astrofish.blog https://astrofish.net/blog Laeti edimus qui nos subigant! Wed, 20 Sep 2017 09:20:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8.2 https://i1.wp.com/astrofish.net/blog/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/bar31-54f32b48v1_site_icon.png?fit=32%2C32&ssl=1 astrofish.blog https://astrofish.net/blog 32 32 86008595 via The Scottish Play https://astrofish.net/blog/via-the-scottish-play/ https://astrofish.net/blog/via-the-scottish-play/#respond Wed, 20 Sep 2017 09:20:00 +0000 https://astrofish.net/blog/?p=7625 astrofish.net sig

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“Let every man be master of his time/Till seven at night.”

MacBeth in Shakespeare’s Scottish Play, 3.1.40-1

Check the fineprint

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Heraclitus

Heraclitus of Ephesus – Stefano Bertuzzi

From Heraclitus, Fragments

Number 6

“The sun is new every day.”

Number 12

“You cannot step twice into the same rivers ; for fresh waters are flowing in upon you.”

Number 74

“It is the thunderbolt that steers the course of all things.”


Fragments – Heraclitus, Brooks Haxton & James Hillman

Heraclitus of Ephesus – Stefano Bertuzzi

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Glyphs

Pretty sure it was this week’s horoscopes that I finally completed the most recent round of signs, the symbols, the glyphs I use to mark each sign in the weekly horoscopes .

Project began more than a year ago, and I’m finally at a point where it feels comfortable to me.

My goal was an image of a hand-drawn version of each glyph, then typewriter URL label, and nothing else, each glyph representative of my own, sometimes crude, rendering of the symbols.

The term is “Suicide Blonde,” as in, “dyed by her own hand.”

How I saw these being done. For good or for ill, it’s my handiwork.

Glyphs

I spun out one version, then, as the year marched by, I would — individually — tweak, redraw, and massage each icon. Typically, the first batch was done sketched in a project-management (artist’s) sketch-book, but over the year, I used the backs of business cards, post-it notes, and in one case, the back of a paper receipt that was handy when that moment of inspiration struck.

The only one that is still from the first collection is Aries because, despite subsequent efforts, that original one was still the one I liked the most. Got it right on the first shot, despite some attempts to redraw, I let is sit.

All of this is mere window dressing, a term that might not mean as much, anymore, or, as I’ve come to suggest, super stylin’….

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The Seventh Function of Language https://astrofish.net/blog/the-seventh-function-of-language/ https://astrofish.net/blog/the-seventh-function-of-language/#respond Mon, 18 Sep 2017 19:40:00 +0000 https://astrofish.net/blog/?p=7627 astrofish.net sig

The Seventh Function of Language

The Seventh Function of Language – Laurent Binet & Sam Taylor

Good press, and nice reviews are enticing. A word play in the opening sentences with an existential reference was fun, if acerbic?

Prospero in Shakespeare’s The Tempest owes his power over the natural world to his books. In the third act, Caliban remarks that one should steal his books, take his words, thereby, reducing Prospero’s powers over nature and the world (as Caliban knows it). Prospero’s control is determined by words.

The book itself? The Seventh Function of Language? Means, so far, this isn’t light reading material, but layered, nuanced, with a slightly over-wrought finish to it.

“Let’s cast our minds back to the series The Prisoner, with its protagonist, Number 6, who desperately, rebelliously repeats: ‘I am not a number!’ James Bond, on the other hand, is perfectly comfortable with his number, all the more so as it confers upon him extraordinary privileges, making him an aristocrat (in Her Majesty’s service, naturally).” Page 24.

Nimbly crossing genres — and languages.

Brings up the point about translation, again. Originally appeared in French.

As a sidebar item, written or spoken, which is more potent?

Question begging aside.

What Neal Stephenson as an author, does in 900 pages, this French guy does in less than 300?

The Seventh Function of Language

Reading a digital copy of the book was much easier as I was able to reference French politicians, liberal professors, and linguistics theories, all sprinkled with philosophies. Helped add depth, but also made it longer to read. Lots of stuff to look up to get the back story to the novel’s backstory.

