Friday, 30 December 2011
A gliding in; an immisson or entrance of one thing into another;
also, a sudden descent or attack. --Akenside.
I call insinuation — the illapsus, according to medieval philosophy — a strategy consisting in following the twists and turns of thought, the wandering words that win me over while at the same time constituting the vague terrain where their reception will establish itself. By playing on the relationship of the sign to what it refers to, by using clichés against themselves, like in caricatures, by letting the reader come closer, insinuation makes possible an encounter, an intimate presence, between the subject of the pronouncement and those who re- late to the pronouncement itself. “There are passwords hidden under slogans,” write Deleuze and Guattari, “words that are pronounced as if in passing, components of a passage; whereas slogans mark points of stoppage, stratified and organized compositions.” Insinuation is the haze of theory and suits a discourse whose objective is to permit struggles against the worship of transparency, attached at its very roots to the cybernetic hypothesis.
Tiqqun/ Cybernetic Hypothesis /58
Thursday, 29 December 2011
Tuesday, 27 December 2011
Joined to the god of sovereignty by initiatory rites, the young warriors willingly distinguished themselves in particular by a bestial ferocity; they knew neither rules nor limits. In their ecstatic rage, they were taken for wild animals, for furious bears, for wolves. The Harii of Tacitus augmented the fright provoked by their delirium by employing black shields and, wanting to surprise their enemies, to terrify them, rubbed their bodies with soot. This 'funereal army' in order to augment the terror, chose 'pitch-dark nights.' Often the name Beserkir ['warriors in bear skins'] was given to them...
Bataille / Gilles de Rais / 33
Sunday, 25 December 2011
Saturday, 24 December 2011
'allegorical interpretation is a type of scanning that, moving back and forth across the text, readjusts its terms in constant modification of a type quite different from our stereotypes of some static or medieval or biblical decoding'
Jameson/ Postmodernism or The cultural logic of late capitalism/ Duke / 1991/ p168
Thursday, 22 December 2011
Wednesday, 21 December 2011
Sunday, 18 December 2011
Saturday, 17 December 2011
Sunday, 11 December 2011
Wednesday, 7 December 2011
The gesture of tapping with the fingertips on the keys of an apparatus can be called “calculate and compute.” It makes mosaic-like combinations of particles possible, technical images, a computed universe in which particles are assembled into visible images.
Just as mosaics preserve their majesty despite their fragmentation into capricious particles, so philosophical contemplation is not lacking in momentum. Both are made up of the distinct and the disparate; and nothing could bear more powerful testimony to the transcendent force of the sacred image and truth itself. The value of fragments of thought is all the greater the less direct their relation to the underlying idea, and the brilliance of representation depends as much on this value as the brilliance of the mosaic does on the quality of the glass paste. The relationship between the minute precision of the work and the proportions of the sculptural or intellectual whole demonstrates that truth content is only to be grasped through immersion in the most minute details of subject matter. In their supreme, western form the mosaic and the treatise are products of the middle ages; it is their very real affinity which makes comparison possible.
WB / Origin of GTD / 29
Mosaic is the web browser credited with popularizing the World Wide Web. It was also a client for earlier protocols such as FTP, NNTP, and gopher. Its clean, easily understood user interface, reliability, Windows port and simple installation all contributed to making it the application that opened up the Web to the general public. Mosaic was also the first browser to display images inline with text instead of displaying images in a separate window. While often described as the first graphical web browser, Mosaic was preceded by the lesser-known Erwise and ViolaWWW.
Tuesday, 6 December 2011
an eye made of semi-precious material removed from a statue, often with an inscription on it, used as a bead.
Nergal was a god associated with the Underworld and was usually regarded as the husband of Ereshkigal, queen of the Underworld. He was also associated with forest fires, fevers and plagues, and sometimes, as here, he had a warlike aspect, usually carrying a scimitar and a single or double-headed lion-sceptre.
Nergal (deity; Mesopotamian; Male)
King of the underworld; benefactor of men, who hears prayers, restores the dead to life and protects agriculture and flocks; also a god of pestilence, hunger and devastation.
Also Known As
Nergal; Nergal of Tarbisu; Nirig
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