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This just might be my Favorite Party Political Poster of All Time

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016

[ by Charles Cameron — at least for the moment ]
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— since I am a Brit, Arthurian, a child of Albion, a lover of poetry and myth..

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.. and partial to Python:

On the orthogonality of rabbit and duck

Monday, February 1st, 2016

[ by Charles Cameron — a brief comic digression about them and us ]
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Generally, we’re stuck with this:

It is a good one, I’ll admit.

I’m inclined, however, to agree with this analysis on occasion:

What I hadn’t realized, though, is that the theriomorphic rabbit and duck divinities in question are orthogonally related:

Very clever!

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Two sides to every coin, two hands for every koan?

Trump, Barthes and Calvinball

Thursday, January 28th, 2016

[ by Charles Cameron — not to mention Alasdair MacIntyre ]
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First, Calvinball:

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If you’ve been following my stuff for a while, you’ll know I’m interested in situations where two teams or individuals are playing two different games. As the philosopher Alasdair MacIntyre put it:

Not one game is being played, but several, and, if the game metaphor may be stretched further, the problem about real life is that moving one’s knight to QB3 may always be replied to by a lob over the net.

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Roland Barthes, the French philosopher, made a related observation:

This public knows very well the distinction between wrestling and boxing; it knows that boxing is a Jansenist sport, based on a demonstration of excellence. One can bet on the outcome of a boxing-match: with wrestling, it would make no sense. A boxing-match is a story which is constructed before the eyes of the spectator; in wrestling, on the contrary, it is each moment which is intelligible, not the passage of time… The logical conclusion of the contest does not interest the wrestling-fan, while on the contrary a boxing-match always implies a science of the future. In other words, wrestling is a sum of spectacles, of which no single one is a function: each moment imposes the total knowledge of a passion which rises erect and alone, without ever extending to the crowning moment of a result.

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So what does this have to do with Donald Trump?

Just that one of the more interesting things I’ve read about Trump’s campaign is Judd Legum‘s This French Philosopher Is The Only One Who Can Explain Why Trump Is Skipping The Republican Debate — and his key graph essentially applies Barthes’ distinction to MacIntyre’s observation:

In the current campaign, Trump is behaving like a professional wrestler while Trump’s opponents are conducting the race like a boxing match. As the rest of the field measures up their next jab, Trump decks them over the head with a metal chair.

If, like me, you find that idea illuminating, by all means read the whole thing.

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Bingo!

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Ah, but..

.. now that Go, like Chess, has fallen to the wiles of the computer, I suppose we can chuck our games of strategy books and cast our pleading glances towards the new overlords.

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Throw away books? Never!!

And just for the record, here’s Calvinball, the full version:

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Juxtaposition: No, it’s like, Lenny Bruce

Sunday, January 24th, 2016

[ by Charles Cameron — further Donald Trumpery ]
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SPEC Trump

No. It’s like, Lenny Bruce.

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My thanks and appreciation to Mike Sellers, who noticed the corresponsence between Trump‘s recent statement and the Lenny Bruce routine, posting a slightly longer version on his FB page.

Life imitates art, perhaps even deliberately?

Sunday sandwich surprise

Sunday, December 13th, 2015

[ by Charles Cameron — utter foolishness in a caption from The Good Wife ]
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It is not Bach, its is Beethoven.

bach ode to joy good wife s5 e4 at 30

It is not Beethoven, it is a sandwich.

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Do I have nothing better to do?


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