Reality Skimming
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ORU Artifact #12: Stitch of Reality Skimming

The Okal Rel Universe has inspired many beautiful, curious, fun and touching moments, objects and re-mixes or interpretations over the years. This category celebrates them one by one. Found one that should be here? Tell us about it for the finder's reward of the month. Send your discovery to lynda@okalrel.org

Lynda Williams created a "sketch" in flash animation back in mid-2000s to illustrate how a reality skimming stitch works. Below is a screenshot linked to the live animation. Helps to remember stitches happen many times a second. The frequency is measured by "shimmer" and the amount of space skipped, or skimmed over, between manifestations is measured by "gap". Shimmer and gap together yield a skim factor, often shorted to skim'fac, which serves roughly as a net speed. Note that different combinations of shimmer and gap can yeild the same skim'fac. That's why characters talk in terms of "ramping up shimmer and reducing gap", for example, depending on the circumstances.

Screen shot from Flash "sketch" of a reality skimming stitch

Screen shot from Flash "sketch" of a reality skimming stitch

Lynda invented reality skimming while studying special relativity in an enrichment program, during her high school years, run in the summer at Bellingham, WA. Piercing the "skin" of the universe with a phase splicer is the imaginative element. The laws of physics work as per normal during in-phase, however. And there is even a bit of conservation law about it, because time slip dumps temporal "debt" on pilots with the weakest grip. The calculation is doctor-who-weird, however, since gap is timeless. Or rather, all times coincide in gap. Sort of. There's a definite impact of proximal time and space re: influences felt through gap. But it can be quirky.

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