Saturday, April 24, 2010

Sync Log: Grindhouses 'n' Globalism

I've been watching God Told Me To, a 70s grindhouse blitzkrieg filled to the brim with hardcore Secret Sun subtext of every imaginable variety. One of the subplots revolves around the 1931 World's Fair, either consciously or unconsciously linking to our discussions on the Dome and Obelisk. Well, it turns out that there's a new world's fair taking place in China (where else?), renamed the "World Expo." From HuffPost:

All eyes will be on Shanghai on May 1 as the glistening Chinese metropolis plays host to the 2010 World Expo.

Organizers expect more than 70 million visitors to visit the Expo over the course of six months, whose theme is "Better City, Better Life."

The grand plan for the Expo is impressive. More than 190 countries and more than 50 international organizations are currently registered to take part, with 100 world leaders expected.

"I believe the Shanghai World Expo will be successful, spectacular and unforgettable," said Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi.
I'm sure it will be. For all of us, eventually.


  1. Dude, how could you not mention the Unisphere in Flushing Meadow Park!???

    Talk about a World's Fair Sync!

    I caught “Men in Black” on HBO last month. During the climax of the film, Will Smith battles a giant bug alien that's trying to activate a spaceship [?] hidden in the Unisphere. gets even sync-ier!

    According to Wikipedia, the land where the Unisphere was built was a dumpsite know as the “Valley of Ashes”.

    Could it symbolize Earth “rising from the ashes”????

  2. China's 2008 Olympic mascots looked like mushrooms that had grown legs and arms. Particularly HuanHaun who was red and embodied the Olympic flame.

  3. I grew up in Flushing and the world's fair site remains one of my favorite places to go. It's full of forgotten symbols and decaying statues. They buried some interesting time capsules there too. The place always felt like it had a sort of magic afterglow.

    Off topic but I was curious if you'd seen this yet:

    From the three spotlights and the song choice to the sports jersey in the background, you should find it interesting.

  4. On the Facebook page I give the link to the passage in Jack Womack's TERRAPLANE wherein Luther drives the Terraplane thru 'the Flushing Window' into the Gnostic parallel universe... the Trylon and Perisphere form a giant Tesla Coil which can be charged up to open the portal... sounds FRINGEy, eh? Substitute the East River for the Charles River and you've got The Man on the Bridge, the 'director'. Will The Director turn out to be The Walternate, as the loop closes?

  5. i assume you saw this but

    via cryptogon

  6. The Strange Attractions continue as I recall that my late wife's parents were Professor of Drama and Theater and Head Librarian at Queens College, Flushing. If they'd adopted my future late wife from the Gnostic Universe Thru The Window that would explain a lot of anomalous events.

  7. Here's another picture from the 1938 New York World's Fair. Lots of familiar mushroom shapes and other weirdness.

  8. レベッカ- The Unisphere? Did it apply? Help me out here....

    Laughing- They were also cute as the dickens!

    Alan- Vid removed, alas. I always found Queens overwhelming. 785th St? Yikes!

    Ned- Cool- and that was a seriously kickass ep. Wild how Peter looked completely different at the end- like a different actor, almost.

    Anony928- I didn't but I tweeted it. Cheers.

    Laughing- The World's Fair has shown up now and then here, if I recall.

  9. Ah, the video was Mary J Blige doing "Stairway to Heaven" during some American Idol something or other. There are more a bunch more uploads on YouTube if you're interested. (I'm not including a link as any of them could be deactivated at any minute.)

    The stage is done up with three spotlights and the drummer wears what I guess is a Falcons jersey (a fire bird - letter F). You know, fun stuff like that.

    As to Queens, I've lived here my whole life and I've yet to find a 785th street! (I think they go up to 260 or so). But, if it's fun numbers you want, I currently live on 77th street, a few blocks from the Q33 bus. Must be a ley line around here somewhere....