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coronal mass ejection

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"In the Beginning the People lived in several worlds below. Successively they emerged from them to a new world above. In the middle of this new world stood a great rock. Extending through all the previous underworlds and protruding above this one, it was the core of the universe, rooted in time and space. It was oriented to the four directions, and its sides glowed with their corresponding colors white on the east, blue on the south, yellow-red on the west, black on the north.

Emerging from the world below, the People gathered at its foot. And when they planted seeds to make the earth spread out, and when they called to the Holy People to help them plant the Holy Mountains, it was around this great natal rock. Hence they called it simply the Mountain Around Which Moving Was Done, the Mountain Surrounded by Mountains, or the Encircled Mountain.

To the east of it they planted the Holy Mountain of the East, made of sand and white shell. To the south they planted the Mountain of the South, made of sand and blue-green turquoise. To the west, the Mountain of the West, of yellow-red sand and abalone. And to the north, the Mountain of the North, of black sand and jet. In each they placed a Holy Person, a Talking God to guard the mountain and to listen to the prayers and songs offered it. Extra mountains they transplanted, and seeds of the four sacred plants. They made a fire with four kinds of wood and a hogan with four logs. Everything the stars, the winds, the seasons they put in order and named, and they became. For "when you put a thing in order, give it a name, and you are all in accord: it becomes."

Thus the pattern of the Navaho world at the Emergence. The great central Encircled Mountain. The four directional Holy Mountains. The lesser transplanted mountains, the plants, the trees, with the winds, the seasons, and the sun and moon and stars above. This today in a Navaho sandpainting is the symbol of the great axial rock, the Encircled Mountain: a four petaled flower, like a four leafed clover, like a lotus.

The four sacred mountains still bounding the ancient Navaho homeland are physical mountains: the Mountain of the East variously identified as Mount Blanca, in Colorado; Wheeler Peak, above Taos in the Sangre de Christo range; or Pelado Peak, near the pueblo of Jemez; Mount Taylor, of the San Mateo range, as the Mountain of the South; the San Francisco peaks, in Arizona, as the Mountain of the West; and a peak in the La Plata or San Juan range as the Mountain of the North. 

The Encircled Mountain is something else. It has been identified as Huerfano Peak, above Chaco Canon, which bears it name. But by its very nature it cannot be so constricted. Being the core of the whole cosmos, it existed when the First People were still in the lower worlds; and spanning a time and space beyond our earth-dimensional comprehension, it is too great and too powerful to be visible. This is its metaphysical reality. El Huerfano is merely its material image, its physical counterpart."

from twinrocks.com/legends/71-navajo-core-of-the-universe.html
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I can't escape fractal recursion: It shows up everywhere; I am fine with it.

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mixtape covers

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the augmented reality sandbox

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last ship UI

(for once the data a damaged disk in a TV show actually looks like damaged data on a disk.)
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it's nice when a client let's you get even close to right on shots like this.

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ORAL HISTORY

i'm working on a new project. not sure where it's going just yet. this is what i know:

going to record something every day. it's not going to sound great. it's not a podcast. just a spoken meditation. i want to keep average length under 30 minutes, though it's going to vary wildly.

the style is pretty much what you're used to if you've followed me here for a while. i'm just going to talk about things. i have a problem where i go away and forget how to communicate, like really talk to people. not like the talking that happens naturally just with interactions while living in a place, but the talking from deep inside.

when i do talk i tend to share it with only one person, but i never know if that person really wants to hear what i have to say. so i'm going to abstract the who i'm talking to a little bit and talk to an abstract idea who. maybe you'll want to listen.

i need to get back to a daily practice. this adds to my visibility in the human world and gets me into an always creative mindspace. being prolific happens in little steps all the time, not big steps once in a while.

i am a traveler and a storyteller. not everyone is a traveler or a storyteller. i witness a lot of things, think about them, try to untangle the threads running through every moment. there are a lot of stories to tell. from the reactions i get, i'm estimating that some people want to hear these stories.

calling it an oral history because that's what it is. there isn't a written component to this project (well, there will be, i'm fiddling with some transcription software to make very glitchy textual interpretations.)

it needs to be mutually beneficial. currently setting up a patreon page. in my current model, something around $5/mo gets you into daily updates. i'm not going to share these publicly, though i don't care if subscribers share. i just want to set up a very low wall to carve out a special realm where i can learn who's listening and create a more formal exchange rate of stories for money. 

more soon.
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+Max Rubenacker Stories rate highly for me. The form of the story is not relevant - the story is the thing. 

"i appreciate you being in the universe making things." <<--- YES

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polynomial remixes

made with the fantastic hyperbolic tiling creator at malinc.se/m/ImageTiling.php found via +Meirav M. 
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today i'm learning all about ways to generate terrain in javascript. working on the dawg's infinite random ascii universe was fun, but now i want to start adding some elements like roads and rivers that require a little more thought for consistency.

from my research...

good starting point with well commented code: somethinghitme.com/2013/11/11/simple-2d-terrain-with-midpoint-displacement (also where the gif below originated)

simple take on random lines: thegoldenmule.com/blog/2011/08/terramorphic-genesis-algorithms-or-terrain-generation

something in processing: openprocessing.org/sketch/142741

something 3D and minimal: playfuljs.com/realistic-terrain-in-130-lines

and finally +Isaac Kuo's very fun lakes and rivers script: plus.google.com/+IsaacKuo/posts/TRBHXTsFxkd
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+Isaac Kuo it's interesting that something infinite becomes samey but that is exactly what starts happening, where limiting the options gives more interest.

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think i'm going to be learning all about regex at regexr.com today.

via +dante federici 
Regular expression tester with syntax highlighting, contextual help, video tutorial, reference, and searchable community patterns.
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merci +Jean-Marc Luna 
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by gustaw gwozdecki, 1908, via birdsong217.tumblr.com/post/126138365476
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something on the wind.
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salt cargo

outtakes from the hinterlands.
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