Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Magical Artifacts
Parallel Worlds

Monday night's episode on Castle was called "The Time of Our Lives" and featured an Incan artifact that has time travel properties. The series has already aired an episode "Time Will Tell" about a time traveler who returned to our timeline to prevent a disaster - but this was different. I love it when the show goes to these topics as there is little left on sci-fi to watch these days.

In "The Time of Our Lives" the circular artifact pictured below hurls Castle into a parallel reality - the same characters but different relationships and events. Castle charms his way into a similar police investigation to earn the chance to return to his own universe by finding the artifact and solving the crime along the way.

This wasn't exactly a Fringe-esque or the Stargate SG1 time traveling episode Moebius 2 - but it was fun non-the-less and a lesson in emotions and priorities. The episode ends with Castle and Beckett finally tying the knot, but the reality in which that happens isn't quite clear. There may be clues that something is off in the video, but I don't have time to "watch" it again. In Stargate SG1, the fish in O'Neill's pond was the clue that something was not as the main characters believed it to be.

The question always remains when one enters an alternate reality - though they think they may have returned to the original one - have they? This also takes us to the new science fiction adventure film Interstellar about a team of space travelers who travel through a wormhole in search of a new habitable planet.

It's always about physics and algorithms which make us real. You are consciousness and code having an experience in space-time for the emotional thrill of it all.

Questions: Do you physically wake up in the same reality every day? Does one really need an artifact to travel between parallel realities or is it all about the consciousness grids?

I took this photo of Castle holding the artifact from my TV using my Samsung Galaxy Note 4.

Photo 2 - Interesting that the story of "Sarah and Alexander" is in the photo as I didn't set it up that way.

Photo 3 - Taken with my Cannon camera

And then they were gone ... Fade to Black

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The Dark Net

Years ago I became aware of the Dark Net while watching "NCIS LA" and "Person of Interest" which returns tonight. In an electromagnetic (physical) reality there is always duality. With the Internet created for knowledge and more there would eventually be a dark side.

What Exactly Is the Dark Net and What the Hell Is Going On With It?   NY Magazine - November 7, 2014
Yesterday, the most stereotypical San Francisco techie in the history of San Francisco techies was arrested for allegedly running Silk Road 2.0, a reincarnation of Silk Road, the drug marketplace hidden beneath layers of encryption on a portion of the internet called the Deep Web that was shuttered by the FBI in 2013. If that sentence made zero sense to you, welcome! Pop on a fedora, switch on your e-cig, press pause on that libertarian podcast, and let us venture into the mysterious world of the Deep Web.

A dark Internet, dark address or lost net refers to any or all network hosts on the Internet that no-one can reach. It is also called dark address space, greynet or sparse darknets.
Dark net experts trade theories on 'de-cloaking' after raids   BBC - November 11, 2014
The hidden web community has started trying to find out how services and identities were compromised after police raids led to 17 arrests.

  Huge raid to shut down 400-plus dark net sites   BBC - November 9, 2014
Silk Road 2.0 and 400 other sites believed to be selling illegal items including drugs and weapons have been shut down.

  Dark-net sites dealt a significant blow' says Europol head   BBC - November 7, 2014
The closure of 400 sites believed to be selling drugs and weapons online is a "significant blow" to dark-net operators, according to the head of Europol's cybercrime unit. The sites, including Silk Road 2.0, operated on the Tor network - a part of the internet unreachable via traditional search engines.