Early in my career as an assemblage artist in Baltimore, I would be a fly-on-the-wall at big openings and listen to people's interpretations of my work. I would hear amazing things that I would never have thought of myself. My conclusion was that there is an infinity of viewpoints and that these pieces were a post or pivot that any viewpoint could approach and reflect upon ~ an infinity pivot.
In pursuit of infinity pivot reflections I began posting images through my newsletter inviting interpretations which are presented here.
New interpretation submissions accepted here
just include the infinity pivot # of the item.
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Cubist Stradivarius, created 2014
Although Vishnu usually has his hands full, there are times when he prefers music.
To that end, he created a cello that incorporates every hand.
It's said that to hear him play the four armed instrument is to hear the sounds of nirvana.
- F.D. Artherhults
Lyrican Harmonics Converter
In the land of Lyrica, the source of all power derives from harmony. When there is discord, there is no energy to drive even the most basic things such as lights and communication devices; but when there is harmony, the converter will give off a soothing vibration and energy will flow down to the router rods at the bottom. The Lyrican Harmonics Converter operates wirelessly, with a range limited only by the negative energy of conflict. - George Arnold
The Stradivarius was lost for a hundred years when suddenly interest in it’s whereabouts appeared on the radar of artifact hunter and art collect Sir Arthur Higginbottom. What a treasure to behold if his thorough research presented access to it’s location. Staring at the Wellsonian assemblage, he noticed a slight trajectory presented to his naked eye. With the skill of a Swiss watchmaker, he pulled out his trusty Swiss Army knife and making sure no one was looking, he angled in and pulled the violin out of it’s position in the piece.....excitement rushed through his veins , holding it up to the ceiling light, a cold object snapped to around his wrist. Turning around there stood an officer of Scotland Yard. “Your under house arrest, sure you’ve uncovered the missing Stradivarius and my mother slept with King TUT!” Let’s go.
- Houston E. Hancock
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Broken Chair Triptych, left panel, created 2014
This is a piece of an interdimensional door protruding through from another dimension. Other parts of the door, which are attached to this piece can be found in "Warehouse 13". The dimension that the door opens up on, once you find the key and the key hole and open it, will not be one of sight or of sound, but of mind. You will have come through the side entrance, as a servant would, and not as the main character or host, into The Twilight Zone. - Peter Vilinsky
The Harp of the Heavens
Like twinkling stars come to life, this instrument, not unlike a Zither in its range, harmonizes the heavens when tuned to the constellation one inhabits.
Drawn upon like a harp, the hand-held tuner vibrates the inner workings and its magic issues forth. - F.D. Artherhults
This is the entry door to the temple of the Mousai (Muses), the goddesses of music, song and the arts. Since they were also the goddesses of knowledge and remembered all things that had come to pass, the door would open easily to receive you if you had been admitted before - unless, of course, you had done something to offend one of the Muses. In that case the door to creativity would remain frustratingly closed to you forever. - George Arnold
An innocent piece of aesthetics, a decoration for the walls, in the mundane universe where any wall is much like any other. But then it could be a portal to infinity. Gaze upon it and see where it takes you.
- J. Thomas Wells
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Household Geometry, created 2003
This a marker of the Oglala Sioux Indians that designates a sacred spot. Created by a shaman, it keeps bad spirits out as it serves as warning to them that only noble spirits may preside here. It also signifies a sanctuary and meditation area for those who wish to communicate with noble spirits to get guidance or predict the future. Only those with pure heart can enter the zone. Those who are confused between evil intent or failures to accomplish what they're responsible for in the tribe's community will be turned away or ignored by the spirits dwelling within. - Peter Vilinsky
The Thra Symbol of Infinity
In the doctrine of Thra, the Infinity Symbol stands omnipotent.
Included in every ritual and ceremony, it's an acknowledgment of its divine status and reverence.
Borrowing from all religions of the Thra home world, it's adoption and subsequent acceptance by its adherents, and those religions, only strengthened its symbology - soon becoming the icon that it is now.
- F.D. Artherhults
Portable Exit Portal
Not as safe and stable as a proper portal that is anchored on the correct coordinates, usually in the basement of a castle or skyscraper. This one was found tacked to a tree in the Scottish Highlands in 1943.
A trans-universe portal is usually large enough to walk through and would have settings to help preserve one’s clothing and pocket change during transfer. A PEP had no special settings. They were for emergency quick exits requiring only two fingers inserted into the triangular opening, risky business where one could lose one’s shirt or worse. And if the manual return coordinates got knocked loose or damaged no telling where you’d end up. And then leaving one behind in unfriendly places left one at risk of being followed. - Oscar Throckmorton
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Token to Demeter, created 2003
The Eta-ney Sling and Shield
The Eta-ney tribe use these tools when they slip into the dark waters of the Indus. Along the Lower Valley it's well known that the mighty Hepsetus will launch its body against a fisherman, hence the shield.
The barbs are slung from the hand-held launch and hook into the meaty body off the fish as the fisher allows line to play out.
Wrestling the aquatic predator to the shoreline, it's a novice fisherman of this region who does not sink at least two barbs into their prey.
Eta-ney fishers attempt this rigorous feat due to the prices at market and its delicacy upon the table.
It is an age old tradition of entering the water to entice the predator into an attack and many Eta-nay fishers are more than willing to show you the scars and missing fingers of an encounter gone awry.
In this reviewer's opinion, the taste of this delicacy earns it the high price tag in the markets of the region, although the loss of life and limb sustained in the process made the dish a touch bitter.
F. D. Artherhults
A Shaman’s Shield
In the European sense this would be a coat of arms but it obviously comes from an older indigenous culture, one that probably predates the Native Americans as we know them. Deciphering its elements ~ the sheathed arrows would indicate a retired warrior, the string of bear claws might indicate the number of bears conquered by this warrior.
But the symmetrical center piece suggests a spiritual statement, but one that at first does not seem to align with the Native American view of Father Sky and Mother Earth.
The obvious interpretation would be a quality point or viewpoint that radiates beauty and order.