In part, I was unable to tear myself away, finding portions of the book either magic or madness, and in one section, sure I was reading a Dali-type of image. I can only imagine what Paris looked like in 1980. Layer on a level of Dali-like surreal, and just makes it — more interesting — if totally devoid of apparent objectivity.

The Seventh Function of Language

As a translated text, that introduces problems with inflection, tone, author’s voice, and what is interpreted instead of what was written in the original. However, as complex as the novel seems to be, I wouldn‘t even think of trying to undertake in its original language.

“I think I’m trapped in a novel.” Page 198.

Cheap shot.

No, see, when a character says something line, a line of dialogue, “Help, I‘m trapped in a box,” like a mime? Yeah, couldn’t resist calling a cheap shot. Funny, though, in context.

Strange novel that is one of the better books I’ve a read in a long while, as it has the layers like onions, and like an onion, a little stinky, but so good when enjoyed alone.

Who knew the inner life of the linguist was so filled with “Sex and drugs and rock’n’roll?”

A fairy tale — magical realism — about politics remarkably prescient for current American issues?

Ultimately, sort of defies a single category, sort of intellectual mobsters types. Little bit of gore, like a sprinkling of Quentin Tarantino spewed across the novel’s landscape with one too many allusion to meta-fiction, but the tale itself kept me going, good to the last drop. Of blood?

That was a good book, but I’m not sure what it was. Digital is way better as it almost requires constant access to the web for definitions and backgrounds.

Perhaps, though, there is a connection between language and what people can be made to do. Magic, the magic of the letters. The arcane arts of rhetoric in literature?

The Seventh Function of Language

Momentary pause and reflection, I kept thinking about a painter, Bruegel — think that’s the name — with grand pictures offering intricate details about characters in the pictures themselves.

Art history is not one of my strengths.

Still, looping back and forth in the book, with such graphic details about recent historical figures, and politics, and the politics of the academic worlds, just brought up an image of that painter and his works.


The Seventh Function of Language

The Seventh Function of Language – Laurent Binet & Sam Taylor

The Seventh Function of Language: A Novel

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#Literature

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Aristotle https://astrofish.net/blog/aristotle/ https://astrofish.net/blog/aristotle/#respond Mon, 18 Sep 2017 09:20:11 +0000 https://astrofish.net/blog/?p=7582 Aristotle
Aristotle

Aristotle

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Sunday Sunday in San Antonio https://astrofish.net/blog/sunday-sunday-in-san-antonio-5/ https://astrofish.net/blog/sunday-sunday-in-san-antonio-5/#respond Sun, 17 Sep 2017 09:20:00 +0000 https://astrofish.net/blog/?p=7587 BexarCountyLine.com

Sunday Sunday in San Antonio

Sunday! This Sunday in SA!

See listing for details, and see the photo-blog for street cred.

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Sunday! Sunday in SA!

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Sunday Sunday in San Antonio

Two-Meat Tuesday

Bexar County Line – Kramer Wetzel

Bexar County Line

San Pedro Creek

San Pedro Creek – Kramer Wetzel

San Pedro Creek

San Pedro Creek

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Vincit Qui Primum Gerit

“First to arrive gets the best deal.”

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Vincit Qui Primum Gerit https://astrofish.net/blog/vincit-qui-primum-gerit-43/ https://astrofish.net/blog/vincit-qui-primum-gerit-43/#respond Sat, 16 Sep 2017 09:20:00 +0000 https://astrofish.net/blog/?p=7553 Thoth Deck

Vincit Qui Primum Gerit

Sunday! This Sunday in SA!

See listing for details, and see the photo-blog for street cred.

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Thoth Deck

Thoth Deck


Sunday! Sunday in SA!

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Vincit Qui Primum Gerit

Bexar County Line

Two-Meat Tuesday

Bexar County Line – Kramer Wetzel

Bexar County Line

San Pedro Creek

San Pedro Creek – Kramer Wetzel

San Pedro Creek

San Pedro Creek

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Vincit Qui Primum Gerit

“First to arrive gets the best deal.”

