Thursday, 24 July 2008

from "clarastella"

By Robert Heath.

Invest my head with fragrant Rose
That on fair Flora 's bosome grows!
Distend my veins with purple juyce
That mirth may through my soul diffuse!
'Tis Wine and Love, and love in wine,
Inspires our youth with flames divine.

Sunday, 20 July 2008

From "Increasing returns and path dependence in the economy"

By Brian W. Arthur.

[...] Adoption of technologies that compete can be usefully modelled as a nonlinear Polya process. A unit increment -- an individual adoption -- is added, each time of choice, to a given technology with a probability that depends on the numbers (or proportions) holding each technology at that particular time. We can use our strong-law theorems to show circumstances under which increasing returns to adoption (the probability of adoption rises with the share of the market) may drive the adopter "market" to a single dominant technology, with small events early or "selecting" the technology that takes over [...]

Wednesday, 16 July 2008

from "guy debord"

By Vincent Kaufmann.

From 1952 to 1958, Lettrism's radicality was exemplary: it was probably as radical as it is possible to be.

Monday, 14 July 2008

from "strange stories from a chinese studio"

Trans. Herbert A. Giles.

"This respected friend of mine is the same to me as a brother. Try, sister, to cure him." Miss Chiao-no immediately dismissed her blushes, and rolling up her long sleeves approached the bed to feel his pulse [...] As she was grasping his wrist, K'ung became conscious of a perfume more delicate than that of the epidendrum ; and then she laughed, saying, "This illness was to be expected ; for the heart is touched. Though it is severe, a cure can be effected ; but, as there is already a swelling, not without using the knife." Then she drew from her arm a gold bracelet which she pressed down upon the suffering spot, until by degrees the swelling rose within the bracelet and overtopped it by an inch and more, the outlying parts that were inflamed also passing under, and thus very considerably reducing the extent of the tumour. With one hand she opened her robe and took out a knife with an edge as keen as paper, and pressing the bracelet down all the time with the other, proceeded to cut lightly round near the root of the swelling. The dark blood gushed forth, and stained the bed and the mat; but Mr. K'ung was delighted to be near such a beauty, not only felt no pain, but would willingly have continued the operation that she might sit by him a little longer.

Thursday, 10 July 2008

from "the nature and necessity of composite simples, e.g. ontic predicates"

By D. W. Mertz.

Principle I:
Constitutive of every fact :Rn(a1,a2,…,an), for n ≥ 1, is an ontic predicate, Rn(x1,x2,…,xn), that is the agent/cause of the characterizing predicable unity of itself with its relata, a1, a2,…, an, a unification whose type is to result in a fact, as opposed to a list, set, or mereological sum.

Principle II:
Every ontic predicate Rn(x1,x2,…,xn) has as a constituent an intension Rn whose ontic role is that of delimiting or determining non-arbitrarily the possible n-tuples of relata, , that predicate Rn(x1, x2,…, xn) can unify into a fact, but the intension of itself has no causal agency whatsoever as a unifier (it is ‘predicably inert’ or ‘substance-like’).

Principle III:
In addition to and distinct from intension Rn, there is constitutive of ontic predicate Rn(x1,x2,…,xn) its actual mode of union, its combinatorial or linking agency, among and to its subjects. The linking aspect of predicate Rn(x1,x2,…,xn) is itself not a further intension in addition to Rn, but a causal act of unification that is ‘joined’ with intension Rn that controls its effects. This joining is the unity of a continuous composite, i.e., a union of two distinct entities without the agency of a further interposing ontic predicate or act of unification. Moreover, the unifying act of an ontic predicate is unrepeatable and particular, rendering the containing predicate an individual, i.e., a unit attribute.

