Iain’s Isle – From the Parallel Podcast

Well, here’s some of the stuff I mentioned in my Iain’s Isle segment on this week’s Flashforcast for those of you who would like a visual!

Here’s the writing on the bus, in English, French and an unknown (to me) Asian language –

I think THIS guy…

Is this guy: (From Wikipedia) – “Valerios Stais (b. Kythira 1857 – d. Athens 1923) was a Greek archaeologist. He was born in Kythera. He studied medicine and later archaeology. He became the director of the National Archaeological Museum of Athens in 1887 and held that post until his death…Valerios Stais also became the discoverer of the Antikythera mechanism.”

And here is a reconstruction of that very mechanism he found…

Remind anyone of this?

So what did the mechanism do? Well, Wikipedia has this to say about it:
“The Antikythera mechanism (pronounced AN-ti-ki-THEER-ə), is an ancient mechanical calculator (also described as the first known mechanical computer) designed to calculate astronomical positions. It was recovered in 1900–01 from the Antikythera wreck, but its complexity and significance were not understood until decades later. It is now thought to have been built about 150–100 BC. Technological artifacts of similar complexity did not reappear until the 14th century, when mechanical astronomical clocks appeared in Europe.”

Basically, you could use this device to figure out where the planets, moon etc would be for a given time in the future.

Now, what I find interesting in relation to Flashforward is this; if you wound it forward to 1000 years in the future but between now and then one of the planets was mysteriously destroyed (Agent Al Gough?) the machine would be no less accurate in terms of where the planets WOULD have been if they’d carried on the way they were going. See what I mean?

OK, Now for the monsters…

Here’s the Not-Hydra!

It’s from the book “Histoires prodigieuses” by Pierre Boaistuau. The text below reads: “This Hideous Serpent has 2 feet and 7 crowned heads. It was embalmed and sent to Constantinople by an African merchant. it was bought by the Venetians for 2,000 ecus.”

Notice, it has 7 heads, just like this next chappie…

He’s from the very same book, and the text accompanying him talks about this being a “Monstrous creature born to honourable parents”

I reckon the 7 heads thing could be a reference to the 7 rings, although the fact that the serpent has 7 CROWNED heads makes me think it’s a tie-in to the mysterious Crown Cheese Steak menu thing we’ve been wondering about. If you look closely, above the “Us” in “Help Us” there is a tiny crowned head. Any ideas?


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