Monthly Archives: June 2011

it’s true.

Description of the method, with corresponding parts of the DFT highlighted
(Raising e to an imaginary power produces rotation around a unit circle in the complex plane, according to Euler’s formula. How? Magic, as far as I can tell. But apparently it’s true).

(from the blog of stuart riffle)

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the distance

the distance that separates me from myself suffices to cure me from the judgement of others.  (antonin artaud anthology)

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when i most am true

i am most faithless when i most am true.  (edna st. vincent millay’s ‘oh, think not i am faithless to a vow!’)

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reazione nera

reading about the golgi method, or black reaction, in neuroscience, which allowed a middle ground between seeing all black versus all gray.  surely there is a decent metaphor here to be used in a poem or short story.

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a slice of humbility pie

Life is a long lesson in humility. -James M. Barrie, novelist, short-story writer, and playwright (1860-1937)
Yo, you girls be sportin’ mad humbility in the corner ova here.  -drunk snugs patron (sometime after that)

ideas worth trying:  don’t ignore the ridiculous in yourself, pick it up and put it under a light and stare at it, until no one knows your flaws better than you do.  don’t trick yourself into thinking you’re smarter or more enlightened or a better person; in my experience those who think so are the farthest from it.  and most of all, don’t ever stop questioning everything you knew yesterday, don’t ever settle into some inflexible way that you see the world, or all you’ll see is the model you made for it, and none of the infinite rest that is going on outside of it.  only once you accept that you’re a baby, an idiot, a hopeless clueless fuck, can you really begin to see truth in anything.

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cooling system failure

apparently aristotle thought that the brain was just a massive cooling system, to regulate all that hot explosive emotion of the heart.  if we’re talking about the brain as the post-sorted and filtered consciousness part of the brain then yeah, that makes sense.

speaking of cooling systems, my car no longer has one.

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mimetic felines

yesterday, when watching a video of african parrots speaking, a friend mentioned that feral cats don’t meow in nature…cats are natural imitators, they shape shift their language for the ones they are around, in an attempt at empathy and understanding.  so the mewing is just what humans sound like to them, compared to other species.  so the next time a cat is meowing, remember that she is not just talking to herself, she is speaking with you in mind, like you would choose the native language of a particular person in the room whom you wanted to hear you.

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why it never needs to be a waste of time

I have never met a man so ignorant that I couldn’t learn something from him. -Galileo Galilei, physicist and astronomer (1564-1642)

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why

are two of me writing this?

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a tree, a gown, and knots.

passed out yesterday for a catnap and dreamed of a dark green dress tied up very tightly into various knots.  voice said to my questioning eyes “it’s a lover’s gown.”

also today on the ride back into town there were horse chestnut trees and that made me remember i think there were large ones in the front of my parents’ house when they first moved upstate from yonkers, and that made me remember the row of evergreens in the back that are now gone, and also the one that sat directly behind the house where the deck is now, and t(a) and i used to play house in it, we had it set up with a kitchen, living room, we literally lived there, though normally didn’t sleep there, at least not at night.  and that made me think of trees growing up through a dilapidated house, so instead of a tree house having a full, healthy tree bursting up through an impaled shoddy house.  and that made me want to draw them, but i went for a walk with t(e) instead.

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