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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Saturday, August 24, 2013

Thugs & bullies.

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Marc Roberts: Cat's on the Internet.
Anon: The illustrator's name is there but too tiny to read. Please tell me if you know who drew it.
All we need from our leaders is sensible action to stop the environmental apocalypse; and all we get are the selfish dalliances of thugs and bullies. Bradley Manning is sentenced to 35 years for good works:
Bradley Manning sentenced to 35 years!
Free Bradley Manning!
Free Bradley Manning!

Christopher Weyant: Edward Snowden, Glenn Greenwald, NSA.
[See: Edward Snowden (the saga continues)., and and ]

Bobrow: Orwell, Snowden, Obama.
Bok: Snowden Putin.
tOad: Prism, Wikileaks.
Signe: Snowden.
Wuerker: NSA.

Then again, consider ... slavery, the christian inquisition, Lotus feet ... What did one expect?


Stephen Gough the naked rambler.
Stephen Gough the naked rambler.

August 21 was Do Nothing Day.

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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Pandora's Box (er ... jar).

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Wood & Stock:
Wood!? / Wake up there man! / Wood?!
Hello? Who is it? / It's Stock. What year is it today?
Whatever man, I think it's August.
Kalil Bendib.

Check out my latest-generation smartphone.
It comes with an exclusive function: Imbecile Zapper!
And doesn't it work too!
Weyant: Earth Day.

Anecdote of the Jar

I placed a jar in Tennessee,
And round it was, upon a hill.
It made the slovenly wilderness
Surround that hill.

The wilderness rose up to it,
And sprawled around, no longer wild.
The jar was round upon the ground
And tall and of a port in air.

It took dominion every where.
The jar was gray and bare.
It did not give of bird or bush,
Like nothing else in Tennessee.

                     (Wallace Stevens, 1919.)
Epimetheus & Pandora, Paolo Farinati, ~1600.Pandora's box ... well, it wasn't a box it was a jar; Pandora was the Greeks' 'first woman' and the object of Hesiod's ancient misogyny; Prometheus (forward thinker & smart guy) tells his brother Epimetheus (afterwards thinker & doofus) not to take any presents from the gods but of course he takes Pandora (and with her comes the jar) and the rest is history.

Hope stays in the jar: Why do the Greeks put it in there in the first place? How exactly is Hope an 'evil'?

Good questions (possibly) for a humanity lookin' straight up the double- and triple- and quadruple-barrelled environmental shotgun - on which the triggers have already been pulled.
Epimetheus & Pandora, El Greco, 1605.Epimetheus & Pandora, El Greco, 1605.
(Thanks to Peter Sale.)

Hector Salas.

See, hear, speak no evil.
See Google corporate motto (Not!): Don't be evil.

Three cute lesbians (thanks to Miss Jodie):
Miss Jodie: three cute lesbians.
A-and three more (Aglaea, Euphrosyne, & Thalia - thanks to Miss Numa):
Three Graces.

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