Saturday, February 08, 2020

Do You Think In Words?

Every sin is an attempt to fly from emptiness.
— Simone Weil, born  in 1909

Why Complicate Life? - Missing somebody?.....Call, Wanna meet up?.....Invite, Wanna be understood? ........Explain, Have questions? .........Ask, Don't like something? .........say it, Like something? .......State it, Want something? .........Ask for it, Love someone? .............Tell it. We just have one life, keep it simple.
~ Yammering Poetry

Former top cop Gary Jubelin gets six figures for tell-all memoir

The former NSW homicide detective Gary Jubelin is in the midst of preparing his book which is due out in September.

These are affirming poems–songs, truly.

 In the title poem, Wesley writes
 “Let me come to you at dawn, my children, 
my calabash, wet from the early dawn’s 
water-fetching run.” 
 Wet, tired, and yet determined:
 “Let me come to you bearing tears on my face 
 after the war, after the villages have crumbled 
 under the weight of grave hate.” 
The power of Wesley’s collected work here is established in the book’s first poem, 
“Some of Us Are Made of Steel,” blessedly inspirational verse for a world that needs it:
 “life has made us cry. 
 But in our tears, salt, healing, salty, and forever, 
we are forever. Yes, some of us are forever.” 

 Books That I Cannot Wait Not to Read

Boats, like books, are a means of transport. They allow us to travel and discover worlds whose existence we hadn’t suspected” Waterlines: On Writing and Sailing

The Power Of Negativity

Being in a bad mood can improve your memory. Aspirin helps not just for headache, but for heartbreak. (Hmm.) Indulging nostalgia in a cold room can actually warm you up. ‘List your blessings.’ (Thus avoiding the corny phrase ‘count your blessings’.) Being a ‘good-enough’ parent or teacher is all you need. Just don’t bebad. – The Spectator

Whispering gums

Researchers Link Autism To A System That Insulates Brain Wiring.

In this short multi award-winning film, Sam Gainsborough uses “a hybrid of claymation, pixelation and live action to paint a visceral portrait of internal struggle.” Beautiful and yet haunting. If you’ve struggled with these kinds of bouts with anxiety, this might ring some uncomfortable bells but worth a viewing for sure. 

Sam says he wanted to create a film that resonated with people who struggle with anxiety, or often feel isolated from others. “[It’s] about a character who struggles to interact with other people,” he tells It’s Nice That. “The main character is someone who has learned to repress his emotions. If he feels sad or angry, his skin physically restricts him from showing these emotions. This means his skin is constantly swirling and transforming, meaning he can never be truly comfortable in his own skin.”

The history of sex is rife with strange anecdotes — you'll never look at bread the same way — and oppression horrific to contemplate... from blindfolds to bikes 

Above: NYC’s most beautiful new restaurant: Veronika, inside the New York City outpost of Swedish photography museum Fotografiska, designed by Roman and Williams. Photography by Adrian Gaut 

Causes of Deaths of Philosophers

Husserl: Phenomenally bad luck Ryle: Gave up the ghost Imrich: No particular reason ;-) Sellars: Not given Benacerraf: Number was up Wittgenstein: Became the late Wittgenstein Plato: Caved in
Causes of Deaths of Philosophers 

What's the meaning of a hotel? Henry James regarded it above all as a place of public performance — where society came  to see and be seen   

Digging Through The Thames’ Mud For The Unwritten Records Of Several Nations

London’s thoroughfare is a tidal river, and when the river retreats, the mudlarks emerge. These mudlarks are people, and they find cool things: “A gold ornament from the 16th century, ancient Roman coins, shards of medieval pottery, prehistoric flint – these are just some of the thousands of historical treasures … Lara Maiklem has found searching the banks of London’s River Thames.” –NPR

Today we learned that in the wake of the Super Bowl halftime show, novelist Jennifer Weiner and many of her “middle-age mom” Facebook friends felt personally implicated by 50-year-old Jennifer Lopez’s physique—or, to put it in Weiner’s words, “judged by dat ass.” In a New York Times opinion piece, Weiner waxes in…

We Think Poverty And Opportunity Are In Cities. Here’s Another Way Of Looking At It

Newly released Index of Deep Disadvantagelooks at poverty and disadvantage across all the nation’s counties and 500 of the largest US cities. The index was based on three categories of data:income, health, and social mobility. While the most advantaged communities in the U.S. rank alongside the most developed parts of the world, those struggling the hardest measure up with countries like North Korea and Bangladesh. From among the list of 100 most disadvantaged communities, 80 are rural. – Daily Yonder

"How does the once unthinkable become not only thinkable but self-evident?" asks Lorraine Daston. "How does the unthinkable become something we cannot think away anymore 

Actor Duncan Regehr Discusses His Glorious Moment As Star Trek's 'Sex Candle Ghost'

“Sub Rosa” was a very strange episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation, an old-school gothic adventure featuring a haunted candle, a ghastly Casanova, and just enough scifi nonsense to keep the whole thing from being magic.

In one video, Ms. Higgins Clark, who was grand marshal of the St. Patrick’s Day parade in Manhattan in 2011, discussed the role of the Irish narrative heritage in her work and her legacy.

“Let others decide whether or not I’m a good writer,” she said. “know I’m a good Irish storyteller.”

That ninety degree scenery thing

posted by Patrick Tanguay   Feb 03, 2020 
Landscapes Brilliantly Turned On Their Heads in This Digital Campaign
Some quite stunning work by Cream Electric Art created for an ad campaign for United Airlines in Australia. These are quite made-up by assembling two different landscapes in a dreamlike 90° angle but I’m posting them here to take us back to a favorite movie of mine, Inception, and the architect scene in Paris where Ellen Page’s character Ariadne bends the dream in a similar fashion. Less well known but even more interesting because it bent an actual map’s perspective was the dearly departed BERG’s Here & There project.
The projection works by presenting an image of the place in which the observer is standing. As the city recedes into the (geographic) distance it shifts from a natural, third person representation of the viewer’s immediate surroundings into a near plan view. The city appears folded up, as though a large crease runs through it. But it isn’t a halo or hoop though, and the city doesn’t loop over one’s head. The distance is potentially infinite, and it’s more like a giant ripple showing both the viewers surroundings and also the city in the distance.
That whole piece is a great read for a tour of perspectives from Alfred Wainwright’s hand-drawn walking maps, to China, to GTA and SimCity.

McKay Coppins, via The Atlantic
Rather than shut down dissenting voices, political leaders have learned they no longer need to silence the dissident shouting in the streets; they can use a megaphone to drown him out. Scholars have a name for this: censorship through noise 
Darren Halpin and Bert Fraussen, via The Power to Persuade
What’s the difference between involvement, access and prominence for interest groups participating in the policy process? Why do some groups seem to make more headway than others when it comes to influencing policy? 

Lexus: First This Yacht, Next Maybe Planes?