Thursday, December 06, 2007


Dec. 07 / Mtl, Qc / Canon Eos Digital Rebel XTi
[before] pictures of the same view.

Think of how we studied past civilizations. We dug through their ruins.

We dug through their ruins, and we figured them out. From their traces, and from their marks, we were able to reconstruct and then deconstruct their cities, their architecture, their philosophies, and infiltrated into the deepest secrets of their societies.

We studied their complexities.

Their memory is our history.

Think of the traces we are leaving.

What will be our imprints? How will our traces be read? Every detail and all important manifestations of our society, and the phenomenon of modern Homo Urbanis, are digitally archived; and online.
Our memory was commodified, and invested in a long time ago.

The memory we will be leaving will be a digital memory card.

These will be our digital ruins.

Our being is metamorphosing into Digital Ruins!

We're coded, saved and archived on some sort of an advanced hard drive, for the scrutiny of higher beings of the future.
In the scheme of life, all in all we're just another USB stick in the wall.

A snowstorm has been hitting Montréal for the past three days. It just started to clear.

Hibernation is a state of inactivity and metabolic depression in animals, characterized by lower body temperature, slower breathing, and lower metabolic rate. Hibernation conserves energy, especially during winter. Hibernation may last several days or weeks depending on species, ambient temperature, and time of year. The typical winter season for a hibernator is characterized by periods of hibernation interrupted by sporadic euthermic arousals wherein body temperature is restored to typical values. Hibernation allows animals to conserve energy during the winter when food is short. During hibernation, animals drastically lower their metabolism so as to tap energy reserves stored as body fat at a slower rate. [wiki]

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At 6:28 AM, Blogger Mar said...

I miss hibernating

At 7:15 AM, Blogger Coco said...

brrrrrrrrrrr. Here only cold, snow not as much as you guys. But I'll be there soon enough to... "enjoy it"... Hopefully for one last time :)

At 7:27 AM, Blogger Coco said...

Amma bel nesbeh lal text, I was thinking the same thing recently. Remembering the Baalbek ruins, the old church in Montreal, the Eiffel Tower, the statues of people who made History everywhere... Our memories will not take as much space for the future. Will the next generations even know we ever existed, or would they care as much?

Bless you for putting your thoughts so eloquently into text :)

At 8:12 AM, Blogger laila said...

GOD how i miss those snowstorms. Boston should die in shame.

At 9:19 AM, Blogger Zee said...

Ah, Marguerite is still around and showing signs of life - that's good!
I belive I told you that I had contact with Mirvat, she is overworked (as usual) but fine!
...all in all we're just another USB stick in the wall.
That's a funny wording _Z, but I can relate.
Hibernate well, just like a happy bear dug down in the deep woods.

At 11:25 AM, Blogger AM said...

You know, this photo without snow looks pretty much like a place in Dubai ... flat flat flat.

PS: Did you find flights for xmas?

At 12:22 AM, Blogger _z. said...

I miss the warmth of the sun.

a major storm for the past few days... I guess you guys are clear coz if anything, you should have it before we do... no?

oh yeah next generations will surely know we were here. they will be able to browse through our visuals with natural ease and haste.

At 12:25 AM, Blogger _z. said...

snowstorms are "artsy" for a couple of days only...

yeah I was able to touch base with mirvat too... :)

there is only 1 mount in montreal... a hill rather, but we are proud of it to be a mountain... everything else is flat.

I did find tickets yes!

At 8:21 AM, Blogger shoesthatfit said...

it'll be a cold day in hell before we see snow in singapore. if it's any compassion, it's been raining hard.

i started blogging coz i didn't want to forget. more importantly, i wanted my family to remember : )

and yay for tickets!!!

At 8:21 AM, Blogger Lirun said...

time to hit bois de liesse with those ski de font skis

At 8:22 AM, Blogger shoesthatfit said...

i meant comparison ... but you knew that right..

At 8:46 AM, Blogger poshlemon said...


I miss my hibernating days.

"The memory we will be leaving will be a digital memory card."

To some extent, this statement is true lol I am so curious as to how this memory deal will evolve a few decades down the line.

At 5:40 PM, Blogger phil said...

classical science-fiction but so very well written. or said, actually, it does sounds like speech, more than it reads like text. keep it up _z

At 10:19 PM, Blogger Coco said...

No, not so much snow here, a thin layer if any. So far we had only one storm of rain/freezing rain/snow a few weeks ago. Since, it's been "back to regular programming", Toronto style.

am, eh Montreal flat flat flat kamen, except for that hill they call Mont Royal (ya latif!) - Yi sorry I just read _Z's reply. Ma3leych i will keep mine as confirmation to what he said :) Not so sure about the proud part though, after all I am going to be living on the hill of Harissa soon :P

_Z, laweyn rayi7 3al Christmas? ana ray7a 3a Montreal from Dec 22 to Jan 3 wlo :( My last trip inside Canada

At 10:26 AM, Blogger _z. said...

I would have gone with compassion if you hadn't corrected it...
that's an excellent reason to start blogging. it constraints you tho don't you think? do you start to worry what you are going to write, and how much intimacy are you going to give out... since children and family will be reading?

I just play football (soccer) mate... none of that winter sport shit...

At 1:15 PM, Blogger _z. said...

where did you hibernate before moving to London?

thanks for dropping by.
why do you think it is science fiction... don't you see it as I do? I see this manifestation coming to be day in and day out...
or did you mean by classical sci-fi as in "non original" post?

still hasn't snowed in T.O?
yeah i am going back home. too bad we're going to miss you for Christmas... we could have gotten a burger together :P

At 1:43 PM, Blogger phil said...

_z > yes i meant that the subject has been there for a while, and it remains fascinating in many ways. and yes, i agree that it's sci-fi unfolding within our lifetimes (as opposed to stanley kubrick's milk bars, damn how i wanted those to materialize). the point of my comment was encouragement :) your post would definitely go as a voice off for the opening of a black & white sci-fi movie. + the whole "old picture of the same view" brilliantly illustrates your point of digital memory--->scrutiny by your readers. (are we the higher beings in this equation?)

At 12:41 AM, Blogger _z. said...

I think many of the old classics in Sci-fi, missed the image of the future. I mean many of these movies portrayed a kind of future, that did not unfold in the way they projected it. Kubrick's movie also failed in that matter as you jokingly pointed out. The only concept that was valid (if I remember right) was "the machine taking over"... it a certain way.

I think it is only since the matrix that we started to see future as something we can identify with and that is more likely to happen.

Before the matrix era, the future seemed either too dark, too gloomy, or just flashy, slick and ... gay (or too bright to be real). a advancement that borders the fantastic and the "toy".

the point I tried to get to in this small text was mainly architectural, and the manifestation of memory in terms of the structure of the city of our societies. I was just trying to figure out what are fossils would be. how this palimpsest is going to be "scrutinized" and studied.

I don't think there would be the need for excavation in order for the layers to unfold...
mere browsing would be sufficient...

At 3:35 PM, Blogger Liliane said...

this post is very well expressed...

At 6:20 PM, Blogger Lirun said...

just you wait till i get there..


At 11:28 PM, Blogger _z. said...

euuuhhh.. merci.

you coming? snowboard and all?


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