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Message 237: Uchronia?

Titled “sooperabundeburg.jpg,” Radiohead.com‘s splash page image on 1 May 2006 depicts a field of tightly-grouped houses, an image that appears on the front of a recently introduced tshirt called “New Surburbian.” The shirt’s back image more clearly shows the houses as a sort of gestalt-like image, an arrow pointing up and down simultaneously:

New Suburbian tshirt back image

These houses are an emerging icon adorning the latest round of goods at W.A.S.T.E.

Returning to the splash page, today’s caption was: “Uchronia?” The word means, loosely, “alternate history.” A wikipedia entry on Uchronia covers briefly the word’s background and usage. The web site Uchronia: The Alternate History List is a useful starting point for those wishing to explore the topic further in books, essays, etc. A more famous alternate-history novel is Philip K. Dick’s The Man in the High Castle.

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