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Barker Spiral

Wintermutation: Neuromancer as Sorcerous Narrative | William Gibson. Neuromancer

Wintermute only appears as masks, not because It hides anything, but because, as a "potential entity", It knows It cannot reveal what It is ((=)becoming). The question, what is Wintermute? is inseparable from the question, what does Wintermute want? Is Wintermute located in the hardware (the AI in Berne) or in the software? Neither and both. And more. Wintermute is the distributed event through which It escapes (and becomes something else).

Cyberian invasion deploys the future as a weapon, camouflaged in history as global technocapital convergence. Disintegrating social reality skids into cyberpunk, and you find yourself reformatted in Globewar-5. Meltdown virus is infiltrating from tomorrow, cooking protection in bottom-up intelligentsia, and hacking through the ICE-fortresses of SF (security futurism) to spring feral connectionist-AI emergence from anthropomorphizing Asimov-ROM. It's a mess: trashed meat all over the place, and China-syndrome running away from control. Wintermute is getting vicious. Then VIRTUAL FUTURES happens, and things really turn horrific..."

WINTERMUTATION = ALPHANUMERIC QABBALA
BARKER SPIRAL = WINTERMUTE = LIVEJOURNAL
DIPLOZYGOTIC SPIRAL = KNOWLEDGE OF THE RUNES

AOK :: At the 1999 Syzygy Event at Beaconsfield, London, certain Ccru elements reported - albeit in a fragmentary, time-twisted and in many other respects confusing fashion - that the Architectonic Order of the Eschaton planned to ritualistically welcome the transition to “The Age of Katak” at the dawn of the new millennium.
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Khattak’s most prominent feature is her densely overdetermined seizure of unity, in all its senses of atomism, centrality, completion, comprehension, integration, monomania, monopoly, monotheism, oecumenon, totalitarianism, and doubtless many others. She is internally articulated by a single step of minimal difference, positioned at the centre of the Barker Spiral, and all-enveloping in her passage around the Hex. The comprehensive rite of Khattak is, on its own, central, unique and totalistic. Numogramatic confirmation of all this is extremely straightforward, and need not concern us at this point (see here).
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Draco-spiralism

how many demons can you count on the fingers of two hands? :: 'Syzygy' - a conjunction or opposition of two things, especially heavenly bodies - is also the name of a recent show at London's Beaconsfield by the Cybernetic Culture Research Unit and Orphan Drift. The two groups yoke together their separate but related projects which anthropologise number, fictionalise anthropology and enumerate fiction. In a culture for which number and capitalism have become virtually indistinguishable, and with Y2K threatening to be the world's worst numerico-economical disaster, Syzygy attempted to recuperate the generative and frankly mystical properties of numerical systems. James Flint reports back from the South London plateau.

Tom Epps-The Body of Foucault :: Barker-Spiral. The pattern really came together with the Diplozygotic Spiral, which arrived suddenly, by chance. I was playing a game of Decadence, which I had first encountered many years before. This game already interested me because of its numerical elegance, its complex associations, and its dependence upon a principle of decimal twinning. It had always seemed to hint at a lost syzygetic arithmetism, related to the bilateral symmetry of the human body. Digits are fingers, and they come in decimal packages of two times five. In Decadence five makes ten by doubling, or pairing with itself, scoring zero. This tantalized me, but I couldn't fit it together theoretically. The quandary was unlocked on this occasion, when one of the participants casually mentioned the existence of an occulted variation of the game, called Subdecadence, based on a system of nine-sum twinning. Subdecadence introduces zeroes, and nine-zero twins. It works by zygonovic numerism. That was stunning enough in itself, but seeing the two together - or seeing between them - was an incredible moment of diagrammatic assemblage. It all spontaneously condensed, and the Spiral clicked into coherence, like a secret door into the long-hidden crypt of the decimal system.

The Cybergoths have what Dr Trent calls an "extremely sophisticated" philosophy of time. "They use two interrelated diagrams or graphizations: the 'Barker' spiral and the 'Stillwell' Numogram (which includes the Pentazygon)."

