Saturday, November 17, 2007
“Language is an error of humanity. Words do not express the depth of feeling between two beings who love each other. A word is a worn pebble applied to thirty-six shades of affectivity. Language is convenient for simplifying, but I detest it as a means of locomotion.”
Let's do the time warp again....
"The Way has never known boundaries; speech has no constancy. But because of the recognition of a 'this', there came to be boundaries. Let me tell you what the boundaries are. There is left, there is right, there are theories, there are debates, there are divisions, there are discriminations, there are emulations, and there are contentions. These are called the Eight Virtues. Beyond the Six Realms, the sage exists but does not theorize. Within the Six Realms, he theorizes, but does not debate. In the case of the Spring And Autumn, the record of the former kings of past ages, the sage debates but does not discriminate. So I say, those who divide fail to divide, those who discriminate, fail to discriminate. What does this mean, you ask? The sage embraces things. Ordinary men discriminate among them and parade their discriminations before others. So I say, those who discriminate fail to see."
[Chuang Tzu tr. B. Watson]
Friday, November 16, 2007
"A score of quantum physicists have gradually come to the conclusion that for their formulae to work there must be presumed a certain minimal order of magnitude, Lambda. How many angels can dance on the head of a pin?"
[E. A. Costa Paleolithic Patronage]
Another animated anaglyph, best seen with 3D glasses--blue right, left red.
"On the other hand, in order to distinguish two road signals or two Manet paintings one resorts to both space and color parameters. In the first case the pertinent elements are the normal spatial dimensions, with features such as 'up/down', 'larger/smaller' and so on; in the second one, pertinent elements are wavelengths, frequencies or, more commonly speaking, cues. The fact that a road signal is enormously simpler than a Manet painting does not matter. Thus in detecting two tactile signals, one has recourse to certain thermal and pressure gradients, while in detecting the difference between the two signs channelled through a solid matter, like two gestural signals, one relies on positional or kinetic parameters such as the direction of the gesture, its stress, and so on...."
Walking Dada's poodle.
Best viewed at smaller size. Right click on image and check "Show All". The image will play at smaller scale.
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Another animated anaglyph, best viewed with 3D glasses--right blue, left red:
Monday, November 12, 2007
Mopsius: Didn't you say that you never wanted to see or talk to me again?
Mopsia: That was the past. That's over and done with.
Mopsius: But that was just a few seconds ago.
Mopsia: Still it's the past. It's over and done with. It's insignificant.
Mopsius: May I ask a question?
Mopsius: How do you speak a sentence, let alone write one? Isn't the beginning of the sentence already the past when the sentence is being finished?
Mopsia: That's easy--it's assembled and understood in the continuous present.
Mopsius: The continuous present?
Mopsia: The continuous present.
Mopsius: I am not sure I understand. What is assembled in the continuous present? Isn't it a sentence constructed in the past and thus insignificant?
Mopsia: No, the assembly is in the present. That's the important thing. That's the meaning. It's always in the present.
Mopsius: So there is no such thing as a past meaning?
Mopsia: There may have been meanings meant in the past but they are past. Only the present meaning is important. We live and breathe in the continuous present. Isn't that obvious. You can't live in the past. The past is dead.
Mopsius: I see. Meaning may continuously change but only the present meaning is significant. Like the weather or a feather in the wind.
Mopsia: You might say that.
Mopsius: So there are no consequences?
Mopsia: Nothing final. Nothing that can't be changed.
Mopsius: Changed in the present, I presume.
Mopsia: Naturally. You can't change things in the past.
Mopsius: I suppose not.
Mopsia: It's all perfectly clear.
Mopsius: But you keep saying, "There are consequences".
Mopsia: The consequences too are always in the continuous present.
Mopsius: For yourself. Or only for other people?
Mopsia: I am a continuous present.
Mopsius: But you are always saying to other people, "There are consequences."
Mopsia:That means there will be consequences in the future if others do not act according to the dictums of the present.
Mopsius: Your dictums.
Mopsia: Of course--why should I be concerned about any dictums but my own. I can't speak for anyone else.
Mopsius: I see.
Mopsia: And my dictums exist in the continuous present.
Mopsius: But you don't follow your own rules.
Mopsia: That's a 'you' statement. And I will not listen to it.
Mopsius: Are you sure there is no way you can hold yourself to your determination never to want to see me or talk to me again?
Sunday, November 11, 2007
"Duck, Duck, Duck, Duck of Earl
Duck, Duck, Duck of Earl
Duck, Duck, Duck of Earl
Duck, Duck, Duck of Earl..."
An animated anaglyph, best viewed with 3D glasses--right blue, left red.
Saturday, November 10, 2007
Thursday, November 8, 2007
"A journalist representing 'Soviet Russia' came and asked me to write about the atomic bomb. Our young guide Vlad told us how the partisans in Vietnam used bats instead of airplanes. They hung on the bats' necks a small sack of powder with a fuse, then the bats would go to nest in the garrets of the houses where the French soldiers lived; the powder would catch fire and the houses would burn...."
[Nikos Kazantzakis tr. G. C. Pappageotes]
Sunday, November 4, 2007
"The Mohists, who puzzle us by being at once the most religious and the most logical of the ancient thinkers, also contrive to be the most pacifistic and the most martial. One of their 10 doctrines was the condemnation of all military aggression, a corollary of their principle of universal love. But they did not merely allow defensive war, they specialized in it...."
Note: A larger version of the above animation, also in animated .GIF format, is available here: