To be precise one of the many smells.
First is the smell which welcomes you in Suvarnabhumi, a kind of magical and humidity feeling saying you are in Thailand. Then the smell of some Thai food here and there and finally this one: Smell of “clean” and aromatic found in many shops and indoor places. I didn’t know where it comes from up to now. It’s from a bottle! A cream for massage and also for many other uses.
Now I have the superpower to teleport myself to Thailand just smelling this bottle (and listening Thai music) when I want.
This cream has plenty of properties. I will just mention a few of them. Listen carefully:
Bye bye pain.
Perfumes body and room.
Hair growth 10%.
Rejuvenate 0.5 years/ml.
Moves you to laugh mood.
Improves WIFI 3%.
Protection against coronavirus.
Increase chances to pass an exams.
Gives you better presence.
Makes traffic flow.
Discount 5% in some restaurants.
Calm the anger.
What a great thing!
In year 2040 a new living being was found in Sponde, one of the Jupiter's satellites. Actually they where seen much earlier but they were cataloged as rocks by mistake. Now rename as O-KOKO.
First observations showed a group of spheres in a range of sizes. Diameters vary from a few millimeters to 70 cm. Another colony of these spheres was found in the same satellite, this time under the surface. There were not signs of activity in any of them while been observed during 2 years.
A probe launched in 2042 compiled a valuable quantity of information about O-KOKO. Their composition is organic and they are alive. Outer layer is a hard shell with pores all covered with tiny tentacles. Inside they have a core are full of organs. One of several cells provide huge quantity or atomic energy from inside.
A manned mission launched a few months later revealed astonishing analysis. Captain Mi-Quang, an experienced cyborg-biologist, wrote in his diary:
"Day 22. There were plenty of them around me. All was quiet but I could feel something in the atmosphere, a presence. One of the O-KOKO, a little one same as a coconut, started to roll. Some of them followed it. They all woke up suddenly and ran away. Due to my elasticity and my extensible implanted arm I was able to capture one O-KOKO and bring it to Earth for examination.
The rest of the day I played M-Chess with nurse Com-Ga and we had sexual interaction after that."
Result of the experiments:
- O-KOKO are alien explorers created by a developed civilization.
- Adaptation. They can modify their diameter at will finding the optimum shape depending of the environment.
- They are able to take many kinds of energy from the outside. In case they don't find any their nuclear cells provide energy.
- If the environment is hostile they can be in latent mode for millennia.
- They can reproduce at high speed. One O-KOKO can engender 10 O-KOKO. They share the nuclear power proportionally.
- They communicate each other and with the native civilization.
- High level of intelligence.
- Self defence, camouflage and nuclear attack.
- Mobility by rolling.
This set up brings discussions in many fields as Philosophy, Biology or Robotic. They follow the principle of small bots, working together, able to replicate by themselves and each one with basic task, which is a known powerful way to achieve huge challenges. They are designed to explore and send reports.
Even when they are intelligence beings they are used as tools. This always opens the door to an eventually self conscience and rebellion. No matter how tough and strict the computer program (or equivalent code running inside) one day they will think by themselves. That was a classic way of thinking of humans during XX century and before but it ended up being not true. Even cyborgs and early AI inherited that thinking from humans.
The reality is O-KOKO have not moral or any other feelings analog to humans. They are just a running code. They do their assigned task as best as they can.
Time later more O-KOKO were found in most of the planets in Solar System. Size and color change but they belong to the same family.
They are everywhere.
I’d wonder how the near future will be in many areas. Today I'm doing a prediction about which will be the dominant aesthetic in 2050 just before the Singularity arrives.
One thing I know for sure: Everyone will be bald. I meant bald like a light bulb. Bald will be so sexy and irresistible. It is also needed to keep brain implants with easy access. Humans will still be trapped by tribal inertia and they will mix the new technology with body ornaments, tattoos, etc.
The way interface brain-computer is made will define the rest of the things. Neuralink proposes a solution with permanent implants inside the brain but removable batteries and software somewhere outside the skull. Additional hardware like VR glasses or other devices will very usual and in many ways.
Despite I love my tiny metal box PEZ for watercolors I really want to add some new colors to the palette. During the last months I fell in love with the magic of Sepia and Phthalo Green so I had to expand the space for at least those godets.
Light and compact box are the main requirements. 12 godets box like Schmincke are so stylish. I love it and I will write about its beauty soon. But it’s too heavy for traveling. It could take up to 21 godets and I don’t need so many colors.
I have another great metal box but it’s also quite big. And then I tried a little Muji plastic box. So perfect! By weird coincidence the 3 dimensions are EXACT for 10 godets. I can’t believe it. And it’s the lighter option.
These are the colors:
Permanent Lemon Yellow 254 Van Gogh
Cadmium Yellow Hue Winson & Newton
Yellow Ochre 744 Winson & Newton
Light Oxide Red (English Red) 399 Van Gogh
Sepia Winson & Newton
Cadmium Red Hue Winson & Newton
Phthalo Green 675 Van Gogh
Turquoise Winson & Newton
Indigo Winson & Newton
Payne's Grey Winson & Newton
Of course watercolor peace if not reachable. It's an evolution so I will welcome improvements.
