glacial age

Looking south down Glen Coe from the Devil’s Staircase (on the West Highland Way). The large mountain on the right is the distinctive Buachaille Etive Mòr. To the left, in the background, are Creise and Meall a’ Bhùiridh.

The rocks of Glen Coe are part of an ancient caldera, formed after the eruption of a supervolcano around 400 million years ago. During the last ice age, glacial retreat created the distinctive U-shaped valley that can be seen today.

Boo.

I was hoping they’d go into more detail about Sebastian and his army running away from Aveline and her guards in a flurry of terrified screams and dropped swords.

The United States Of Amnesia

Welcome to the United States of Amnesia
Where the average attention span is
an albatross around the neck of history
drowning in largesse of half-caf mocha frappucino

At every other corner, nine tenths
of teeth submerge in this melting pot, super bowl
of guillotined Halloween, cropped and photoshopped
to the death and the bell trolls a Clockwork Orange
clones & minions man the phones
ringing off the hook like
an armless pirate with his peddling
finger on the twitter
out to abduct you
only, lonely immigrant child, America
this illegal erection election year
unlike any other in living
erasure

Welcome to the Dystopian States
of Amnesia, to the gloom of the homeless underpasses
to the panhandling flutes drowned out
in the tropics of the nocturnal subterranean

Washed up on your shores like a bottle with a pent up ocean in my bladder
memory is the only currency I hold
the infected blankets up to the light, I know
the smell of genocide. I have watched
women shamed as witches, watched them fall
like dominos on a Salem noon. I have met Sally Hemings and the strange
fruit of your history, America. I have fallen in your uncivil war
of a thousand and one episodes. This beast you thought you tamed? He prowls
the profiled night wearing
a police uniform

Beneath your bipolar indifference
a glacial racial iced age is dying
unseen below decks
in red bullet points
in blue moans

While a white white sea
sails on


Sophia Naz

Cool things that will/might happen in the future

2020s:

  • According to a report released by the National Intelligence Council, the United States will experience the relative decline of its economic and military power, driven both by the rise of new behemoths such as ChinaIndia and the EU and by domestic constraints on its global leadership
  • Futurist Ray Kurzweil puts 2029 as the year most likely for a breakthrough in Artificial General Intelligence (AGI). He expects that around this time, computers will reach human intelligence levels, and shortly thereafter surpass the capabilities of the human brain
  • By the end of the decade, the world population is projected to surpass 8 billion people, half a billion more than 2020, representing a slowdown in growth from the 2010s, which are expected to increase the population by 700 million
  • China’s coal production will peak and then rapidly decline in the year 2027

2030s:

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The United States of Amnesia

Welcome to the United States of Amnesia
Where the average attention span is
an albatross
around the neck of history drowning in largesse of half-caf mocha frappucino
At every other corner, nine tenths
of teeth
submerge in this melting pot, super bowl
of guillotined Halloween, cropped and photoshopped orange clown
and clones, the phones, the phones are ringing off the hook like
an armless pirate with his finger on the twitter
out to abduct you
only, lonely immigrant child, America
this illegal erection election year
unlike any other in living
Ay! Theres the rub! Was there a genie hiding in
the genealogy, genial serial of
a thousand and one episodes? Where is this beast you thought you tamed?beneath bipolar indifference
a glacial racial iced age is dying unseen below decks
a red bullet point
a blue moan
a white white sea

Sophia Naz

Word of the Day: Pluvial

pluvial \PLOO-vee-uhl\, adjective:

1. of or pertaining to rain; rainy.
2. Geology. occurring through the action of rain.

noun:
1. Geology. a rainy period formerly regarded as coeval with a glacial age, but now recognized as episodic and, in the tropics, as characteristic of interglacial ages.

Swimming in the pluvial waters, or inert and caked over by the torrid mud, he would have discovered what he would certainly have regarded as lowly, specially-modified, and degenerate relations of the active denizens of the ocean—the Dipnoi, or mud-fish.
– H.G. Wells, “Zoological Retrogression”, 1891

Nothing enters her tomb save a little moisture, pluvial in origin, and, it may be, certain mysterious effluvia of which we do not yet know the nature.
– Maurice Maeterlinck (1862-1949), translated by Bernard Miall, The Life of the Ant, 2001

Pluvial is from the Latin pluvia meaning “rain, water.” It shares the Proto-Indo-European root pleu meaning “to flow, to swim” with Pluto, the name of God of the underworld in classical mythology.