Thursday, March 19, 2009

Nothing A Noyhing

On Mar 19, 2009, at 1:19 AM, david evans wrote:

If you get nothing isn’t that really something or is the something really noyhing?

To which I responded:

If you purchase nothing from us you'll get a manual with "it". So you get nothing AND something. The one thing and the non-thing are not interchangeable, nor does one cancel out the "other". The thing you get is instructions and nothing is self explanatory.

I appreciate how you wrote the word "noyhing" which reminded me of the word annoying, which made me think about how difficult it might be for some to confront the issues presented by us (purveyors of nothing). Especially since we have nothing on which to base our standards for debate. But, people don't generally come to us looking for a debate. I guess what I'm saying is that they come for nothing and they stay for no apparent reason. So I suppose if one doesn't know why they come to us for answers about nothing, then they stick around just to see if we'll say the same jokes about nothing serious, and they feel compelled by inertia (not the inertia of momentum but the inertia of stasis) to just continue to stick around - getting all worked up over nothing - then even to us that might seem a noyhing.

Did you like how I milked that? Didja? It was difficult because you gave me almost nothing to work with.

Xymyl (KON)

31 comments:

Karl said...

here's my take on nothing: it's very hard to talk about it, because the mere fact that you talk about it means it must be something. in fact, nothing is the absense of something, and obviously, nothing is something which can be talked about. nothing is an impossibility, which is why we are so intrigued by it.

Anonymous said...

I've never seen inertia used that way before. The inertia of stasis... I've been taught classically that inertia is at its very essence resistance to change. So I guess one could say that, in stopping by your blog, I've built up some static inertia. But truly inertia has no momentum, and momentum has no inertia. But I believe, and you may refute me (or delete my comment), that nothing is more of an ideological force than it is an inertia. The inertia is perhaps the following that has been attracted to this force. What I'm wondering most is, if after taking in nothing I am more resistant to change, then nothing indeed has inertia. In that respect, I suppose all ideas have tangible inertia, but then it's only made manifest through humans. Isn't that humanity, making something out of nothing? It would appear I've missed the point, then... Maybe nothing for me could be my removal of other ideologies, a catharsis, if you will. But then, with a lack of forces holding me in place, then somehow nothing has removed inertia from me. But if we talk about either of these nothings, I agree that referring to nothing is referring to something. I think that nothing is simply a construct for the unimaginable void. It's the other side of the infinite, you know. Civilizations time and time again have been slaughtered over nothing. That nothing, of course, is zero. Just another construct where humans try to rationalize their surroundings. So perhaps nothing cannot truly be discussed. But can nothing be felt? Is nothing a lack of anything? Humans generally define a norm, so wouldn't we feel the lack of that norm and identify nothing to be an irregularity? Truly, I've already said far too much. My apologies, and thanks for the forum. I don't suppose I'll be back here ever again, and I don't suppose you'll ever want to find me. I've chosen to remain anonymous, but I suppose you may call me Xand. Or not, if you prefer.

Cyberz said...

I'd like to subscribe to your blog. May I?

Anonymous said...

um nothing is nothing and i can prove it cause nothing s nothing like words mean nothing and well all the words you type i type we type they type and so on are nothing they have no real meaning! well i shall show you what has meaning! see?> this has real meaning! oops well it doesnt work i was going to strike a word!

Anonymous said...

NOTHING IS REALLY NOTHING IF YOU JUST LOOK AT IT THIS WAY NOTHING MEANS NOTHING IS THERE NOTHING WILL COME WITH NOTHING! NOTHING CAN EVER GET TO CAUSE NOTHING IS NOTHING AND I KNOW WHAT I AM TALKING ABOUT AND NOTHING IS NOTHING AT ALL IT IS TECHNICALLY AIR OR EVEN WATER VAPOR! NOTHING IS NOTHING AT ALL THE MEANING OF NOTHING IS NOTHING OR THE ABSENSE OF SOMETHING AND WELL NOTHING DOESNT EXSIST! AT ALL AND IF YOU HAVE ANYTHING TO SAY ABOUT THIS BLOG ABOUT NOTHING EMAIL ME AT SUGARBABY1118@aol.com
OK? WELL NOTHING IS NOTHING AND I CAN ALWAYS PROVE IT! NOTHING IS AIR! WELL THATS ALL I HAVE TO SAY BYE!

m_stelios said...

you are either briliant either you smoke too much dope.either way i was doing nothing so i drop a line here whilst doing nothing but i just did something.Oh well here goes nothing.








i lied


nothing after this





i meant this

Anonymous said...