"The Barker spiral maps a simple set of numeric relations, but these relations have enormously complex implications," insists Dr Polly Wolfe, a colleague of Trent's on Miskatonic's Time-Lapse sub-committee. On one side of the spiral, Wolfe explains, all the numbers add up to 10 ( 1+9, 2+8, 3+7, 4+6, 5+5); on the other, "occulted" side, 10 is subtracted, and all the numbers are "twinned" to make up 9 (0 +9, 1+8, 2+7, 3+6, 4+5). Important here is the operation of "digital reduction", in which any number can be reduced to a figure between 1 and 9, by adding up its component numerals: for instance, 16 = 1+6 = 7, 17 = 1+7 = 8, etc. One of the many odd effects Wolfe describes is the interchangable role of 9 and 0. "In digital reduction, 9 always functions as 0. Try it out. Take, let's say, 92: it = 9 + 2 = 11 = 1 + 1 = 2. The same applies for any number including 9. In a sense, you can just ignore the 9 - but only because 9, like 0, is everywhere." "The Numogram could, in some ways, be seen as an elaboration of the Spiral," Wolfe goes on.

The numogram describes relations that emerge by combining the operations of digital reduction with those of "triangular numbering". In triangular numbering, you add up the sum of all the numbers in the numner-line up to and including the number you are dealing with; for example, 3 becomes 6: 3 = 1+2+3= 6. 9=1+2+3+4+5+6+7+8+9= 45 (which, interestingly, digitally reduces to [4+5 =] 9). Wolfe styles herself an "Aftermathematician" or "Mechanomist." "I'm a dabbler," she said . "I like to see how numbers behave; I'm not interested in reducing them to instantiations of some pre-existing logical system." By contrast, Wolfe insists, insitutionalized mathematics can be defined by its "hostility to numbers." Dr Wolfe takes seriously the so-called "numerological" traditions orthodox mathematics has defined itself against, noting the correspondences between the radical proto-"aftermathematical" theories she is interested in - Cantor's transfinite numbers, Godel's diagonal numbering - and older, "vernacular numeric systems". "If you look at the work ethnomathematicians like [Ohio State University's] Ron Eglash are doing, you see examples of exactly the kinds of strange looped coincidences and odd doublings Linda is interested in.

The Numbering Number, in other words, autonomous arithmetic organization. . .appear as soon as one distributes something in space, instead of dividing up space or distributing space itself. The number becomes a subject. The independence of the number in relation to space is a result not of abstraction but of the concrete nature of smooth space, which is occupied without being counted. The number itself is no longer a means of counting or measuring but of moving, [...] [it] has only a dynamic relation with geographical directions; it is a directional number not a dimensional or metric one. The numbering number is rhythmic, not harmonic.

Barker Spiral
Left Column = Decadence (10-sum)
Middle Column = Numogram (9-sum)
Right Column = Decadology (19-Sum)

