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rules lures lores [Dec. 25th, 2011|11:42 pm]

[Current Location |point in space]

making one's rounds to see if....

mood: one of wondering where are they?

Forging a life outside the academe [Jul. 25th, 2007|06:07 pm]
In temporary exile from academia - accepted ABD for a Phd, but because of the cost I've had to take two years off and even change fields do to a change in interests. From philosophy to comparative literature - a natural jump if there ever was one.

Engaging myself in the ultimate in Bibliphilia - collecting, buying and selling rare and foreign books, I just love the feel, smell and appearance of them, and even if they just pass through my possession on their way to a better owner, it is still the best I can do except part time academic research gigs. Halfway a grad student, but halfway not.

This is in part to get by to avoid selling my soul to the capitalist world. Someone may be interested so here's an image of the best of the best and a link to the rest.

Fair prices, Rare books, Fast Shipping and Friendly Service!

flight? [Apr. 17th, 2006|10:13 am]

[Current Sensory Input |Funckarma - Lolala]

'after all', deleuze said with something of a sigh (from the tarmac - he had flown badly) 'lines of flight was really a mistranslation from the french and what we are talking about are lines, or better, realms of flux: the fuzzing of the edges so that we, in the language you guys seem to prefer, can entrain; surrender our particles to the stream. oh what a joy to simply allow!'
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4 explosions [Mar. 4th, 2005|11:29 pm]

Explosion 1. On Metaphysics--
The simplest test for metaphysics is humans' complete
reliance for existence upon aliens. If aliens exist,
have contacted earth, and have a long history of
influencing human events (let alone if we are the
creations of "alien life"), what metaphysics can
survive? A temporary attempt at an answer: only the
most beyond(behind?)-nihilistic, joyous--that is, only
the most filled and/or empty of "god".

Explosion 2. On Rebirth--
What is necessary is an _ode_ to rebirth: to burn all
cities, and let what can regrow. It is certain what
would not, the concrete that has become what is
worshipped. It is now the concrete of our temples--of
our thoughts--that is most highly venerated,
physically and culturally. We have forgotten the
simplicity of Lao Tzu's insight into vases. We worship
merely the solid and visible structure, but have
forgotten the EMPTINESS, and our culture and thought
is most typified by CONCRETE. Once again, the
simplest solution is to BURN, until we have learned to
see the emptiness. (This idea has, sadly, been perhaps
most lost in the "East"--where it once was most
venerated--those familiar with Japanese can see this
clearly in the significance of the characters for
"ningen", with its "ma". "The East" as well now seems
so full, so concreted, that it is bursting at the
seems, primed to burn.)

3. On Dogs and Gifts
Why could I have not seen then! The Gift is so
overwhelmingly simple to understand, and one merely
needs a dog to understand. The Dog, the most able in
the art of receiving, with no concept of Gift nor
Return. The Dog is incapable of understanding
"Reciprocation" or "Obligation", and therefore pushes
ever closer to combining with humans into one
organism. The Gift is not impossible, but merely
beyond human individuation and reason. It lies
precisely in the power of the push to SYMBIOSIS, and
is seen throughout nature. THE GIFT of the pollen from
the orchid to the wasp! Can one say that the wasp, out
of a debt of obligation, RETURNS that gift through its
dissemination of that pollen in the field? No, The
Gift is far more powerful, for the wasp BECOMES the
reproductive ORGAN of the orchid, pushing what we deem
as two separate individuals into one. Can one give a
gift with debt and obligation to oneself? What
Nietzsche says is right--that man cannot go back to
nature, because he has not yet learned to be natural

4. On America and Terror
I came across the most unexpectedly expected accurate
description, once again in Nietzsche:

"And we should be fully aware of what lies at the
heart of that Socratic culture--optimism, imagining
itself boundless! We should not be afraid when the
fruits of that optimism ripen; when society, leavened
from top to bottom by such a culture, slowly begins to
quake with extravagant surges and yearnings; when
belief in the earthly happiness of all men, belief in
the possibility of such a universal culture of
knowledge, is slowly transformed into the menacing
demand for such an Alexandrian earthly happiness, the
evocation of a Euripidean deus ex machina! It should
be noted: Alexandrian culture needs a slave class in
order to exist in the long term; but in its optimistic
view of existence it denies the necessity of such a
class and therefore, once the effect of its fineseductive and consoling words about 'the dignity of
man' and 'the dignity of labour' has worn off, it
slowly drifts towards terrible destruction. There is
nothing more terrible than a barbaric slave class that
has learned to consider its existence an injustice and
sets about taking its revenge, not only on its own
behalf, but on behalf of all past generations. Who,
faced with such lowering storms, would dare appeal to
our pallid and weary religions, which have degenerated
in their fundamentals into scholarly religions? Myth,
the prerequisite for all religions, is already
thoroughly paralysed, and even theology is dominated
by that very optimistic spirit that we have just
described as the germ of destruction of our society."