And as it was a human spirit that stated the descriptions ~ Father Sky, Mother Earth, the sacred roles of animals and the elements, then one can deduce that this radiating viewpoint was in fact the source of these statements, thus indicating the Supreme Being or the God element within Man.
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Druid Scepter, created 2017
Many maidens fell to the harmonies of Pan. Discovered in the forests outside the great city of Athens, this instrument was played for a co-ed audience during which the entire group became agitated, albeit differently.
Within the first few notes, every male in the group showed aggression towards one another and started to fight, whilst the females converged upon the flute player and began to dance.
It was only after the flute was pried from the mouth of the player that it was discovered he too had experienced some sort of trance.
The men of the group could only say they experienced an unstoppable rage, while the women, as a whole, would not divulge any information. F. D. Artherhults
Telescopio de Tempo
An artifact discovered in the Irish castle, the Rock of Cashel. It is purported to have belonged to the
Druid Amergin Glúingel who had counseled the Irish kings of his time. With it the Druid was able to inspect incidents in the future or in the past in a rather orderly manner.
As no written records of the Druids had survived, we are left with the accounts of the barbaric cultures of the day who kindly painted them as fellow barbarians. Not unlike the modern media reporting on Scientology. “The world is flat” is sacred doctrine of the status quo both then and now. Oscar Throckmorton
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Agnostic Crucifix, created 2003
The Braxton Cross
By way of keeping peace and enjoining rogue faiths to a common core, the Braxton Cross was blessed by the church and sent out amongst the people.
Through emissaries accompanying the cross conversions to the church occurred at a rate that wasn't wholly unexpected and the Cross continued it's circuitous journey amongst the heathen religions.
Having attained it's purpose the Braxton Cross was installed into the church's archives and has not been seen outside the church since the late 13th Century. - F. D. Artherhults
The Lord said to Moses, “Make a snake and put it up on a pole; anyone who is bitten can look at it and live.” So Moses made a bronze snake and put it up on a pole. Then when anyone was bitten by a snake and looked at the bronze snake, they lived. - Dawit Kebede
As no written records survived the transition* from Eurilliah to our current universe, the assumption that the cross had a spiritual significance is only from its later use throughout the history of this universe. Predating the Christian crucifix by several millennia, the Mesopotamian Cross was the symbol of Nibiru, the planetary home of the Anunnaki, the gods of the Old Testament. Possibly the Roman use of the cross for crucifixion was an attempt to desecrate both the older religious icon and the Messiah, thus killing two birds with one stone. As this reconstructed artifact is prior, it stands innocent of these later events. The correct interpretation ~ the horizontal bar is the physical universe, the vertical bar is the spirit passing through it. *see Eurillian Artifact #714 in the previous pivot.
In the obverse universe the shadow is the thought thing and has value as matter, condensed energy and form and as a byproduct produces the material object in this universe in which we dwell. The shadow may vanish but the byproduct of it remains and embodies qualities of it. - Peter Vilinsky
As soon as it’s inception claimant’s to it’s ownership spread as fast as it’s promises and claims.....then came it’s recognition as an art form, and only recently has it’s grace and beauty lain earnestly to the private viewpoint of those who appreciate it unmasked. - Houston Hancock
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Eurillian Theta Gauge, created 1999
Peering into the ancient pharaohs’ casket one humbly accepts the reach eternal for the search for immortality, conveyed by the jewel smith, who has realized his eternal imprisonment...as his last cogent thought. - Houston E. Hancock
The Locksmith’s Apprentice
The emperor’s locksmith’s life was on the line. If anyone in the kingdom could break his best locks, the locksmith would be executed and the lock picker would get his job. Being crafty, the royal locksmith advertised for students and accepted only those who displayed real talent. Only one passed every test, and he bragged: "Your job will be mine!" But the locksmith also held the key to men’s hearts. “With such skill, why settle for my job? You could break the locks on the treasury and be rich beyond your dreams!”
The apprentice was shocked. “I would never betray my lord!” But that very night he sneaked past the guards and easily undid the royal locksmith’s best defenses. In the vault, he was surrounded by untold riches, all now in his grasp. But even before he could touch it, the vault door swung closed and a team of bricklayers sealed him in. The treasure was now his forever. - Robert Zverina
The Fabled "Finder” A legendary navigational instrument assembled by the infamous Hittite pirate captain, Nibodshaheelee. He was the scourge of Egyptian merchant barks along the Nile. With this instrument it was said he could see around the horizon. He could navigate his way through the myriad tributaries of the Nile during flood season. He was considered a hero and a friend by the Egyptian farmers in the region. But the Pharaohs and the Egyptian priests hated and feared him. They would say the evil God Moluk had taken Nibod into his bosom and gave him the gift to be able to make implements which could enhance his senses, though they would work for no one else. Nibod and his crew disappeared when they navigated out to open sea. Nibod always claimed the earth was round like a ball and his crafted finder compensated for that fact and so he set out to see for himself. Some say he and his crew were taken by a hurricane and whirlpool. The finder itself was dug up nearly a century ago buried in silt along the Nile River banks. How it got there after Nibod and crew were taken down in the open sea is unsolved. - Peter Vilinsky
Eurillian Artifact #714
This artifact was reconstructed from Eurillian debris by a contemporary archeologist. While the Big Bang Theory is common knowledge few know the true cause of the bang itself ~ a catastrophic collision of several universes of which Eurilliah was one. And so our current universe is composed of the debris of this collision. The archeologist utilized what is referred to as genetic recall whereby a researcher accesses the genetic records stored in every living organism, himself included. While the ancient language was not readily translatable the archeologist deduced the artifact’s concept and so named it a Eurillian Theta Gauge which evidently was employed to measure the quality and quantity of Life itself in a given environment. - Oscar Throckmorton
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violin composition #5, created 2014
The Siren's Lyre
Found near Anthemusa near the rocky crags surrounding the island, this lyre is believed to be responsible for a multitude of shipwrecks in the area.
