Saturday, February 16, 2013
It's just that every moment casts a shadow / A sadness...

ACT (Aesthetically Claimed Thing): Jens Lekman's sublime, deeply melancholy Some Dandruff on Your Shoulder.

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The Future of Photography is Now

"With a constant feed of all that she might see, the photographer is freed from instant reaction to the Decisive Moment, and then only faced with the Decisive Area to be in, and perhaps the Decisive Angle. Evolve this further into a networked grid of such cameras, and the photographer is freed from those decisions as well, and is then merely a curator of reality after the fact."


Postscript to yesterday's events, the logical consequence of showing junior-high science class videos to a little stuffed cat with a big personality.

"Su44eNd3r, eA4thLiNgs!  !!!ROSE!!! tZaRiNa."
Friday, February 15, 2013

Winter's over. Day 1 of direct sunlight through the front window (all 45 seconds of it), falling lightly on my tired old face.
Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Wide on the CABIN as a gnarled hand, larger than the house and on an arm a hundred feet long, shoots up from the crust of the earth.
Sunday, February 10, 2013

"'I have no delusions about my likability, in every scenario,' he told me earlier. 'I know that in order to get things done the way you want them, oftentimes your position will be unpopular.'"

TSOP (The Sound Of Philadelphia) [Original 12" Version] - MFSB featuring The Three Degrees (1974)


MFSB - The Sound of Philadelphia TSOP (Pied Piper 2012 Remix)

Recent reading:

Craig Johnson, The Cold Dish

Jan Zwicky, Plato as Artist

Nassim Nicholas Taleb, Fooled by Randomness: The Hidden Role of Chance in Life and in the Markets

William Poundstone, Fortune's Formula: The Untold Story of the Scientific Betting System That Beat the Casinos and Wall Street

Taleb's book is virtually unreadable, full of insights marred by the author's snobbery, classism, and grotesquely mangled English.  Taleb has all of V.S. Naipaul's charm and none of his style.  Still, just as even a stopped clock is right twice a day, Taleb is deeply, profoundly right in passing, for example, in his essay "Philostratus in Monte Carlo: On the Difference Between Noise and Information" (pp. 64-69), and most of all in that essay's helpful Table 3.1, "Probability of Success at Different Scales."  I reread this essay five times last night between 1:30am and 3:30am and plan to photocopy it before dropping Fooled by Randomness back into New Arrivals at work.

Fortune's Formula is impeccably paced and well-written, and, despite the somewhat corny title, is probably the most useful investing/risk management book I've read since Graham and Dodd's Security Analysis.  Highly recommended for its ostensibly artless style, its humor, its synthesis of diverse fields (Mob bookmaking; horse racing; no-limit Texas Hold'em; blackjack; probability theory & etc.), and its immediate applicability to most aspects of my daily life.

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