Time Is A Mountain

February 6th, 2014 by badger

I’m also making feeble attempts to catch up on newish music. Some friends on Facebook are incessantly posting Youtube music videos on there for years, as if they’re running old-fashioned music blogs, so I’m not as far behind as I might have suspected.

Checked Mojo’s site for its 2013 list, as some of their reviews hit things that I dig. I got no further than #50, the first one. It’s going to be more interesting than the later works of faded giants most likely.

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Ah, Swedish. Dug up a positive review too.

back to the Back to Africa news

February 4th, 2014 by badger

This is the reason why I need to use the blog. I was excited this morning to run across this story about the Khoe-San being relatively recent in southern Africa, that they too contain Neandertal heritage. Nifty!

…only to discover that in another thwarted foray into blogging back last fall, that was one of the very few posts I made. Whoops.

At least I have an infant son to blame my absentmindedness on this time, but that doesn’t explain New Scientist‘s.

 

new Voynich manuscript theory: It’s written in Nahuatl

February 4th, 2014 by badger

Nah, this isn’t any Carlos Castaneda junk…

It’s an actual botanist recognizing the plant illustrations as similar to species found in central Mexico.

I like it!

However, Alain Touwaide makes a statement that makes even more sense: “I believe that it doesn’t prove anything. If it’s a forgery, someone could very well have had the idea of creating the forgery on the basis of New World flora. At the most, it shows a possible source of the forgery.”

Morgan Delt “Barbarian Kings”

February 4th, 2014 by badger
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My friend Darryl got his record in today and it’s mighty pretty.

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Prehistoric village found in downtown Miami

February 4th, 2014 by badger

The stone circle discovered in a construction site in downtown Miami back in 2005 turn out to be a 2,00 year old Tequesta village site.

Curiously, although this is the story that I was thanking the blog for remembering for me, a quick search has turned up nothing in the archives this morning.

once more, a half-hearted attempt

February 4th, 2014 by badger

It’s difficult to keep a blog these days. The changes in the ways I’ve absorbed, recorded, and shared information has changed so much in the past few years that this blog is somewhat vestigial. If something interests me these days, I email the article to Bill, I retweet or favorite it on Twitter, upvote (and misplace) on Reddit, or I paste it into a Google document in directories that have no organization. The journals that I’ve been keeping for over twenty-five years are fallow as well. The death of Google Reader is still painful.

It’s time to give the blog a try yet again. The only information that stuck in my mind consistently were the stories that I linked in blogs. This morning I stumbled across a news article on something that I’ve been following for years. If it hadn’t been for the blog, it might not have lodged in my brain.

Schiele

December 9th, 2013 by Bill
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Slice of Bill’s headspace, 6/18/2011, at MOMA for the Expressionism exhibit, from my journals (themselves drawn from hastily-scrawled notes taken in the museum):

“Schiele: Drypoints. Wartime drypoints. Contortion. Figures coiled, charged. The gazes alien. Hard, cruel lines. Sorrow 1914. Self-portrait 1914. Alien. Otherworldly. Eyes heavy-lidded and blank. Heavily lashed. Languid eyes. Fritz Hauber 1914-languid again, fruit of leisure, but there is wisdom and confidence in the lips beard eyes. [...] Schiele’s girls, his whores. skinny, poor, smudged, fuzzed. The hairs on the mons pubis (like razorwires) as clear and hard and sharp as is bearable. Who did he hate?”

And so on… I was unmarried, childless, and apparently humorless in 2011, but I can still close my eyes and see Schiele’s Sorrow, and it still seems important, though not so important as before, to know whether she’s disrobing or getting dressed–rising or falling? and exactly why he called it sorrow.

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Witkacy Witkacy Witkacy Witkacy Witkacy

December 7th, 2013 by Bill

A gallery of sorts.
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The Tinguely Museum

December 5th, 2013 by Bill
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“Hominid tools are explicitly extra-corporeal, and hence explicitly what they are. They are manifestly signs of themselves. Consequently they are ripe to be used as signs. Hence their aptness to be precursors of language. Tools, as abstract, general, and visible signs of invisible states such as needs, are proto-linguistic. Shared tools and artefacts in the widest sense thus become a means by which consciousness-which is not opened up to their conspecifics in non-human animals-is partially collectivised. Being shared, tools underpin pooled agency and awareness, and thus contribute to developing the sense of a truly social world, shared in a way that the biosphere is not.”

–Raymond Tallis

7 minutes (& change) on Hans Bellmer

December 3rd, 2013 by Bill
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