Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Timeless Pot Pourri.

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'Zi' He lives!Grigoris Lambrakis, 1963.Grigoris Lambrakis' banner reads: ΕΛΛΑΣ / GREECE. Urging peace which never came.

So ... what to do on the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr's 'I have a dream' speech in Washington on this day in 1963?

Well ... there's lots worse than watch Costa Gavras' Z; a good copy still up at IsoHunt and all.

Or ... if you like it soft & murky, try Obama at the Let Freedom Ring Ceremony ... watch his eyes.
Caco Galhardo: You are here.
“The art of taxation consists in so plucking the goose as to get the most feathers with the least hissing.” (Jean Baptiste Colbert, mid 1600's)

John Jonik.John Jonik.
Laerte: Apocalipse.
No point in calling the technician: the apocalypse is in the whole street.

[Apologies for trying to touch it up.]

Always a sucker for a spiral:

Mama, is the love you feel for me unconditional? / Certainly!
As long as you are obedient, do everything I ask you, don't argue with me, don't doubt what I tell you, don't talk back, don't challenge me ...
I already know what I'm getting her for Mother's Day! a dictionary!
Hey man, what parents feel towards children is unconditional!
Are you serious? / Yes, this is exactly what they say.
Father, ... is the indifference you feel for me unconditional?
Benett: Amok book cover.
Head torso & limbs $50

Toles: Deniers keep on denying.
Toles: Canary.
Toles: Impotenxting.

Bok: NSA.Bok: Obama.
Bruce MacKinnon on Mike Duffy.

Baraka (film): Kayapó girl.
Lena Hali: Índias Kayapós.
Lena Hali: Índias Kayapós.

Proselytizing is a bad habit ... but ...


A building or a town will only be alive to the extent that it is governed by the timeless way.

1. It is a process which brings order out of nothing but ourselves; it cannot be attained, but it will happen of its own accord, if we will only let it.


To seek the timeless way we must first know the quality without a name.

2. There is a central quality which is the root criterion of life and spirit in a man, a town, a building, or a wilderness. This quality is objective and precise, but it cannot be named.

3. The search which we make for this quality, in our own lives, is the central search of any person, and the crux of any individual person's story. It is the search for those moments and situations when we are most alive.

4. In order to define this quality in buildings and in towns, we must begin by understanding that every place is given its character by certain patterns of events that keep on happening there.

5. These patterns of events are always interlocked with certain geometric patterns in the space. Indeed, as we shall see, each building and each town is ultimately made out of these patterns in the space, and out of nothing else: they are the atoms and the molecules from which a building or a town is made.

[From Chris Alexander, 'The Timeless Way of Building' 1979; there are some pdfs at BookOS (but really, it is better to get the book itself - at the library since it has become very expensive over the years).]
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