Wednesday, September 22, 2010

The Instantaneous Engineer

Consider the following excerpt from HG Well’s The Time Machine.

“You know of course that a mathematical line, a line of thickness nil, has no real existence…Neither has a mathematical plane. These are mere abstractions.”


“That’s all right,” said the Psychologist.


“Nor, having only length, breadth, and thickness, can a cube have a real existence.”


“There I object,” said Filby. “Of course a solid body may exist. All real things..."


“But wait a moment. Can an instantaneous cube exist?”


“Don’t follow you,” said Filby.


“Can a cube that does not last for any time at all, have a real existence?”


I am not a daydreamer. I am an Instantaneous Engineer. I plan and build intricate mechanisms, complete in their gears and function, existing in all 3 spatial dimensions fully formed and yet not materialized by duration. I invent and follow my inventions along their tangent timeline to their logical end and the change/ruin they bring onto society. Then I backtrack to the same moment of conception and pull my creation back out of the world, never to solidify.


My instantaneous creations are devastating so I spin them only onto paper, recount only the vaguest of hints at the destruction they wreak when they endure. I should let them dissolve completely, but in my vanity I doodle their caricatures in tight margins and bury their codex under my pillow to comfort me while I dream dreams I will never recall.



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