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Final Fringe Posts Delayed

Posted by Karl Withakay on January 18, 2013

I’ve been dealing with very painful kidney stone and associated bladder infection most of this week, and it’s made me miserable.

I have watched the final 2 episodes of Fringe and made my notes, but I just don’t have enough energy left to write them up in to blog posts, so that will have to wait later.  Hopefully I will feel OK long enough on Sat to crank out the final Fringe Deconstructions.  I appreciate your patience.  See you soon.


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Fringe Post May Be Delayed Until Saturday

Posted by Karl Withakay on November 9, 2012

FYI:  The Deconstruction review of this week’s episode of Fringe may not be posted tonight.

If it does no get published tonight, it should be up by about 1PM CST Saturday.   Regardless, I’ll probably still beat Polite Scott to publication, seeing as he still hasn’t done last week’s episode yet.

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This Week’s Fringe Post Delayed

Posted by Karl Withakay on November 2, 2012


I am attending a trivia event for charity Friday night, and will be seeing Wreck-It Ralph on Saturday morning with my friends and their little ones (and hanging out with my friends the rest of Saturday after the movie), so the week’s Fringe Deconstruction review likely won’t be up until Sunday, likely around noon central time.

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Fringe Season 5 Premiere Post Will Be Delayed by Real Life

Posted by Karl Withakay on September 28, 2012

My Deconstruction review of the Fringe Season 5 premiere will be be delayed until tomorrow.  I am going to spend some time with a friend I haven’t seen in over a month due to serious medical complications his newborn son has been going through.  My friend is at home with his other kid tonight while his wife is at the hospital with the baby, and he’d like some time not thinking  hospital thoughts, so I will be delaying Fringe until Saturday because as much as I love writing my reviews, there’s no question that friendship is more important to me.

I expect to have the review up no later than 1 PM CDT Saturday.

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Fringe Deconstruction Possibly Delayed

Posted by Karl Withakay on October 14, 2011

This week’s Fringe Deconstruction may be delayed until late tonight or tomorrow morning, depending on when I get home tonight from the Haunted Paintball Hayride that I’m going on with my friends.

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Off to TAM9!

Posted by Karl Withakay on July 13, 2011

I wasn’t able to post last week as I got invited to Cardinals game at the last minute Wednesday, pushing Halo night to Thursday, which is my usual blogging night.

This week, I will be attending The Amazing Meeting in Las Vegas (if you don’t already have tickets, too bad- it’s sold out!), and will be unable to post again this week.

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Anyone Interested in Retro-Deconstructions of Fringe Season 1?

Posted by Karl Withakay on May 13, 2011

Now that Fringe has concluded season three, the question arises of what to do with this blog during the off season.  Since I seem to have a hard time motivating myself to do anything more than the rare, occasional non-Fringe post, I am considering borrowing Polite Scott’s DVDs of Fringe season one (which aired before I created this blog) and doing retro-Deconstructions of those episodes on a semi-weekly basis.

So I decided to create a poll to see if anyone would be interested in me going back and doing Deconstruction reviews of the episodes of Fringe from season one.  It probably would have been a better idea to have posted this poll BEFORE the season finale, when I was still getting the heavier, in season traffic, but better late than never.

Please take a few seconds and vote, I’d appreciate the feedback, thanks.

By the way, I’m not sure why anyone would bother taking the time to participate in the poll if they decide to choose the third answer, but I figured it was a needed option, given the nature of the internet.  🙂

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Fringe Post Minor Delay

Posted by Karl Withakay on May 6, 2011

FYI:  Due to one of my friends being unavailable tomorrow night, I will be playing Dungeons and Dragons tonight (Friday, May 6) with Polite Scott and three other friends,  so my Deconstruction post of the season 3 finale, The Day We Died, will not be posted until  Saturday (May 7),  no later than early afternoon (2 PM CDT).

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Reply to a Comment on My Schrödinger’s Cat Post

Posted by Karl Withakay on May 1, 2011

Commenter your wrong left the following comment to my Deconstruction post on Flash Forward’s mishandling of the Schrödinger’s Cat thought experiment:

“Ok, you seem to have completely missed the point here. The point of Schrodinger’s cat is precisely about quantum probability, which you have stated, and you seem to have a knowledge of this thought experiment and what it means. The thing that is really getting to me is the fact that the point is still being made in almost exactly the same way, but you are quibbling over the fact that it is not explained fully and mentioned the radioactive isotopes and the Copenhagen interpretation. Surely a 10 minute conversation about this thought experiment would waste time in the programme and really doesn’t matter. The nitty gritty stuff is for scientists, not for people just watching some action on television. Don’t get me wrong I love reading physics as much as any studious person, but it really doesn’t matter in the slightest that he didn’t go into every single little detail regarding the experiment. Stop wasting your time complaining and read more physics, you’re obviously interested in it. Not only that but you’ve wasted my time having to correct your ignorance.”

What follows is my reply to that comment, which I felt was worthy of it’s own post.

It would appear to be you who has completely missed the point and demonstrated your ignorance on the topic.  By substituting a poisoned sardine for the decay of a radioactive isotope, quantum probability has been eliminated from the thought experiment and has been replaced by a regular non-quantum, deterministic event.

Further, when the physicist states that the observer gets to choose whether the cat is alive or dead, that is not quantum physics and the collapse of the quantum waveform, it’s a philosophy of a post modernist subjective reality, dependant on the perception and will of the observer.  In quantum mechanics, the observation of the cat in the original thought experiment collapses the quantum waveform and solidifies the current state of the cat; it does not choose which state the cat is in, which is what the physicist in the TV show said.

The writers completely misunderstood the thought experiment, and got it wrong on two key points.  They replaced a quantum probability with a deterministic event, and then gave the observer a choice in the end state of the cat rather than the observation only being a choice to create the end state of the cat with no ability to choose what that end state was.

It is acceptable to boil a scientific concept like quantum probability and decoherence down to a form the average TV viewer can understand, but only if it remains relatively accurate in the key points.

I have not wasted my time at all, and if you have wasted you time is not my fault.  It would seem that I have either read more physics than you, or I have at least better understood and appreciated the nuances of what I have read.  It also seems that you either failed to pay attention while reading my post, or you were unable to understand they key points of my post.   If by reading this reply you better understand the key points as to why the writers got the thought experiment wrong, then you have not wasted your time at all either.

And by the way, you’ve spelled your name wrong if your intention was to say “you’re wrong” rather than talk about a wrong that I posses.  I normally don’t quibble about simple spelling mistakes, but I would think if someone takes the time to compose a 181 word statement claiming someone  is wrong on a matter of quantum physics, that they would take time to make sure they haven’t confused “your” with “you’re”.  Such a mistake hardly adds to your credibility.

Your comment has been Cordially Deconstructed.

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Post Delayed :(

Posted by Karl Withakay on April 22, 2011

Due to the fact that tonight’s broadcast of Fringe has been entirely preempted locally by coverage of severe weather in the Saint Louis area, my Deconstruction of this week’s episode of Fringe will have to wait until after the episode goes live on Fox’s web site for online viewing tomorrow.  Depending on what time the episode is available, I may not be able to post my Deconstruction until Sunday.

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