LATTICES OF LIGHT

Last night I laid in bed for a few hours thinking about a new scientific breakthrough.

Scientists recently succeeded in storing light.

They stopped particles of light in a cloud of cold atoms, moved it a short distance, then took it out again.

Mind blowing. Utterly mind blowing.

It makes me think of Arthur C. Clarke’s words on the subject of scientific and technological advancement in his novel, 2001: A Space Odyssey, which I read when I was a young boy.

In particular, the mention of ‘lattices of light’.

“And now, out among the stars, evolution was driving toward new goals. The first explorers of Earth had long since come to the limits of flesh and blood; as soon as their machines were better than their bodies, it was time to move. First their brains, and then their thoughts alone, they transferred into shining new homes of metal and of plastic.”

“In these, they roamed among the stars. They no longer built spaceships. They were spaceships.”

“But the age of the Machine-entities swiftly passed. In their ceaseless experimenting, they had learned to store knowledge in the structure of space itself, and to preserve their thoughts for eternity in frozen lattices of light. They could become creatures of radiation, free at last from the tyranny of matter.”

“Now they were lords of the galaxy, and beyond the reach of time. They could rove at will among the stars, and sink like a subtle mist through the very interstices of space.”

“A few mystically inclined biologists went still further. They speculated, taking their cues from the beliefs of many religions, that mind would eventually free itself from matter. The robot body, like the flesh-and-blood one, would be no more than a stepping-stone to something which, long ago, men had called “spirit.”

“And if there was anything beyond that, its name could only be God.”

Powerful words, eh? I’m tempted to use the word ‘profound’, but alas, I’ve used it once today when remarking on Dunkin Donut’s new menu item.

What? You haven’t heard of it yet?

Well, let me be the first to tell you, then!

It’s called the Spicy Ghost Pepper Donut.

Pretty, right?

If talk of spicy donuts and light particles doesn’t spark your imagination, than surely the news that Games Workshop has partnered with Marvel will.

Apparently it’s going to be a comic book series.

But, if you’ve followed Warhammer 40k awhile, you can likely guess what chapter it features.

Yes, that’s right. They’re blue, they’re sticklers for rules, and they have some of the worst haircuts in the Dark Millennium.

Mmhm. That’s right.

The Ultramarines.

According to Games Workshop, they’re also inspired by the Romans, and I’ve just… never been a fan, honestly. They’re boring, and there’s nothing I admire about them.

No charisma, charm, or uniqueness.

Why not pick a more colorful army?

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