Apocalypse, told in ivy. I. Fractals.

In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth by speaking the language of mathematics, the first and most beautiful of all speeches. I’m convinced of that. If God wasn’t a mathematician, why is the world so full of wondrous geometries? Even the ivy growing quietly at the side of the house does so in the fractal appointed to it from the very beginning. So much repetition, so much monotony. So much beauty.

Taken while out walking on the evening of Thursday, 16 August 2018.
(First of a series, hopefully.)

The green ivy grows in a fractal along a white wall, and reaches for the door beyond.

Word List: Traveller Returning. (incomplete)

Alexandria. Atlantis. Alhaerie.
El Dorado. Ecbatana.
Gehenna. Golconda. Garternay.
Heliopolis. Hy Bresail. Hyperborea. Hiigara.
Illyria. Ithaca. Irian Jaya.
Khartoum. Karakorum. Khatovar.
Manzikert. Marrakech. Massassauga.
Narayan. Neverwinter.
Samarkand. Sarnath. Saqqara.
Urumqi. Undrentide.
Zerzura. Zion. Ziguinchor.

Word List: Greeklings.

archon. exarch. sphinx. amphiptere. polis. hyaline. makhaira. spatha. chiliarch. basileus. basilissa. basilica. basilisk. agora. amphitheatre. cataphract. tyrant. cyber-. eidolon. amphora. pterosaur. hoi polloi. adytum. daemon (agatho- and caco-). asphodel. autocrat(or). baetyl. -lith. athenaeum. bibliotheca. boustrophedon. ophidian. omphalos. ekklesia. nymph. odeon. odyssey. phage. naphtha. narthex. chthonic. pelagic. benthic. abyss. nous/noo-. nautilus. nepenthes. morph. medusa. gorgon. hierophant. ichor. cosmos. apotropaic. gnosis. gnomon. arctos (bear). ekistics. metanoia. rhyton.

Codex, iii.

An entity progresses within the global continuum along the line of time, according to the laws of the universe, driven by the primum mobile, primordial energy. On the other hand, any activity by a user within the imaginary plane is called an operation. Before a user can perform an operation within a local continuum, he must first predict the natural progression of the continuum. [[[needs work here]]]

Predicting progression: It is theoretically possible for a user to predict the progression of any entity from infinity to infinity with 100% complete confidence and accuracy — provided one had infinite capacitance for primordial energy (that is, infinite computational power). But, even if this were so, the wildcard sentience ensures that accuracy will never be 100%. Any observation, any operation, is a function of probabilities mapped upon baseline global progression.

This probability of 100% accuracy is dependent on a myriad of complex factors. They all centre around the user: proximity to the entity, cognizance of the imaginary plane and the energy and information gradients, size of the entity’s local continuum, extent of operation, and the user’s capacitance for energy transfer and, most critically, information transfer.

Every user engages in probabilistics when performing operations, and every operation influences the global energy and information gradients. This has profound consequences upon sentience.

Ability to predict progression manifests in precognition and prophecy – and similar descriptors – in users. Certain individuals amongst the People have exceptional precognitive abilities, are able to predict events in the global continuum with astonishing accuracy. This comes at a costly sacrifice: most of their sensorium is transformed into the imaginary plane, and they have little awareness of the real plane.

This section iii needs some clarification. It all makes sense in my head, but somehow the words aren’t coming out right.
Next: Capacitance and primordial energy, energy and information transfer operations and probabilities of success (vs. energy gradients), psionics. Probabilistics upon sentience – what is the terminology? check Kirkham novella again.

Dawn at the Shrine.

I’d wanted to do this for many months. Last Saturday I finally dragged myself out of bed before 6.00am and went to the World Was memorial down the road in time for the sunrise. All photos were taken between 6.00 – 7.15am. This is the first photoshoot for more than a year, and I’m amazed and delighted at how well the photos turned out. Waking up at that unearthly hour was totally worth it. There will be more super-early weekends to come.


Continue reading Dawn at the Shrine.

Codex, interrupted.

I wonder how I wrote the Codex in the past. Definitely meandered much and used too many words. I have less desire for unnecessary verbosity these days — but hang it, spending half an hour trying to write a three-sentence paragraph is ludicrous and frustrating. Even if I once knew how to do it, I don’t anymore.

Stuck on describing how probability theory feeds into the energy and information matrices at time X, and where the first law of thermodynamics factor in transformations. I can visualize how it works, and it makes complete sense. But how can you describe a moving image in one-dimensional, linear word? Can’t you just see what I mean? it’s self-evident!

Will keep trying.


I’ve drawn the Homeworld universe from numerous sources of inspiration, but the bones of the Codex are built from a single source: The Morphology of the Kirkham Wreck, a novella by this virtually unknown author named Hilbert Schenck.

I first read it as a teen in the short story anthology Imaginary Numbers (I don’t know if it’s found anywhere else). I don’t use the statement “changed my life” lightly, but that novella single-handedly transformed the entire landscape of my imagination. My world-building was never the same since, and the Codex is my poor attempt to build a theory of the universe upon the concepts that Schenck introduced so masterfully in his story.

I haven’t read the story for some years, but last night I finally sat down and digitized my scans from the anthology, and will hopefully have it on my e-book reader soon. Re-reading it now, I’m seeing major concepts that I’d not noticed before, and new areas to consider. I also think my grasp of the math is much greater than it used to be, and some concepts are now clear when hitherto they were quite beyond me (but beautiful nonetheless). I guess now’s a good time to rethink things, see if those new concepts can be worked into the Codex. –And get me out of this current writing block.