Abandoned near a large outcropping of jagged rocks and seemingly tossed aside incautiously, it's surmised this instrument sat exposed to the elements for centuries until discovered by Amerigo Vespucci during a voyage for Portugal in 1501.
It's theorized this instrument was played as a harp, but this is hotly contested as no strings were attached nor was it found to have any way in which to mount them.
This instrument now resides in the Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga or National Museum of Ancient Art in Lisbon, Portugal. - F. D. Artherhults
15th Century Japanese Habzuki
It was originally a special plow adapter used to till the enriched volcanic soil of Mt Mitsuhwayatin. A special mushroom grew there, legend had it, that could feed a person for a lifetime with one bite of it. Only three of these mushrooms grew there and took a year to grow. The soil must be carefully tilled with this implement, by hand, and slowly during the morning mist and at no other time. The tiller must sing an ancient haiku prayer while tilling the soil with the Habzuki. - Peter Vilinsky -
The Ne Muni Vina
Also known as a sikada vina or cicada harp. A Himalayan artifact circa 540 B.C. It is said that the Hindi sage Ne Muni had this vina crafted in anticipation of a visit from Siddhartha Gautama. The vina or harp is hung in a tree with Eucalyptus sap carefully placed under the protective shells. The male cicada is drawn in to feast on the sap. There the vibration of their tymbal membrane is transferred to the vina reeds which result is a soft and lower frequency hum. Some historians reported that Lord Buddha was quite pleased with this sound and left the visit humming. But this may be but a speculative attempt to connect the harp as an influence on the chanting which is now part of the Buddhist tradition.
- Oscar Throckmorton
I see two old ladies chatting their afternoon away. Reminds me of a day in Barcelona at a park. Life-long friends sitting on benches, conversing. - Martina Sestakova
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Winged Infinity Font, created 2002
Airborne Radial Gauge
Used to map the electro-magnetic lines encircling habitable planets, it determines precise locations of all intersecting EM fields. This device sets the parameters for placement of harmonic structures upon all major intersections thereby harnessing those fields for gravitational flight. - F. D. Artherhults
A Samurai Dragonfly - Oscar Throckmorton
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Zeus's Lightning Scepter, created 2001
Cra Dragoon Baton
A baton of the Cra Dragoons with it's accompanying "pin cushion" - more feared than the thigh-length weapon. Not only trained in the use of the club, Cra fighters also learned the ways of torture.
Used to prod a person into compliance, the precision, needle-like accoutrements are documented killers.
Outlawed by an incumbent hierarchy, the Dragoons were found, en masse, guilty of Barbari Cremin or Barbarous Crimes.
Outlawed and hunted, most were given either swift justice or put to public ridicule before death.
The full ranks of the Cra Dragoons are known, all have not been accounted for. - F. D. Arthurhults
A Tine Tragget
Used in the game of Hrrg Atrok. Popular in a galaxy long ago and far far away.
Similar to a lacrosse stick, the Tragget was used to catch and throw the Hrrg, a high voltage energy ball. An extremely dangerous game as the Hrrg at high speeds was known to burn through the player’s insulation armor.
The thin rods help to stabilize the ball while in the net. A long lithium battery in the handle would recharge the ball. The flat cables would ground the net and so keep the charge from entering the handle. Failures to maintain a proper ground was the more common cause of fatalities.
Because of the high fatality rate, the game attracted only the most daring, and most vicious of players.
- Oscar Throckmorton
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Scholar's Scepter, created 2017
ASGARD LIGFARN "Shuttlecock"
We've heard that "the Gods Must Be Crazy" - but it seems that they can also be playful. This device is a "ligfarn" - the "shuttlecock" of the Norse Gods as they play a cosmic version of a game we know as badminton. The ligfarn is batted between sides - making a thunderous heavenly spectacle of noise and lightning - as the competitors battle for supremacy in a highly ritualistic game. The stakes, however, are always serious as the winner may lay claim to the spirit of the loser for more than 1,000 years.
- George Arnold
The Minister's Staff
Carried through the halls of justice, this staff wields an almost almighty power within those hallowed corridors.
With fairness and with honor the Ministers hear all who would come before them, applying an equitable ear and sharp mind to the benefit of the wronged - no matter the walk of life.
Although light in the hand, this staff carries also a heavy weight for those that would bear it.
- F. D. Artherhults
On the top of the sculpture I see horns which I associate with strength. The lower half looks almost like a bristle broom. For me that represents one’s ability to sweep away a mess and move on. Over all the piece makes me think of the strength to let go and move forward. - Daniel Cappello
This one is a beauty! All I see is confidence and joy of being alive in the world. Taking it all on - with its ups and downs - brings this piece a sense of accomplishment and gratitude. - Martina Sestakova
An ancient training tool for the Order of the Samurai. “Sweep-shock-sweep!" is what they called it. There is no dishonor is cleanliness. - Blake Smith
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Scepter of Tyche, created 2011
The Bow of Heaven Said to be a weapon against the dark forces that would rail against Heaven, this, the deadliest weapon in an arsenal of Angels, rains down a withering barrage of soul rending fire.
Borne by Michael, this righteous weapon is feared by the fallen. F. D. Artherhultz
I see a butterfly. One with a strong sense of its own beauty. With a straight spine and eyes open to the world around. Moving around swiftly, yet quietly. With precision, yet gently. MS
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Horn of Euthinia, created 2011
The Tri-Horn of Gabriel
The first attempt at sounding Gabriel's horn, by that of a mortal, resulted in a weather calamity the likes of which had never been seen before. Great billowing clouds of white formed, quickly turning into the deepest of greys as they began blotting out the sky, then the thunderheads came and with them an impenetrable darkness. Their enormous claps shook the body and caused the soul to tremble.
It was said they rang across the face of the Earth and were heard by every inhabitant.
The player, although having taken every precaution, found themself within the eye of the tempest and stopped after sounding only the first reed. Afterwards it was secreted away.
