He used to say…
Sometimes Jim gets a formula going round and round in his head until he gets manic and can’t wait long enough to find a piece of paper.
Sometimes he tears the drapes down and uses them.
Sometimes he covers Sebastian’s skin in blurry ink.
Sebastian is used to it by now, and why throw away a perfectly good set of drapes?
On one thing most physicists agree. If the amount of dark energy in our universe were only a little bit different than what it actually is, then life could never have emerged. A little larger, and the universe would have accelerated so rapidly that matter in the young universe could never have pulled itself together to form stars and hence complex atoms made in stars. And, going into negative values of dark energy, a little smaller and the universe would have decelerated so rapidly that it would have recollapsed before there was time to form even the simplest atoms. We are an accident. From the cosmic lottery hat containing zillions of universes, we happened to draw a universe that allowed life. But then again, if we had not drawn such a ticket, we would not be here to ponder the odds.