For me, the process of tumbling down the rabbit hole has brought with it a realisation that we are all interconnected. In Part One, I outlined some of the weird experiences I’ve had. In point of fact, weird experiences are now a daily part of my life, and I am not alone in questioning ‘reality’ per se and the ‘reality’ of some of the characters that populate ‘reality’. Consider the following examples. A few days ago, I messaged a friend on Facebook about the trans-gender directors of The Matrix. As I sent the message, Facebook refreshed itself and displayed a picture of a female friend sporting a moustache. The tagline read “I’d make a sexy bloke, think I’ll have a sex change”. Similarly, when I agreed to go trail running (for the first time in weeks) on Sunday with the same friend, Facebook reloaded and displayed a ‘status update’ from another friend. The update read “I need to hit the dirt track again”. After I posted a comment on Part One about the Wizard of Oz, I loaded Facebook and saw an image of a friend’s young son. The tagline read “My little wizard”. And so on and so on ad infinitum. You get the picture.

To put the nature of these interconnections into perspective, they seem to defy any conventional understanding of space-time and the notion that cause precedes effect. Let me put it this way: it’s 2.24 a.m. here in the UK and, as an ‘experiment’, I’ve just loaded Facebook to see what appears. The ‘news story’ at the top of the page was posted by a male friend on April 17th. I’m not going to highlight its significance at this stage, suffice to say that it’s one of many examples of what I can only term ‘precognition’. In other words, it’s a perfect reflection of the subject matter of this particular post. Hopefully, all will become clear as you read on.

Lawnmower Man

Also in Part One, I highlighted connections between the Nazi’s network of roads, the Colossus of Rhodes, fictional and non-fictional computers bearing the same name, and the relationship between the Cold War and ancient mythology. The question I asked, but never answered, was “What type of ‘network’ did ‘the Nazis’ build and when?” By all accounts, the digital computer wasn’t invented until the very end of World War II, and so-called ‘supercomputers’ didn’t exist until the early 1960s. So is this all just a strange ‘coincidence’ or could there be something deeply meaningful here? I’ll attempt to draw out my point by, once again, turning to Facebook to provide an example.

Shared Memory

In the above case, Facebook helpfully displayed an old photograph and suggested I share it with my friends. I shared it with one friend in particular, knowing that the picture was related to an interview he gave me a few weeks earlier. Then I messaged him about the ‘shared memory’ and asked him if he remembered the other ‘shared memory’ (an audio recording of the interview) it was associated with. All very well and good you might say. But what of it?

In computer science, shared memory is memory that may be simultaneously accessed by multiple programs with an intent to provide communication among them or avoid redundant copies. Shared memory is an efficient means of passing data between programs. Depending on context, programs may run on a single processor or on multiple separate processors.


Having got that out of the way, I’ll now make abundantly clear the significance of the Facebook status update I posted above.

The Lawnmower Man is based on a Stephen King short story. Stephen King is the Maine Man who gave us…

IT movie cover

It’s the question that drives us…What Is IT?

Can you feel it, see it, hear it today?
If you can’t, then it doesn’t matter anyway
You will never understand it cuz it happens too fast
And it feels so good, it’s like walking on glass
It’s so cool, it’s so hip, it’s alright
It’s so groovy, it’s outta sight
You can touch it, smell it, taste it so sweet
But it makes no difference cuz it knocks you off your feet

So what exactly is IT?

I posted a link to the first part of the post over on Merovee, to which Anonymous replied and suggested that WE might be the supercomputers. Is it really so difficult to believe? Here in our 3D ‘reality’, one of the very earliest supercomputers was named MUSE.

In 1956, a team at Manchester University in the United Kingdom, began development of MUSE — a name derived from microsecond engine — with the aim of eventually building a computer that could operate at processing speeds approaching one microsecond per instruction, about one million instructions per second.

The lyrics from the above include the following: “You will be The death of me, Yeah, you will be, The death of me”. Totally ‘coincidentally’, when I loaded the video the following advertisement was shown.

