Strange Pulse from 234 stars. Aliens or not?


(Image of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey telescopes and facility :  All credit due)

Of late, due to the amount of recent misfires in relation to Alien signal detection, sans the Tabbys Star mystery which is still holding it’s ground.  The anthropocentric argument for that we are alone in the universe is gathering ground among the cosmology/physics community.  Not an outright dismissal of possible intelligent lifeforms, but rather attempting to balance the idea that we, humans, may have been a rarity in an indifferent and hostile cosmos.   Still, a split between the possibilities that life does  exist to the rare Earth hypothesis may widen if we do not see an increase in unnatural abnormalities in the Universe.  The good news in ETI (Extraterrestrial intelligence) detection is that our telescopes are becoming more powerful as is the spectrum of detection, which is also becoming more precise – despite the unfavorable odds of finding an alien signal.  For humanity to broaden our of search for Extraterrestrial Life, we may need to be more imaginative within our scientific approach.  Such as looking at stars that pulse into predictable patterns.  Einstein conceptualized the theory of relativity, we may need to do the same with our search for Aliens.  An xeno-structuralist approach to test and predict that we are not alone in the Universe.

From New Scientist:

It’s a bold claim. Two astronomers think they have spotted messages from not just one extraterrestrial civilisation, but 234 of them. The news has sparked a lively debate in the field as other astronomers think the claim is premature and are working fast to get to the bottom of the signals.

In 2012, Ermanno Borra at Laval University in Quebec suggested that an extraterrestrial civilisation might use a laser as a means of interstellar communication. If the little green men simply flashed a laser toward the Earth like a strobe light, we would see periodic bursts of light hidden in the spectrum of their host star. They would be incredibly faint and rapid, but a mathematical analysis could uncover them.

“The kind of energy needed to generate this signal is not crazy,” says Borra. In fact, Borra showed that technology we have on Earth today – specifically the Helios laser at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory – could generate that kind of signal, should we want to reveal ourselves to the cosmos.

With this in mind, Borra’s graduate student Eric Trottier combed through 2.5 million stars recorded by the Sloan Digital Sky Survey in search of such a signal. He found it, down to the exact shape, in 234 stars.

The overwhelming majority of those stars are in the same spectral class as the sun, which Borra says supports his hypothesis that this signature must be the result of extraterrestrial intelligent life. And with the data in hand, he thinks that 234 distinct civilisations are beaming pulses of the same periodicity (roughly 1.65 picoseconds) toward the Earth.

Ilaria Nistri. Milan Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2017


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It’s great see a designer that in someways has flown underneath the radar. The 2017 Spring/ Summer fashion weeks are over, with Paris obviously leading the charge with it’s established meritocracy in fashion design and representation.  Milan fashion week showcased the slew of established Italian fashion houses, in the mix, is the newer designer Ilaria Nistri.  Mostly known for her editorial work with not much runway exposure which could indicate that she is still an independent designer gaining a foothold into the higher end markets. Looking at her styles, Nistri is clearly a risk taker, setting down concepts and working them into an original look which is an advancement away from the avant-garde aesthetic. This can bee seen with her Spring/Summer 2017 collection for Milan Fashion Week, which is evident of Nistri’s progression and her attention to details. Cream and dark blue linen, silks inlays, a rebellious take on the tuxedo draped blazer.  Breaking through traditional styles and making them your own.  Nistri is also experimenting with some beautiful pattern work with a rustic, cracked whitewashed paint – seen on shirts and pants. A tough and resilient looking collection, portrayed well in the photo-shoot by the models. Large hooded jackets, femme fatale, dark and powerful – distressed and paned leathers also known as the Virago sleeves.  Represented as an overall style.  Once again the cleverness of Nistri shines through as she has taken the historical Virago (strips of leather) technique and rendered it into a contemporary look, intertwined with large Lampasse military stripes. An intelligent and masterful collection for Ilaria Nistri.

Art: “Beyond the genome: is machinery”


(“Beyond the genome: is machinery”  17×24” Framed enhanced photographic image printed on Metallic Pearl – 255gsm)

Breaking down structure and architecture, removing systems to recreate formation is the predominant theme.  External and internal space is then reconfigured which also includes the microbiology.  It is without a doubt that the human race is entering into a new era with inter-connectivity and real time processioning via the Internet.  Now coined as “cognitive offloading” via utilizing electronic communication systems to store and access memory that is not kept within our own brains.  This, I suspect in an assisted evolutionary sense, is so that we can work faster and attempt to be more proficient.  However to remove and upgrade memory as an instinctive and cognitive purpose may take awhile to adjust, although adjustments may be occurring now.  An adaptation, as we become more connected to computer systems.  It is us that craft the machines, while we adapt to them as they in turn will craft us.    What does interest me, beyond the psychological aspects of transhumanism, is the biomechanics of the human anatomy, as the French poet Paul Valéry once noted Man is only man at the surface. Remove the skin, dissect, and immediately you come to machinery”

In my last book, Paradox of the Locus, the character Gabrielle Loren is a cyborg.  Not a new concept in science fiction, however I wanted to emphasize the psychological struggle one would have to accept if parts of your anatomy had been replaced by machinery.  The human movements and it’s dynamics assisted by automated machinery – in sense will have no neurobiological emotion.  Or has not learned or been able to imprint that anatomical ’emotion’.  In the millions of years of evolution, the human body is connected emotionally, aware of it’s biology.  But, despite critics of artificial intelligence and robotics, as Valéry simple observed, is that we are already machinery.  Updating and fusing with an cybernetic construct will only help us push the evolutionary scale into our favour.