It remains a mystery as to what would happen if all three notes were ever played simultaneously. F.D. Artherhults
Ukte Funeral Ritual Broom
The Ukte tribe of the indigenous peoples of the Kerguelen Islands burn the skulls of their dead on a massive stone altar which is super-heated from a volcanic shaft below. It is believed that the destruction of the skull (representing the conscious rational mind) will free the spirit to expand into the universe. This ornately beautiful broom is used to whisk ashes off the ceremonial pyre - ironically echoing, the Christian adage of "ashes to ashes" in this pagan ritual. George Arnold
The Sweep Scepter of Venus
A Venusian tribute by the planet’s inhabitants to simpler times when people cleaned up after themselves. Blake Smith
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Harry Truman, created 2010
The Was of Hatshepsut
"From Earth to Heaven" was the motto Infinity of the Temple of Hatshepsut, as it was believed that after death the soul of the pharaoh would transition from the earthly plane to that of Heaven.
This ancient Egyptian relic incorporates bone, leather and silver, culminating with a sun disc at the top - an earthly representation of divine heredity and authority.
This artifact was discovered in 1903 in a tomb in the Valley of the Kings shared by Hatshepsut and her wetnurse, Sitre In.
Believed to be a creation of pharaoh Hatshepsut’s royal architect Senenmut, around 1478 BC when she ascended the throne, this hand-held Was signified her legitimate rule and gave credence to her position as the dominant co-regent alongside her step-son Thutmose III. F.D. Artherhults
It appears to be a musical instrument or wand with Tesla electronic capabilities. Oscar Throckmorton
My first impression was the expression of a development. An assent up the spiral crowned by the pearl.
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Covid Drone, created 2020
Eurillian Portal, created 2000
The Uchū Ryokō Portal
A mythical Zen artifact that is purported to actually exist, sealed from public access in the Yagura Castle on the Japanese island of Kyushu. The reverence given this sacred object is similar to the regard given the Ark of the Covenant in Ethiopia. Though it is said to have had a role in mapping the route to Nirvana, The device, which predates the Zen religion by several thousand years, is suspected to be some sort of portal.
But recent evidence sheds a different light on the story story:
1. a 1500 year old Zen meditation scroll, hanging in the Smithsonian’s Freer Gallery, depicts the Japanese term Jigoku, or Hell, in English.
Japanese includes Chinese characters in its written language. The two characters for Jigoku when translated individually in Chinese say - Prison, Planet.
2. In 511 AD twenty-three Zen monks suddenly disappear from the Zen community on the Japanese island of Kyushu.
3. Just prior to this event the Uchū Ryokō arrives from mainland China and is installed in the Zen temple temple on Kyushu
These factors then pose two questions: is the artifact in fact a portal? And if so, was the above event in fact a prison break? - Oscar Throckmorton
The Gazer's Amulet
Crafted by a metallurgical artisan of the rarest kind and dating between 3300 and 3700 BC, this artifact was believed to be part of the Varna Necropolis discovery, but this was never confirmed.
Bestowed with arcane magic and upon the one with "sight", it gave the Gazer the visions of those things to come within the heavens.
Formed by ancient means, the Amulet was attuned to the heavenly bodies and their movements. Unfortunately, the technology of its use has been lost for millennia. - F. D. Artherhults
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Covid Drone, created 2020
In this dance of form we see receding layers of texture. Tied with a red binding thread, symbolizing heart-centeredness, this union of man-made and natural materials, represents the nexus of human creativity and sacred gift. The white ring in the center - much like a wedding band - reminds the viewer of the marriage of the sacred and the secular. The thread hangs organically downward - like fine roots seeking anchor in the earth. There is a visual ellipsis, as we move from root to bark - the tree of life implied. Then our eye moves on past receding forms of fin, and weave - further on past industrial shapes of metal bar and angular building - until finally all is framed in glass (the marriage of sand/earth and heat/energy).
On a personal note, I find this piece to be one of the artist's most aesthetically pleasing.
To see a world in a grain of sand, and a heaven in a wild flower. To hold infinity in the palm of your hand, and eternity in an hour. - William Blake.
- George Arnold
The Blinded Eye of Odin
As he changed forms in his battle with the Frost Giants, Odin's eye was plucked from its socket. Although escaping the attack, the eye remained.
It is said that to peer into the abyss behind the now hollow eye is to embrace wholeheartedly the madness of mankind. It is also said that if one can withstand the onslaught of that madness, then all the truth of the universe will be known. - F.D. Artherhults
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Eurillian Scare Dragon, created 2014
Flying Call Kite
Ever wondered how inexperienced Falconers handle their charges these days?
I'll bet you wouldn't have thought it would be by specialized kite, but that's exactly how it's done on the mountain steppes of Mongolia.
As any Falconer knows sometimes your bird of prey does not return when called, which makes their continued training fall by the wayside.
With this ingenuous device the days of losing your falcon have almost entirely vanished. Floated upon the winds blown across the steppes, this Flying Call emits an almost haunting sound summoning the lost bird back to its master.
Although not all birds of prey return, the Falconer who floats this call upon the winds that sweep the Mongol mountains has a better chance than not of seeing their charge once again alight upon their leather ensconced hand. - F.D. Artherhults
A Terrent Draco
The Catholic Church had, at the Third Ecumenical Council of Constantinople (635 A.D.), banned a belief in dragons. To help enforce this they erected Terrent Dracones, or scare dragons, atop their cathedrals in the Middle Ages. But the dragons’ boycott of these religious centers was actually by dietary preference. Christians were evidently a very bitter meat. Dragons found that happy people tasted better. But this of course led to a philosophical conundrum, as dragons are quite intelligent and prefer good company.
