A Maoist relic I found in a flea market in Hangzhou, China. It’s a set of tinted postcards taken from a production of Communist opera.
“Taking Tiger Mountain by Strategy” is one of the outstanding model theatrical works. It describes an episode in the great Chinese People’s War of Liberation, a battle in which a pursuit detachment of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army wiped out a Kuomintang die-hard gang in northeast China. The opera creates the brilliant images of Yan Tzu-jung and other proletarian heroes by the method of combining revolutionary realism with revolutionary romanticism, and eulogizes Chairman Mao’s great thought on people’s war. The successful creation of the modern revolutionary Peking opera “Taking Tiger Mountain by Strategy” is a splendid victory for Chairman Mao’s revolutionary line on literature and art.
[T]he interest of the algorithms lies not in what they help us see in a given text but in the way they invite us to play rigorously for play’s sake.
I like the above version better than 1972:
N.B. this advice:
One last thing: Inspired by Ed Ruscha, I bought a Moleskin notebook to take notes on my paintings as I work on them. I was finding myself trying to remember things that I had done on previous paintings, and this way I can keep track of that stuff for future use.
After I finish something, I write down the color mixtures, and anything else I might need to remember. It’s already come in handy at least once on this painting.
A few months back, I visited the smouldering remains of Centralia with AXJ. Mine images, they do not yet exist in edited forms….
BLDGBLOG: “The city as an avatar of itself”
Olivo Barbieri’s aerial photographs achieve a distinctive look by photographing from a helicopter using a tilt-shift lens — a method, he says, that ‘allows me to choose what I really like in focus: like in a written page, we don’t read [it as an] image but one line at a time.’
If only Tristan Tzara had lived to read spambot subject lines, some boiler-room hacker’s idea of a foolproof strategy for bluffing your way past spam-killer defenses. “Be godparent or osteology,” admonishes today’s first hunk of junk mail, a Dadaist ultimatum if ever there was one. What mental-ward wisdom hides in this love-it-or-leave-it, my-way-or-the-highway dualism? Does it mean: If you’re not part of a social network, bound by family ties, you’ve got your nose in the boneyard? “Ragweed conjunct Sherlocke,” the next spam asserts, cryptically. A reference to Conan Doyle’s mythical detective?
You have undoubtedly noticed that I chose not to quote the section I referenced above. So go read the whole thing, already.
P.S. I’ve got some spam of my own sliced up in Amazing Text.
1. Do something.
2. Do it again.
3. Keep doing it until it become boring.
4. Keep doing it until it becomes interesting again.
This may be from John Cage. Or it may be from Allen Ginsburg. Or it may be from someone else entirely.
It seems more likely that the world and all its continents were discovered by a Chinese admiral named Zheng He, whose fleets roamed the oceans between 1405 and 1435. His exploits, which are well documented in Chinese historical records, were written about in a book which appeared in China around 1418 called “The Marvellous Visions of the Star Raft”.
Next week, in Beijing and London, fresh and dramatic evidence is to be revealed to bolster Zheng He’s case. It is a copy, made in 1763, of a map, dated 1418, which contains notes that substantially match the descriptions in the book. “It will revolutionise our thinking about 15th-century world history,” says Gunnar Thompson, a student of ancient maps and early explorers.
Making Light muses on preparing a Flu Pre-Pack for the coming Global Flupocalypse.
Scranton Times-Tribune, Jan 4, 2005: Throop council dumps manager
THROOP A unified majority of five moved through Tuesday nights reorganization agenda at a quick clip, unanimously approving all but one motion. But a lack of internal opposition has not, so far, put a stop to political problems in the borough.
Nearly four months after he was hired, Borough Manager Robert Hegedus lost his job when Borough Council voted 5-0 to eliminate his position and rehire Elaine Morrell at a salary of $40,000
Within two hours of the meetings conclusion, Mrs. Morrell told Borough Council she would not be taking the job.
On the difficulties of displaying poetry on the web, or in eReaders.
Charles Platt was suspicious of Nickled and Dimed, so he decided to work at WalMart.