My bookmarks for April 30th

These are my links for April 30th:

My bookmarks for April 29th

These are my links for April 29th:

well, that was a step backwards

It turned out that can do that dump of links from its site to any blog automatically, but the format sucks. It’s all over the page, and cuts off whatever comments i attached to the links. I’m watching the Venture Brothers right now (some Season 2 episodes that i missed, right now the one with the Scooby-Doo references) so ironing out problems comes later. As much as i liked the idea of using one of those social bookmarking sites, it’s not integrating well.

The truth is that i don’t think that i’ve learned how to use WordPress properly either.

links for 2007-04-29

STILL More on the Archimedes Palimpsest

Looks like they found a commentary on Aristotle’s Categories. See the story for a smallish sample passage as well as these words from Dr. William Noel, the project director:

“We have one book that contains three texts from the ancient world that are absolutely central to our understanding of mathematics, politics and now philosophy,” he said.

He added: “I am at a loss for words at what this book has turned out to be. To make these discoveries in the 21st Century is frankly nutty – it is just so exciting.”

postalicious is not working apparently

Since i installed almost two days ago, there should have been at least one post should have been generated from posts. Obviously, i need to work on this more… damn it.

Orbis Quintus now

Finally i’m using in a somewhat productive manner. I’d tried to use it before, but in an extremely backwards manner, when i was still refusing to use RSS feeds, and couldn’t see any benefit to it. Now i am slowly catching on…

Last night i was mucking about with various plug-ins for WordPress, to see if there was anything that could post directly from to Orbis Quintus. Of course, there is such a plug-in, but i couldn’t be bothered to screw around with php, as i’m an ignorant jackass. I’m using Postalicious for now. There might be some nearly duplicate posts until i can iron out the kinks.

I hate changing the format, but considering that the old blog Fighting Against Making the Pie Higher was pure HTML on Geocities until 2004, Orbis Quintus cannot remain static.

Any suggestions?

Eco on Fake Tourism

We should exploit the natural tendencies of mass tourism – which is another way of saying that there are some who probably find Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas more Roman than the Coliseum.

Just think how many people will be more satisfied by the fake temple at Albanella, all in one piece, shining and splendid, than by the real thing that has struggled to survive in nearby Paestum. Let the crowds in search of easy satisfaction be directed to Albanella, leaving Paestum to those who know why they want to see it and who won’t litter.

It would be so useful to have an Uffiziland on the outskirts of Florence, with perfect reproductions of the items in the real Uffizi Gallery on display, maybe even with their colors touched up a little, the way funeral parlors add makeup to the lips of the deceased.

Given that crowds gather in front of Florence’s Palazzo Vecchio to admire a “David” that isn’t the original (but they don’t know this, or don’t care), why shouldn’t they go to Uffiziland? And if there were fewer mouths emitting noxious fumes in the vicinity of Botticelli’s “Primavera,” this would help with efforts to preserve it.

Don’t tell me that my proposal is “class-driven” in the sense that it would represent an attempt to separate the troglodytes from people with refined artistic sensibilities. True, it might, but each person would decide to which category he or she belongs by choice and not by social decree. Similar choices are made by millions of people – including those who consider themselves aesthetes and connoisseurs – when they tune in to trash TV shows.

Come to think of it, unlike the proletariat of Marxian memory, the new proletarians of art wouldn’t even know they were such and would feel fortunate to have visited the shiniest, newest temple of them all.


Nice article on Borges and Bolano

Over at Words Without Borders, Aura Estrada has a nice piece from 2005 on Borges and Bolano.

During their lifetimes, Jorge Luis Borges and Roberto Bolaño struggled against vanity and all things pretentious, aspirational, ordinary, and obliging. They are peculiar cases in literature, ones that the literary machine itself seems to reject. They were not bestsellers. During a substantial part of their lives, they existed either under the shadow of public rejection, or in the clandestinity of aesthetic infringement. The relationship they sustained with “their time” and the writers of their time was complex and peppered with barbs. Certainly, what they understood as literature had little to do with the desire to appease any aesthetics (social, moral, political, philosophical) other than their own. Their relationship with literature was almost sacred. They believed in little else and were consecrated to her alone, as if literature were (perhaps because it is) a matter of life and death.

Bolano I’ve only just recently become interested in. I haven’t decided whether to tackle The Savage Detectives or a book of his stories first, but he’s an author I’m determined to explore.