And again, totally ‘coincidentally’, I just happened to see the below image moments before watching the video.

IBM's Blue Gene/P supercomputer at Argonne National Laboratory runs over 250,000 processors using normal data center air conditioning, grouped in 72 racks/cabinets connected by a high-speed optical network
IBM’s Blue Gene/P supercomputer at Argonne National Laboratory runs over 250,000 processors using normal data center air conditioning, grouped in 72 racks/cabinets connected by a high-speed optical network

Hhmmmm…that Muse video is all very Doomsday and gloom, isn’t it Dr. Strangelove?


So perhaps we need to take the weight off our shoulders and just…Relax…?

At the end of 1958 Ferranti agreed to collaborate with Manchester University on the project, and the computer was shortly afterwards renamed Atlas, with the joint venture under the control of Tom Kilburn. The first Atlas was officially commissioned on 7 December 1962, and was considered at that time to be equivalent to four IBM 7094s and nearly as fast as the IBM 7030 Stretch, then the world’s fastest supercomputer.



In Greek mythology, Atlas was the Titan god of endurance and astronomy, condemned to hold up the sky for eternity after the Titanomachy. Although associated with various places, he became commonly identified with the Atlas Mountains in northwest Africa (Modern-day Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia). Atlas was the son of the Titan Iapetus and the Oceanid Asia or Clymene. He had many children, mostly daughters, the Hesperides, the Hyades, the Pleiades and the nymph Calypso who lived on the island Ogygia.


In another ‘coincidence’ courtesy of Facebook, I received a reference to Atlas, together with another Kubrick film, The Shining, and to Inception, a film I referred to in Part One.

Cob and Clueless re Silverstone re Shining_small

A derivative system was built by Ferranti for Cambridge University. Called the Titan, or Atlas 2, it had a different memory organisation and ran a time-sharing operating system developed by Cambridge University Computer Laboratory.



Merovee regulars will know that for some time now, the message has been “We need more RAM”…

Random-access memory (RAM /ræm/) is a form of computer data storage. A random-access memory device allows data items to be accessed (read or written) in almost the same amount of time irrespective of the physical location of data inside the memory.


I suspect the need for more RAM has something to do with The Program’s obsession with fucking…


Because when IT comes to ‘the money’…


…they say all Rhodes lead to Rome…


…in one form or another…


Perhaps IT has something to do with this too…


Evolution or system upgrade…?

system upgrade

The talking monkeys are still looking for the missing (hyper)link…


Talking of talking monkeys, those familiar with the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy will know that Random is a character from the final instalment of the ‘trilogy’: Mostly Harmless. I’ll leave you to click the link and read the plot summary. The point being, Random is a girl out of time with access to a sentient version of the Guide, referred to as The Guide MK II. The Guide Mk II has access to all space-time. I’ve read the book several times and it gets the ‘thumbs up’ from me…


don't panic

Does this ring a Sam Bell with you?

She thought IT was a (Holy) Ghost, but it turned out to be just a Black Hole.

Cooper had to shed Mass…

See you on the other side Coop…

See You on the Other Side_small

Maybe IT’s time we all followed suit…

IT’s a revolution I suppose…

Welcome to The Neo Age…


IT’s calling you. Just let IT in.

7 thoughts on “The Colossus of Roads Pt2

  1. Like the Will and Kate story that followed Part one, today’s DM headline is: “It’s Duke Skywalker! William and Harry duel with light sabers as they meet the Star Wars cast and crew on set at Pinewood – before getting a VERY hairy hug from Chewbacca ”

    “Princes William and Harry admitted today that they were ‘huge fans’ of the legendary Star Wars films as they toured the set of the latest installment in the franchise.”

    “William, who has just returned from an official visit to India and Bhutan, looked animated as he asked questions during the tour”

    And let’s not Overlook the sex joke: “Chewbacca (left) and R2D2 (right) are just some of the models of iconic characters that the royals will come face to face with

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  2. Hugo. Brilliant. You are the anointed scribe of the thing that it is.