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astrofish.net Secret Laboratory https://astrofish.net/blog/astrofishnet-secret-laboratory/ https://astrofish.net/blog/astrofishnet-secret-laboratory/#respond Fri, 15 Sep 2017 19:40:00 +0000 https://astrofish.net/blog/?p=7617 Secret Laboratory

astrofish.net Secret Laboratory

Secret Laboratory

Secret Laboratory


Restricted access. Members only.

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From Marcus Aurelius https://astrofish.net/blog/from-marcus-aurelius-15/ https://astrofish.net/blog/from-marcus-aurelius-15/#respond Fri, 15 Sep 2017 09:20:00 +0000 https://astrofish.net/blog/?p=7549 astrofish.net sig

From Marcus Aurelius

“16. Put an end once for all to this discussion of what a good man should be, and be one.”

    Excerpt From: Emperor of Rome Marcus Aurelius. “Meditations.” Book #10.

Meditations: A New Translation (Modern Library)

Marcus Aurelius (Loeb Classical Library)

Delphi Complete Works of Marcus Aurelius – Marcus Aurelius

Meditations – Marcus Aurelius & Gregory Hays

As always a free version is hosted on astrofish.net right here.

#meditation

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via Jean-Paul Sartre https://astrofish.net/blog/via-jean-paul-sartre/ https://astrofish.net/blog/via-jean-paul-sartre/#respond Thu, 14 Sep 2017 19:40:00 +0000 https://astrofish.net/blog/?p=7614 astrofish.blog

via Jean-Paul Sartre

“If you are lonely when you’re alone, you are in bad company.”

Your mileage may vary

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Flaming Cheetos https://astrofish.net/blog/flaming-cheetos-2/ https://astrofish.net/blog/flaming-cheetos-2/#respond Thu, 14 Sep 2017 09:20:00 +0000 https://astrofish.net/blog/?p=7542 BexarCountyLine.com

Flaming Cheetos

In passing, grocery store, other afternoon, I noticed a distinctive color of cheese snack, specifically, Flaming Hot Cheetos, in a small paper plate/scoop, with — what looked like — nacho cheese liberally ladled across the top.

Same grocery store, we love the local chain HEB, same store, has “sushi” of sorts, and one of the better rolls has crushed Flaming Hot Cheetos as a dressing, sort of a powdery, cheesy, strictly San Antonio kind of touch. Maybe they do that elsewhere, but I’ve only seen it here.

As seen here

Why oh why, as explained by science, bitches!

Flaming Cheetos

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Analog Words https://astrofish.net/blog/analog-words/ https://astrofish.net/blog/analog-words/#respond Wed, 13 Sep 2017 09:20:00 +0000 https://astrofish.net/blog/?p=7535 astrofish.net sig

Analog Words

The link-bait come-on was about ten literary blogs one should read.

”He words me, girls, he words me”

  • Cleopatra in A&C, V.ii.192

I clicked through on three or four, realizing none of the proffered material was particularly cultured, having less than a few years each, and the design, it was all about selling some ad space. Might’ve been some great writing in there, I never got to it. Too much flash and not enough words.

“Words, words, mere words, no matter from the heart”

  • Troilus in T&C V.iii.102-3

However, one headline mentioned the art, beauty, and attractions of analog audio, which made me think: all digital.

When I launched this endeavor, full-time, I sorted through a number of options to arrive at a portable cassette audio recorder.

Portable cassette recorder? That was jettisoned some time in the early aughts.

More recently, I watched — technical fascination — when one reader had a portable Tascam with CD burner, like record and burn at the same time. Since I’ve been toting various laptops for this entire career, just using Apple’s built-in software seems to work well enough for me. Anymore, I don’t even bother with a CD — MP3s are available.

But this wasn’t about the digital divide, more about analog words. Great headline, wonderful idea, and what it amounts to? For me, the analog version of words — that was my first love — but the delivery changed. All digital, now. All digital.

