Monday, July 29, 2019

transcendental techno-Earthanity



Here’s the Internet, 2015.

But to get a sense of the evolution of Our planetary singularity, see the 2003 version.

You can see, then, what I meant by “recursive” in my description of the 2003 image.

Those images aren’t drawings. They are computations of the actual Internet structure, transposed to graphical rendering.

The site that computed it (opte.org) is no longer online (April 2, 2019).

The colors indicate continental domains:
  • blue: North America
  • green: Europe
  • violet: Latin America
  • burgandy: Asia Pacific
  • orange: Africa
  • white: backbone (highly connected networks)

As you can see, the center of the Internet (the most concentrated netweaving), from which all else tends to connect, is Euro-northAmerican, so to speak—or north Atlantic, containing the backbone.

Saturday, July 13, 2019

a brief mediation in light of a fossilized skull
and a recent family photo



Dear man of the moon,

The summer fog over the S.F. Bay isn’t so low tonight that I can’t see
the emerald city across the way. High up, your three-quarter face emerges and wanes in the wind.

Anthropologists have recently gained confidence that Homo sapiens was living in the to-be-Greek islands ~200,000 years ago, witnessing you, the same moon.“Modern” humans didn’t leave Africa merely circa 50,000 years ago. Diasporas went every which-a-way for unrecorded hundreds of millennia: All around the Mediterranean, Europe, Central Asia, South and East Asia, back to Africa, and out again, over and over... We might as well say that globalization and hybridization are intrinsic to our being, under the same rising and setting moon, emerging and waning witness.