Eureka!

OK, so the title is possibly a bit… er… misleading. But I will get to it, I promise.

First, a quick house update: still going. The contractor recovered from Covid and was back yesterday (Thursday) to put the next coat on the drywall patches. But because it’s winter and the house isn’t exactly 95°C (or even F) inside at the moment, it’s taking longer to dry than it otherwise might. The plan is for him to come back on Monday morning and finish that up.

Once that is done there is a door to trim out, and we need something to extend the bottom of one of the new gates to keep dogs contained in the fullness of time. That’s it. After that we’re done with contractors for the foreseeable future.

In other news:

My certificate of Canadian citizenship finally arrived. I know it’s a lousy photo and I am sorry about that. I hope you’ll pardon me if I don’t put the vital parts of an identity document up on the internet. Seems like a bad idea.

But this is great news and I am now preparing the stuff needed to get a Canadian passport. I have an appointment with Service Canada in mid December to make that happen. I am a happy camper.

The other project I continue to work on is my rather silly air filter.

That’s my first fan assembly being glued together. (I need more clamps. I hate the C clamps I have, but I only have a few other clamps and they would not cooperate with the C clamps I had to use in this case. Someday I will blow a lot of money on new clamps, but this was not the time for that.)

Anyway, now that the glue has dried the assembled pieces look like this:

I have given up on the idea of painting this thing for the time being. Should I change my mind it will be a lot of work to disassemble it, but that’s OK.

As for the wide sides that hold the filters in place:

What you see are neodymium magnets glued into an exterior cover, and screws in the corresponding locations on the frame. And you can just make out the bottom cover which is permanently attached. Slip the filter in, slap on the three magnetically held covers, and off you go.

Sadly I did make one mistake while working on the magnets for the last cover piece. I am currently recovering from that with the help of a newly purchased plug cutter. It will be an obvious patch, but that’s what happens when you drill too deep. Sigh. Photos to follow later.

I hope to get to some serious assembly today, if time allows.

In weather news: snow. The threat was 20cm, which we did not get. But we did get 10cm or so and it is falling again very lightly now. It’s also been cold so the snow is sticking around, even several days after the original event.

And finally, the reason for the title, and what I have been keeping you in suspense about all this time. Prepare for disappointment.

Last night Anne and I engaged in one of our holiday traditions: watching How the Grinch Stole Christmas (the original 1966 cartoon) and A Wish For Wings That Work (an obscure but lovely cartoon based on characters from the comic strip Bloom County, including Opus and Bill the Cat).

At one point the Grinch complains about all the noise the Who girls and boys will make on Christmas morning. And during that scene there are many shots of them in their homes. Here are two I could find on the internet:

Let’s pause to consider those. The first shows a train big enough to hold three children on a track that goes off screen on both sides. In addition it has a tree that is at least three times taller than the children. If we assume the kids are three feet tall that makes the tree over nine feet tall, but it’s actually taller than that because it’s in the background. Also note no ceiling is visible. This room is clearly vast.

The second image shows six adult (?) Whos playing an electro who-cardio floox. That instrument is exceedingly large — much taller than the doorway behind it — and yet it fits inside the house. And once again no ceiling is visible.

There is only conclusion we can draw: Whos live in incredibly large houses containing vast open rooms.

But that doesn’t seem possible. Consider these views of the houses in Whoville:

Clearly the Whos live in detached single family homes, generally having two floors and appearing relatively small. We can also see windows and exterior doors aplenty.

And — to be clear — the interior scenes do show windows going by, even if the ones I could find online don’t include them.

I can’t see getting that electro who-cardio floox into any of the homes pictured around the central plaza in Whoville. None of them have a roll up door suitable for the job, nor the apparent interior space needed to operate it.

Figuring out how to reconcile the interior and exteriors of Who homes was my “Eureka!” moment, a bolt of pure joy that I will probably never again experience in my lifetime.

Whoville is on Gallifrey, and the Whos are actually Time Lords!

Consider: What else is bigger on the inside than outside? A TARDIS, of course. It’s so obvious. The Time Lords figured this technology out and live with it, just like the Whos.

And just look at how the Whos dress:

For comparison:

And that’s not even including the Time Lords in charge back on Gallifrey:

And finally, if you look up when Dr. Who originally began, you will see it was in 1963. The Grinch came out in 1966. Coincidence? I think not!

So, given the similarly wild taste in clothing, houses that are bigger on the inside, and the relative introduction dates of Dr. Who and How The Grinch Stole Christmas, the fact that the Whos are Time Lords is an obvious deduction. I don’t know how I didn’t see it before.

But who is the Grinch?

Well, I’ll just leave you with this:

Perfect. Just perfect.

Cheers!

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Jeff Powell

Sculptor/Artist. Former programmer. Former volunteer firefighter. Former fencer. Weirdest resume on the planet, I suspect.