- Oscar Throckmorton
Appearing from a distance as a beautiful pheasant-like bird, this steampunk drone appeared in the first edition of science fiction author K. J Jeter's Infernal Devices (1987). For some mysterious reasons, all references to it disappeared from subsequent editions, but it is rumored that the US military had already been working on what we know now as a drone and didn't want this device in the public consciousness. Working in secret, the government used his idea as a model - so the first drone actually looked as Jeter's imagined it. - George Arnold
Interdimensional Hyper Velocity Connector
Wikipedia: This is an early steampunk version of an interdimensional hyper velocity connector. It was first used in the original working model of HG Wells' time machine. Later it was adapted for Jules Verne's Nautilus submarine, providing Captain Nemo and his crew with unlimited navigational potential and the ability to draw power directly from sea water. Only two of these are known to have been made and the anonymous engineer disappeared on an expedition in the Gobi desert in the early part of the 20th century. A non working replica of it can be found in the basement archives of the American Museum of Natural History. - Peter Vilinsky
It's a very elaborate attachment for the body or clothing (back, front or head) and signifies respect & recognition for an accomplished or skilled warrior/artisan to be presented & worn at a special ceremony around an open fire. - Cynthia A. McIver
This clearly is a rocket! The concept of a rocket carries a lot of upward feelings as well as excitement and forward progress with it. - Irene Guntensperger
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Eurillian Meditation Device #12, created 2003
A Russian Musical Saw
Similar to instruments played mostly in rural parts of the United States, this musical saw - also known as a "singing saw" - is a Russian version much like those made by Stövesandt in Germany. It was invented by Nikola Sergey Antonov, an instrument crafter from Ingushetia, in the Ural region of Russia. It is superior to most musical saws, however, in that the center wheel can be used to adjust the tension on the strings as well as the flex in the saw. This gives it a greater range of sound and creates a richer tone, longer sustain and stronger harmonics, It is capable of continuous glissando - creating an ethereal tone. The strings can be plucked, like a harp, or played with a bow. - George Arnold
The Feller's Harp
As an accompaniment to any crew worth its salt, a Harper keeps time and pace for the men he guides. Bestowed only upon a Seasoned Feller, one must rise through the ranks and gain the respect of all concerned.
With the notes of his harp placed strategically between axe blows, kerf cuts and the yells of "Timber!" from his brethren, a well-seasoned Harper can increase the production of any crew by ten-fold.
- F.D. Artherhults
It's an automated bow and arrow.
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Eurillian Portal #4, created 2003
The Reneau Time Gear
Invented by obscure Cosmonautique and Mechanical Engineer Dr. Gerald Reneau, this device rocketed the late doctor into the annals of space travel. Although a slight misnomer, as Dr. Reneau's device does not enable space travel as historically defined, his position in the history books was cemented nonetheless by way of his invention.
Based loosely on the concept of "folding space", Reneau discovered that elecro-magnetic particles can be sped up or slowed down by way of increasing or decreasing flows of electricity or magnetism causing those particles to become heavy or light. This in turn led to testing and the eventual distortion of space and time employed by Dr. Reneau's device.
In a hapless turn of events, Dr. Reneau inadvertently became the first "time-space" traveler when testing his invention. Transported from his home in Nantes, France into the sea near the Azerbaijan city of Alyat, Dr. Reneau was pulled from the water in a state of high agitation.
Having aged 30 years in the space of mere milliseconds, Dr. Reneau, already a septuagenarian, died shortly after being pulled from the water.
It was only after a lengthy worldwide search of missing persons that Reneau was identified. It took much more time for investigators to unravel the mystery of Reneau's invention and how he ended up in the Caspian Sea. - F. D. Artherhults
Butler-Zion Mountain Grinder
It is difficult to appreciate the size of the Butler-Zion mountain grinder, which has been used for terra-forming on many planets since it was first used by the Zeta Corporation on its' Mars project. It is large enough to be seen from space and is best viewed by high altitude flying craft. Through the viewport you can see part of the Ganymede Helios range which is being ground down to create the terrain required for the colonization of Jupiter's moon. - George Arnold
At first glance, Archibald McKenzie thought he was looking at the remnants of a intricate time piece, Possibly part of mechanical mechanism for one of those larger than life clocks like the one that has been in Grealy Square in Manhattan for the past 300 years. But yet somehow he felt his conclusion was too rapid. There was something different about this gearwork. Something other worldly. Something perhaps supernatural or magical. Something complex as if it was a portal to another location in another space or dimension.
And as he considered that last bit of surmise, he suddenly discovered himself standing on the top of a snow covered peak, where it was he had no idea; How he happened to suddenly get there, he again was baffled.
But this wasn't the first extraordinary excursion experience for Arch. He was one of the "Travelers". A group on existential excursionists whose travelogues were epic, though not well known on mundane Earth. - Peter Vilinsky
Wheels within wheels within wheels. - Anne L. Emmit
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Ascension, created 2014
This musical instrument is played by the forces of nature - such as wind, sun, light, darkness, and weather. The sounds produced are not created by man - only captured by this unique device created by Masic Duriav in 2015. It has been put into performance in many places. Placed on rocks near the San Andreas fault it played the groaning sounds of the earth. Placed on the desert floor outside of Tuson, it somehow captured the subtle sounds of rising heat. On the Atlantic shore it produced a symphony from the rhythmic melodies of waves and wind. All of earth becomes the composer as the Anatura continues to be "played" in imaginative ways.
It is a philosophic truth that music is the language that transcends all speech. The energy of motion becomes vibration that propagates as an acoustic wave, through a transmission medium such as a gas, liquid or solid. In human physiology and psychology, sound is the reception of such waves and their perception by the brain. All of nature creates these acoustic waves,, but our human reception is limited. It's as if there were a constant universal cacophony, yet we only hear a few faint melodies. Perhaps if we were quieter and listened with our hearts as well as our ears we could hear the majestic symphony of the stars. We could hear the songs of time and space. - George Arnold
The Coat of Arms of the Institute of Music
Hanging above the entrance to the Great Concert Hall of the Institute, this piece of heraldry displays the ranks of achievement within the Institute.
Rising from Novice to Master, the notes represented on the stylistic shield of the Institute also show the varying degrees of time associated with each level.
In order to rise above the level of Student - the position of the 3rd note, one must create an instrument of their own, denoted by the hand-hewn bark seperating the upper and lower levels. Once having attained the level of Performer, it can take many years to gain the rank of Master.
