Time Is A Flat Circle

Everything we have done, or will do, we’re gonna do over and over and over again.

Rust Cohle
True Detective
Episode 5

That is basically the centuries old concept of the Eternal Return or, in more recent philosophical terms, “time is a flat circle”.

Hell if I know what that really means, but I can grasp a cursory understanding of it. And if what Cohle says, by way of Frederick Nietzsche and True Detective scribe Nic Pizzolatto, is true; that we’re just going to do the same thing over and over again, I’m basically screwed into an existence of banality.

Yesterday, I decided to document my day by taking pictures of what I was doing every hour from the moment I woke up until I went to bed.

A less glamorous life would be hard to find.

These are all photographs taken between 5:30 am and 12:15 am. All taken by me, every hour.

The only two exceptions to my day are the 1:30p appointment and the 7:30p laundry. I don’t typically leave the office for an appointment and I don’t do laundry every day. Other than that, this is it.

Dear god, I hope there is more to it than this.

(click on image 5:26 to manually control images)



Not sure exactly what it all meant, but it did make for riveting television.

Over the past couple weeks, a lot of people have been kind of pissy about the way True Detective ended. I, for one, am not. It’s a mystery book as a television show. A genre piece. A smart one. If you’ve ever read a mystery novel, you’d get it.

Accordingly, women are not usually the focal point and yes, they are often misused/abused/ignored. So, sorry Emily Nussbaum, your whingeing is misplaced.

For others who decry the show as being too “heady” or, god forbid, intelligent, its television for chrissakes, it’s not that smart. Besides, there are options. You can turn it off and/or ignore it, read a book or watch Two and a Half Men or The Big Bang Theory.

Seriously, why is something on television denounced for being smart? Have we really come to that point?

If one is not actively engaged in disengagement, all media, especially the Internet, can really present itself as one giant group of barking liars…which probably explains the success of Facebook and the bevy of other asocial media applications (of which I use…sparingly).

For all its weirdness, True Detective was refreshing, but I digress…

So yea, right now, those 20 photographs document the average day for me. The dog wakes me up, we walk, we play, I shower, I go to work, I get coffee, I work, I eat lunch, I work, I go home, I feed the dogs, I do personal stuff (in this case laundry), I watch television or read (yesterday, I watched television) and then go to bed.

Repeat as necessary.

Time is a flat circle.