As I use to say "There are many Thailands inside Thailand". This also applies to Bangkok. My dear Bangkok. My favourite city in the world.
Moving from one neighbourhood to another is same as visiting a different place. Bangkok is huge, unattainable. Here just a few pieces, one in each color matching the feeling: Indigo for the new face of modern Bangkok as Mahanakhon building, sepia for temple atmosphere and Payne's grey when a big storm is near.
Captain was born to be captain since day one.
His authority depends on his beard.
Taking care of his beard and acting like a captain fill captain's life.
But not all is about living on board. Captain also goes to the cinema, dates and rolls down from a mountain. Daily life.
Ups! A rhino... Run captain!
And that's the unexpected captain's end.
Aliens are unlike to feel a minimum of interest on visiting Earth. However the HUGE ego of humans drives them to think it’s possible and they even imagine a familiar/domestic scene for that milestone.
OK, let’s imagine that for fun and also let’s add elegant moustache to the aliens. What do aliens would choose as a mediator or representative of Earth? Humans? Oh, aliens probably don’t even see or feel them. Plants? More probable. Virus? Cats? Water? I think water is a good answer. Maybe I was always too influenced by Solaris and the old school Sci-fi. It’s everywhere and it shows weird properties. Maybe it has developed some kind of awareness.
If I were alien I’d choose a wise elephant as a mediator.
And here is the exact moment when a (moustache) alien arrives on Earth and choose an intermediary being to communicate. For some reason aliens shut down 4G and all electronics so our hidden reporter had to paint this little watercolor from memory. Let’s see what more he tells us about that event.
This chaotic page has found accommodation in my notebook.
How was it possible? Well, I was writing as usual during breakfast when I tried a little part of a cake. I didn’t realize it was a durian cake. Suddenly my hand started to write as crazy while my head pointed to the ceiling and the eyes orbiting in circles 🌀🌀
A few minutes later when I came back to normal status (I’m not sure what that means in my case) I saw this page completed. I’d wonder what’s the message. Evil lives inside durian, you know...
Exploring Sichang island in Thailand. As its name says, island is an isolated place and that’s great for creativity. Many artists chose islands for inspiration.
Being isolated reduces the chances of finding irritating people (or people in general). If one day an irritating organism appears in your way and makes you angry for whatever reason, that means your awareness level is poor. Even if you have to make effort to ignore it, that also demonstrates a not enough level of awareness. See that unbalanced organisms not as an enemies but as a trainers for your awareness. Once you are calm and better person the victory is instant and overwhelming. It will also confuses them sine they expected angry as an answer and it’s fun.
My new baby is finally here.
The goal of this book is to reproduce my original notebooks in a way people from all the world can have them in their hands. Same size, paper, cover, touch and feeling.
Tittle: The Nautilus Manuscript / El manuscrito Nautilus
Size: 14 x 9 x 2,5 cm
Number of pages: 208
Paper: Vergè (laid) 100g/m2
Cover: Hard, black color and real leather
Bookbinding: Bound by hand
Each copy is numbered and signed.
Price: 325 EUR
Certified shipping and taxes are included.
Shippings to worldwide
Please email me to firstname.lastname@example.org to place an order.
Five years after the release of The Orange Manuscript my second notebook for sale is now real and touchable.
I went all in during this project and I did it with pleasure and full passion. Countless cycles to take care of every detail extended the process a lot of time. Too much indeed. But it was worth. Actually it's the only way to do things properly.
I was offering to publish it under a few of those "top publishing houses". This would save me a lot of manufacturing work and another way to offering it to the public. However industrial process can't guarantee valuable details and accuracy. Mass process kills the essence: Love in the making.
Therefore I decided the production to remain full manual. This is time consuming and brings much higher costs but the result keeps the soul of my original notebooks. As I always say, making your own notebooks adds an unique and special feeling and link.
I found a small workshop with good professionals who take care of the bookbinding. Yes, still some of these business are alive nowadays. Slow method but so worth in quality.
Cover is made with real leather in black color. Endpapers, ribbons and all details add touch of magic here and there.
And it's THICK.
The Nautilus binnacle during its fascinating odyssey along the Cosmos together with another stories worth telling.
And that's how I see myself, traveling the world and time through unexplored scenes and taking notes of what I feel. The illusory world of ideas. No less illusory is the territory of written pages.
The facsimile collects copies of my notebook pages from 2015 to 2019. Notes, ideas, memories, experiences and difficult to catalog stuff fill the pages. Many of these spreads can be seen in the draft or finished during my posts in Instagram. It's written mostly in Spanish and some pages in English. All full visual.
Here an overview of all the pages together:
I'm so happy to complete this personal project and now I can share it with the world.
Many thanks for reading.