The analysis that yields these principles starts first in broadest terms with the fact that a given of our experience is the existence of a myriad of structured wholes—articulated composites—each as such having constituents in one or more types or kinds of inter-connectedness or organization, e.g., cognitive, physical/mechanical, and social structures. In such complexes, entities and their mutual qualitative connections (‘orderings’, relationships, arrangements) jointly contribute to the existence and nature (specific essence) of the whole. That is, the being of a structure, whether, say, as a dynamic physical system (e.g., an operating engine) or a static formal one (e.g., the Natural Number System), is a function of the mutual qualitative co-relevance of both the intension contents of the constituent unifying relationships and the compatible natures of their respective subjects, and as the former orders the latter. The simplest such or atomic structured whole would be one instance of one kind of intensioned connection or unification among one n-tuple of other constituents. This is a fact or state of affairs, :Rn(a1,a2,…,an), e.g., :Red1(a), :Contiguous-with2(b,c), :Owes3(d,e,f) (as in ‘d owes e to f’), whose arrangement-kind is intension Rn, in the examples, respectively, Red1, Contiguous2, Owe3. Here the subjects, a1, a2,…, an, are linked and ordered (if any) into a resultant fact :Rn(a1,a2,…,an) according to intension Rn, though, on the analysis below, not by the intension Rn.

[...]

We now have Principles I and II, and from them follows important and particularly relevant Principle III. With I and II we know that ontic predicates are agent-unifiers among n-tuples of subjects and so jointly generate facts, but that the predicates’ subsumed/constituent intensions that specify and delimit their linkings have no such agency. This implies that for each ontic predicate there is, in addition to its constituent intension, a non-identical remainder of constituent and intensionless unifying or combinatorial act. The combinatorial acts of ontic predicates are the ‘ontoglial’ (Greek: ‘glue of being’) essential to the unity of and marking the diversity in a plural universe. Like an intension relative to its ontic predicate, and indeed the predicate relative to its fact, the unifying act of an ontic predicate is recognized via a process of abstraction, but does not otherwise exist separated. Recall there are no ‘bare linkings’ without intensions, nor are there ontic predicates without subjects to unify. This now brings us to the principle thesis of the essay: The union between the combinatorial aspect, say unifying act U, and the ontically distinct intension aspect Rn of an ontic predicate Rn(x1,x2,…,xn), the latter providing the intensional unity of some fact :Rn(a1,a2,…,an), is not a function of an agency of act U, or any other constituent unifier U´, whether U´ is itself an intensionless unifying act or an intensioned ontic predicate. When this is established we will have a composite—ontic predicate Rn(x1,x2,…,xn)— consisting of act U and intension Rn but without a constituent unifier, and in particular without a constituent unifier interposing and thus registering an internal differentiation between and so a discreteness of U and Rn. Hence, an ontic predicate is a composite but one ‘tighter’ than an articulated complex.

Wednesday, 9 July 2008

from "king lear [+ edgar, tom]"

By William Shakespeare.

Ay, every inch a king!
When I do stare, see how the subject quakes.
I pardon that man's life. What was thy cause?
Adultery?
Thou shalt not die. Die for adultery? No.
The wren goes to't, and the small gilded fly
Does lecher in my sight.
Let copulation thrive; for Gloucester's bastard son
Was kinder to his father than my daughters
Got 'tween the lawful sheets.
To't, luxury, pell-mell! for I lack soldiers.
Behold yond simp'ring dame,
Whose face between her forks presageth snow,
That minces virtue, and does shake the head
To hear of pleasure's name.
The fitchew nor the soiled horse goes to't
With a more riotous appetite.
Down from the waist they are Centaurs,
Though women all above.
But to the girdle do the gods inherit,
Beneath is all the fiend's.
There's hell, there's darkness, there's the sulphurous pit;
burning, scalding, stench, consumption. Fie, fie, fie! pah,
pah!
Give me an ounce of civet, good apothecary, to sweeten my
imagination. There's money for thee.

Monday, 7 July 2008

Fundraising Event for Royal Holloway Theatre's Edinburgh Fringe production of Darning Jilly by Aerin Davidson

Poetry spoken by Marianne Morris & Frances Kruk
Books on sale
Visuals from Kristen Kreider
Films from Sophie Robinson
Riot Grrrl Disco to follow
& other as yet undisclosed wonders from the world of female artistry

The Downstairs Room @ The Betsey Trotwood
Friday 11th July
£5 entry

Tuesday, 1 July 2008

do as I did, not as I'll do

Sonnets are sometimes appearing on Sean Bonney’s blog. For instance,

poetry, once available
in several sizes
of flip discount menace
before the doors of the mighty
the hounds of capital, unleashed
sobriety, knives & clowns.
But politeness would dictate, now
a specific negation of history’s
lame dogs & veterans
the british anarchist movement
on a day-trip to the seaside:
ok, say that again,
flatten the official town,
the poem.

