“And they lived happily ever after.”
Steven King* #quote
Today I read about graphene, something science calls a “wonder material”. It does all sorts of neat things. It's graphite that's at an atomic scale. (Like atoms thin). However unlike most things that are atom-thin, this can be made at room temperature easy. You can do it with a pencil and some scotch tape. Like right now. Do it yourself nano-materials. You just put the graphite on the middle of the scotch tape and keep sticking it together and pulling it apart until it gets thinner and thinner. Maybe I'll make some of the stuff and do something with it.
A Simple Duty
The dragon hunched over the old book and adjusted his glasses. After so many centuries of guarding it you'd think he'd care. But he didn't care about the book or the magic words inside, only for the the wizard who entrusted it to him. The man in the dusty old red robes who raised him from when he hatched. The wizard who protected him from trolls and taught him how to breath fire. To the dragon the book only had the value the wizard gave to it. The wizard used his magic to look into the future to see that it would be used to save all the twenty kingdoms from a great evil, so he wrote down every spell he knew and told the dragon to guard the book for ten and a half centuries then seek out someone to use the book to save the twenty kingdoms. The dragon thought of burning the book several times over the centuries with his own fiery breath, or just destroying this evil himself. Or ignoring the problem altogether, after all the only human he cared for was the wizard. But despite his own wishes, he preserved the book for all those years and when the time was finally right, left his home to do the errand of delivering it to who needed it to save the twenty kingdoms. After that the dragon felt he paid back all he owed to the wizard and flew off with sharp-toothed grin to his own reptilian life.