BrianK,.that would be awesome to slow it down a bit or even speed it up. You can really do a lot with this just by changing active object "Thing 2" shape also. You could even change Thing 2 to a different object for a totally different effect.
I stretched out "Thing 2" up and made it thinner. Check that out when you have time. That looks amazing. The original version can be used and reminds me of a black hole..!! Be pretty awesome to trigger the effects on there own and not press the S and D keys. I'm sure that would be easy to implement.