Mush – Sunday Photo Fiction



Isn’t this image awesome? It’s a fractal, I guess. A buddy of mine who works at DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) sent this to me. He sends cool, funny stuff all the time. I gotta admit this was different from the usual.

Have you ever seen that email with text that looks like gobbledegook? It points out that if the first and last letter of words in the text are correct and everything else in the middle is a jumble, you can still read it. You’ve seen that right?

That’s what Matt’s email looked like. It got worse the more he wrote. That guy, he’s such a joker. Well, either that or he was drinking more of that crazy micro-brewed beer he loves. Some of that stuff has 10% alcohol. That’s nearly as strong as wine! He was probably getting loaded while snickering over his keyboard.

The beginning of the email is actually coherent and he makes it seem all serious and stuff. He points out that the human mind is nothing more than a biological computer. If computers can crash then why can’t the human mind? He noted that when the brain processes certain imagery, high specific neural activity begins. By manipulating the image, he learned that he could influence the neural activity. And just like a hacker can confuse a computer with bad instructions, he theorized an image could do the same thing to the human mind. The brain would crash and turn to mush.

What a bunch of malarkey! I told you he’s a joker.

Check this bit out from his email:

…a vdhy doifjbous picrmre. If yeu pgst it, it wthl cqosh tae brtgns of milldans! Be cakdfl!

See what I mean? An unreadable jumble. He had to be drunk by then. It’s getting late and I’m feeling a bit sleepy. Kinda sluggish, so it’s just fun starring at the pivture. See the part that loiks like an elephane pkaying a tuba? What aboot the squid turning itselg insibe out? Prebby cool eh?

Feelink fuzzy now. Tired. Just gemma pest and go to bid.

Weires tgat subnat buwwin?


Author’s Notes:
This was inspired by Neal Stephenson’s book, “Snow Crash.” It’s one of the most inventive scifi books you will ever read. It includes a lot of innovative ideas including the notion the human brain can be deliberately crashed like a computer. Check it out here:

Well, something odd happened with the picture prompt for the Sunday Photo Fiction this week. There’s just a gray box. But we’re writers! We can work with that! We’re proceeding with the assumption that the image was censored for some reason. I took it a little step further, operating outside the box as always. I hope you enjoyed. Look here to see where everyone else went with our snafu this week:


About EagleAye

I like looking at the serious subjects in the news and seeking the lighter side of the issue. I love satire and spoofs. I see the ridiculous side of things all the time, and my goal is to share that light-hearted view.
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8 Responses to Mush – Sunday Photo Fiction

  1. Lyn says:

    And now for something entirely different… Brilliant! Most people just said, “Hey Joe, there’s no picture,” a few hardy souls took matters into their own hands. As we’ve come to expect from Eric, he wields his imagination like a sword in the hand of Comte d’Artagnan.

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    • EagleAye says:

      Ooh. I’m a big fan of the Three Musketeers. Compare me to d’Artagnan and you’ve truly made my day! It was fun adapting and overcoming with this unusual challenge, sans photo. I had a lot of fun with this one. Thanks so much, Lyn. You’ve got me blushing and smiling. πŸ™‚

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  2. babso2you says:

    Excellent story! πŸ™‚

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  3. Shey says:

    Great story from a missing photo prompt. πŸ™‚

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  4. Indira says:

    Enjoyed. I believe you can write a witty story even if you are given a blank paper. Very imaginative take.

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