fury ran across a wooden boat dock being pursued by men with guns, the bullets hitting beneath his feet on the wood, making a "ptak ptak ptak" sound. And other stuff like that. Kinda like Staten Island in tv crime shows--SI never gets a break. People are marooned there, bodies are dumped there, mobsters escape there, and on and on.

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