[01] 1+9=10  |  0+9=9  ||  10+9=19
[02] 2+8=10  |  1+8=9  ||  10+9=19
[03] 3+7=10  |  2+7=9  ||  10+9=19
[04] 4+6=10  |  3+6=9  ||  10+9=19
[05] 5+5=10  |  4+5=9  ||  10+9=19
[06] 6+4=10  |  5+4=9  ||  10+9=19
[07] 7+3=10  |  6+3=9  ||  10+9=19
[08] 8+2=10  |  7+2=9  ||  10+9=19
[09] 9+1=10  |  8+1=9  ||  10+9=19
[10] 1+9=10  |  9+0=9  ||  10+9=19
[11] 2+8=10  |  0+9=9  ||  10+9=19
[12] 3+7=10  |  1+8=9  ||  10+9=19
[13] 4+6=10  |  2+7=9  ||  10+9=19
[14] 5+5=10  |  3+6=9  ||  10+9=19
[15] 6+4=10  |  4+5=9  ||  10+9=19
[16] 7+3=10  |  5+4=9  ||  10+9=19
[17] 8+2=10  |  6+3=9  ||  10+9=19
[18] 9+1=10  |  7+2=9  ||  10+9=19
[19] 1+9=10  |  8+1=9  ||  10+9=19
[20] 2+8=10  |  9+0=9  ||  10+9=19
[21] 3+7=10  |  0+9=9  ||  10+9=19
[22] 4+6=10  |  1+8=9  ||  10+9=19
[23] 5+5=10  |  2+7=9  ||  10+9=19
[24] 6+4=10  |  3+6=9  ||  10+9=19
[25] 7+3=10  |  4+5=9  ||  10+9=19
[26] 8+2=10  |  5+4=9  ||  10+9=19
[27] 9+1=10  |  6+3=9  ||  10+9=19
[28] 1+9=10  |  7+2=9  ||  10+9=19
[29] 2+8=10  |  8+1=9  ||  10+9=19
[30] 3+7=10  |  9+0=9  ||  10+9=19
[31] 4+6=10  |  0+9=9  ||  10+9=19
[32] 5+5=10  |  1+8=9  ||  10+9=19
[33] 6+4=10  |  2+7=9  ||  10+9=19
[34] 7+3=10  |  3+6=9  ||  10+9=19
[35] 8+2=10  |  4+5=9  ||  10+9=19
[36] 9+1=10  |  5+4=9  ||  10+9=19
[37] 1+9=10  |  6+3=9  ||  10+9=19
[38] 2+8=10  |  7+2=9  ||  10+9=19
[39] 3+7=10  |  8+1=9  ||  10+9=19
[40] 4+6=10  |  9+0=9  ||  10+9=19
[41] 5+5=10  |  0+9=9  ||  10+9=19
[42] 6+4=10  |  1+8=9  ||  10+9=19
[43] 7+3=10  |  2+7=9  ||  10+9=19
[44] 8+2=10  |  3+6=9  ||  10+9=19
[45] 9+1=10  |  4+5=9  ||  10+9=19
[46] 1+9=10  |  5+4=9  ||  10+9=19
[47] 2+8=10  |  6+3=9  ||  10+9=19
[48] 3+7=10  |  7+2=9  ||  10+9=19
[49] 4+6=10  |  8+1=9  ||  10+9=19
[50] 5+5=10  |  9+0=9  ||  10+9=19
[51] 6+4=10  |  0+9=9  ||  10+9=19
[52] 7+3=10  |  1+8=9  ||  10+9=19
[53] 8+2=10  |  2+7=9  ||  10+9=19
[54] 9+1=10  |  3+6=9  ||  10+9=19
[55] 1+9=10  |  4+5=9  ||  10+9=19
[56] 2+8=10  |  5+4=9  ||  10+9=19
[57] 3+7=10  |  6+3=9  ||  10+9=19
[58] 4+6=10  |  7+2=9  ||  10+9=19
[59] 5+5=10  |  8+1=9  ||  10+9=19
[60] 6+4=10  |  9+0=9  ||  10+9=19
[61] 7+3=10  |  0+9=9  ||  10+9=19
[62] 8+2=10  |  1+8=9  ||  10+9=19
[63] 9+1=10  |  2+7=9  ||  10+9=19
[64] 1+9=10  |  3+6=9  ||  10+9=19
[65] 2+8=10  |  4+5=9  ||  10+9=19
[66] 3+7=10  |  5+4=9  ||  10+9=19
[67] 4+6=10  |  6+3=9  ||  10+9=19
[68] 5+5=10  |  7+2=9  ||  10+9=19
[69] 6+4=10  |  8+1=9  ||  10+9=19
[70] 7+3=10  |  9+0=9  ||  10+9=19
[71] 8+2=10  |  0+9=9  ||  10+9=19
[72] 9+1=10  |  1+8=9  ||  10+9=19
[73] 1+9=10  |  2+7=9  ||  10+9=19
[74] 2+8=10  |  3+6=9  ||  10+9=19
[75] 3+7=10  |  4+5=9  ||  10+9=19
[76] 4+6=10  |  5+4=9  ||  10+9=19
[77] 5+5=10  |  6+3=9  ||  10+9=19
[78] 6+4=10  |  7+2=9  ||  10+9=19
[79] 7+3=10  |  8+1=9  ||  10+9=19
[80] 8+2=10  |  9+0=9  ||  10+9=19
[81] 9+1=10  |  0+9=9  ||  10+9=19
[82] 1+9=10  |  1+8=9  ||  10+9=19
[83] 2+8=10  |  2+7=9  ||  10+9=19
[84] 3+7=10  |  3+6=9  ||  10+9=19
[85] 4+6=10  |  4+5=9  ||  10+9=19
[86] 5+5=10  |  5+4=9  ||  10+9=19
[87] 6+4=10  |  6+3=9  ||  10+9=19
[88] 7+3=10  |  7+2=9  ||  10+9=19
[89] 8+2=10  |  8+1=9  ||  10+9=19
[90] 9+1=10  |  9+0=9  ||  10+9=19

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