A few years ago i was confused with a known shoplifter and was introduced into the world behind supermarkets, specifically the facilities that house the store detectives.
I got reminded of that incident when i realized how many cameras are mounted in a supermarket we visit during our lunch breaks.
J, a colleague, asked if i had seen a photo of the actual perpetrator, and if he was my mirror universe counterpart. I have not seen a photo, and i had shoulder long hair back then and was shaven clean, so he must have been bald with a beard.
Our train of thought took us to my evil counterpart trapping me in his dimension while he took over my life in our world. We started world building. Let’s say i try and purchase something in the mirror universe, i would get arrested for not shoplifting and then thrown into a nice place in the suburbs for a few months because in the mirror universe, where everyone is evil, jail is the standard accommodation. We started to think about an economy that is based around stealing, lying and cheating. My counterpart would get mad because he misses his cell while earnest living condemns me to a life of luxury in the evil realm. Soon the rest of our world finds out about the evil realm and we go to war for it.
We did not get further than that.

reckless

A colleague and i worked in large distribution boxes this week. The copper rails in them handle up to 600volts/400amperes, so 312 kiloampere total. Although we had the power turned off, the whole thing is on an earth leakage circuitry and we short-circuited it if someone ignores the yellow warning sign telling the world that „this site is being worked on!“ and turns on the power operated circuit-breaker.
As someone who spent four years of his life on being educated in working with electricity, i should have less of a problem with working under such circumstances. Truth is, i don’t. We have tamed electricity, but only to a certain point. And i know the times when people thought electricity is a tiger with pulled teeth, but worked with main-switches that were not insulated but a copper skeleton with a ceramic grip that would glide into a copper clamp[1]. And i knew people who would turn them on under full load, their clothes being set on fire and their sight impaired for a few days by the electric arc.
At the beginning one is very careful. And then comes the moment where one is in the groove and either a washer falls out of his hands right onto one of the uninsulated rails and he tries to catch it, brushing the rails in the process.
A drop of pee escaped.
I guess what i’m trying to say, and to tie it together with some of the events that kept the newscycle alive over the last couple of days is, even if we are in the year 2016 and came a long way from trying to figure out if there is a way to make a sabertooth tiger poop taste good[2], we should not think of the world or the things we built as tamed or safe.

[1] Those things remind me of ribcages.
[2] I’m aware that at this point in time humanity was aware of a large number of nutritious and well tasting alternatives to poop, but it was the first animal from ye old times that came to mind.

milestone

Aeon Flux was something from the list of „things i should have not been left alone with“. I remember buying the series in VHS after i watched The Maxx. Back then my english was even worse than today, and it was a struggle to get sense out of it. But my brother, our friend and i watched, pressed rewind and watched again, getting one more piece of information out of it. Ask the internet? That was sci-fi back then.

Aeon Flux on the other hand was a struggle i faced alone. Watching the whole tape almost daily during one summer. It disturbed me, made me ask questions and aroused me.
This week, my good mate The Toff and i watched one of the shorts (the one with the elevator and the locker-key) and an episode (the one where Trevor traps the political leader and everyone has the key to Aeon’s chastity belt) and it all came back to me. Putting this tape on play all those years ago is probably one of the milestone moments that lead to me being a weirdo.

Later i got up early before work to watch the Justice League cartoon and Phantom 2040 which was a show for which Peter Chung did the character designs. [i just learned that he also directed C.O.P.S. which was also i show i liked (built a replica of the robotic dog out of different building blocks) which makes sense and i’m ashamed i did not figure it out by myself]

[Aeon Flux short on youtube]
[Phantom 2040 on YouTube]
[C.O.P.S. intro on youtube]