straight to channel one head [Feb. 21st, 2005|02:52 pm]
The boy at the edge of sleep, ‘look, I have lots of things.’ Arrayed upon this Sutton Hoo of a pillow, his arsenal: a Dutch wooden hammer, a Swedish wooden train, a die cast metal model of the Yellow Submarine complete with pop up fabboes. He is readied, he is armed with all that he needs, as the last pagan, for stepping out into the near country of sleep.

bird feeder [Feb. 20th, 2005|05:45 pm]
some emergency metaphoric materials:

1.the rat horde processes human persecution by increasing its birth rate.

2.the trail of slime secreted by snails contains a population inhibitor enzyme absorbed by the soil. when the adult snail is destroyed, and its secretion is not renewed, the buried snail eggs recommence their normal development.

3.galls the small deformities found on oak trees and caused by plant growth-regulating chemicals injected into the tree by wasps. accelerating foliar cell growth causes rapid localised swelling. the resulting 'oak apples' function as a protective casing for wasp eggs.
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(no subject) [Nov. 6th, 2004|01:31 pm]

I know these aren't painting, but Thursday's lecture started flooding my mind with images which I couldn't find in the supplied painters list (perhaps because the conclusions I draw aren't correct). Anyway, enjoy.
Blue Stockings, eat your hearts out. I thought this pic was awesome due to the complementary colors and dramatic effect Hell, Grand Cayman--sweet place to visit, tears your shoes apart though: reminded me of the scarred earth Here's also a cool pic of a volcano: http://mseclipse.free.fr/011214/cr00027.jpg
Ingres's master and slave oil painting

View larger version at http://www.artchive.com/artchive/i/ingres/ingres_odalisque.jpg
The lure of the claude: look at the effect of a color-graduated filter on a camera (there are other cool filters I have like fog, polarizer, star effect etc.)

Also, Brian mentioned something that truly interested me: a growing trend toward bodily aesthetics--the birth of cosmotology seems to be emerging (if I understood correctly.
And the occupation I hope to one day obtain, plastic surgery--the extreme form of bodily aesthetics/cosmotology.
Sorry, Kind of got on a roll there with the photos, but like I said, this stuff just came to mind and I had to share it. Besides, it's better than listening to me attempt to drone on about something I don't truly understand right? If not, don't worry, my writing will return.

Hyperstition [Oct. 25th, 2004|05:07 am]
i just came across your interests page and found them similar to mine, you might be interested in this:

Hyperstition (http://hyperstition.abstractdynamics.org/) blog feeds its own
researches back into its own microcultural production. Its basic tool in
this respect is 'pulp-theory/fiction hybridity' or Hyperstition.

Hyperstition is a collective blog on hyperstition dynamics (fictional
quantities that make themselves real), the fusion of CCRU (Cybernetic
Culture Research Unit) and Cold Me (www.cold-me.net) among other virtual
places ... moving through the philosophy of Deleuze & Guattari, H.P.
Lovecraft, Pulp-horror, cybernetic culture, inorganic semiotic,
hyperstitions, Islamic Apocalypticism, Mesopotamian and Semitic studies,
Occultural and techno-capitalist theories ...

Regular contributors: Nick Land (Author of 'Thirst for Annihilation: Georges
Bataille and Virulent Nihilism' Routledge 1990 and the co-founder of CCRU),
Reza Negarestani (founder of Cold Me), Mark Fisher (CCRU) Anna Greenspan
(Digital Periphery, co-founder of CCRU), Suzanne Livingston (CCRU), Steven
Goodman (Hyperdub, CCRU, Kode9, Sonic culture at the University of East
London), Linda Trent (Miskatonic Virtual University)

Capitalism and Schizophrenia [Sep. 5th, 2004|01:44 pm]

I am starting an LJ project to trudge through Deleuze and Guattari's Anti-Oedipus and A Thousand Plateaus one chapter a week. As I'm not fond of people who advertise their community and run, I'll only post the link if anyone here is interested. Of course, using an interest search, it shouldn't be difficult to find.
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