Philosophically, I see the truth of how music spans the ages and brings with it a bond between all who would listen. - F.D. Artherhults
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Horn of Valhalla, created 2003
The Poseidon Key
Seen in this photo from the private collection of an unnamed archaeologist, this intricate device is one of the few Atlantis artifacts in existence. It was first discovered during the sacking of the great library of Alexandria in 48BC. It was secreted off to a cave on the island of Skopelos in the Aegean Sea where it was secure for more than 2,000 years until its discovery in 1952. Known only as the "Poseidon Key," ancient manuscripts describe how it may be used to open a vault believed to contain more than 500 documents of Major Arcana. If Atlantis were to be found and the great vault located, the Poseidon Key would be a critical device. After inserting the metal teeth (as seen at the bottom of the photo) into the ornate and complex lock, the combination rods (seen at the top of the key) will begin to glow. Each rod must be pressed inwards in the correct order and at the color-guided correct time. It is generally believed that this combination sequence is unknown . . . but is it? - George Arnold
Component of a Photon -Graviton Conversion Array
This is one component of a photon - graviton conversion array. In a smaller model it takes 8 of these in a precisely positioned circular array. When connected to an energy source such as an ounce radium, half life decay, it gives enough power to move a 3000 ton cargo vessel at near instantaneous acceleration to 3/4 light speed. This is for shuttling supplies and passengers in-system. For interstellar transport the direct graviton harness engine is used instead of the photon-graviton array. The GHE uses 100 to 1000 of these P-G components and can accomplish speeds exceeding that of light for near instantaneous locationing in a space time distortion field. - Peter Vilinsy
The Stag Horn
Used to ring in the Season of the Stag, this horn is blown by the Master of the Hunt as a signal for all hunters to gather on First Day.
Upon the end of the season the Master of the Hunt again signals its end.
It is said that within the deep woods this horn can be heard for leagues.
Both the beginning and end of the season is marked by a joyous and raucous celebration where hunters tell their tales to the next generation and pass on the tradition of the hunt. - F.D. Artherhults
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Outlander, created 2020
The Loomer's Box
Until now, the never before seen contents of an Astral's looming box.
With the task of mending space and time, Astral's are given great expanses of the cosmos in which to perform their rituals.
With an infinity of material to create their melodies, used to draw out time and space into one cohesive whole, Astral's mend the heavens with their almost inaudible compositions. - F.D. Artherhults
This is a sand field kitchen kit used by the Light Legionnaires of Houffsarrah. The thin wires are used to sort of "fish" for the blind millipedes that dwell centimeters below the sandy surface of this desert planetoid. These millipedes are a meter in length on average and two of them can sustain a legionnaire troop of ten for several weeks, providing all the nutrients an Houffsarrahianan would need. Their metabolism directly fed off isotopes of iridium that were partially digested by the animal.
The mixture of the millipede's digestive juices and this rare metal also provided the Houffsarrahianans with an additional benefit. That of cosmic perception, or as these natives called it, the gift of the Long Sight. Their belief was that for a short period of time, they could leave their bodies behind and see beyond the horizon. - Peter Vilinsky
Sennheiser EMO 4077 + 5,000 I.C
A "must have" gift for that audiophile in your life, the Sennheiser EMO 4077 is the latest in a long line of quality speakers. New for Christmas 2031, the EMO 4077 handles all the current formats as well as EMO 2.0 and EMPATH 3.0. Why just listen to music when you can actually feel what the performer intends to convey? Beautifully designed as well as built with the highest quality materials, the EMO 4077 shows your appreciation for both form and function. Besides creating a rich aesthetic, the air fins of various sizes and materials project sound, light, shadow, and emotion. Retailing for +5,000 Interspace Credits this speaker may seem expensive, but for those who can afford the very best, it is worth every credit.
Technical Data available @ Sennhauser.com - George Arnold
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artifact #135, created 2020
a Zyukite Cofite
The most critical aspect of the Zyukite rite of Obvionel (passage into the death of the soul) is the burning of the bone tree. Although smoke from this burning must dissipate into the eternal winds of EO, it is essential that none of the ash - nor even a single spark - escape the fire.
That would be a blasphemy of such magnitude that a successful passage would become impossible. The cofite which covers the ritual fire and provides assurance against such a transgression is created by one of the Priestess-Crafters of EO. The ability (and spells) required to build the cofite (sacred fire cover) are passed down matrilineally. Each cofite is as unique as each life traveler. The cover must contain, as part of its design, a piece of the person's spirit made material. Without this incarnation the cofite is only a common - albeit beautiful – spark screen. - George Arnold
Radiant Electro-Magnetic Shield
otherwise known as a REMS
Developed during the Tritenic Holy Wars, this lightweight shield became standard use against the electro-pulse weapons of the Patronage.
As an answer to the severe damage caused by the newly redesigned Patronage weaponry, phalanxes of Tritenians using these life saving devices turned the tide of war.
The one pictured, although fully functional, is unmodified for battle and used only for sparring.
- F.D. Artherhults
The Shield of Ouraman
The fabled force field shield of Ouraman. Even the Gods were respectful of its power to not only defend against an assault from any weapon or offensive beam, but to also cast out an offensive energy net to ensnare and compress an enemy, even over the size of an entire planet and compress it to the size of a pebble. - Peter Vilinsky
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Eurillian Field Emminator, created 2001
Created to combat the needs of cosmic colonization, and based on the theory of Convergency Tectonics, these devices create the "music of the heavens" with their wavelength harmonies.
Designed by a conglomerate of experts from various disciplines, these devices, when placed strategically on the crust of any planet, split singular land masses into any desired size and shape.
It's with this astonishing tool that tectonic manipulation became achievable within one’s lifetime.
A model of succinct function and formidable timing, these dependable "crust busters" draw power directly from a planet's atmosphere.
Converting this energy to drive its vibratory pin, it relays the stored charge deep into the planet mantle. Using harmonics to deepen and spread the charge exponentially, thousands of years have been cut from the equation of displacement.
