“The Light Permeating the Universe | Bamiyan UNESCO World Heritage Site.” Photo ©2005 Hadi Zaher. License: CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.

“We don’t think about pilgrimage in this country. … The idea of taking a six-week walk is totally foreign to most Americans. But it’s probably exactly what we need.” —Emelio Estevez.

Hawaiian Lobster by Vic DeLeon
“Hawaiian Lobster, Enoplometopus occidentalis, Waikiki Aquarium.” Photo ©2007 Vic DeLeon. License: CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.

I was looking at pictures of colorful sea life one day. Halfway through, a hashtag campaign led by indigenous women took off like a rocket after a young woman was reported missing. First nations women were asking: “Am I Next?”

What a ridiculous juxtaposition... yet I wonder what it means to be both mocked and hunted—to be spotted by predators like a brightly colored animal in a crowd.

Circle Limit III, M. C. Escher
Circle Limit III, M. C. Escher, 1959. Woodcut.

“The result of the struggle between the thought and the ability to express it, between dream and reality, is seldom more than a compromise or an approximation.” —Escher.

Modern art exhibition, Damascus
“Modern art exhibition, Damascus.” ©2005 Charles Roffey. License: CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

Ruben Sanchez, “Alas para volar.”
Ruben Sanchez, “Alas para volar,” 2014. Photo courtesy: European Commission DG ECHO, ©2014 Samantha Robinson | AptArt. License: CC BY-ND 2.0.

“Engaged in the fate of their country as dissidents, witnesses, and cultural interventionists, Syrian artists have openly questioned the role of art at every turn, publicly discussing the ways in which form and representation can be used to communicate the consequent realities of war.” —Maymanah Farhat, “Syria’s Apex Generation” contemporary art exhibition.

La Sagrada Familia
La Sagrada Familia.” © 2009 Funky Chickens. Rights: CC BY-NC-ND 2.0. The nativity façade of the Basílica i Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Família bears a striking resemblance to sand castles built using the drip technique. Sagrada Família, as the Basílica is popularly known, was originally planned by Antoni Gaudí i Cornet in the late 1800s and has been under construction for well over a century.

“History is a child building a sand-castle by the sea, and that child is the whole majesty of man’s power in the world.” — attributed to Herakleitos of Ephesus, c. 500 B.C., known for his “panta rhei” philosophy of flow or transience.

Pac-Man’s Mother by Doctor Popular
“Pac-Man’s Mother: Part of my ‘Ghosts In the Machines’ series.” ©2009 Doctor Popular. License: CC BY-NC 2.0.
When obsolete video games refuse to die, it can be argued that they become ghosts in the machine—as memes, they survive without material form.
Sometimes, ideas seem to develop lives of their own.
Pondering the unsettling ghost in the machine.
Is it too late to “move zig?”
Further invasion of space.
Bet you didn’t know you were doing a “demake,” though! OK maybe you did.