Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Wednesday, April 23, 2008


I wonder how this is related to the delusions of obesity that
seem to often underlie anorexia?

"Num mea Thessalico languent devota veneno corpora,
Num misero carmen et herba nocent, sagave poenicea
Defixit nomina cera et medium tenuis in iecur egit acus?"
from OVID: AMORES 3.7.27-30

"It's not so much what you have to learn if you accept weird theories,
it's what you have to unlearn." - Isaac Asimov

More Ovid Amores?

Is the Internet a very merry hotbed of criminal activity?

300% increase in verminous infections?

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Thoughts on a Parthian pendant found in Sasanian ruins

Not a 'totally awesome' object in the perspective
of a non-archaeologist like myself...,
but who were those people, the Sassanians?

It seems to me, based on the reference below that they were a nation at
least equal in level of civilization to the Byzantine Romans, possibly
also grown soft and 'over-civilized' like our 'Western Civilization',
who thus succumbed to the 'terrorist barbarians at their gates'
and/or 'Islamic Jihad'.

Monday, April 21, 2008

during the sinking of the USS Dorchester (U.S.ArmyTransport)....

Here's a heroic story of worthy of immortal myth status:

Why did these four U.S. military chaplains give up all hope of
surviving, giving others their lifejackets on a sinking troopship, a
little over 65 years ago?

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Walt Whitman, himself, reading "America"

Don't expect modern recording fidelity as this is recorded on an old wax cylinder in the 19th Century.

I appreciate better, having heard it, how Walt Whitman's poems should be read; viz., slowly and thoughtfully, pausing between each word, not unlike Allen Ginsberg read his poems which were often quite similar structurally.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Werewolves of Arcadia - The Prototype

Zeus Lykaos turns King of Arcadia into werewolf,

punishing him for offering dinner of cooked human flesh.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Origin of Love

According to Rufus Wainwright:

According to Aristophanes in Plato's Symposium interpreted by Pascal Szidon & France Arte:

Illusory Basis of 'Analytic Philosophy'

This excellent book, Aaron Preston's Analytic Philosophy: The History of an Illusion, will likely go unread by the hoi polloi because of its exorbitant price. Too bad! The academic bunker of the Anglo and American professional philosopher ignorance will remain largely unshaken for awhile longer.

A Bas Scientisme! Possible rapprochement of A.P. & Hegel!

Monday, April 14, 2008

Teatime in 21st Century England

Ladies taking Cream Tea
The Orchard, Cambridgeshire, England

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Ladies at Afternoon Tea

Please Lady Mung pour

Some tea, for on the

Small birds bridge

Crickets chirrup

SMILE ! - Charlie Chaplin & Michael Jackson

Fruimini hoc video:

Panentheist Theory & Theoretical Physics

The reference below seems to me to be the latest and greatest regarding panentheism.

Do the math, if you can!


Oh Cory! Oh Corey! Alas, oh
How they have defamed you!

The coreopsis, so named after
Greek logos 'coris' for bedbug,
may, be this biblicly pious nor
not, ... What? Why a bedbug?

Some say her seeds resemble
those infamous leprosy vectors.

Doubly infamated is the goldn &
red flowerd Coreopsis auriculata
with 'species' from a mouse's ear,
thus making it doubly verminous.

Friday, April 11, 2008

David Hume : Social but Libertarian Philosophy

"According to Finlay, Hume's political theory is republican, in that it holds liberty to be a value we aspire to, yet consequentialist, in that particular schemes advancing liberty are restrained by their ability to maintain the 'peace and order' requisite to preservation of the social life already in place . This interpretation of Hume follows along an intriguing discussion of Hume's ongoing challenge to square the selfish tendencies of human nature with its propensity towards sociability. As Finlay correctly notes, the normative priority of Hume's 'commitment to the social' requires that a particular form of government preserve the social first and foremost, yet Hume's recognition of the selfish, avidity-driven tendencies of human nature requires also that people enjoy as much liberty as is compatible with the commitment to the social, where liberty is concerned primarily with 'those [liberties] enjoyed in the ownership and disposal of property and other goods and in the exercise of personal powers (such as wealth) in society.
"Finlay's treatment of this tension between the social and asocial aspects of human nature makes a significant contribution to the surprisingly small body of literature on this issue. Of particular note are his comparisons between Hobbes' and Hume's accounts of pride: Hobbes, of course, sees pride as contributing towards people's antisocial tendencies, whereas Hume sees pride as a social mechanism, bringing people together. The contrast between these two views is dramatic and certainly worthy of further exploration. "

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Giambologna's Rapto da Sabina

Created (1574-82) out of one gigantic block of marble,
this figura serpentina composition is the first European sculpture group without a dominant viewpoint; so it may be equally admired from all sides.

Excess of Emotion

The biographies of the poets show us some radical effects of emotional excess; rock music history provides more examples.

"I thought of Chatterton, the marvellous Boy,
The sleepless Soul that perished in his pride;
Of Him who walked in glory and in joy
Following his plough, along the mountain-side:
By our own spirits are we deified:
We Poets in our youth begin in gladness;
But thereof come in the end despondency and madness."

excerpt from William Wordworth: 'Resolution & Independence' (1807)

Ancient Greek adage says, "Nothing to excess!".

Ancient Chinese 'Yellow Emperor's Classic' known as the 'neijing' has
the same theme; but goes into detail concerning the disruptive effects
of excess on the Qi (chi, ki), and many psychic, spiritual, and
physical results.

Monday, April 07, 2008


Bittersweet ; finding a

Dead Poet evanescent in a

Time/Space beyond space/time.


Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Alejandro Jodorowsky & his greatest film

Utterly beyond the beyond..."the illumination of a hero, then a people, then an entire planet
(which in turn is the Messiah of the Universe since in abandoning its orbit, the holy planet leaves to spread its light through all the galaxies)...."

The Incal