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November 17th, 2021

This image below is the Clockless Clock maze, the result of several weeks of collaborative work by maze designer Daniel Schmidt and me, based on ideas about life scripts and the experience of time that I’ve been working on since 2017. It is the anchor graphic for a book about time that I’ve been working on for a few years, and the basis for some ideas for games and virtual worlds that Dan and I have been exploring since 2019. Read on for more details.

Clockless Clock, by Venkatesh Rao and Daniel Schmidt, 3000 × 3262 PNG, ~4.3MB
Clockless Clock, by Venkatesh Rao and Daniel Schmidt, 3000 × 3262 PNG, ~4.3MB

The maze is fully playable. There are no canonical “solutions” as such, but multiple coherent paths meant to evoke different life circumstances and narratives. Think of the maze as a mirror that can reflect the shape of your life path back at you. On it, you can plot everything from existential despair and status traps to enlightenment journeys and descents into madness.

Besides being playable as a maze, the image is also intended as a sort of mandala for contemplation, and as a canvas to help map out and think through difficult life challenges.

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November 9th, 2021

Minted the 2016 Ribbonfarm map as a 1/1 NFT on Foundation. Still exploring various ways of doing things.

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October 31st, 2021

I guess I’ve joined Web3 now? Made this cartoon to ELI5 the basics to myself.

Web3 Main Scenarios and Capability Maturity Model
Web3 Main Scenarios and Capability Maturity Model