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Month: July, 2013

The Golden Boy of Pye Corner

by 5ocietyx

Golden Boy of Pye Corner

The Golden Boy of Pye Corner is a small monument located on the corner of Giltspur Street and Cock Lane in Smithfield, London. It was erected where the Great Fire of London (1666) stopped and it bears the following inscription:

This Boy is in Memory Put up for the late FIRE of LONDON Occasion’d by the Sin of Gluttony.

The statue was originally built into the front of a public house called The Fortune of War which used to occupy this site but was demolished in 1910.

Hidden London picks up the story..

“Pye Corner was the name given in those days to the junction of Cock Lane and Giltspur Street and it may have originated from an inn sign depicting a magpie.

Giltspur Street was first recorded with this name in the mid-​​16th century. It seems likely to derive from the earlier presence of spurriers, whose wares were in demand for the medieval jousting tournaments held at Smithfield and Cheapside. Gilt spurs were also buckled to a man’s heels as part of the ceremony of making him a knight.

Cock Lane had a far less reputable history. First recorded around 1200, its name probably signified a lane where fighting cocks were reared and/​or sold. In the late Middle Ages Cock Lane was the only place north of the Thames where brothels – or ‘stews’ – were legally sanctioned. William Langland’s Vision of Piers Plowman (late 14th century) contains a reference to one “Clarisse of Cokkes lone” [sic]. In Shakespeare’s Henry IV, Part 2, Falstaff is accused of continually going to Pye Corner “to buy a saddle” – probably an oblique reference to his patronage of the brothels.”

golden-boy-pye-corner

Sources:
http://hidden-london.com/the-guide/golden-boy-of-pye-corner/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Golden_Boy_of_Pye_Corner

The vortex and cube redux

by 5ocietyx

camera-shutter

Observing the shutter on a camera recently, we noticed similarities to the vortex inside a cube theme discussed previously. Only this time the principle was inverted.

It’s as though the negative space of the spiral motion of the shutter creates the cube-hexagon from the edge of infinity, what the Japanese call ‘ma’. Considering that many of the consumer electronics products we’ve been discussing have followed this black cube principle then Japan may hold the key to understanding this mystery or at least help explain what is a global archetype.

The happening on Saturn and the trend in hi-tech branding for the spiral-within-a-black-cube motif is an inverse of the camera shutter which forms the hexagon within the spiral rather than the other way round. Does this go some way to explaining the mysterious relationship between the vortex and the cube? That they are dependent on each other in a dualist universe inseparable by sacred geometry?

Nikon D90 DSLR

Nikon D90 DSLR

The SLR camera is essentially a black box with a circle on it. Within the lens the shutter inverts the principle.

When the shutter is fully open the hexagon disappears.

As with all black box or kaaba objects, the camera is able to take a copy of reality and store it within itself. The monolith in Space Odyssey is ‘full of stars’. The XBox 360, Nintendo GameCube, Playstation and Sega Saturn all contain a seemingly endless labyrinth of virtual realms. The Titan Supercomputer boasts 710 TB of memory.

Mini QAR by Avionica

Black box recorder: Mini QAR by Avionica

The black box flight recorder on airplanes contains all the data of the flight (even though it is housed within an orange box the actual unit is black). Super-computers such as Titan are black boxes composed of black boxes within black boxes.

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