April 18, 2012

Still here

It's so wonderful to be able to share bifurcating ideas, that eventually connect only to separate and reconnect somewhere with something --those moments of intersections are marvelous. just like us, ideas journey also, into and out of this system[s] that is connected to others.

I'm still here! Though being part of this here was doubtful this summer.

I am grateful for any, for every connections that happens.

What do we have for interpretation other than human senses --which cannot measure or understand all that exists.

We are limited, as are instruments humanity has made. A fork is wonderful for some of what must be likely slippage. Much can, does, I think fall between tines which can move in any direction through dimensions, on any scale, can curl, curve, behave in any way possible to behave.

I believe that everything has impact; the amount varies as does whether or not human senses can accurately detect this impact

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November 28, 2007

Kindle & Kindness: the rise of the e-book, outsourcing impact, & a laptop for every child

Kindle (active-link version of comment from Leslie's Blog & more)

At this moment, Amazon is heavily promoting Kindle, a new wireless interface reading device whose advanced technology is supposed to simulate the visual qualities/properties of paper (not the texture, of course --Limited Fork, by the way, studies interactions in visual (any/all forms) systems and tactile systems --among others);

Kindle certainly has texture, but not the texture of paper. And it is a device to hold; there is an expected protocol of intimacy in the use of the device. A book itself is a device.

Anyway, an entire book (100+ pages) can download wirelessly, no computer connection required, in about a minute (or so).

There's also the Sony Reader, side by side with Kindle:

(from Gizmodo online gadget guide --read the specs on both).

The laptop keyboard on which I'm typing this, by the way, has interacted with my fingers; there's been structural adaptation on the part of the keyboard, adaptation that reveals patterns of use and variance in pressure as keys are depressed, so there are actual depressions in the metal keys, some deeper than others, some more like greatly-reduced scale glacial gouges. Varying degrees of discoloration, some letters completely worn off the keys. So as I use my laptop more, the laptop increasingly responds to the use, becoming more my laptop. It has been marked; I also mark my books, but in different iterations of mark.

At the moment, it is easier (for me) to overcome protocols that restrict sharing through digital means.

I have about 4,000 books in my home, and I continue to acquire them, continue to enjoy them (but they are turning my home into a warehouse --not a library because I have no space for the display they deserve, so there's quite a bit of stacking and rotation of books from shelves to stacks on the floor.

An electronic system that would allow linking of texts and passages in my library is quite appealing --and Kindle supports note-taking, cross-referencing, linking, and so forth --that sounds good, but I'm not planning on acquiring Kindle this year. Now if someone gives me one, I'll try it out, eager to see whether or not and/or how quickly it's able to show evidence of tactile interactions with my hands.

You should know that Kindle has prior association for me; I've been shaped by what has become a memorable encounter some years ago with the technologically-advenced remake of A Little Princess in which Sara Crewe sings Kindle My Heart as she does in this video tribute to the movie:


The following documentary explores the impact of high-tech outsourcing to India on traditional Indian society and communities:

Kindly watch the following update to Shift Happens, a video made available to you in a previous Illuminating post:

& now the kindness of giving the gift of technology (+ related impact): the one laptop per child get one/give one program (until 31 December 2007)

The following Wall Street Journal video about Nicholas Negroponte's OLPC project and the impact of friendly (both sides for the global good) rivalry between OLPC's AMD-chip based os and Intel's own low-cost Classmate laptop:

Read the WSJ article here

Explore XO (as the laptop is called) features here

Here Laptop Magazine offers a comprehensive review of the XO
as seen in this detailed diagram:

The interface for XO is Sugar instead of Jaquar or Windows Vista, for instance, and is discussed in full in the following You Tube video:

Of course, the XO has unergone evolution since its inception when it was not called XO, and by now (November 2007), the XO itself has been superceded by the XO-1 which is the focus of this Wikipedia entry

(which you can compare with the OLPC wiki).

One context in which to consider XO and

(by no means the only context) is juxtaposed with What the World Eats and with Material World (the related books were brought to class on several occasions).

Finally, a global lens to further illuminate and possibly shape how you configure/reconfigure your blog/video components of impact of technology enclosure:

Image from the Global Denim Project, an initative-lens (and form of enclosure) attempting to understand global impact through investigating denim as a phenomenon that crosses cultures, and most global boundaries, in some way. Spend time, please at the Global Denim Project site.

The Abstract for A Manifesto for the Study of Denim by Daniel Miller and Sophie Woodward:

This paper considers the challenge to anthropology represented by a topic such as global denim. Using the phrase ‘blindingly obvious’ it considers the problems posed by objects that have become ubiquitous. While there are historical narratives about the origins, history and spread of denim, these leave open the issue of how we make compatible the ethnographic study of specific regional appropriations of denim and its global presence in a manner that is distinctly anthropological. Ethnographies of blue jeans in Brazil and England are provided as examples. These suggest the need to understand the relationship between three observations: its global presence, the phenomenon of distressing and its relationship to anxiety in the selection of clothes. As a manifesto, this paper argues for a global academic response that engages with denim from the global commodity chain through to the specificity of local accounts of denim wearing. Ultimately this can provide the basis for an anthropological engagement with global modernity.

