Not-So Much A Mobius Valentine Heart Demonstration – Token Skeptic Podcast

Planet Earth: You need to get up and blog today, even though you said you wouldn’t be blogging for some time.

Me: I don’t want to. I want to howl silently into this cushion for at least another month, stare at the pile of books I’m not reading, play Cut the Rope on my phone, scroll through the iPod that has exactly five songs with no bad associations because they’re either by Nina Simone or the sodding Spice Girls and wait until my University course restarts and study in the medical library alone for the rest of my life.

Planet Earth: You promised Daniel that if you posted his How To Make Mobius Strip Love Hearts video on your podcast that you would try to make mobius strip love hearts and post it on your blog.

Me: Bite me.

Planet Earth: You promised.

Me: I’ve promised a lot of things during this lifetime and occasionally I fail to live up to my own expectations, ethical standards and dreams – which is why I have an iPod with songs that are eroding my ability to develop synaptic plasticity, an aspiration to grow a beard and plait it into my toe hairs and strum it like a harp… and a mission to find an entirely new planet to screw up with my presence.

Planet Earth: NASA plans to drop nearly $310 million from the budget for its Planetary Science division in 2013, a 20 percent cut that affects future missions to Mars, lunar science, and the study of the outer planets. So, good luck with that.

Me: Fine. Whatever:

Planet Earth: That’s not exactly trying very hard.

Me: That was hard enough. And you should be grateful; I can now use what’s left of that effort to compost the herb garden.

Planet Earth: Going outside during the daytime. That’s pretty radical coming from you these days, pale-blue-person.

Me: Stay tuned for another month – when I might actually develop a sense of perspective, a desire to socialise and some gratitude for the mere existence of small comforts like origami paper.

Planet Earth: …You’re… going to hold a press conference about building a lunar mission out of paper?

Me: Yes. Because if Nina Simone songs exist, there might be some hope for a future in this galaxy, somehow. Or at least something that amuses me about the soundtrack for that irritating last episode of Sherlock Holmes Series Two.

Planet Earth: Oh shut up and plait your beard into your toe hairs already.

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About Kylie Sturgess

Kylie Sturgess is a Philosophy teacher, media and psychology student, blogger at Patheos and podcaster at Token Skeptic. She has conducted over a hundred interviews including artists, scientists, politicians and activists, worldwide.
She’s the author of the ‘Curiouser and Curiouser‘ column at the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry website and travels internationally lecturing on feminism, skepticism, and science.

  • Josh


    I’m saddened to see you so down. But, I appreciate the effort to give us something amusing to read and watch. Putting the fire out with a bent spoon was a very nice touch. Hang in there. It gets better. And tell the Planet Earth to bugger off. It (and we) will survive for as long as you need to be away to push through this ennui. If you feel like popping in, do so. But if not, don’t let anyone, or any planets, badger you into it.

    • Kylie Sturgess

      You are wonderful – thanks!

  • PJ

    Cute. Happy Valentine and as Josh said, hang in there if it’s a tough time. <3

  • Maria

    I don’t exactly know how you’re feeling but I thought this was hilarious. Well done and Happy Valentine’s!

    • Kylie Sturgess

      Thanks (and I just got a present in the post, so things are always on the bright side if you look).

  • Aliasalpha

    Well you’ve managed to pretty well replicate my present wrapping ability, I was initially in awe of the way you can make a fold without tearing the paper at least once but as it went along it started to look really familiar. I do think that the video could have benefitted an increasingly frustrated narration, maybe something to do for the directors cut.

    Also, you’ve managed to get nina simone’s feeling good stuck in my head. At least its a song I like

  • BB

    This? Was f’in hilarious. Especially the BENT SPOON.

  • Paul

    I have been under a similar rain-cloud for three weeks now and had been putting it down to the Scottish weather. If I had known I could just go outside and have a word with the planet I might not have watched old box sets of House and more sci-fi than you can shake a worm-hole at. Guess there is a silver lining, hope you feel better soon.