[ by Charles Cameron — honor and shame ]
Not “no comment” — speechless.
[ by Charles Cameron — honor and shame ]
Not “no comment” — speechless.
[ by Charles Cameron ]
I’m entirely new to Thucydides, having received my copy of the book only on Friday, so I’ll keep this brief. I hope to have caught up a bit more by this time next week.
Meanwhile, my mind works associatively, so..
Riches and poverty in Rio
The goodness of the land favored the enrichment of particular individuals, and thus created faction which proved a fertile source of ruin. It also invited invasion.
In Spencer-Brown’s inimitable and enigmatic fashion, the Mark symbolizes the root of cognition, i.e., the dualistic Mark indicates the capability of differentiating a “this” from “everything else but this.”
He does not even use the term barbarian, probably because the Hellenes had not yet been marked off from the rest of the world by one distinctive name.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in a speech after a suicide bomb explosion in Istanbul on January 12, 2016, said: “Pick a side. You are either on the side of the Turkish government, or you’re on the side of the terrorists.”
To this day among some of the barbarians, especially in Asia, where prizes for boxing and wrestling are offered, belts are worn by the contestants..
[ by Charles Cameron — the only virtue I can see in this darkness is that the light contrasts with it ]
I find this frankly horrifying:
Sold at Trump rally at Regent U pic.twitter.com/NB57JJlQHV
— Peter Montgomery (@petemont) October 22, 2016
This, at a supposedly Christian university?
Mark you, I think targeting an individual — any individual –in this way is very different from targeting contested seats in an election. I can understand both Democrats and Republicans using the imagery of targets or cross-hairs to suggest where they’d like their supporters to get active, get out the vote and win seats..
I said as much in On sneers, smears, and mutual sniping:
Neither “targetting” political adversaries nor “having them in your crosshairs” equates to killing or there would have been a whole lot more attempted assassinations — just the one was bad enough.
Have some proportion, people.
However, as an inveterate DoubleTweeter I have to say that pinning targets or cross-hairs on individual leaders in highly charged political disputes speaks a wholly different language, and presents a far higher threat level, than targeting districts on an electoral map:
— The Post Doc wanter (@derridalicious) October 22, 2016
For the record, I find this no less offensive:
[ by Charles Cameron — or should that be Uber über alles?]
Forget billboards — motorists now have ads buzzing a few feet above their windshields — MIT Technology Review
There is an endless variety of possible starting points for a critique of oneself and the world. One might start from:
the message in a fortune cookie whatever one’s parents imparted whatever one rejected of what they imparted Israel from the Nile to the Euphrates a return to the Green Line Palestine from the river to the sea the sweet humility of the Magnificat the fierce doctrine of Original Sin the Cloud of Unknowing the uncontaminated Unity of Godhead the Buddha’s Noble Truth of suffering the shining suchness of the Tathagata something Karl Marx said, or Darwin a tall tale from Chuang-Tzu Lao Tzu’s unspeakable truth, unmappable path.. or the way someone reacted when one trod on their foot in the subway
Myself, I tend to go from either:
the Bene Gesserit adage, Fear is the mind-killer or its obverse in Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, Yoga is the cessation of waves in the mind.
Which brings me to advertising.
Yoga is the cessation of waves in the mind.
Advertising is the paid attempt to capture my attention regardless of my wishes in the matter.
In terms of the Yoga Sutras‘s goal of an unruffled mind, advertising attempts to stir up trouble — not in Syria or Afghanistan, or even in my kitchen, but within my consciousness.
And I’m not alone in detesting this invasive behavior. “Nearly 90% of people watching timeshifted shows fast-forward the ads,” the Guardian reported in a piece titled TV advertising skipped by 86% of viewers, and while Victoria may have a secret ingredient which makes her ads memorable — I’m referring here, of course, to a recent Nobel Prizewinner — most ads are simply irritants.
The benefit of advertising, to those whom it speaks, is that it acts as a road-sign to what we may want. It’s adverse effect is to clutter up our lives with road-signs to irrelevant and possibly offensive destinations. Apples don’t need little stickers on them proclaiming “apples by the Creator” but a discreet mention of “All purpose disinfecting cleaner by Bright Green” was quite helpful to me the other day, as I was wandering the aisles of Safeway in search of a brand they no longer carry..
And yes. Advertising drives sales drives manufacturing drives employment drives a roof over the head for many who might otherwise find themselves in the rain. Granted.
But here come the mosquitoes.
The image at the head of this post comes from an article titled Uber’s Ad-Toting Drones Are Heckling Drivers Stuck in Traffic.
The unfortunate drivers in traffic jams in Mexico City are close to ground zero of an epidemic; Beelzebub, remember, is Lord of the Flies.
[ by Charles Cameron — graphical thinking really has pretty much permeated the tech end of our culture at this point ]
Two more examples of graphics — in the double sense of the word, or graphics squared if you like, where graphs, in the node and edge mathematical & network sense are used within graphics, in the visual or illustrative sense:
The first comes from a page on Carnegie Europe’s Strategic Europe blogpost titled Cyberspace and the World Order:
The second is from the Eventbrite invite to The Future of Cybersecurity: A Conversation with Admiral Mike Rogers at Georgia State University on Moday 24th at 10am, courtesy of John Horgan.
From a graphic (visual) perspective, the symbolic content is in each case interesting, and I’d be glad to read any comments on why, for instance, there’s a honeycomb hex grid in the upper image, and why the information flow is so much more curvaceous after the lock than before it (assuming a left-to-right reading in temporal sequence) — and in the lower image, why some of the nodes and edges are slowly getting stained red (and here I’m guessing an epidemiological image for the spread of a virus).
From a graphic (graph as potential HipBone game board) perspective, the upper graph doesn’t offer a game board as I envisage them, but the lower one certainly does, albeit this would be a complex game, with the sizes of nodes and lengths of edges to be taken somehow into account.
Earlier in this series:
On the felicities of graph-based game-board design: preliminaries On the felicities of graph-based game-board design: two dazzlers On the felicities of graph-based game-board design: three On the felicities of graph-based game-board design: four On the felicities of graph-based game-board design: five On the felicities of graph-based game-board design: six On the felicities of graph-based game-board design: seven On the felicities of graph-based game-board design: eight On the felicities of graph-based game-board design: nine On the felicities of graph-based game-board design: ten
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