Monday, August 1, 2011

The Homogenization of Time

Look around you. Endless variety. Colors, sounds, tastes, eclectic life filling out every square millimeter of every niche. Take it all in quick. You have 5 seconds.


Five. It takes one second for the stainless steel body to be laser cut to the correct specifications. Take this second for the viruses, mammals, invertebrates and sea-life.


Four. It takes another second for the circuit boards to be printed and the pieces soldered to the motherboard. Take this second for the endless variety of things that grow green.


Three. It takes one second for the exotic matter to crystallize into the portal basin. Take this time to appreciate the weather.


Two. It takes one second to coat the chassis with a glossy anti-rust enamel. With this second, consider contemplating the beauty of cultural trends.


One. One last second is needed for the systems to check themselves and for the machine to go online. Take this last second to appreciate our history of innovation.

Its all gone...

Now.

At the moment the first time machine rolled off the assembly line, the concept of "change" ceased to exist.

The moment that time travel was invented, every moment in time was suddenly occupied by extra-temporal colonies. They overwrote your history instantly with an incessant blandness. The local color of nations and eras was washed aside in the fastest sort of gentrification.

A Starbucks opened in Pompeii.



...and one in 15th Century France


The neanderthal caves carved into the wind-blown cliffs of Gibralter were demolished to make room for condos with thin walls and granite counter tops. The primordial ponds in which proteins first formed were dredged.

Now stands an Olive Garden.

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