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Hey: check this out: The Future of Books

Hey; check out this 280 post by Leslie: The Future of Books

as you think about the packaging, the system(s) of enclosure you're going to use to (temporarily) conclude (for the purposes of a class) your 280 blogs with a showstopping bang concerning well, of course, given an anticipated showstopping bang, impact, technology, and what's yours in that, what has joint ownership (covert and overt) in that, and so forth.

I'm so looking forward to the videos!
(need help with that?)


I'll be posting the fatter packaged entry on packaging soon.
Remember to re-visit, offer further comments on posts in this blog and posts in your blog and the other 280 blogs --and yes; you can leave comments on your own posts (oh the lovely layering, the meeting of so many interior/exterior surfaces).

(Mike C has links (in a link list) to most of the 280 blogs in his 280 blog, so that link list (that's in a convenient/prominent dedicated--static, that is-- blog location) can easily function as a 280 blog-access hub. Leave a comment with your blog's URL if you're not on the list, and Mike C --you will, won't you?-- will add your blog to the link list --Oh, Mike C.; please add this blog and the related Limited Fork Academic Split Tine to the list --that is, if you don't mind --I promise not to hold it against you if you do mind. Thanks)

--how's that for pressure, mild abuse of power?)

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November 20, 2007

More ILLUMINATION (resisting, for as long as possible, a Lights Out philosophy & policy)

To know that we are in fact seeing, to be able to recognize (our own, self-constructed) barriers —there's need to determine what those barriers could be, what they are, and whether or not these barriers may be manipulated.

Once somehow determined that we are in fact seeing, perhaps we will be more able to take advantage of what is illuminating, what can be illuminated, what we have the power to shine light on.

Hence your opportunity to play The Situation of Fork mind-tech game.

Please record the situations and how well the situation illuminates the fork, is illuminated by the fork.
What happens as the situation changes? what happens as the fork changes?
What are the limits of seeing --as suggested by the situations you construct?
What are the limits of fork --as suggested by the situations you construct?
What are the qualities of your seeing? How can you use really seeing the fork to help with other seeing?
How does transparency affect the situations of fork? How does transparency affect really seeing and the sameness of your forks?
How do you determine the situations in which you attemot to see the fork?
How do you determine that seeing has occurred? That really seeing has occurred?
Have you seen the fork in the situations that best exemplify the possibilities of fork?

By the way, are there differences in illuminating the fork and in being illuminated by the fork?
Please elaborate.

In debate, the spotlight can bounce back and forth; a light show, a substitute for either aurora in the light play, borealis, australis.

And that light bounce brings to mind (awareness: inner illumination, firing of a neural network) searchlights, the 20th Century Fox twin columns of moving light, the light columns standing in for the WTC, police searching for perpetrators with light).

--Have you visited one of the course resources Malaran.com? Specifically, have you seen her photo essay Watching the Changes? --a slideshow of photographs, taken from her East Village bedroom window, of the NYC skyline over a period of years, including images, as was her routine, of the skyline (with WTC+ and WTC-) on the morning of 11 September 2001. A Watching the Changes poster is available. Cynthia malaran's project began as a tribute to the view she grew up with from her bedroom window. --Did you know that the exterior of the WTC twin towers was a system of forks? See that here, a large-scale (on some scales) situation of fork.

Cynthia Malaran's Watching the Changes poster:

(poster by Cynthia Malaran, and available at the link. All Rights Reserved)

WTC forked:

(image from: 9-11 Research)


(okay, so there might be some coercion from the approaching holiday; if you like, check out, out some light on The Culture of Glass, a poem about Columbo at poets.org)

for the technology, for the machinery of the mind that can be used to reshape, reconfigure, reassess.

(rendering of Columbo with fork (!) --Trident Columbo--from: OpenLSD

_____ _____

Let us consider, for a few moments, the technology of The Limited Fork, the primary technology I use to reshape, to reconfigure, to reassess; my light source so as to see better what is occurs in the reshaping, the reconfiguring, the reassessing.

**Please note: to reshape implies shaping has previously occurred; to reconfigure implies that configuring has occurred before; to reassess implies that assesment has occurred before**

And to do it again requires giving some thought to the prior shape, the prior configuration, the prior assessment.


Take your fork, examine it; come up with (at least) 10 properties of fork, and 10 ways that each property could have some impact on reshaping, reconfiguring, reassessing.

Work solo or in groups.

Enlist input (including me) from others or do not.

Reconvene at 8 p.m.

Read & listen to Fork by Charles Simic.

Using the technology, the machinery of the mind to reshape, reconfigure, reassess is to use that technology to make, remake; to keep structures active, maybe even an attempt to make structures (more) accountable (according to some criteria --that must be made); Make magazine might help keep the illumination going in the mind (at the very least, a forked experience).

I'm going to shine a spotlight on an article from Make's Heirloom Technology section:
The Widowmaker: Cutting Down a TREE.

Please also check out Moco Loco for forked disign.

--okay; of course you can eat some turkey with your fork--

(that is: remember to have fun with your fork; Alan Sokal did; read/re-read all about the Social Text Affair).

Rethink, reconfigure, reform: watch this video:

glumbert - Shift Happens

and visit Orlan.net.

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