[ExI] we stand on the eyeballs of myopic giants

Damien Broderick thespike at satx.rr.com
Fri Jul 3 20:09:12 UTC 2009

At 11:54 AM 7/3/2009 -0700, spike wrote:

>Lord of the Flies is a little like that, with
>the gift remnant technology being Piggy's glasses.  ...
>Golding cheated a bit by having the boys use with Piggy's glasses, but
>eyeglasses cannot focus sunlight sufficiently to start a fire, regardless of
>the prescription.

But especially since myopic Piggy's specs were double concave 
(negative number) rather than convex, so they'd disperse the light 
instead of focusing it.

> > ...IIRC they get their iron from a large meteorite...
>OK then, I'll play along.  Assume we start the fire somehow.  Here's your
>meteorite, a large one.  Now what?

Can't remember, sorry. Farmer comes up with great images but lots of 
handwavium to glue them together.

Damien Broderick

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