Sunday, June 17, 2018

Tomorrow Today

I quote a blog, The Digital Reader:

'Amazon announced on Friday that the Kindle Unlimited funding pool total $22.5 million in May (plus bonuses - most of which went to the cheats) up from $21.2 million in April 2018. At the same time the per-page rate royalty hovered at $0.00454 in May, compared to $0.00456 in April and $0.004449 in March 2018.'

I quote not to share numbers, not to comment on Amazon and electronic publication. I do point to currents in modern humanity that push us to live online, to exist virally. Exist as it is experienced and valued by more and more people. Specifically, if a person wants to share anything to a large audience, they must "talk about themselves" online, they must comment on the comments of others, they must have a large following. Otherwise, "$0.00456 " per page doesn't purchase much people kibble. And none of this is healthy for folks struggling to figure out what is going on.

You see this growing stupidity in the use of tiny pictures to convey what used to be subtle emotions. You see it in a great newspaper, the New York Times, which now runs its book review summaries as if the audience were composed of post menarchal girls in a book club.

On the good side these viral currents make it easier for people to stay in touch. On what you might call the bad side (though I do not) this means people are living more and more, in their imagination: they are dreaming. And on the good side, this is tomorrow, this is the future.

Thursday, June 7, 2018

All stories are sad stories

All stories are sad stories, because they have -- endings. Endings must be sad. Endings mean you think a limit has been reached, something has been concluded.

These things are not just news; endings, conclusions, are invariably bad news.  An ending means either you missed the point, or an author did. In the case of the latter, the bad news is you wasted your time reading a story by someone clueless.

Okay---
Only the unfinished edge is alive, is true. It is always good news, well, except--- you can't label it.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

No artists created the first cave art

There WERE no artists in paleolithic times, in medieval either, though that is another post. Any account of paleolithic drawings as being caused by artists, is wrong before that sentence is finished.

If these human being were not making art, what were they doing. To call their product art, because that is how WE would produce something similar, is to preclude understanding, to be on the level of comprehension of a Degrassy Knollson--that is having just a few alphabet blox in your toybock.

What was going on was brave people trying to grasp to comprehend themselves as part of a world: That they were a world, a world -- within a world. To explore that world, and their own part in it.

Which is to say, they glimpsed the nature of human thought, perhaps in creating it, but certainly in being aware of cerebral function, and the power and awe of such a comprehension. A comprehension, perhaps, of THEMSELVES, (plural, not singular) as  a separate species, with certain powers. They were not just pebbles for humanoid powers to trip on, but, themselves had some agency.

The drawings then, were a stage in conceptual thinking. A stage we mythologize, and about which we probably miss a lot.

Friday, May 25, 2018

Boilerplate reference the EU GDPR

Below are excerpts from a lawyers blog, which I copy here to indicate my awareness of and concern for the "EU General Data Protection Regulation". I actually have a poor sense of what is going on. If any reader thinks I may be collecting data on them. I am not. But who knows what Google is up to.



"This is a GDPR ..
As you may be aware, on 25 May 2018 the EU General Data Protection Regulation EU (2016)/679 (GDPR) comes into force in all EU member states. The GDPR applies to ‘personal data’ meaning any information relating to an identifiable person who can be directly or indirectly identified by reference to an identifier. It requires that personal data be processed lawfully, fairly and in a transparent manner, and that personal data be collected for specified and legitimate purposes.
..... Google may collect and/or process your data in these circumstances. If you have any concerns regarding Google’s use of your personal data following use of these tools, you may read Google’s policy  here and here.  Google’s Privacy Policy may also be found by searching for the Google Privacy Policy ."
....

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

To Quote Is to Betray

How could it be said, that "To Quote Is to Betray."

To repeat,
To repeat,
To repeat,
the exact words,
or, even,
some facsimile thereof--

Could betray one whose
gestures, words, time, sweat
pointed to one

THING

ONE

O

Monday, April 9, 2018

A Point Encased

https://www.theparisreview.org/blog/2018/04/09/the-strange-magic-of-libraries/

This link,  don't click it, just look at the topic.  A point Jan made once, was that you could only talk about something (anything) when it is over.

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Pindicular

Pindicular: balanced on the logically, necessarily, non-existent, point of a pin.