Monday, May 11, 2020

Skulls Are Simply Caps for All Compression

I'm pleased to report the skulls in sombreros not only still dead alive on Seneca Ridge Trail but wearing masks (most of them)

  • We see these on Moco trails, shrines, Earthgirl and I actively look for potential temples and find many promising but never remember to bring anything to enthrone until we're already there 
  • Yes, today is Stanley Elkin's birthday, here's the annual post, last year's, he was born 90 years ago today, I've this year's post (and the related bleggalgaze) on hold
  • We forgot to bring offerings again yesterday
  • Saturday on Sidewinder Trail social distancing in brambles I found two golf balls, the course is nearby but golf balls here? one is now an eye level eye on Dark Run Trail, the other an Orb in a nest at a switchback on Sidewinder


Clark Coolidge

the rooms are chosen, then they move on
the beads are wetted in the lime
the weedlot boils in the blood of one eye
the children first are cankered then they spin
there are not routes, only dials
the rocks are spun together in one ball
the laundry is of rust, the pillow shrieks
pianos all blow northward and return
must be a bath if  I could find it is a map
of all the ways that center intermission
skulls are simply caps for all compression
day’s light raising closets for its dark
I put up the clothes and trail the keys
that onyx knob in vacuum turns the train
pressure on the pitches swaying back again
a world without a heartbeat but it stays


  1. i went to the link you gave about fripp, enjoyed the silly pictures of him and his spouse, and then through a semistochastic process found myself on the 13 december 2013 page of his diary, where he asserted he was reading - and put a photo of the book - bill sharpe's

    Economies of Life: Patterns of Health and Wealth

    described at the publisher's website in these terms

    Economies of Life argues cogently that there is a ‘default assumption’ that there is only one economy in our lives - the economy which is the one based on money. Our position is that there are many economies, of which the one based on money is just one, and that they all contribute to the health and sustainability of our shared lives. To extend this thinking, money is the currency of trade, and art is the currency of experience.

    In his collection of five essays, Bill Sharpe uses the principles of ecological thinking to redefine our hitherto narrow understanding of terms like economy and value. The essays consider - with poetic sensitivity and intellectual clarity - what keeps each economy healthy, what sort of wealth each one accumulates and what sort of policies are most supportive of innovation and sustainability in a changing world. Bill Sharpe and a small group of other IFF members, working with the Watershed Media Centre in Bristol, took as the starting point for their inquiry the question 'Can we help people who fund the arts develop better policies if we use ecological thinking to understand how the arts work in society and in the economy?'

    The insights resulting from Economies of Life offer an ecologically informed and dynamic framework for understanding creativity, the arts and how the arts should be funded into the future.

    IFF in this context refers to International Futures Forum - during the twentieth century i attended a talk by one of the founding fellows, maureen o'hara - not the actress, the psychologist - there has been a 2019 century revised edition of her book with graham leicester,

    dancing at the edge: competence, culture, and organization in the 21st century

    both this book and sharpe's book are published by triarchy press - self-described as a Systems Thinking publisher, publishing authors and books that remind us to be aware of the world around us in all its layered complexity. This awareness of the wider context, and of systemic interactions, underpins each of the eight, overlapping subject areas in which we publish.

    those 8 areas are

    managing possible futures
    leadership, innovation, and organisation management
    mythogeography and walking
    education, health and public sector management
    people in society
    movement and somatics
    fiction, drama and poetry

    1. Walking in a Time of Virus
      - thoughts from Phil Smith

      …The present ‘social distancing’ is really useful, because Covid-19 is more contagious than most viruses…But it’s also useful in another way. Because we can deploy another kind of ‘social distancing’ during our walking; which is to walk at a distance from the ‘norms’ that operate perniciously in our societies. For once, many of us have time – a time we can set aside each day as we walk – to consider, in silent thinking or dialogue with others, how we can extricate ourselves from these ‘norms’. To get outside and become outsiders.

      I will describe just two extrications that are directly relevant to socially-distanced walking, but you will be able to think of others and apply your own changes…

  2. I was reading an article regarding how Covid-19 kills people. It can kill you several ways as it turns out. It only takes a few to infect you. The article makes no reference to this, but it sure makes you suspicious. It's like this virus was designed to kill. I'm not saying it was because obviously I cannot know. It does make you pause and wonder though.

    On the other hand are we witnessing what happened to the dinosaur? About twelve or so years ago I read two books by prominent paleontologists neither of which believed that the asteroid that struck the Earth was responsible for the dinosaur extinction. For one thing the dinosaur was already on the way out. There were only a few species left at about the time of the asteroid strike. Despite the PBS science shows (pretty pictures and dramatic narration combined with dumbing down) that all begin with an asteroid striking the Earth the demise of the dinosaur was far more likely caused by disease as continents connected with land bridges and species that had not intermingled before began to do so. At any rate their demise might have looked something like the one we are staring at as a captive audience as it were.

    I've thought about it and I cannot vote for Biden. Just can't. So fuck me and fuck you and fuck it all and fuck everything else. I hope I left nothing out. Hope was never a great plan and hoping Biden would appoint better people is bound to disappoint. So I'll fall back on what I always do and that is to ignore the election as much as possible with occasional peeks and to not vote. And why should I condone and add legitimacy to an election of mass murdering thieves? Frankly, even voting for Sanders would have been a struggle.

    I've said it before, and I'll say it again. This is a mean country. Just look at all those gun toting assholes. Stupid ignorant fucks. They scare me and I hate their fucking guts with a passion. You'll find yahoos just like them wherever you go. Two weeks after the morons demonstrated with their guns DC was hit with a large spike of Covid-19 deaths. It's the morons that are going to get us all killed. Stupidity always wins, at least here in the US.

  3. 1)dinosaurs - non impact theories

    volcanic eruptions

    insects and disease

    What Bugged the Dinosaurs?: Insects, Disease, and Death in the Cretaceous
    by George Poinar Jr. and Roberta Poinar


    there are only a few states that are 'in play' where you might have a moral obligation to vote for the lesser of two weevils

    with regard to voting george carlin said 'don't vote - it only encourages them'

    we shall overcome some day - if you define 'we' very broadly

    3)americans - yes there are stupid and nasty ones, but as the saying goes there is no person so good they don't have one speck of darkness, and no person so bad they don't have one spark of light - as the monty python song put it, 'always look on the bright side of life'

    or as the song goes - and here's a rendition by prince buster - enjoy yourself it's later than you think

    1. wall cat chair

    2. You're right of course, Mistah Charley. Humans are a mixed bag for sure. About Biden, it's difficult to tell at this point exactly which con-didate is the lesser of two evils. It looks more like a two-headed monster to me. And thanks for the interesting links. By the way "It's later than you think" comes from and old radio show called Lights Out. That was part of their intro I believe. It's later than you think. Indeed. Or from Ray Bradbury's book Something Wicked This Way Comes - late, later, too late. Or a close approximation of that.