Imagine, underneath your feet, the ground is boiling. When there is water in the ground, sometimes it shoots up. This is called a geyser.* Foreign writers took geyser as the generic name for spouting hot springs, for which the native Icelandic words are hverr "a cauldron," laug "a hot bath." In Wyoming, in the United States, in a park that belongs to a new nation which became a nation by torturing and killing the people whose nation and land it was before this new nation willed itself into existence, seeking "freedom" of some kind, and "land" to be a nation upon, there is a geyser called, Old Faithful by those that stole the land. This geyser is a cultural touchstone of the many people of the new nation, they visit her in droves. It means a great deal to them and they stimulate the "economy" in applause of her. It is expensive to remember what it felt like to see her. The people of the new nation depend on her to erupt, they are very attached to names in the new Nation. If for example your name or your skin does not sound like the names or the skin of those that "found" the new nation, you may not participate fully in the empty rituals of the new nation. Anyway, these people of the new nation, they drive from all over the new nation to watch Old Faithful, the geyser, erupt. Those that cannot drive or do not find driving necessary visit her on the internet, where she can be watched, virtually, from many angles. She is not the tallest or largest geyser in the park, but she can be expected to erupt almost every 90 minutes. If one thought to watch her virtually, from a particular angle and to check in on her, every 30 minutes, everyday, all day long, they would very likely find that she has erupted. 

 

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54.174.31.247:5000 (Old Faithful) is a web based documentary photography project. A bot has been created which will visit the web cam funded by the U.S. National Parks. The bot will take a photograph of whatever the camera sees every 30 minutes. 

54.174.31.247 takes its name from its location on the internet. 

 

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*From Icelandic Geysir, name of a specific hot spring in the valley of Haukadal, literally "the gusher," from Old Norse geysa "to gush,"