Jan 31 2009

“mineral consciousness”

Geoff Manaugh knows how to write:

The earth would become a kind of spherical harddrive, with information stored in those moving webs of magnetic energy that both surround and penetrate its surface.
This extends yet further into an idea that perhaps whole planets out there, turning in space, are actually the harddrives of an intelligent species we otherwise have yet to encounter – like mnemonic Death Stars, they are spherical data-storage facilities made of content-rich bedrock – or, perhaps more interestingly, we might even yet discover, in some weird version of the future directed by James Cameron from a screenplay by Jules Verne, that the earth itself is already encoded with someone else’s data, and that, down there in crustal formations of rock, crystalline archives shimmer.
I’m reminded of a line from William S. Burroughs’s novel The Ticket That Exploded, in which we read that beneath all of this, hidden in the surface of the earth, is “a vast mineral consciousness near absolute zero thinking in slow formations of crystal.”

From the post Planet Harddrive on the peerless Bldgblog.

Jan 31 2009

The Victoria crater

From these Mars images.

Jan 31 2009

Ghosts In New Photographs

Incredible: WW2 images reshot and blended with modern day Russia.

Jan 31 2009

For Intimate 140-Character Access


Jan 26 2009


Jan 26 2009

Ornithopter Flight

Jan 19 2009


“The future, according to some scientists, will be exactly like the past, only far more expensive.”
– John Sladek

Jan 2 2009

A Year In 40 Seconds

One year in 40 seconds from Eirik Solheim on Vimeo.

Jan 2 2009

Subscription Fireworks

A shot from Roburky’s Eve Online photoset, illustrating a recent fleet battle in Eve Online. (We won that one…)