Off the Record and Online
The Captain has been an enduring inspiration to me.
|In an essay just published (with Volker Kaiser), "Rewiring the Oedipal Scene: Image and Discursivity in Wim Wenders' Journey Until the End of the World" in: Wilhelm Wurzer, ed., Panorama: Philosophies of the Visible (New York: Continuum, 2003), we examined the primal scenes of two modern myths -- psychoanalysis (the Oedipal) and informatics (the Allegory of the Cave)-- and their undoing -- in Wim Wenders' 1992 film Until the End of the World.
Mathematics: The Creative Work of Don Van Vliet, Captain Beefheart (in progress)(2002)
The Equality of Equals: A Review of Adam Phillips Equals in Culture Machine: The Ethico-Political Issue Vol. 4 (2002)
Rewriting the Disaster: A Review of W.G. Sebald's On the Natural History of Destruction in: Culture Machine August 2003
Figures of Entropy: The Second Law, Literature, and Psychoanalysis (in progress)
Individuals live and speak within
a matrix of classification and naming
systems, and also define and constitute themselves within and against such systems
"If you can spray it, it's real."
Be careful how you name things, they just might happen!
Review of W.G. Sebald's On the Natural History of Destruction, which you can read at Rewriting the Disaster: A Review of W.G. Sebald's On the Natural History of Destruction in: Culture Machine August 2003
Images and Papers in the History of Computer Technology
A German Hollerith Machine, circa 1922
A Scheutz Calculating Engine
Claude Shannon's A Mathematical Theory of Communication,
which first appeared in the June and October 1948 editions of the Bell System Technical Journal (1948)
-- the papers that basically created the first instance of informatics
The First Digital Automatic Computer (.gif 43k)
Interesting Institutes and OrganizationsInteLex Corporation, creators of the Past Masters® series of full-text databases and electronic scholarly
editions in the Human Sciences, where I work.
J.G. Ballard's Home Page
The Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities
(University of Virginia)
Some pics of instruments and musiciansMy old guitar (1961 SG)
Ry Cooder in concert 1983 (.jpg 33K)
Ry Cooder with Guitar
A great shot of Wayne Shorter
Lowell George circa 1973 (.gif 48k)
Slavoj Zizek's Welcome to the Desert of the Real
Bill Joy's Why the Future Doesn't Need Us (published in Wired 8.04, April 2000)
Friedrich Kittler's brief History of Communication Media (ctheory)
Cyberwar, God, and Television: An Interview with Paul Virilio (ctheory)
Laurence Rickels' Nazi Psychoanalysis (excerpt)
Friedrich Kittler's There is no software
Technologies of Writing/Rewriting Technology: An Interview with Friedrich Kittler
(originally appeared in Auseinander, Vol.1, No.3 [Berlin, 1995])
ctheory -- theory, technology, culture
Paul Virilio's Speed and Information: Cyberspace Alarm
Jerome McGann's Radiant Textuality
A Rare Moment
William Burroughs 1914-1997
New Quotes of the Month 11/4/03
"No, when we have employ'd the loftiest Hyperboles, and exhausted all the celebrating Topicks and Figures of Rhetorick; when we have drest Metaphysical Abstractions in Poetick Raptures; when we have ransack'd what ever things are most Excellent among the Creatures, and having Defæcated them, and Pil'd them up together, have made that Heap but a Rise to take our soaring flight from; when we have summ'd up and left Beneath our Expressions all that we are here wont to acknowledge Above them; nay, when Instructed as well as Inflam'd and Transported by that Inaccessible Light, that is Inhabited by what we Adore, we seem Rais'd and Elevated above all that is Mortal, and above our selves, and say things, that nothing else could either Inspire or Merit; even then, I say, those Expressions, which any otherwise apply'd would be Hyperboles, do but express our Devotion, not the Divine Object of it, and declare How much we honour Him, rather than What He is." --Some Motive and Incentives to the Love of God (Seraphic Love) (1659) An Occasional Reflection upon a Letter, (Receiv'd in April, 1662.) The Collected Works of Robert Boyle Vol 1
"For without friends no one would choose to live, though
he had all other goods; even rich men and those in possession of office
and of dominating power are thought to need friends most of all; for what
is the use of such prosperity without the opportunity of beneficence,
which is exercised chiefly and in its most laudable form towards friends?
Or how can prosperity be guarded and preserved without friends? The greater
it is, the more exposed is it to risk. And in poverty and in other misfortunes
men think friends are the only refuge. It helps the young, too, to keep
from error; it aids older people by ministering to their needs and supplementing
the activities that are failing from weakness; those in the prime of life
it stimulates to noble actions--'two going together'--for with friends
men are more able both to think and to act."
|New Quotes of the Month 3/6/03
"To get closer to the riddle of bliss in rausch one must
reconsider Ariadne's thread. What delight [there is] in the mere act of
unwinding a skein. And this delight is quite profoundly related to the
delight of rausch, as it is to the delight in creative work. We go forward:
but in doing so not only do we discover the bends of the cavern in which
we venture forth, but rather we savor this happiness of discovery by virtue
of that other rhythmical bliss which comes from unraveling a skein. Such
a certainty from the intricately wound skein that we unravel - is that
not the happiness of at least every prose form of productivity?"
New Quotes of the Month 11/11/02
"Our latent psychopathy is the last nature reserve, a place of refuge for the endangered mind. Of course, I'm talking about a carefully metered violence, microdoses of madness like the minute traces of strychnine in a nerve tonic."
"A perverse sexual act can liberate the visionary self in even the dullest soul. The consumer society hungers for the deviant and unexpected. What else can drive the bizarre shifts in the entertainment landscape that will keep us 'buying'? Psychopathy is the only engine powerful enough to light our imaginations, to drive the arts, sciences and industries of the world."
Wilder Penrose, resident psychologist in J.G. Ballard's Super-Cannes
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