Nothing was once questioned by a great mind. Is it the "prescense of abscence or the abscense of prescense"? Furthermore, what is the sound of one hand clapping? What is out there in the universe, at what makes up those vast spaces of abscense? (or prescense of abscense)

Nothing, put simply, is the deepest, shallowest, brightest, darkest, widest, thinnest, and incomprehensibly empty emptyness, so empty that it is only prevented from collapsing upon itself because there is no substance to collapsae in upon, or no substance to do the collapsing, or even any substance to think or daydream about collapsing upon abscense of prescense or prescense of abscense, which is still utterly and completely absent of form and shape and mass and prescense that is abscent from the existance of anything. In short, nothing is the total, absolute, final, and complete spot that is both positive and negative, young and old, and to sum it all up the opposite of everything in existance, for there is no existance in nothingness. It has even been thought that nothingness itself doesn't even exist, and that the existance of nothingness is so impossibly ludicrous and isnane that if anyone were to actually realize or see nothingness, the entirety of the expanse of the Everything would simply vaporize, leaving even more nothingness in its place.

brokenwngs43@gmail.com

Jaime said...

thats it.

noone said...

nothing's worse than nothing.

Mike said...

you've put entirely too much thought into this

Xymyl said...

Mike,

Do you think 1 post to my blog in the year 2009 is too much?

Or are you saying that WE have put too much thought into this?

My view is that nothing is too much, therefore, nothing can ever be enough.

Dan said...

well... that was confusing

Tor Hershman said...

Your blog rawks, mofo.

)))((((((
(*)...(*)
....U....
..[___]..- - -{outta sight}

0 = T = 0
when T = Totality

Stay on groovin' safari,
Tor

Aaron said...

I want you to continue to type sweet nothingso us None-Folk until the day you die.

slender said...

lol world of wonders

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Sarah said...

I swiminsummer-it's to cold in winter

Isn't nothing the same thing as a vacume. In a vacume there is no air so in between rocks there really is nothing.
I would like to write a long winded post about nothing, but I am not good at typeing. It is to disconected for me. I am now still typeing so it is longer but this is long enough.

michael andrade said...

The only reason nothing is something is because 'it' is a word. A word is something, the meaning of nothing is what you choose it to be. 'Its' what you cannot see or feel or hear; it is what your body cannot interpret. Nothing cannot be an idea because 'it' is the the absence of ideas.

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William said...

To me, nothing is everything else. The entire whole everything else of everything. For example, nothing is better than being in heaven, nothing is worse than being in hell. It makes nothing the best and the worse place to be. You can think numerous ways of using the word nothing whether it's as a value, or as a noun, nothing is everything else. Most probably, because I never believe in fact or absolute truth, there is always a what if.

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Anonymous said...

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babyrocasmama said...

So does this mean you're kind of like the Seinfeld of the blogosphere...?

Blobby said...

what are you on about?

blobby said...

brap brap brap brap :)

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Nothing is a concept that describes the absence of anything. Colloquially, the concept is often used to indicate the lack of anything relevant or significant, or to describe a particularly unimportant thing, event, or object. It is contrasted with something and everything. Nothingness is used more specifically as the state of nonexistence of everything.
In mathematics, "nothing" does not have a technical meaning. The number zero is often used interchangeably with the term. It could also be said that a set contains "nothing" if and only if it is the empty set, in which case its cardinality (or size) is zero. In other words, the word "nothing" can be an informal term for an empty set.

In physics, the word nothing is not used in any technical sense either. A region of space is called a vacuum if it does not contain any matter, though it can contain physical fields. In fact, it is practically impossible to construct a region of space that contains no matter or fields, since gravity cannot be blocked and all objects at a non-zero temperature radiate electromagnetically. However, even if such a region existed, it could still not be referred to as "nothing", since it has properties and a measurable existence as part of the quantum-mechanical vacuum.
In computing, "nothing" can be a keyword (in VB.Net) used in place of something unassigned, a data abstraction. Although a computer's storage hardware always contains numbers, "nothing" symbolizes a number skipped by the system when the programmer desires. Many systems have similar capabilities but different keywords, such as "null", "NUL", "nil", and "None".

To instruct a computer processor to do nothing, a keyword such as "NOP" may be available. This is a control abstraction; running processors are always computing something, if only the identity function.


Everything is generally defined as the opposite of nothing, although an alternative view considers "nothing" a part of everything.

I.S.

John Smith said...

There's no such thing as nothing.

"Nothing" is a word. The founding fathers of English made it up, not really knowing what they were talking about. It was a long time ago. It doesn't really exist.

There's something everywhere. There can't even really be nothing of one thing, like, "There's nothing left of the corpse we cremated." No, there is something. Ash and gas. And even though in nuclear reactions, matter disappears, it really turns into energy, and still exists.

The closest thing to nothing is in outer space. But even in outer space, there are particles everywhere. If we get a small enough area, eventually we'll find nothing in it, true. But not really. Every place has something. Even if that something - the very essence of existence. The fact that you can imagine such a place means it's something. Besides, there's still slight gravitational pull, even if it's trillions upon trillions of light years from any galaxy (assuming such a place exists), there's still a slight force.

We can imagine a universe that's completely empty, with absolutely nothing. But it doesn't exist. The fact that we're here right now proves that nothing is impossible. If there's something, anywhere, which we know there is, there's not nothing.

Therefore, there is no such thing as nothing.

Anonymous said...

I said too much.