Analog Words

While I adore the fluid medium of digital delivery, and my system is deeply rooted in both digital process, for creation, curation, delivery, and consumption, the appeal of analog words is still omnipresent.

Analog Words was the starting point, but the delivery mechanism, from inception, is all digital ink.

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At the Rock Shop Again https://astrofish.net/blog/at-the-rock-shop-again-36/ https://astrofish.net/blog/at-the-rock-shop-again-36/#respond Tue, 12 Sep 2017 09:20:00 +0000 https://astrofish.net/blog/?p=7316 Sparkliest

At the Rock Shop Again

Sparkliest

Sparkliest

Looks like Austin, At the Rock Shop Again, at Nature’s Treasures, for a Tuesday.

Often in Austin

Tuesday at Nature’s Treasures.

4103 North IH-35 Austin, Texas 78722
Store phone: 512-472-5015
11:00 AM – 6:00 PM

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It’s really him,” at the rock shop in Austin.

Use the code, “sparkle faerie” at the check out — for applicable discounts.

Vincit Qui Primum Gerit

“First to arrive gets the best deal.”

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Two-Meat Tuesday – Kramer Wetzel

Two-Meat Tuesday: Astrofish.Net/Xenon

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#Austin

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Another Fork in the Road https://astrofish.net/blog/another-fork-in-the-road/ https://astrofish.net/blog/another-fork-in-the-road/#respond Mon, 11 Sep 2017 09:20:00 +0000 https://astrofish.net/blog/?p=7529 BexarCountyLine.com

Another Fork in the Road

Another Fork in the Road?

BexarCountyLine.com

BexarCountyLine.com

Your mileage may vary

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Past is Prologue https://astrofish.net/blog/past-is-prologue/ https://astrofish.net/blog/past-is-prologue/#respond Sun, 10 Sep 2017 19:40:00 +0000 https://astrofish.net/blog/?p=7579 astrofish.blog

Past is Prologue

Quotation and notation, so I checked my notes.

Your mileage may vary

#Shakespeare

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Tom Sawyer https://astrofish.net/blog/tom-sawyer/ https://astrofish.net/blog/tom-sawyer/#respond Sun, 10 Sep 2017 09:20:00 +0000 https://astrofish.net/blog/?p=7525 astrofish.net sig

Tom Sawyer

Great moments in great literature.

Not everyone can paint this fence.

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American Demon https://astrofish.net/blog/american-demon/ https://astrofish.net/blog/american-demon/#respond Sat, 09 Sep 2017 19:40:00 +0000 https://astrofish.net/blog/?p=7576 astrofish.blog

American Demon

An American Demon – Jack Grisham

Punk frontman daring “kiss and tell-all.”


American Demon

An American Demon – Jack Grisham

An American Demon: A Memoir

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Known Limits https://astrofish.net/blog/known-limits/ https://astrofish.net/blog/known-limits/#respond Sat, 09 Sep 2017 09:20:41 +0000 https://astrofish.net/blog/?p=7502 Limits
Limits

Limits

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Murder in Montgomery https://astrofish.net/blog/murder-in-montgomery/ https://astrofish.net/blog/murder-in-montgomery/#respond Fri, 08 Sep 2017 19:40:00 +0000 https://astrofish.net/blog/?p=7572 astrofish.blog

Murder in Montgomery

Local author, really sweet woman. I could listen to her talk for hours, that distinctly southern accent, dripping, and oozing, and still, sweet as can be.

Short novella about the south.

In one writer’s words?

“The south has produced so many great writers because we lost the war.”

Murder in Montgomery

Murder in Montgomery: The Most Heinous Crime You Never Heard Of

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Violence is not the Answer https://astrofish.net/blog/violence-is-not-the-answer/ https://astrofish.net/blog/violence-is-not-the-answer/#respond Fri, 08 Sep 2017 09:20:00 +0000 https://astrofish.net/blog/?p=7463 astrofish.blog

Violence is not the Answer

B-52 the bomber, not the band – the Boeing B-52.

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