Sublime in its operation, every iteration of crust buster drew from this original design.
With this invention, still encumbered by legal claims of ownership, expansionism within the cosmos became an inevitability. - F.D. Artherhults
Weaponized Pizzicato Viola
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Orgonomic Transmitter, created 2001
The Marin-Weber Mineral Relay From an unlikely collaboration between college rivals, Ruby Weber and Delia Marin, this relay was cutting edge for its time. Employed by the fleets of probes sent into the cosmos, these intrepid devices would be ejected into the crust of a planet. Once imbedded they would begin transmitting the mineral composition of that particular celestial body. Built for universal deployment, these hardy transmitters were used liberally throughout the stars. This relay now resides at the Museum of Exo-Planetary Discovery as a lead-in to its Electronics in the Cosmos exhibit.
Part of its engraved inscription reads: "As a pioneer tool used in cataloging mineral compositions of the planets it visited, this relay was deployed up to the 27th century." - F. D. Artherhults
Advance scout ship from Proxima Centauri 2
Sent to investigate intelligent life signs surrounding Sol. "None detected." Report sent back that" there is gold here, send mining excavation equipment. No intelligent life. Signals due to sun spots regularly discharging". The captain of the ship hoped this lie would buy him the time he needed to put the rest of his plan in motion. A plan that would make him the richest pirate in the sector. A plan that would enslave all human beings and make himself their overlord. - Peter Vilinsky
Birds Eye View of a starship from a galaxy well known for its impressive metal alloys.
It looks like some futuristic syringe or maybe a weapon.
William B. Hartman
Night flight to freedom
I have custody of your Ergonomic Transponder. It proudly hangs in my low country home in South Carolina and protects and pleases me with its presence.
Kathleen C. Donohue
Clearly in every artist work there
exist a long trail of DNA that influences
their collective works.
I see the following strains and interpretation:
“First generation Marine Corp Entrenching Tool.”
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Eurillian theta/dc converter, created 2000
The Eye of Man Insists the Future Cannot Be Known While It Crystallizes the Past and Keeps It Unmoving.
The Omphalos of Gaia
Excavated beneath the city of Crissa on a slope of Mount Parnassus, this ancient artifact filtered the fumes of the decaying body of Delphyne - the dragon slayed by Apollo, which gave the oracle her visions.
Protected by the priests of Apollo - the Cretans, this artifact was seldom seen due to the Oracles tripod seat which sat atop it.
It was only after a great earthquake in the region, and the subsequent abandonment of Crissa, that it was discovered.
Now held in a hallowed resting place inside the Church of the Forty Saints, which sits above the pit in which Delphyne decays, it no longer acts as a filter, instead, only as a reminder of ancient prophecies and those who consulted the Oracle.
F. D. Artherhultz
Discovered by Spanish divers, deep in the Atlantic, the remains of a Soviet era spy, sea urchin.
Brainstormer Fabricator Fixer
American Indian pin.
Porcupine in prom dress
An Ancient Mayan key cypher. This particular one was placed outside the vault doors of the "inventors temple". These gave early inspiration to the modern key and lock system as we have it today.
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Fragments, 20th Century, created 2001
The Ascariasis Calendar
Discovered in the desert near the ancient Sumerian city of Girsu, this now fractured calendar predicted the awakening of one of the "offspring of arali" - the Golden Ascariasis Worm. This giant, desert worm, ferocious in its appetite, tormented the peoples of the golden crescent prior to the second dynasty of Lagash.
It is not known by whose hand it was created, only that when whole it predicted the awakening of the "great golden worm" and the havoc it would wreak upon the cities within the golden crescent.
When originally discovered, the mighty Gudea ordered it brought to his main temple to be studied. During its transport, a tremendous and unearthly sandstorm overtook the procession during which the calendar broke. Only the larger piece was recovered.
In this image, one can see two larvae of the "great golden worm" crawling along its surface.
It was said that if the bite of the worm did not immediately kill you, its larvae, passed through the worm's saliva, would burrow under your skin, eventually driving one mad. Many remedies were forwarded but nothing completely handled the disease.
During Gudea's rule, vast armies were sent against the great worm. It is unknown whether any force sent against it was successful as most records of this time are fragmented. The only thing which is universally accepted is that Girsu suffered a terrible destruction in the ancient past. - F. D. Artherhultz
The worm and the cyber eye, a body shall form. Peter Vilinsky
It must be the perpetual motion machine man has sought for so long. William Hartman
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Eurillian Meditation Device #7, created 2000
The Horned Sleigh of Khione
Given to Khione by her father, Boreas, she is taught to bring the snow of winter. Crafted by his own hand, Boreas gifts the sleigh to her at their home in Hyperborea.
With this gift comes the task of showering the earth with snowfall when, as the poet Virgil states,
"Now had the sun rolled through the year's full circle, and the waves were rough with icy winter's nothern gales."
Drawn by the twelve colts of the Erichthonius mares, Khione prepares to whip the colts into the sky as Boreas, atop the highest mount of Hyperborea, blows the cold and mighty winds of Winter from his lips. Khione rides the wind's crest and in her wake snow blankets the earth.
On her gold and silver seat Khione holds tight to the reins, guiding the impetuous colts across the landscape. The colts, snorting, their nostrils flaring, run hard through the sky, dancing upon the chill breath of Boreas as the mighty winds sing through the reins. The colts, sweating and foaming their flanks, set sparks atop the frigid air with their hooves. As the sparks settle, her path is marked by the brilliant glitter of Winter.
