Searching for Hydri


Searching for Hydri

N.B: For a related note, see Waiting for Hydri

 

Captain’s log: 17th Megan, Cosmic Year 208GX

 

Cosmic position: Upper Lagrangian Point (L3), assumed after sling-shorting from L5 in the Terra-Helios architecture. From L3, planet earth is neatly eclipsed by the Solar.

 

Space Vessel: Dreadnought, class 4.5, with an M.D.C. hull armor rating of 12. Space vessel christened “Discovery”.

 

Mission Payload: 6 Persons, 435 Terra-KGs (TKGs) in Mass, and a bionic atmosphere of 645 TKGs.

 

Mission Objective: Ascertaining, once and for all, the existence, or non-existence, of a presence, an entity – (a being?) – commonly referred to as Hydri.

 

Mission Profile: Tracking down, analyzing, and documenting any and each single instance of electromagnetic interference, in the cosmic, gamma, x, visible, infra and microwave factions, that lie outside standard expectations for the heliosphere. Magnetic fields and particle flux from the Solar and periodic comets lie within the standard formulation.

 

Mission rationale: Hydri is hypothesized to be an invisible, intangible being, but who nevertheless affects the physical universe in profound, empirical ways. Any being that can accomplish this, even when lacking personal substance, would necessarily employ physical forces that can, in turn, be empirically observed, and documented. Hence even if Hydri lurks in a higher dimension, Hydri’s interaction with the physical universe should be scientifically irrefutable.

 

Captain’s log: Entry #1376 – (1500 Sidereal Hrs, synched to the vernal equinox)

 

Transcription for main bridge commands between the captain and Discovery’s neural nodes, recorded verbatim:

 

Captain: Routine system check up, Discovery. Report.

 

Discovery: ROUTINE SYSTEM CHECK-UP COMPLETED. ALL SYSTEMS NOMINAL.

 

Captain: Recheck Visual Train. Set priority at level 4.

 

Discovery: VISUAL TRAIN RECHECKED AT PRIORITY 4. ACUITY SET TO MAXIMUM. ALL SYSTEMS NOMINAL.

 

Captain: Initiate new directive. Code-name new directive “Project Hydri”.

 

Discovery: NEW DIRECTIVE INITIATED, CODE-NAMED “PROJECT HYDRI”.

 

Captain: Log in all electromagnetic interference sourced in the spatial cone circumscribed by Discovery, Constellation Lyra, and Alpha Centauri.

 

Discovery: COMMANDS UNDERSTOOD. EMI IN INERTIAL CONE HASH 325.9 INTERCEPTED, TABLED OUT AND DOCUMENTED.

 

Captain: Report on any EMI lying outside standard expectations for Inertial Cone Hash 325.9. Accommodate nominal magnetic and particle flux from known celestial entities.

 

Discovery: COMMANDS UNDERSTOOD. EMI DATA REFILTERED. NO EMI LYING OUTSIDE STANDARD EXPECTATIONS DETECTED.

 

Captain: Roger that, Discovery. Thank you.

 

Captain’s log: Entry #1377 – (1545 Sidereal Hrs, synched to the vernal equinox):

 

Discovery’s data verified as irrefutable by all persons on-bridge: no empirical evidence for Hydri detected. Directive code-named “Project Hydri” concluded.

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About Joseph Wahome

Used to the quirky side of life: been there, done that, got burnt, got redeemed, sticking the neck out again, but this time, with some titanium necklaces.

18 thoughts on “Searching for Hydri

  1. nannus says:

    Brilliant.

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  2. john zande says:

    Damn, that was easy! Not even a mischievous cherub, huh? Go figure! 😉

    The Mission rationale is simply perfect. Again, this Hydri series should be a short story. It’s brilliant. I won’t stain your mind, I’m sure you have all bases covered, but I can think of a pertinent ending.

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    • Joseph Wahome says:

      Please do share with me, John: is there a particular base I might not have covered well?

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      • john zande says:

        Nothing terribly creative, I’m sure you’ve already considered it, but i imagine the Captain radioing back his findings to earth and starting his return voyage. After landing he finds the worship of Hydri not only ongoing, but now sporting many new enthusiastic branches who’ve taken the news that Hydri does not exist as somehow a sure sign of its existence.

        The madness of religious belief: facts shall never stand in the way, and absolutely everything can be interpreted the way you want it to be interpreted.

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        • Joseph Wahome says:

          Ah yes – you are right. Not only would such a space mission not change the perspectives of the deeply deluded, it would actually make them ever more firm in their delusions. Actually, some crappy individuals somewhere would even create a church called “Discovery Church of God” – named after the space ship, but denying everything the space ship reports back. ha ha.

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  3. Good stuff. A bit of fake WordPress snow flittering over the piece would send it outta the solar system. 🙂

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    • Joseph Wahome says:

      Ha ha. Indeed. I NEED to know how to make it snow around here. But then again, it could be that WordPress understands that over here in Kenya, it’s not snowing – and will NOT snow – in December.

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      • Call upon the great unseen omnipotent one to make it snow in Kenya in December. If it does, you’ll have proof the great unseen omnipotent one is real. If it doesn’t, you’ll just have to ask harder. Then you can start a church and have thousands more ask too. You can charge these people 10% of their earnings for the right to ask the great unseen omnipotent one to make it snow in Kenya in December, and, this is really great, you can do it all tax-free! People will believe anything these days, so give this a try. You’ll be all the wealthier for it; even though it will never once snow in Kenya in December.

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  4. makagutu says:

    That was fast, there were no arguments for the existence of Hydri? You just chose empirical methods to put paid the question?

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  5. aguywithoutboxers says:

    Interesting, buddy! A little too cerebral for my tired mind on a Saturday morning. I had to read it again at night (and I am a morning person)! 🙂

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