Ledger - Vol. 01
Hello 25,000 Years in the Future
Christmas in August was magical. It happened because my lovely girlfriend bought us tickets to see Hamilton in Chicago. To make it happen, they had to be a few months in advance, obviously, so for about four of those months I put it out of my mind. I'm an almost (note: I say "almost" to preserve my sanity) irrational expector of things. Ordering anything online is a guaranteed countdown to the day when I will pace, check my email for delivery notifications, check my text messages for delivery notifications, since they do that now too, check the delivery status through whichever service allows me the pleasure...
Maybe I need enough time to forget the exact date of the delivery, whether it's an actual mail delivery or just the arrival of the anticipated event. And I did forget. Over and over again. I knew we were going, I knew which month (vaguely, sometimes), but the actual day was lost to me. I forget a lot of stuff, truly. People in my life are subject to being asked the same questions repeatedly, to me not having dates memorized, and all kinds of gaps in my memory.
My short story in Ahoy Comics is currently the next professional marker I'm jittering towards. It hits in October. Publishing has helped me with my waiting, undoubtedly. There are sometimes multiple people in control of the timeline, and since I'm not self-publishing this work, exactly 0% of those people are me.
Did you know in 1977 the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) Institute transmitted a message from the Arecibo Observatory designed to contact anyone who might be listening in a star cluster called Messier 13? It would take 25,000 years for the message to get there, and so 25,000 years - give or take a few months, maybe, while they made up their own message - for a response? Seems like there were plenty of people very publicly thinking of our future in 1977. That's when one of my favorite space travelers, Voyager 1 launched. It's still going, just like the Arecibo message is, years and years toward something.
Over there is the Arecibo message with color added, so it's a little easier to parse. Down there is the message in binary. If you scroll kind of fast you can see the shapes forming, which is pretty cool.
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