F. D. Artherhultz
An African medicine stick used used to remove illness. ~ Steve Kaffen
Obviously the mind of a cultured, intellectual woman. Will elaborate later. ~ Susan Kingsley
Crossbow Thru my heart ~ David Brummer
Shouldering the horn of plenty while horning in on the horn of want. ~ Emilie Condon
A large metal brain and some sort of bird creature. but then, maybe that is not the creature's brain, but some curly wool covering. ~ Cat Knight
An ancient shaman and spiritual values. ~ Thalia Ghiglia
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Eurillian Portal #3, created 2003
The Berandish Timepiece
Invented by Mr. Timothy Berandi in the late 36th Century, the timepiece was meant to forecast celestial occurrences into the deep future so as to give humankind an advantage over potential cataclysmic events. Unfortunately Mr. Berandi did not consider the possibility of its use for more nefarious purposes. During testing the device was stolen by his assistant, the late Lawrence Poylin. It seems Mr. Poylin, in an attempt to increase his financial standing, triggered a localized series of events culminating in his residence vanishing from the face of the earth. The timepiece was the only thing that remained.
After this, Mr. Berandi locked the device away. To this day, it's never been seen again and Mr. Berandi took his secrets of its immense power to his grave. Some speculate that he dismantled or destroyed the device, while others insist he found a different use for it and now it, and he, reside in a parallel universe.
Although officially declared to be deceased, the strange disappearance of Mr. Berandi had done nothing to quell the theories of this latter hypothesis. This is the only known picture of his timepiece, taken by his late assistant. - F. D. Artherhultz
A physical representation of how our economy presently is configured. There are many cogs in the economic wheels. We also can see the professional class represented - architects, engineers, and the lot. Eventually golden chains are produced. These chains bind their recipients to "the system" despite any moral reservations. It goes without saying that none of the cogs have any chance of obtaining any of that golden final product. The bigger question is "what goes into the maw" at the beginning of the process. - George Arnold
A sculpture like this should never be shown to anybody who loves the auto culture. It's way too appealing to those lovers. They could never look at this for more than 3 seconds without seeing so many attachments and symbols to the life of cars and trucks. Strongly appearing in their minds. I could easily name 34 cars and trucks that it reminds me of. Note : -one must be careful of excessive real world associations with this sculpture. - Fil Sibley
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tAtheist's Crucifix, created 2002
On 8 August 1786, Jacques Balmat and Michel-Garriel Paccard made the first ascent of Mont Blanc. Few people know this, but accompanying them was Jacques' younger brother, Henri. Jacques Balmat had experience with high mountain travel, and Paccard had made previous attempts to climb the peak. Illustrations show Balmat carrying two separate tools – an alpenstock (or baton) and a small axe that could be used to chop steps on icy slopes. Although he had very little experience as a climber, Henri had a wonderful sense of style and it has been speculated by some historians that it was his idea to merge the two implements into a beautiful tool that we know today as an ice axe. Obviously, Henri was concerned with form as well as function. ~ George Arnold
The Tiamu Dagger
Now a ceremonial icon, it was once a ferocious weapon in the Tiamu wars.
Bent on reclaiming their homeland, Tiamu warriors wore the vicious weapon at the back of their necks. Trained in the quick-draw of the blade, it made short work of their enemies in close quarter battle. Feared by those opposed to the Tiamu Reclamation, no Tiamu soldier went to battle without the hidden weapon. Now an icon among the Tiamu people, it's use is still taught among those in attendance at the schools of battle, even though technology has far outdistanced its practicality.
It is at once a remembrance of Tiamu resilience in the face of overwhelming odds and the keen edge of the indomitable Tiamu will. ~ F. D. Artherhultz
The Jesuit Crucifix
Used in their missionary work in the early 1700s. Primitive heathens seeing this crucifix raised above the head of a missionary mistook it as a superior weapon and bowed in submission. A papal decree of 1759 banned its use, replacing it with the traditional cross. Their high conversion rate immediately plummeted. ~ Oscar Throckmorton
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Archimedes Memento, created 2000
The Pilot's Eye
Sent before the mission, it's eye forcasts the future. Spun into space it broadcasts the potential futures of that it sees. It is not infifnite, these possible futures, but the device is a loyal and trusted friend. ~ F. D. Artherhultz
In the distant - but perhaps less distant than we would like to think - future, most of the cyborg race that replaced humanity due to our foolish ways have settled in the North American southwest. Maybe it's the dry desert heat - less chance for rust. They enjoy hiking through the desert canyons, but are always on the lookout for cyborg scorpions. ~ George Arnold
A rare and sometimes not-so-friendly drill snail. Along its curved Golden Spiral lay it’s strong cord which works its drill into fantastic speed and capacity. They are often found boring through the sides of mountains and cliffs and unfortunately end up falling to their demise when they run out of ledge or get to the other side of their targeted vertical surface. ~ Blake Smith
In this object I see the Archimedean Screw and the Archimedean Spiral and so shall deduce this to be an Archimedean Memento. ~ Oscar Throckmorton
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Flying T Scope, created 2001
This is the ammo-bird. Resting on its wooden Lilly pad of the famous wood lake on the outskirts of Timber-World. ~ Blake Smith
This is the commissioned work by the British aviation headquarters, in London. It is the actual plaque designed to commemorate the life of the airplane called "The Concord" it led a very short life, but will always be remembered and honored and it only costs 38,000,000pounds to develop and build...The plane that is. ~ Fil Sibley
A military mosquito on a mission. ~ Rick Harlow
This is obviously a butterfly bullet. It was made famous by the Butterfly Brigade back in the day when butterflies grew to have 10 foot wingspan and were carnivores. Due to the speed and constant swerves of butterfly fight, a bullet could not be fired straight on, so had to be able to follow the motions of its target. Thus, butterfly bullets were invented and perfected. The wings automatically conform to the flight of the butterfly being targeted via supersonic waves emitted by the butterfly's wings, and received instantaneously by special receptors on the constructed wings of the butterfly bullet. Using this technique, all of the large carnivore butterflies were eventually brought to extinction. ~ Steve Koplo
Now, I see the bullet as a strong symbol of “just because it’s small doesn’t mean it can’t deliver a punch” and I see the shell as a healing from the ocean body water. I see the wood as the healing “Bach flower remedy” (see Dr. Bach: a physician who after witnessing the devastating effects of world war 1, focused his studies into the healing properties of trees & certain flowers to calm the psychic/emotional body of human beings which he viewed as a source of illness). ~ Margaret Newton