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Public space short story

harkaway:

Brilliant.

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What is Time Playing At?


I’ve noticed time behaving oddly of late.

This isn’t that old chestnut of time passing faster the older you get - that’s fairly well documented and has a number of separate explanations which I went into in a blog post once.

This is something different.

This is the fact that time seems to take a moment before it realises I’m watching and then lurches into motion. I’ll explain what I mean. When I look at an old fashioned analogue clock with a second hand I notice that the first second seems to last far longer than all subsequent ones. The second hand remains motionless for so long that I almost think the clock’s stopped. And then it starts circling the clock as if nothing’s happened, whistling nonchalantly “Nothing to see here!”

A similar thing happens with the train indicators at stations. Often a section of the indicator alternates between ON TIME and the platform number - and for the train i want to catch I’ve noticed that seems to display ON TIME for far longer than it does for all the other trains before staring to blink between the two, thus keeping me in suspense as to the platform I have to go to for a tiny bit longer.

What is this all about?

I suspect that it is a glimpse into the fact that time isn’t quite as linear for consciousness as we might think it is. Perhaps as far as the human mind is concerned, cause and effect is an illusion. The unusually long nature of the first second as you concentrate on something is your brain getting everything into order before presenting it to you.

How To Kill A Social Media Service


I didn’t know exactly what it is about some Social Media but they can be very addictive. They obviously tap straight into some deep seated psychological mechanism, providing a supernormal stimulus for… something.

Take FourSquare. Doesn’t actually give you any advantage and isn’t really much use for anything but I found it compelling and was obsessed with checking in, earning badges and maintaining the mayorship at certain locations. All this despite the sarcastic messages it would sometimes send my way (“Oh you fancy, huh?”).

Then they killed it for me.

Rather than upgrade their smartphone app, FourSquare introduced a brand new one with a different name, different interface and very different way of working. I just couldn’t get on with it and as a result within a few days my FourSquare obsession of several years had completely evaporated. I no longer cared.

Whilst this is probably good for me (less time wasted and one less pointless thing to worry about) I can’t help thinking that it almost certainly isn’t what they intended.

Undead War: Tales of the Zombie Apocalypse: 2 Dead Guns Press: Amazon.co.uk: John L. Thompson: Books


Good news - I have a short story “Field Trip” in this anthology which is out today from Dead Guns Press

Armageddon Preferable


Growing up with the threat of Nuclear War ever hanging in the air is a common experience for people of a certain age, certainly for anyone who was a teenager right up until the early nineteen nineties. Many people speak about the fear they experienced in their youth living under the metaphorical axe and wondering if they would ever see another dawn.

However, I have yet to come across anyone else who on some level hoped that nuclear war would happen, even though occasionally I did. It was all to do with school. I hated school so much that the apocalypse was preferable. In these scenarios in my head armageddon invariably happened when my family was on holiday somewhere so that we all survived but that at least I didn’t have to go back there and that I was secure in the knowledge that all the sadistic bullies - pupils and teachers alike - had been incinerated.

Thankfully this wasn’t necessary as I left school and the cold war ended.

Cow Recursion


I was introduced to recursion at a very young age. We were still living in Birmingham at the time so I was probably only two.

I recall my mum showing me the illustration on the packet of La Vache Qui Rit soft cheese and pointing put that the cow in the picture had two packets of La Vache Qui Rit soft cheese as earrings and that if I looked carefully I would see that the cows in the illustrations on the packets being used as earrings by the level one cow also each had two packets of La Vache Qui Rit soft cheese as earrings and that if I looked even more carefully…

and you get the picture. But the thing was I was probably too young to have heard the word “earring” so my abiding memory is of my mum saying:

That cow’s got a… ring-a-ding
And that cow’s got a… ring-a-ding
And that cow’s got a… ring-a-ding
And that cow’s got a… ring-a-ding

which was how my infant brain was interpreting a word I hadn’t heard before.

It’s obviously a persistent memory though as to this day I can’t see a picture of La Vache Qui Rit without my brain starting up the chant.

That cow’s got a… ring-a-ding
And that cow’s got a… ring-a-ding
And that cow’s got a… ring-a-ding
And that cow’s got a… ring-a-ding

Due to the very young age at which it was laid down these words must be hardwired into the very structure of my consciousness along with language and self-awareness.

Ring-a-ding.

I remember seeing this poster when I was a kid. I thought it was for one film about a Kung Fu master called Thunderbolt who teamed up with a Native American chief called Lightfoot for some reason. At the time I thought that Clint Eastwood looked like a Native American - can’t see it now.

I remember seeing this poster when I was a kid. I thought it was for one film about a Kung Fu master called Thunderbolt who teamed up with a Native American chief called Lightfoot for some reason. At the time I thought that Clint Eastwood looked like a Native American - can’t see it now.

hoppers13:

Jaime Hernandez Love and Rockets #35 page 11 Original Art (Fantagraphics, 1991)

hoppers13:

Jaime Hernandez Love and Rockets #35 page 11 Original Art (Fantagraphics, 1991)

(Source: comics.ha.com, via fyloveandrockets)

Toyah, 1988

Toyah, 1988