Friday, January 22, 2021

6 for the price of 1 ...



Imagine if earth was centered inside this stellar carousel known as the Castor 6 star system. Tatoone, of Star-wars fame, equipped with just two, would be a nothing while the complex light variances of the Castor system would be something else altogether with one innocent question ... would there ever be darkness? 

Even bigger ...


Super massive black holes are humongous with some giants the equivalent of mass 10 billions times greater than that of the sun but researchers are conjecturing SLAB/Stupendously Large Black Holes of a size considered not possible until now.


 

Thursday, January 21, 2021

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Channeling Jeremy Bentham


11 years ago, yours truly wrote about ...  a most ingenious "device" to keep prisoners in check by making it impossible for any of the denizens of such prison to see if they were, in fact, being spied upon via a visionary approach to surveillance known as the panopticon

To whit ...


Fast forward to 2012 & beyond where Palantir's digital version of the panopticon is alive and well, not only operating in Afghanistan but also now in the states as surveillance and the art of tracking behavior is big business 24/7 due to Palantir's unique ability to sift through vast amounts of visual and textural content to enable the military and police, among significant others, to find specific skeins of data impossible to locate by any other means.



It gets better.



The question to ask here is ...


The best toon ever ...


The best toon ever ...

End of Empire ...



Empires, at their zenith, present themselves to the world in grand fashion as seen in the Thomas Cole painting depicting why this is so but this illusion doesn't last forever ...


With this in mind, channel 2021 and the state of America with yet another Cole work.



The inevitable decline starts with inequality and corruption, the two headed construct
 that leads every empire to decay without question.

To whit ...




And this


Read Rebecca Gordon's detailed piece titled The Rubble of Empire in its entirety as it delineates why the US empire is crumbling as we speak. 

Saturday, January 16, 2021

99.5% ...


Had to do a quick return to Surrey Nano Systems, the creators of Vantablack, a carbon based nanotube  paint that absorbs 99.5% of light, something high end imaging companies of all stripes are flocking 
to in order to enhance sensitivity to all things related to light as seeing how this 
amazing material works shows why this fact rings true.


Friday, January 15, 2021

Fleeting Winter

 CT winters are no longer the same. Cold snaps in early January are but a memory with little snow and thin ice but one can sense winter is still around but now it's a fleeting winter without question. Enjoy.