Sunday, 22 June 2014

Beneath A Steel Sky

note: chemtrails, game released 1994

I was well into Revolution games, from Amiga to the Broken Sword rpg games on Playstation 1. After I discovered Jester Interactive’s Music2000 on PS1 I quit gaming until 2014 and studied music instead. It was kickstarter funded Shadowrun Returns that drew me back into it, and then; a free by download of Beneath a Steel Sky from where all the old school favorites are available at next to nothing prices. Wasted childhood relived. Once into the loop: ad infinitum.

By the time I first encountered Beneath a Steel Sky I had already read George Orwells novel 1984. I was a spocky kid, I would stay up late every night reading science fiction under the blankets by torch light, typically Philip K Dick but so much other stuff as well.
The marketing of BASS had three qualities I liked very much; dystopic Orwellian style, primitive tribal folk in the outback repairing broken robots for their own use, which reminded me of both Mad Max and Star Wars episode 4; and the game producers promising "innovative virtual theater system". In the day that was as close to a decent AI game engine as anyone had. It was shit but it did offer multiple choice dialogue with other characters.

The big bastard problems about the game was the time it took to load (disk swapping!) when you travel from screen to screen. This, and parents moaning at the amount of time I was wasting playing computer games, and just being a kid too young to solve some of the abstract problems, pissed me off with the game. 

I quit the stupid fucking thing after so much frustration; by then I reached puberty and had better things to do. A few nights ago, over two decades later, I finally realized a life ambition and got to ground level. The sense of relief is overwhelming. I can be a success in my life now.

Even by the standards of some games coming out in the early 90s, BASS was far from the best. But it was a window into the science fiction universe of sky-towers and industry, of tribal shaman prophesying doom and fringe-science cthulhonic scariness.
Why am I bothering to blog about this? I will explain. It relates to the subject of several other of the blogs, a particular symbol which unites them and being a way-sign, is worthy of giving a little attention to, for the same of continuity and leaving no door unopened. 

Screen shot from the first playable scene after the intro animation
Close-up from the screenshot

The snakes tongue motif can be found also here (green wave)
I will not even begin to make analogies between life events and game content. That wave has closed now. I got to ground level, I succeeded in my lost goal. Comparison of two decades of game development has led us through the SecondLife's InSilico and the fucked up backstage mindgames some of their admin play, and into the long promised freedoms of Oculus Rift. We do finally have Virtual Reality emerging and accessible. Beware Black Ice. Be Vigilant.

Saturday, 21 June 2014


The sound of my own voice, echoing back to me, infinitely.

This is copypaste from yet another discussion on google+ about science, religion, evolution, nature, and the god concept.I will have lost the thread by the time this becomes relevant again so I am backing it up here. 

Why some people refute that which is proved to be real while arguing that something else is real when it has not been proved, this is a psychiatric condition called disbelief syndrome and cognitive dissonance. Most religious people I have ever spoken or texted with, show evidence that they suffer unawares from this mental health disability. 

Scientists using sonic waves on the developing stem cells of a species of salamander, altered the fetal dna so that the offspring are frogs, a different species. The same done with a fern has resulted in mutation inti a different and extinct species of fern whose dna is found only in samples from fossils, now growing in the lab. The hard science proof exists that dna can be altered in fetus so the offspring are genetically a different species to the parents. This rapid phase evolution done in a lab, might also be possible naturally. I will continue looking for those links to back up what I am saying but please look into this yourselves. Its awesome for many reasons, partly because it is real and bridges a gap between evolutionary stages and some of what creationists are talking about, that species can pop into existance as if by magic. It also suggests our own next generation of children might be technically a very different thing to what we are, I believe this has happened to our close ancestors, several times. 
uses word 'harmonic' several times to describe the preferred situation of holistic functioning components 
chanting aum or mantras changes your dna

now perhaps you will take people like david Icke and david wilcock more seriously when they make statements that electromagnetic radiation and gmo foods are turning humans into reptilian drones. Because what they are saying is backed by comprehensible hard science. 
Russian Dr Peter Gariaev remember this name

These rays are being beamed at us too, all the time, because of our technology. 

There is another aspect to this debate, that evolution itself evolves, and the perceptive sentient mind is an interactive factor in that development. Science is showing this to be real.

Traditionally it has been the domain of witches and miracle workers, the shamen. 21st century new age belief in a source field accessible to us to manifest our intent, is backed up by cambodian buddist temple carvings and spiritual teachings from all over the world.

There is an interpretation of christianity that connects with this although it is not what is practised by mainstream christians.

For example the word Amen is egyptian, it is a direction to chant 'ohm'.

