So, imagine an youngish but embittered ex-marine. Imagine he buys a shitty scrap of land to build himself a shitty scrap of a home with an reasonably inheritance from his recently slain parents. Paranoid and living out of a nearby motel, he won’t let anyone help him build it. He even goes through the effort of learning how to operate a backhoe just so he can dig the foundation himself. While doing so he makes a rather fantastic discovery, a giant mechanical eye. Further excavation reveals is has two giant appendages, which appear to be clock hands,  attached to the outside. Ever fearful of watching eyes, he hastily erects a wooden structure over his discovery and sets up camp inside while planning how he can raise his mysterious find. He  cautiously approaches the man he rented the backhoe from for ideas.  The ex-marine, Bartholomew (his parents named him after his great-grandfather), found this man to be intelligent, technically skilled, knowledgeable and easily influenced. In wasn’t long before Bart brought the man, Jeremy, in on his discovery, certain that he could be controlled.

Months later the object had been raised by Jeremy’s expert hand, a more permanent barn had been build around it and beside that there had been constructed a small concrete fortress where both men now lived. Soon it would be time to start examining the enigmatic eye…

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*this may be a complete fabrication.

So I’ve clearly been doing a good job with updating this blog. Yup. So….

Anyways, I had this sort of… inkling… of the future and I felt the need to share it. I was pondering the vast and growing number of unique individuals on this planet. Specifically I was thinking about how each and every person has a million little neurosis (and sometimes huge ones) and a specific way of deal with life, a set of believes, ect. Even the most boring person has piles upon piles of unique things they do and think. So it occurred to me, this can be marketed. I think it will be like custom t-shirts and webcomics; something subtle that starts out as a indie little thing of the internet and then, like everything else, it will be seized by corporations in an attempt to capitalize on it’s fleeting popularity. It’s already happening in small ways, ways you are probably already aware of. Examples? FML, IMMD, I am Neurotic and piles of other blogs focused on the little things that make other peoples lives different than our own. Why are these popular? There are two reasons, the modern audience is getting to smart and cynical for fiction, they look at a movie and say ‘That could never happen’ when it is merely extremely unlikely, and people like things that are not already omnipresent in their own lives. So what exactly am I predicting here? I predict people will tune in and be enthralled by the detailed minutia of other peoples lives. At first it will be all like “these are the parts of my life I want to show you’ and ‘look at this cool stuff I have. Then it will be ‘this is what I threw out today’, ‘this is what I bought for groceries’ or ‘watch me fold my laundry’. Before you know it everyone will be watching videos of everyone going about their daily life, like the Truman Show only worse. Before you know it watching some random personal you’ll never meet shower will be a normal thing. I know you might be thinking that ‘sure, maybe, but things change over the course of time. What might seem weird and taboo now will be totally different in the distant future.’ . But the thing is, because of modern technology and it’s incredible rate of growth, society is able to change at a break neck rate. Take flash mobs, for instance, it used to be something like that was impossible because by the time you found and organized enough people the first people you got involved would have lost interest and you could never coordinate that number of people without cell phones and email. The time it would take would destroy the project before you could even attempt something. I’m thinking that with in 10 to 20 years, maybe less, we will start to have people voluntarily surrender their privacy for the sake of entertaining others. From there it’s another small step to cameras watching you use the toilet. Never mind Big Brother watching you, you own personal adoring fans will take care of that.

So yeah, that’s just another cheerful Dystopian future predicted by yours truly.

So the comic called Ironborn is pretty much my new favorite thing ever. It’s got magic and it’s got robots. I am quite pleased. In somewhat related news I also learned about Brian Despain who is a painter of robots.

I’m just all linky today aren’t I?

P.S. I’ve also decided that the author of Ironborn is my Swedish clone.

This is some rambling on my newest idea currently titled “The Tree”

“Once, I suspect it was some time ago, in a place, undoubtably rather far for here, there was a tree. Some people say that this tree was the inspiration for all other trees. Most would go so far as to call it the Tree.  The Tree has been around so long no one knows how it came to be, some claim it was a creation of their deity, other claimed it was their deity. The stories are almost as many as are leaves on the Tree. The history of the Tree is, however, well-known: There was a wandering druid who was passing through a small, unnamed village. While he was there he noticed they cooked with a leaf that was unfamiliar to him.  They told him that all they knew was that the leaf would come from the north on the wind every autumn. Intent on discovering the origins of this strange leaf, the druid left to explore the woods the next morning. There he discovered the Tree. It is believed that this was the first time any human had ever witnessed the Tree.  When the druid returned to the  village to with this news they packed up their town and moved it into the woods to be near the Tree and the village become known as Ki for the druidic word for tree. Every autumn they would wait patiently under the tree for its leaves to fall and in return they kept it clean and safe. Over time the Tree’s strength grew and the village Ki grew with it. ..”

That’s it for now. I have the basic idea all set up but the pacing is troubling me.

<transcription of phonograph cylinder labeled ‘captain’s log #1’> So I just talk into this contraption here and people from anywhere can…what do you mean it’s already recording?! Blast this infernal blogging device! I have half a mind to… <recording ends> Editor’s note: I’m not sure this needed to be transcribed but the first mate insisted.