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"Someone in Uberwald built this clock out of glass. Powered by lightning, as I recall. It somehow got down to a level where it could tick with the universe."
"Why did he want to do that?"
"Listen, he lived in a big old castle on a crag in Uberwald. People like that don't need a reason apart from 'because I can.' They have a nightmare and try to make it happen."
Hey, Pratchett may have a prior art claim on the Torment Nexus!
For something to exist, it has to be observed.
For something to exist, it has to have a position in time and space. And this explains why nine-tenths of the mass of the universe is unaccounted for. Nine-tenths of the universe is the knowledge of the position and direction of everything in the other tenth. Every atom has its biography, every star its file, every chemical exchange its equivalent of the inspector with a clipboard. It is unaccounted for because it is doing the accounting for the rest of it, and you cannot see the back of your own head.*
Nine-tenths of the universe, in fact, is the paperwork.
*Except in very small universes.
I mean, this is probably where all the actual work goes in planning a software project too