a friend of mine invited me to join a tribe today. it sounded slightly cultish (a new god, initiation rituals, survival workshops), but in general i'm interested in fringe societies, and this friend of mine is an artist, so i agreed to follow its development. but it occured to me: there are going to be a shitload of end of the world cults around 2012. i don't know too much about it, but i wonder if 2012 is just gonna be another Y2K? regardless, its crazy how aware even the strangers i encounter are that things are rapidly changing. where are the rapidly accelerating technological developments already taking me by surprise in newspaper articles leading? how insane a world are we already living in without entirely realizing it, and how much more insane can it get? will we even realize when we've reached the singularity, or will we just continue to familiarize ourselves with new technologies as they continue to deeply affect who we are as a species?