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Friday, November 10, 2000
"Those who can, do. Those who cannot, and suffer long enough, because they cannot, write about it."

--william faulkner, "an odor of verbena"

got this quote off an article in ce-review (via arts&letters)

i have to say the sound and the fury is one of my all time faves. it's one of those books that, as paul says, reprogrammed me.

btw, there was also this article, "corruption isn't that bad" by sam vaknin.

john perry barloW's vision of the future - analogically fuzzy and gettin paid

Thursday, November 9, 2000 is a pretty cool flash site (via i forget)

chaxtati :) (via dev null)

Wednesday, November 8, 2000
the wsj thinks a disputed election could jeopardize the rule of law, ... rocking our constitutional foundations and bringing america to its very knees! (via drudge :)

today in open letters, ...

Michael Welch in Tampa, Florida, writes about attending the final rally in Al Gore's presidential campaign, at five in the morning, after a long night in a bar.

Tuesday, November 7, 2000
erik davis on drugs in the FEED drugs issue

interesting polish posters :)

she's selling some other interesting looking tarkovsky posters, too. and the polish posters web site linked to on the item descriptions has some interesting stuff to look at ...

thanks jack!

  1. sacrifice
  2. rublev
  3. nostalgia

Monday, November 6, 2000
some good bits on osama bin laden's homeland

In these broad valleys, where the rivers dried up in times immemorial, becoming shallow streams only during the August rains, the distant world has not been wholly shut out. For one thing, the poverty that set in centuries ago ó when the collapse of the Roman Empire caused a decline in the frankincense trade and newer civilizations turned increasingly to other, cheaper fragrances available closer at hand ó has made wanderers of the Hadhrami people.

a flash peak inside libya by reza and andrew cockburn :)

indian women and technoculture

"It was a strange feeling" and "not Indian custom" to have a daughter who worked so hard and chose her own partner, says Ms. Pai's mother, Vijayalakshmi R. Pai, a retired civil servant. Their house in a Madras suburb is decorated with pictures of Hindu deities and photographs of the local swamis. Ms. Pai's grandmother, Arundhati Shenoi, a sari-clad, white-haired woman who was so respectful of her late husband that she never addressed him by name, still exclaims in surprise every time Ms. Pai turns up at the house in a T-shirt and jeans.

Friday, November 3, 2000

Through a variety of means, among them a sense of control (Lefcourt, 1982: 3-18; Miller et al. 1977; Shors et al. 1989; Shavit, 1983; Davis et al. 1980; Buchsbaum et al. 1982; Sagan, 1988; Davis et al. 1979) over circumstance and the intake of social feedback (Bloom 1995: 60-70, 140-145; Kemper, 1990: 7, 54, 197; Freedman, 1979: 100f; Kroeber, 1952: 43-47; Holmes, 1979), comparator mechanisms indicate to you and me our utility to the social group. A sense of being unneeded leads to a collapse of our self‑esteem (Brown et al. 1986; Price, 1988; Barkow, 1989; Festinger, 1944; Aronson and Linder, 1965; Goleman, 1988; Bloom, 1995: 47-72, 140-145; Maslow, 1973; I.H. Jones et al. 1995) and a range of physiological changes which, in the natural world, would sharply increase the odds of death. Our immune system is impaired (Bower, 1986; Ader, 1983; Sapolsky, 1990; Sapolsky, 1988; Davidson, 1992; Bower, 1988); our perceptions are dulled (Miller et al. 1977; Gazzaniga, 1992: 191-193); our sexual drive diminishes (Sapolsky, 1987; Miller et al. 1977); in males, sperm count and motility both fall; our appetite shrinks or is lost (Gallagher, 1992: 12-15; Lefcourt, 1982: 10; Thomas and DeWald, 1977: 229; Seligman, 1990: 69); our social magnetism evaporates (Gilbert et al. 1994: 149-165; Bloom, 1995: 140-145); and we tend to experience a profound sense of lethargy, negativity, and hopelessness (Dabbs and Leventhal, 1966; Gilbert and Allan, 1994).

and in what amounts to an intellectual exercise in social awareness howard bloom describes genome engineering through group selection in historicity

These [corporate powermongering-isms] are small‑scale battles compared to those which constantly unleash their brutalities across the face of this planet. Zoology, ecology, history, and current affairs abound with examples of competing group brains using their individual members as modules, sensors, parallel‑distributed information processors, pawns, and experimental test components in relentless battles for supremacy. The largest of them, we call nation states. These collective intelligences have frequently reengineered their organizational blueprints as thoroughly as the bacterial colony retooling its genome.

i dunno. he presents a pretty convincing conceptual shift, but with what i think is a definite drift to become bankrupt in practice. not through any fault of his own mind you, but because he's tendentiously externalizing the locus of "human nature" to a plane not readily accessible to, and maybe even outside the bounds of, introspection. without integrating the philtre of "one's self" into the picture it becomes empty ineffectual projectioning of no consequence at all. not that that's not cool :) and not like i'm all for the primacy of individual identity or anything, but um, it's easy to get lost in all that stuff and forget who you are. and then you're no good to anyone!

Thursday, November 2, 2000
richard farnsworth 1920-2000 : bullet ends cancer fight

Richard Farnsworth, who basked in glory last April as the oldest man ever nominated for an Academy Award, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound Friday at his ranch in Lincoln, N.M. He was 80.

Wednesday, November 1, 2000
j. bradford delong explains what happens when the rubber meets the road, where micro and macro economics collide, in the corporation as a command economy (via notebooks)

iíve linked to evolutionary economics before as practised by the sante fe institute, but i really liked w. brian arthurís description at the end of certainty in economics :

In the standard view, which has come down from the enlightenment, the economy is an object. It is complicated but can be viewed mechanistically. Subject and object--agents and the economy they perform in--can be neatly separated. The view I am giving here is different. It says that the economy itself emerges from our subjective beliefs. These subjective beliefs, taken in aggregate, structure the micro economy. They give rise to the character of financial markets. They direct flows of capital and govern strategic behavior and negotiations. They are the DNA of the economy. These subjective beliefs are a-priori or deductively indeterminate in advance. They co-evolve, arise, decay, change, mutually reinforce, and mutually negate. Subject and object can not be neatly separated. And so the economy shows behavior that we can best describe as organic, rather than mechanistic. It is not a well-ordered, gigantic machine. It is organic. At all levels it contains pockets of indeterminacy. It emerges from subjectivity and falls back into subjectivity.

jornís morning quickie (the future of academic publishing on the web) has mysteriously made its way to the idler - a web periodical!

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