Tuesday, May 5, 2009


If you understand the timeline cannot be strictly linear, is it truly circular? Not in the context of the beginning and the finale. Characters continue to join the feedback loop. The basic characteristic of the timeline, once all of the characters are on the scene, is a bit circular and a bit of a branching format. But you must envision all three Aarons and two Abes running around. So the timeline can jump from one branch into another depending on who uses the fail-safe. Many people may refer to this as a chaos theory. But there is a unique logic in every action. It is full of endless possibilities.

Think of a clothes dryer spinning with 32 red socks and 32 white socks. If you examine it through a glass window, how many options are available? How many will appear to be identical? How often will they appear in the perfect order of red, white, red, white, red? There is a branch, a timeline, in this cause and effect loop where the fail-safe will not be used by Abe and Aaron. Things will not be reverted to the past for another rewrite. Instead Aaron(2) and Abe(2) will exit. All of the other 1300 possibilities will wind-up with someone resetting the entire timeline, creating a virtual time vortex.

Aaron(1) and Abe(1) also exit. Aaron(3) does not. If anyone can ever draw over 1300 possible branches of the timeline and illustrate how one person’s use of the box can connect to other parts of the timeline, I will be more than glad to include it here. The classic drawing by M.C. Escher; ‘Ascending and Descending’ seems to be an impossible flight of stairs with characters going up and down. Yet, they continue on in a circular motion, just like the actions of Abe and Aaron. Andrew Lipson made an actual creation with plastic blocks.

Your eye is not being tricked as much as your mind is. You can figure it out.