Dylan Callens (Page 4)

Stuff by Dylan Callens.

I’ve been planning out my next project, The Julian Calendar.  I have a pretty good idea of how the story looks, over all.  I know where the characters have to go and what they need to do.  I even thought that I knew how the main character would behave.  He is Julius Caesar, after all.  Isn’t he bold and heroic?  A type-A personality through and through?  I have never thought of Caesar any other way.  Until today. When I first started thinking about this project, I wanted it to be a comedic time-travel action.  Focus on the comedic part.  Then,Read More →

I’ve decided to conduct a little writing experiment.  I’m going to write something in episodes.  Think of it as a TV series in book format. I’ll admit, the point is of doing this is to support book sales of Operation Cosmic Teapot.  The series can be used for a landing pad (an idea discussed in #indiewrite) and the first few episodes will be published for free, to allow people to evaluate my writing. Anyhow, I’ve decided to focus on this Julius Caesar/time travelling business.  This idea that time doesn’t exist seems to haunt me and I want to explore itRead More →


What is Consciousness? About five years ago, in the conventional way of thinking, I listened to an interview on CBC Radio about how time may not exist.  In fact, there are some fundamental problems with time. Read More →

Nietzsche meme

Friedrich Nietzsche’s Death The story often told is this:  Nietzsche was causing a ruckus in the streets of Turin as he made his way to the Piazza Carlo Alberto.  Upon arriving, he found a man whipping a horse.  Nietzsche ran to the horse and threw his arms around it, to protect the animal.  At that moment, he apparently collapsed under the weight of his own philosophical beliefs. It’s a great story about a man that was so distraught by his own philosophical beliefs that it eventually crushed him.  The only problem is this:  it’s most likely not true.  There isRead More →

celestial teapot

I wonder what Caesar and the Dalai Lama would talk about… 44 BCE.  The Ides of March.  I, Julius Caesar, strolled by the Theater of Pompey.  Minding my own business, I set myself towards the Senate.  It was to be a good day, with gladiatorial games later that night, to celebrate my rise to life-long dictator.  Of course, there were those in the senate that disagreed with the decision.  Those weak-kneed pussies that believe in some sort of democracy for the patricians.  They will learn their place. Yet, I am forced to address them.  As I enter the building, IRead More →

Dylan Callens

Dylan Callens came up with the core idea for Operation Cosmic Teapot while in university.  Back then, he was writing a terrible, terrible book with no discernible plot and characters that were flatter than stick figures on a piece of paper.  From that travesty; however, the image of God being unable to perform his duties as a result of too much paperwork, stuck in his mind.  Years later, he imagined Nietzsche as God’s boss.  Of course, Nietzsche desperately wanted to fire God because of a lifelong grudge.   Only six years after that kernal, the book was popped.  Sure, itRead More →

That old rascal, Bertrand Russell illustrates that the philosophic burden of proof lies upon a person making scientifically unfalsifiable claims.  More specifically, proof of God’s existence relies on the person making the claim.  Of course, Operation Cosmic Teapot assumes that several gods exist, so, you know…. what-everrrrr.  Russell’s original argument goes like this:  If I were to suggest that between the Earth and Mars there is a china teapot revolving about the sun in an elliptical orbit, nobody would be able to disprove my assertion provided I were careful to add that the teapot is too small to be revealed even by our mostRead More →