Comments on a cultural reality between past and future.

This blog describes Metatime in the Posthuman experience, drawn from Sir Isaac Newton's secret work on the future end of times, a tract in which he described Histories of Things to Come. His hidden papers on the occult were auctioned to two private buyers in 1936 at Sotheby's, but were not available for public research until the 1990s.

Saturday, March 26, 2016

How iPhones Will Look to People in the 2070s

From Twitter: "The Philco Predicta is an American television made in several models by the Philco company in the late 1950s."

"Kuba Komet Television manufactured from 1957 to 1962 in West Germany." Image Source: Twitter.

Friday, March 25, 2016

Dark Days Get Darker

Passengers walk through a metro tunnel after a bomb went off in a subway carriage at Maelbeek underground station. Image Source: Evan Lamos/Associated Press via HuffPo.

Here are some photos from the 22 March 2016 Brussels terrorist attacks at Maelbeek station in the Brussels subway and Zaventem international airport, described here, herehere and here. The terrorists' original target was Tihange nuclear power plant in Huy, where 11 personnel have had their security clearances revoked. In related news, Syrian government forces have retaken the ancient city of Palmyra (see earlier posts here and here).

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Lynch's American Noir

Inspired by Mulholland Drive (2001): This is the Girl by Sam Gilbey. Image Source: Roadtrippers and Spoke Art.

The San Francisco art gallery, Spoke Art (816 Sutter St., San Francisco, California 94109 USA), is running a show, In Dreams, until 29 March 2016 in which fifty artists paid tribute to surreal noir film director, David Lynch. Here are a few of the pieces on display.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Time and Politics 17: The Oath

Microbiologist Dr. Siouxsie Wiles brings science to the public in collaboration with artists who paint with bioluminescent bacteria: "Bioluminescent portrait of Donald Trump at the WSF Brisbane, painted by Ray Coffey. Photo by Chris Proud, Old Museum Network (Queensland Museum [Australia])." Image Source: SBS.

On 20 March 2016, Bill Maher joked on HBO (ep. 14/381) about Donald Trump's ignorance, because Trump claimed to get all his information off the Internet. Trump has also promised to shut down the Internet if he is elected. He stated he would shut down parts of the Internet domestically and internationally when necessary to restrict terror operatives. He later expanded that promise beyond terror threats. Snopes found the reports on Trump and the Internet to convey 'mixed truth'; on 7 December 2015, Trump stated in South Carolina:
"We have to go see Bill Gates and a lot of different people that really understand what's happening. We have to talk to them about, maybe in certain areas, closing that Internet up in some way ... Somebody will say, 'Oh, freedom of speech, freedom of speech.' These are foolish people."

Look Skyward: Penumbral Eclipse of the Moon

In a penumbral lunar eclipse, the moon passes through the outer shadow of the earth, not our planet's full shadow, or umbra (see another animation for today's eclipse, here). The effect is a subtle darkening of the moon. The above video demonstrates the point of view from the USA. Video Source: Larry Koehn (hat tips: Shadow and Substance and Earth Sky).

Today, there is a partial penumbral lunar eclipse, visible from Asia, Australia and the Americas. This post accompanies my 8 March 2016 post on the total solar eclipse, and provides background on a series of posts on the impact of unprecedented techno-social conditions on global emotions and unconscious behaviours. The moon is a mirror. But perhaps we see her true nature only when she is shrouded in darkness, as on today's eclipse. Upcoming posts will ask how our cultural understanding of the moon and mirrors can help to explain today's interactions with technology.

Area of visibility of penumbral lunar eclipse on 23 March 2016. It begins at 9:39:31 a.m. UTC and reaches its maximum at 11:47:14 UTC. Image Source: Time and Date.

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Welcome the Vernal Equinox

Image © Fiona Owen.

Today is the spring equinox in the northern hemisphere and the fall equinox in the southern hemisphere at 04:30 UTC. Equinoxes occur when the number of daylight and night time hours are roughly equal. Solstices mark maximum daylight or night time hours, as the images and video from EarthSky and APOD/NASA demonstrate.

Video Source: Youtube.

Image Source: Physical Geography.