Sunday, March 18, 2012

. . .

After a day and night with our anarchist lovers, going to the museum felt like returning to the chess board from a week-long free saunter on the checkered tile floor.

Here, rules applied.

Museum people.

-"You can't take pictures."
- "I was just taking a picture of the wall."
-"You can't take pictures."

or, rushing out of the building to talk to us,

-"Sir, you can't smoke there." . . . *directs us to an unmarked place one meter away*

And I think I might have an irrational hatred of the rich. I want to be rich, but when I'm rich I'm totally going to know that richness is a sham, and that I conned the world, and that I've sold out in my complicity to this violent soulless system of coercion.  How can these guys be so happy? Slowly sounding out the pronunciation of painters' names to their rosy-cheeked scarf-wearing kids. 

The language game made things more fun. Before parting ways that morning, I got to impress Cassy by pegging some Nigerians by their accents. At the museum, the African girls were probably from Gabon. They looked at the ritual masks that their great-grandparents wore like they were something from a work of fiction. The dark-skinned Russian speakers I still haven't figured out. So many languages. Six independent inventions of civilization and ten thousand years of development, all so we could drive the same Infiniti G37s to the museum and say the exact same false and asinine things to our kids about the statue.

There was an old statue of a Babylonian priest with his weird-ass conical hat. Nobody here was wearing one of those. This is a guy I could talk to. I wonder what he believed. I wonder if he knew Sumerian as a liturgical language. I wonder who was the last man on earth to believe in his religion.

There was another statue, a gold one, of a Buddha wearing a crown. The placard explained that in Thailand it is believed that kings have a special connection to Buddha, and so they made statues of him in regal, governmental attire. In the room behind it was an older stone statue of a thingless Jain.

Then I was transfixed, captivated, like Hitler before the Spear of Longinus, by an Egyptian hairpin from 3,000 BC. This, more than any of the the dumb Pollack paintings, posed questions. Was she defiant, sarcastic, and flirty? Or was she somber and devout? I wish I could find an ancient Egyptian hairpin. It's so small. Maybe I could steal it.

Leaving the museum we smoked a clove and made our sleepy way to Ft. Worth with hours to kill before the party. "Where to, what next?"

Thursday, March 1, 2012

P = NP: An Apocalypse.

Historians and data archaeologists studying the period immediately preceding the discovery of P = NP are in general agreement that the people of the 20th and early 21st centuries did not equate the hypothetical unification of P and NP with their civilization's collapse.

Civilizational collapse was a topic of discussion in both academic and popular arenas at the time, but was usually relegated to discussions of fossil fuel dependency, nuclear proliferation, and global environmental change. The problem of P and NP was understood as an important computational question, and even known to posses ramifications for cryptography, but was not generally regarded as having the potential to delegitimize all world governments, effect massive apostasy from all world religions, and restructure popular expectations and social mores regarding the universal human tendency towards prevarication.

In the immediate wake of the events of December 6th, 2012, Self and Locke were awarded a $1,000,000 prize by the Clay Mathematics Institute, which had deliberately sought to incentivize work on the P/NP problem. The result was seen as an advance in mathematics and computer science, and was believed at the time to promise societal advance.

The potential for societal collapse was not understood, even by the academic establishment, until the events of Revelation Saturday, two days later.

When global digital transparency was effected at the behest of elements of the "hacktivist" group Anonymous on December 8th, the perpetrators of the act believed that the infiltration of all internet accounts and the leaking of all private information would primarily affect the more oppressive ruling regimes of the pre-Revelation world's governments. However, as virtually all human electronic correspondence became publicly accessible, it soon became apparent that a panoply of impacts had not been considered.  When in the following week divorce filings were made by over half of all married couples, Anonymous pronounced its apologies and regrets. When the following mass disbarment of lawyers effectively destroyed the global legal apparatus required to prosecute members of Anonymous, render divorces, and carry out justice within a codified, legal framework, the societal implications of the mathematical breakthrough became better understood.

Popular opinion quickly coalesced around an amorphous opposition to the reestablishment of pre-Revelation legal and judicial systems, as virtually all legal and political institutions had been undermined and delegitimized by their internal data and correspondences. The parallel collapse of religious institutions was at first widely recognized on Sunday December 9th.

The causes and effects of the collapse pre-Revelation civilization are well understood, and a matter of large consensus among present-day theorists and historians.

There remain, however, open questions regarding how pre-Revelation civilization initially came about. Principally, it is not understood how the vast majority of humans came to give credence to their institutions while at the same time understanding first-hand their own human inclinations towards deception.

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