Just In Case the World Doesn't End Tomorrow...
Just in case the world doesn't end tomorrow, September 23, 2017, something big still might happen.
Perhaps a star, for example, might die. There is one that is supposed to blow-up very soon. And it's near to us! However, "Near" is a relative term. Betelgeuse is 'only' 640 light years from Earth. But that means Betelgeuse - as a regular red giant star - could have died years ago and we just haven't learned about it - yet. Or not. But wait. Maybe it's only 430 light years from Earth! Aaagh? Again, probably 'no' on the aaagh. Nor should we cry too much. Seems that when stars like Betelgeuse blow-up, they turn into things like stainless-steel cupcake pans. Eventually, with time and with some help.
In the meantime, we could witness something tomorrow on Earth. Perhaps something at Berkeley. Or at Berklee. Or something involving a reckless regime. Or - well who knows?
Philip J Dick lived “in terms of possibilities rather than in terms of actualities.” He wrote about sensing things. In "philip-k-dick-theorizes-the-matrix-in-1977" it says,
"Dick makes his Matrix point, and makes it very clearly: “we are living in a computer-programmed reality, and the only clue we have to it is when some variable is changed, and some alteration in our reality occurs.” These alterations feel just like déjà vu, says Dick, a sensation that proves that "a variable has been changed" (by whom—note the passive voice—he does not say) and “an alternative world branched off.”
Maybe we'll split in two tomorrow. Or just most of us. Or not.
So if you wake up tomorrow after a strangely familiar dream, remember, "Déjà Vu" on LP sounds a little different from "Déjà Vu" on CD. And either way, "Déjà Vu" - the track - did not feature Jerry Garcia playing steel guitar; that was, "Teach Your Children", and that was track two.
At least in this world.