September 2013

“a peculiar co-ordination of self to world” where political change is the answer – unless we are too stupid to notice: Karen Houle on Paul Patton’s Deleuze and the Political (2000)

The general task of the political, then, is a: “patient and meticulous practice of genealogy” (63) modelled by Deleuze according to which, we may limn, and contest: “the quality of the forces present and their affinity with one or other character of the will to power … the dynamic aspects of the interplay between the qualities of will to power and those that supervene on force relations… .” (62-3) It is by virtue of these practices that we “trace the paths upon which things change or become transformed into something else,” (66) that is, orientate ourselves as bodies capable of transformation and contestation. Patton suggests that this is not so much a voluntary application of method as it is a peculiar co-ordination of self to world which drives one more readily toward puzzlement and therefore, toward creativity(19-20). What these ontological facts ask of us depends upon where we are situated when the possibility of change becomes an answer to a problem posed to us which we are not too stupid to notice.

– Karen Houle, Editorial: Deleuze and Politics – a reading of Paul Patton’s Deleuze and the Political – in Volume 12(3) of The Semiotic Review of Books, archived here, p. 4

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the dark precursor relates differences externally and produces a ‘shadow identity’ – a prefiguration which conceals internal difference in representation and therefore is critically and analytically essential

A moiré is an interference pattern that emerges when two fabrics or grids are brought together and superimposed, one on top of the other. The pattern that emerges is the difference between the two patterns. For Deleuze, differenciation occurs when two series are brought together in such a way that the dif­ferences between the two series create a third. It’s not the identity of the points in the series that creates identity here; it’s the relationship of dif­ference between the two series that generates the pattern. The dark pre­cursor is the activity of relating series to series, without any background, and the lightning flash is what emerges when the two series are inter­related or intermeshed. The disparate indicates the process of the pro­duction of difference as identity out of difference.

– Clayton Crockett, Deleuze Beyond Badiou: Ontology, Multiplicity and Event, Columbia University, USA, New York, 2013, pp. 40-41

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Linus Torvalds nods his head (“shakes”?) while saying No to the question: Have you ever been approached by the U.S. government to insert a backdoor into Linux?

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space time crystal: the amplituhedron

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Elizabeth Timm’s study found wanting, the Boss Group funded Roman Köster’s Hugo Boss, 1924-1945, allowing them to say:

“Out of respect to everyone involved, the Group has published this new study with the aim of adding clarity and objectivity to the discussion. It also wishes to express its profound regret to those who suffered harm or hardship at the factory run by Hugo Ferdinand Boss under National Socialist rule.”

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… Russell Brand continues here and here.

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Disney discovers 以心伝心 – if that is even legible – and, of course, copyrights the it out of it. Here

The Terrible Terrible Terrible Terrible Terrible Terrible truth about Syria. Here – the most pertinent point of which is that if Syria constitutes an humanitarian crisis perhaps forego the cost of sending a missile – and the geopolitical surgery, however pinhole – and spend the money helping two million refugees.

… a question, prompted by the froth pouring out of independent anti-surveillance pro-encryption online collectivities: is personal encryption the apotheosis of bourgeois individualism? i.e. my ‘nothing to hide’ is worth more than the ‘something to hide’ of the nation? – one ‘solution’ here

And what we have been waiting for from poor Alan Turing’s poisoned apple: the Turing Normalising Machine. Here – I wonder why Apple was called Apple? an original absence of sin, Alan Garner’s account here.

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awe and the watery ones

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R.I.P. Mick Karn (Andonis Michaelides), born in 1958, died January 4 2011

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Turks young and old (and a Kurd or two) – a brilliant doco illuminating the “secular compromise” post Ataturk, Turkey’s turn to the Arab world and why the latter is not turning Turkey, here illustrated by Halil Altindere – click on an image

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