Anodyne
Saturday, September 27, 2014
 
"Mr. L. shared the same perspective as the other defence witnesses on the character of the neighbourhood, testifying that that he 'could best describe a lot of people there as rednecks.' I infer that he meant by this term that the residents have the kinds of interests that people who live in rural areas are popularly thought to enjoy, such as carrying out their own home improvements and owning trucks, boats, heavy equipment or livestock."

Another well-written judgment out of the BCSC.  Half Raymond Carver, half Trailer Park Boys.  Takes a few paragraphs to get into direct evidence, at which point the narrative lifts off and soars. 
Friday, September 26, 2014
 
Irony: my few real heroes inevitably say, when interviewed, that if things hadn't worked out for them in their respective creative careers, that they'd "probably be working in a bookstore."
 
This is the only useful thinking I've accomplished this week, & it fills me with weird giddy joy, like a chest full of helium.  This took two full days of non-work thinking to accomplish, btw, so I'm not planning on quitting the day job any time soon.  A MIT-bound high schooler could probably have solved it in 10 minutes, but that person isn't me.

Q:  Bob multiplies three different prime numbers together.  Is it possible for the digits of that product to sum to 18?  Why or why not? 

CJB:

1.  To make a number divisible by 9 (9, 18, 27 & etc.), 9 needs to factor in the initial multiplication process.  9 = 3 * 3, so you need 2 3s as factors.

2.  You can never get 2 3s using "3 different prime numbers" because 3 is prime and by the question's rules you can only use it once.

3.  Therefore you can never produce a 9.

4.  By the fundamental theorem of arithmetic, 18 uniquely factors as 2 * 3 *3.

4a. Bob is consequently SOL with his multiplication process, because it will never produce one of the three factors required for an 18.
Thursday, September 25, 2014
 
Ben Lerner: "Google is useful as this unbelievable resource of collage materials."
 

 

"Even when the camera moves, the threat of that movement (and thus of the camera) becoming noticeable as a unique entity is subdued by the presence of narrative action before it.

When, however, camera movement becomes very intricate, the threat of the camera proclaiming its autonomy becomes greater. This situation arises in those long takes which present an entire narrative moment, an entire 'spatio-temporal integrality experienced as being without "flaws,"' in one shot, without editing. The autonomy of the camera is proclaimed in these shots when the moving camera leaves characters behind, abandoning them outside the frame, or when characters are allowed to leave the frame on their own. The former instance demonstrates the autonomy of the camera by showing that the camera controls the process of narrativization by selecting its own objects. The latter calls attention to an offscreen space that the spectator can not see."
 
If in work you're able to be in touch with the forces that make you and direct you--
Wednesday, September 24, 2014
 



Studies for pictures.  Hawaii; Israel.
 

Metal Heart, 2008 (Cover of Metal Heart, 1998)

"Make something, a kind of object, which as it changes or falls apart (dies as it were) or increases in its parts (grows as it were) offers no clue as to what its state or form or nature was at any previous time...."
 

"We were excited to pay homage to those brilliant Nineties music videos where the artist's personality is prominently featured in one long unbroken shot."
 
Metal Heart
Music and lyrics by Cat Power

Losing the star without a sky
Losing the reasons why
You're losing the calling that you've been faking
And I'm not kidding

It's damned if you don't and it's damned if you do
Be true, 'cause they'll lock you up in a sad, sad zoo
Oh, hidy-hidy-hiding, whatcha trying to prove?
By hidy-hidy-hiding
You're not worth a thing

Sew your fortunes on a string
And hold them up to light
Blue smoke will take
A very violent flight
And you will be changed and everything
And you will be
In a very sad, sad zoo

I once was lost, but now I'm found
Was blind, but now I see you
How selfish of you
To believe in the meaning of all the bad dreaming

Metal heart, you're not hiding
Metal heart, you're not worth a thing

Metal heart, you're not hiding
Metal heart, you're not worth a thing...

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