Aug 13, 2012

Uptop Downtime with the Stars.

Spent today's first three hours in the cool dark cocooned in my old sleeping bag, on the roof, watching the tailout of the Perseid meteor shower, Bright scratches of fire appearing between me and the Milky way, while I tracked the flyway out of  faraway Oakland International by the quiet thunder of people moving through the night sky to places unknown. Occasionally a larger grain of the ancient dust
would provide a nice ending for me as it completed its existence with a very long bright streak, leaving its fluorescence floating, then almost as quickly as I had perceived it, be gone.

I was reminded of my favorite film soliloquy, spoken by Rutger Hauer's character Roy in Blade Runner. As his human-installed due date expires in the rain, on a grimy metropolis roof top, this android soldier who having spent his predetermined span of life fighting the battles of  his maker's wars in the far cosmos, says quietly and sadly to his opponent:

  "...I've seen things you people wouldn't believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion, .. I watched C-Beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhauser gate....All these things will be lost in time, tears in the rain.            ...Time to die..."

To me, imagination and creativity, whether in the games played, or the art of the animation, or as with me, the packaging, or simply musing, really need time spent at rest just watching.

Got tricky though, in the dark, finding the first step down onto that ladder at 3 AM.