    I once tried to be the scribe of the thing that it is. And I scribbled. I scribbled 1,313 pages, the bible for the era that has begun, otherwise known as the Now Era. And the Now Era is distinct from the new age, for it is neither new nor aged.

    Is is now, which is never.

    If you want, I’ll send you a copy of the bible that I scribbled. Perhaps, you would like to join my church, and devote yourself to a life of studying the bible of scribble, for the scribble reveals the secret wisdom of Babylon. Which is babble.

    In any event, you write with perfect clarity about the thing that it is, and in describing the thing that it is, you have perfectly articulated the most important question: what is it?

    All that is left, then, is to answer the question. When we know what it is, we will know all that we need to know about the thing that it is (i.e., we’ll know what it is). And amazingly, you have, in your latest treatise, answered the question.

    What is it? It is the thing that it is.

    You have also correctly ascertained that it is the revolution.

    I’d like to post an image of the revolution in this comment, but the world wide net won’t allow me to post an image here unless I purchase, at the price of $26.26, an ap that converts the image from the image as it exist on one website to the same image existing on another website (e.g. this website). This doesn’t seem right to me, and for some reason I have a memory of previously copying images on one website and pasting them onto another website, but you know the thing about memory, and the copy-past memory function doesn’t seem to work anymore. Let me know if I’m doing something wrong. And let me know if I’m doing something right. You are the computer expert.

    Either way, it is extremely important that everyone see the image of the revolution because the image of the revolution is all that anyone needs to know about the thing that it is. The image looks like this: 0

    You can also see many different versions of the same image of the revolution at the following website. The website was created by Google, which is a thing that seems to know what everything is.….0…1ac.1.64.img..0.8.795.iNPaCuQ5yBg

    But can just one image convey all we need to know about the thing that it is.

    Perhaps not. Therefore, I will provide a short, introductory explanation of the image in words.

    First, it is an image. You wanted to know about the thing that it is, and I provided an image of the thing that it is.

    But the image, of course, begs another question: what is it?

    Answer: It’s the revolution that is creating the universe, which is everything.

    What, then, is the revolution?

    It is the thing that it is.

    That is the honest answer, but of course the answer begs another question: what is it?

    If that question makes you feel like we are going around in circles, then it is because the answer to the question is that the thing is a circle. If that answer is unsatisfying, then we must ask another question, namely this: Have we asked the right question?

    Unfortunately, we do not know if it is the right question because we have not yet answered the first question. If we do not know what it is, then we do not know if there is a right question to ask about it. In fact, if we do not know what it is, then we do not know anything. So far as we know, everything is right, and everything is wrong, meaning that everything is both right and wrong at the same time, and everything is neither right nor wrong. Which is exactly right, at least so far as we know. And we know that it is right because, as far we know at the present time, everything is right (even when it’s wrong).

    Therefore, concerning the thing that it is, the question remains; What is it?

    Better yet, since that question is both right and wrong, we should, regarding the thing that it is, ask another question that is also neither right nor wrong, though unlike the first question (i.e. “What is it?”) this second question has the merits of being a question that we can answer. The second question is this: What is it not?

    Answer: it’s not what it is.

    How do we know that is the right answer? Because we know nothing. And nothing is everything.

    Put another way, everything is nothing other than what we know it to be (or think we know it to be). We know the thing exists; therefore, the thing exists. However, the thing cannot exist as a thing if we do not know what the thing is (because the only things that exist are things that we know to exist and know how to identify). Either way, the thing is not what it is.

    The thing could be something other than what it is, but since we do not know anything about that theoretical something other, the something other, whatever it might be, does not exist (not yet, anyway). Therefore, the thing is nothing. And nothing is everything because everything is the sum total of what we know, which is nothing at all..

    I hope that clarifies everything.

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  3. Great job Hugo , thanks. Feeling really strange now though .. … how I just sync’d deep with ” IT ” .. This recent weekend get together with old friends and new friends was invested in experiencing high weirdness & watching Stephen King films. “IT” and the first half of “the Stand ” ..Quite a few other references there that moved me as well. (TwentyThree)

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