[ExI] putative quantum computing breakthrough

Lee Corbin lcorbin at rawbw.com
Sat Jun 28 08:51:09 UTC 2008

Jeff writes

> The weirdness of quantum phenomena still puzzles and disorients me.
> Occasionally though, within the shifting mists of Maya, I glimpse
> something that gives me hope of someday making sense of it all,
> whatever "it all" is.  Then, just as quickly, the something disappears
> back into the mist, and I'm left as if standing alone at night on a
> country road, the stillness returning, the car that roared by now just
> the glow of a couple of fire flies in formation chasing a fleeting
> phantom into the distant silence.

Yes!  I've had this same sensation of "bait and snatch". I dunno
what's wrong---expectations set too high or what.

You write that poem?  It's pretty good, at any rate.


> No doubt the next gen, less burdened by an iconic habit of classicism,
> will stumble a bit closer to an answer.
>     LET us go then, you and I,
>     When the evening is spread out against the sky
>     Like a patient etherised upon a table;
>     Let us go, through certain half-deserted streets,
>     The muttering retreats                                            5
>     Of restless nights in one-night cheap hotels
>     And sawdust restaurants with oyster-shells:
>     Streets that follow like a tedious argument
>     Of insidious intent
>     To lead you to an overwhelming question … 10
>     Oh, do not ask, "What is it?"
>     Let us go and make our visit.
> Indeed.  Let us go and make our visit.
> Best, Jeff Davis

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