A mostly hiking blog, though sometimes the connection is nebulous
Monday, December 21, 2009
Exploring Critical Mass a little further - Christmas Critical Mass
Just to set the scene, we have backpacking Santa - too heavy for the tree, so hanging on the first hook within reach. Beneath him, and within his gaze is Christmas Chaos. The gradual accumulation of wrapping paper, gifts to be wrapped, completed presents to go elsewhere, starts taking over the room. Out comes the card table for more space. Eventually the gifts are all in hand, the critical mass has been reached, and a flurry of wrapping begins. The chaos reduces to order again. We haven't hit that point this year, yet. Maybe critical mass wasn't the right analogy - better entropy, the tendency of things to drift towards total disorder?