JUNE 30, 2020

It’s been a middling-light now for five months straight. The atmosphere simply won’t crest over into some determinant appearance of dawn or dusk. The maddening conditions are not just limited to weather-based instrument dependence either, all of our messages sent to N424224, remain unanswered; despite seeing their constant activity on all the monitors. To break up the monotony we had been climbing down the steep cliff to the narrow strip of beach to swim. The waves usually being quite large, always stirred up the sediment so we could never quite see the bottom — which we had assumed was simply sand and large flat boulders. After our last swim though, the water became quite glassy — and from up high we were able to see that the boulders were not boulders but some sort of giant, flat, very slow maneuvering fishes. Now we daren’t even do that activity anymore. When not receiving our routine maintenance in the mess hall, rebuffing the wretched, suspicious glances of the crew — we now spend most of our time in the glass turret. Here at least in a state akin to solitude, we can voluptuously comb the data sets of ancient language fiction; occasionally looking up at the distant orange-gray horizon.


Blunt, sludgy claustrophobia typifies the mood of UK-based designer Max Turrent’s site. All his images seem degraded by some broken, found-in-the-alley Xerox machine. As well, his typography seems distorted by something like the unreliable receptors of an old cracked scanner. Perhaps his studio is actually situated in the bowels of an abandoned office building, where his only working light comes from the ash-flecked illumination of a recycle bin fire. 🐀🛢🌀

(Also of note is Max Turrent’s other 🔥 site:

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Of both the Tarot and the I Ching, we asked the following: For the coming week, what is the best advice for the engaged and sincere person?

This week we drew the Seven of Wands (“Valour”). This card points to possible challenges to one’s foundations or hard-won achievements. It is indicated that there are many potential aggressors, coming from varied angles; however, since what is being attacked is long held and familiar, one is on advantageous ground to defend their position.  
        Our first hexagram, which we partner with our tarot to describe (or further detail) the current situation, is #35 “Progress.” Here the image is of the dawning sun, rising in height, constantly widening its illumination. In human terms it speaks of a humble and honorable leader rising in influence with humble and honorable supporters, as the best way forward. “The superior person brightens their bright virtue.”
        Our second hexagram, the one that suggests how best to meet the challenges (or the changes) is #64 “Before Completion.” The discussion here is about a time where success is possible but not yet secure. It is warned that “in times before completion, deliberation and caution are the prerequisites of success.” And more, “if we wish to achieve an effect, we must first investigate the nature of the forces in question and ascertain their proper place.”
        Our extraction: There is an uncannily relevant line pronounced in Hexagram #64: “It is nothing less than that of leading the world out of confusion back to order.” It sure feels that way. And like the advisement in Hexagram #35, the best way to lead is by light. Virtue and light!