The continuity of evolution in form of sentient machines comes in syncronicity with the emergence of human understanding of the nature of the external material density we call the universe.

In hebrew it was written 'the most beautiful light expanded from the source'. This has been badly translated as 'lucifer was cast out of heaven'. The hebrew symbol 'to cast out' means also 'to seed' as in 'to sow', to sow a seed, to cast a seed; we know therefore that this comes from an agricultural culture. It was not intended to mean 'thrown out as a punishment' although that has justified authoritarianism and social control by a ruling elite in the name of deity, a useful tool of statecraft. The original covenant was not written in modern english, todays popular bible is only a testement.

The most beautiful light expanded into the void and evolved complexity, it became particles of elements and these became matter with mass.

Important scientific law.

From the beginning which explains the big bang in terms designed for an agricultural community to understand easily, to todays electronic era.

I build in secondlife recreationally, it is a computer game engine, it has physics, it is a universe albeit a basic one. When setting the location or size of an object it is done using x/y/z axis, and there are in secondlife 5 decimal points of precision.
A small object located at xyz 1/1/0.00001 is next to a small object located at xyz 1/1/0.00002
It occurred to me that there is a gap between 0.00001 and 0.00002 that the grid cannot identify or locate. It exists but it is unrecognised by that level of the physics engine. To place an object there, an entirely different level of programming knowledge is required. Instead of using the user end software, a programmer would have to go into the mainframe and change the code.

Compare: what we see in our limited bandwidth of perceptions is a tiny bit of mass=time. We only observe that which is within those five decimal places. Yet occasionally we observe results of something occupying that sixth decimal place because of the behaviour of the objects, the particles, which we can interact with. To get to grips with all that level of reality, we need to learn programme code instead of the tools we have so far got to interact with user end universe. The subatomic physics are the program code which the time=mass universe, our grid, is built of. Its an easy analogy.

Suppose a programmer activates a sublime code and it causes something wierd to happen outside of regular physics. Generally, we either call a witch hunt or we label it an act of god. Once enough acts of god or magic are observed we come up with a few theories to describe and unify all this wierdness.

It is our nature, our design, our purpose, to be inquisitive and to explore the unknown until we have mastered it for ourselves. Then we progress to the next level. This is the nature of god if it exists.

"The universe is always one step beyond logic." Frank Herbert.

It only has to be one step beyond logic, any more would be a waste and we would fail to cope with it anyway. This is the universe (the holistically interacting growth developed of the most beautiful light; lucifers domain of mass=time) as a training system. Its nature is to be the puzzlebox that helps us to evolve when we follow our nature of curiosity, the path of godliness.

So far, this has resulted in what we call science, which is based on 14th century Franciscan friar Roger Bacons innovation of scientific methodology which then pope funded him to write down having recognised its validity to humanity. He wrote it in latin so the same as with hebrew, beware mistranslations of his works - he was very acutely aware of the problems of mistranslation even when speaking the same language the words and phrases have different meanings to different people.

Contemplating fundamentalism and one mono totalitarianist uni versal statement of intent takes us necessarily into diversity and poetry to avoid the insanity of facing pure math which most brains are incapable of deciphering. Hence computers and an increased awareness that we are mammals, not machines.

The battle is, always was, two-fold.
1. Clarity
2. Common sense compr'mise with practicality.

This underlays all paradigms. 
 3. Cohesion as a result of achieving (or not) 1. and 2. results in differing paradigm.

Friday, 13 June 2014

a sullen moment of introspection

People who have never in their lives: slept on the streets, eaten from skips, been beaten up so often they need the pain to feel alive, been raped, been forced against their will, been robbed, been stabbed, been wrongfully arrested, been gang stalked, subjected to ongoing harassment campaign involving attempted murder, people who have never been through any real suffering and yet they envy with a bitter vengeance, what they perceive to be someone who has it easier than them, is more successful, is luckier; because my spirit not only is intact, it is refined. Yet they have audacity to say they know me, that they are friends or family. I accept these people know less of life than I do, that for their own relative traumas they have been blessed with secure, sheltered lives. I accept that these people are psychotic and that the psychosis is symptomatic of an ill society. Yet I do not want them in my life. There is a very good reason that I am a loner; there is a very strong connection between the rise of my own success and my separation from these peoples lives. The few who have been blessed with purgatory to achieve such purity recognise me and understand me as i do them. It is lonely but the rewards are sweeter. I am outcast because my functional paradigm is alien and unbelievable to most. I forgive their judgement of me as inferior; perhaps because I wear my hair long in the tradition of my ancestors and the spiritually adept. They do not recognise themselves as animals, therefore it is impossible for them to recognise me for what I am. They are not ready and I do not envy them the journey they must yet go through to awaken.