A new Readings is recently up, with some bits on Sean’s Poisons, Their Antidotes and Baudelaire in English, & other stuff that looks good.

Chris Goode’s probably-fantastic production of Chekhov’s … Sisters is on in London till the 5 July. And he’s got a, you know, courtly and effervescent big post about it which begins:

“Gordon’s alive!

... I don’t mean Gordon Brown, obviously, for whom the phrase ‘dead man walking’ could easily have been coined – or, perhaps not walking but smiling: that weird Malvolio rictus that his advisors idiotically trained him into a while back, and which gives him the ineffable air of a man at a royal garden party who doesn't want the Queen to know that a bee’s just crawled inside his bell-end.”

Harry Gilonis recently strewed a blessing memo re this play. & from Hairy’s Dairy:

“You’ve missed the Ledbury Poetry Festival: “the best in the country”, says Andrew Motion. Which means you’ve in fact missed Carol Ann Duffy, Vicki Feaver, Jackie Kay, Luke Kennard, Blake Morrison, Grace Nichols, Michael Rosen, Matthew Sweeney, a veteran of Britain's first poetry boy band [no, NOT M. Sweeney; that comma was separating, not copulative], a poetry slam, a collaboration between school pupils and a Hereford-based hip-hop group ... plus “your favourite poems read by distinguished actors”.

Missing THAT ought to put a spring in your step and a smile on your lips.

AND you’ve missed the chance to pay to have dinner with Simon Armitage at the Waterside Hotel, across the road from Dove Cottage, Grasmere.

AND you’ve missed Jake & Dinos Chapman making an exhibition of themselves somewhere in London.”

& Friday 11 June: Saint Barnabas Church, Cardigan Street, Oxford OX2 6BG, 7.30pm, Styles J. Kauphmann - acoustic improvisation - solo voice.

& Thursday 3 June: 15 Leathermarket Street, London Bridge, SE1 3HN, 7pm, CROSSING THE LINE reading: Sophie Robinson &Peter Philpott.

Facts about Ireland can be reduced to – that is, can be construed to be – facts about Soundeye 2008, Thursday to Sunday (‘the reduction base’).

Thursday 3 July
4 p.m. – Firkin Crane Theatre, Shandon
Trevor Joyce, Mark Weiss

8 p.m. – Black Mariah, Washington Street
Opening of Exhibition with reading by Maggie O'Sullivan

Friday 4 July
12 noon – The Guest House project space, 10 Chapel Street, Shandon
Poetry by Default (curated by Jimmy Cummins)
Susana Gardner, Jason Hirons, Keston Sutherland, David Toms

4 p.m. – Firkin Crane Theatre, Shandon
Peter Manson, Tom Pickard, Catherine Wagner

8 p.m. – The Other Place, Paradise Place
Alternative Cabaret (curated by Fergal Gaynor & Marja Tuhkanen)
With a viola da gamba consort, performances from Bonney / Kruk / Lindsay / Robinson, art-noise band KFDS, a twenty-minute opera, the Polskadots etc etc
Admission €8

Saturday 5 July
1 p.m. – Firkin Crane Theatre, Shandon
Mairéad Byrne, Jim Maughn, Andrew Zawacki

4 p.m. – Firkin Crane Theatre, Shandon
Alison Croggon, Kenneth Goldsmith, Maurice Scully

9 p.m. – Meades Wine Bar, 126 Oliver Plunkett Street
Open Mike Session with M.C. Mairéad Byrne

Sunday 6 July
12 noon – Firkin Crane Theatre, Shandon
Daniel Ereditario, Matthew Geden, Justin Katko

3 p.m. – Firkin Crane Theatre, Shandon
Randolph Healy, Fanny Howe

admission free to all events except the alternative cabaret

Also:

Tuesday, 8 July
7 p.m. – The River Room, The Glucksman Gallery, U.C.C., Cork
Presentation by Kenneth Goldsmith on Electronic Curation and his Website of the Avant-Garde, Ubuweb
Admission €5