(Humani Victus Instrumenta: Ars Coquinaria Italian Master (Unknown) 1569.  Image is from the public domain)


(The Machinery of Life David S. Goodsell 1992)

Boris Bidjan Saberi SS2017 – Paris Fashion week

From clothing designer to costume design, both disciplines should be studied under the conceptualization of aesthetics.  Intermixed and you’ll possibly be able to sell into two markets, of course you have to do your homework and be talented.  If you are a designer or interested in fashion design that pays homage to costume, particularly within the realms of avant-garde or ‘punk’ fashion.  One should note Boris Bidjan Saberi as an example of a fashion-designer who stands between those two worlds of represented styles, leaning more towards production concepts and themed creations – which seem heavily influenced by movies.  Drawing from the science fiction gene, with a focus on the cyberpunk style.  Saberi’s adeptly named “Post-Humanism”  for his Spring/Summer collection defines a fluidity yet is structuralist in it’s originality, a philosophical perspective of the Post-Human condition, clothing for the cyborg and human fusion, light fabrics layered into precision styles, vests over baggy trousers, a futurist look.  Undoubtedly Blade Runner influenced, off-world miners, as mentioned, encapsulated with the cyberpunk aesthetic; draped coats (distressed leather) with modernism styled drawn on tattoos of Saberi’s two line symbolism.  From black/white and grays, merged cleverly with mustard/saffron yellows and reddish browns.  Once again it brings to mind the post-humanist industrial look portrayed by Boris Bidjan Saberi’s attention to detail.  A relaying of ideas to become an actuality, which has morphed into a superb futurist style collection.

Paradox of the Locus: THE MIND INSIDE THE WORLD


(Image:  Adrian Glass.  (c) )


The future is now.  After Word War Three, a new perspective has occurred for the human race.  Staggering into the new world, humanity has barely coped. These are the cycles inside a timeline within the cruel irony of a Universe.  A break of determinism would be the only solace.  The certainly is survival. Three individuals, their lives separate at the same time interconnected in this vast future city.
Gabrielle Loren an ex-test pilot, now a shell of a woman.  Broken and scarred, her fight is to retain her humanity and move forward against the weight of existence.  To find hope in the human conquest.
Professor Vincent Krulaz the esteemed theoretical physicist, in his retiring years is about to finish his last publication, a book that will rewrite reality and link another world with ours.
Roger Tyrus ex-military, special forces, now a private detective.  It is the struggle, he has fought all his life.  To say goodbye as a parent’s memory fades.  Unable to remember what it is to be alive.  Accept the succour and embrace the forever battle.

Paradox of the Locus

Cold War 2 (update 11). Russian nukes line Polish/Lithuanian borders.

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The Middle Eastern tensions, more so the Syrian debacle, has everything to with geopolitical power plays.  It is not that complex at all, Iran and Saudi Arabia are enemies, The West i.e America has allied it’s self with the Saudis as the China (net importer of Iranian oil) and Russia have allied themselves with Iran.  Syria is the front line of the proxy war.  Within the confines of those regions and archaic beliefs that have been set into a theocratic system of control, the excuses for their butchery has been allowed by both sides of the conflict, these are no less than horrendous crimes against humanity.  However their savagery is justified within the context of the new cold war between superpowers.  A justification, without moral consideration, can be seen as the lines  become more clear between America/ Europe versus Russia and China.  The side has been chosen for you, depending on what region of the world you live in, it has everything to do with natural resources (fossil fuels) and expansion of Empires.  Vladimir Putin is now a Tzar who would like to expand back into Eastern Europe (without Communist inclinations however they do exist in the background), with China expanding it’s regional assets, which cannot be over land,  so therefor the Seas, namely the South China Sea.   These are now established Cold War 2 dynamics.

The fear is that a Nuclear confrontation and/or accident may occur.


“Lithuania and Poland have expressed concerns as Russia confirmed the deployment of nuclear-capable Iskander missiles into its Kaliningrad outpost that borders the two NATO members.

The Polish government reacted angrily to Russia’s move, calling it “very alarming”, while Lithuanian officials said it could breach an international nuclear weapons treaty.

Linas Linkevicius, Lithuania’s foreign minister, said on Saturday that Russia was using the deployment “to seek concessions from the West”. Moscow’s move came amid heightened tensions between Russia and western countries over Syria. 

“Russia is holding military exercises in Kaliningrad, and its scenario includes deployment of Iskander missile systems and the possible use of them. We are aware of it,” Linkevicius told AFP news agency.”