So it’s been a while…

Yes, I tried blogging a long time ago and now I’m back. Hello first person perspective, it’s been a while.
So now I think I’ll start a new blog and also keep this one ticking over, just so I can link between them both to make it look more exciting.

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Paintings and drawings by Günther Kalbitzer

Günther Kalbitzer paints and draws. Very well.

Art by Günther Kalbitzer

Art by Günther Kalbitzer

You can see for yourself on Flickr.

The ghost of Rolling Stone past

Rolling Stone today may be the bloated corpse of rock you won’t even poke with a stick in case you puncture it and accidentally catch a whiff of the fetid gases trapped inside, but once upon a time it paid for some great writing.

But rock journalism, as Frank Zappa said, could be seen as “…people who can’t write interviewing people who can’t talk for people who can’t read.”

And as with any literary criticism, good writing is good writing. Just because you’re writing about something great (or bad) doesn’t make your writing good (or bad. Or right.)

Aladin Sane, 1973

Aladin Sane, 1973

David Bowie

Aladin Sane

…Aladdin is less manic than The Man Who Sold the World, and less intimate than Hunky Dory, with none of its attacks of self-doubt. Ziggy, in turn, was less autobiographically revealing, more threatening than its predecessors, but still compact. Like David’s Radio City Music Hall show, Aladdin is grander, more produced: David is more than ever more mastermind than participant. Aladdin’s very eclecticism makes it even less exposed, conceptually, than Ziggy. Three of the tracks, “Pretty As a Star,” “Let’s Spend the Night Together,” and the related “The Jean Genie,” are inferior, they lack the obdurate strength of the remaining songs, not to mention the perfection of Hunky Dory and Ziggy. The calmness of the former, the inexorability of the latter (which manages to subsume the question of each individual song’s merit) are not Aladdin Sane’s.

But The Jean Genie as an inferior track? History is not always kind. I expect it will be equally kind to me.

But there’s always the flip side.

Pigeons as film critics

mediated through the lens of fundamentalism. Is that too strong?
If only we knew in advance what concepts were going to be presented in a movie that we might actually have to explain to our children. Otherwise we might actually have to make sure our kids understood that people have sex, that people die, that people can lie and steal and that pagans worshop satan and after the rapture they’re all going to dammed for all eternity in the firey lake. And Jesus loves you.
It’s becoming harder and
harder to identify a movie
that can be enjoyed by
the entire family.
Because most family
movies are shit.
Monsters Vs. Aliens
Content Description:
Sex: A female character kisses another character on the head.
Language: Su*k-1; Bo*bies-1; Holy Cheeze Its-1; G/OMG-2
Violence: There are several exciting chase scenes and parents should realize that their really young children might possibly be alarmed; a character jumps through a window; A character is shot with a needle; a woman strikes a large cockroach; a large robot attacks and is taken down; characters are chased; accidents on road; some explosions and threats.
Drugs: Medication used in a needle; a robot says, “I’m so buzzing”.
Nudity: An animated man is briefly seen on a toilet but it is not graphic.
Other: There is a scene of a church wedding; a character is supposed to be a missing link.

Who do Christians turn to when they need someone to tell them how to think what to watch? Why the Dove Foundation!

Is it a bird? Is it a cake mix? It's a bird.

Is it a bird? Is it a cake mix? It's a bird.

Because what I want to know before going to see a film is “What would I want to think Jesus would want to tell us to tell our children?”

If only we knew in advance what concepts were going to be presented in a movie that we might actually have to explain to our children. Otherwise we might actually have to make sure our kids understood that people have sex, that people die, that people can lie and steal and that pagans worshop satan and after the rapture they’re all going to be dammed for all eternity in the firey lake. And Jesus loves you.

Now there’s no need to worry. Or think for yourself.

It’s becoming harder and harder to identify a movie that can be enjoyed by the entire family.

Because most deliberately ‘family’ movies are shit.

Monsters Vs. Aliens

Content Description:

Sex: A female character kisses another character on the head.

Language: Su*k-1; Bo*bies-1; Holy Cheeze Its-1; G/OMG-2

Violence: There are several exciting chase scenes and parents should realize that their really young children might possibly be alarmed; a character jumps through a window; A character is shot with a needle; a woman strikes a large cockroach; a large robot attacks and is taken down; characters are chased; accidents on road; some explosions and threats.

Drugs: Medication used in a needle; a robot says, “I’m so buzzing”.

Nudity: An animated man is briefly seen on a toilet but it is not graphic.

Other: There is a scene of a church wedding; a character is supposed to be a missing link.

The satanic evolutionary link between man and fish

The satanic evolutionary link between man and fish

Nationalism and Religion in a Global Age

In case you missed it at RMIT Storey Hall in March, you can now listen to the very interesting 2009 Tom Nairn lecture by Professor Mark Juergensmeyer, University of California.

Global Rebellion: Religious Challenges to the Secular State 
If you don’t have a spare hour and eighteen minutes, here is the text version of the lecture (PDF 193 KB)
From his site…
Professor Mark Juergensmeyer is director of the Orfalea Center for Global and International Studies, professor of sociology, and affiliate professor of religious studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is an expert on religious violence, conflict resolution and South Asian religion and politics, and has published more than two hundred articles and twenty books, including the recently-released Global Rebellion: Religious Challenges to the Secular State (University of California Press 2008). His widely-read Terror in the Mind of God: The Global Rise of Religious Violence (University of California Press, revised edition 2003), is based on interviews with religious activists around the world–including individuals convicted of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, leaders of Hamas, and abortion clinic bombers in the United States–and was listed by the Washington Post and the Los Angeles Times as one of the best nonfiction books of the year.

Adaptive transmit eigenbeamforming with orthogonal space-time block coding in correlated space-time channels

Conventional space-time codes can provide a significant improvement in system performance only if the signal paths are spatially uncorrelated, a condition that is hardly met in practice. In this paper, we mitigate this condition by combining a technique of eigenbeamforming, based on the channel correlation matrix, with orthogonal space-time block codes (O-STBC) at the transmitter side of the link. No feedback information from the receiver (the mobile station) is utilized in the proposed structure. Simulation results using 4-ary PSK signaling showed that this idea outperforms existing techniques in both uncorrelated and correlated channels in terms of bit-error rate and symbol-error rate.

Now this is what scientific research should sound like. It almost makes sense, but the specific meaning slides just beyond your grasp, like a tethered lobster trying to pick up a large frozen boiled egg.

Lobsters, like snails and spiders, have blue blood due to the presence of haemocyanin, which contains copper

Lobsters, like snails and spiders, have blue blood due to the presence of haemocyanin, which contains copper

Wordle wordlet wordled

Tag clouds are like the quality of mercy – they swarm like leaf-cuter ants in the heavens, stripping the tree of knowledge so as to feed it to the eternal fungus that rules beneath the earth with its endless mycelium, stretching across the kilometres and boundaries of common sense. Especially is you are reading this on a mobile device. Really?

Wordle tag clouds are of special interest. The gallery seems quite pointless, but interesting nevertheless.

An issue of Web: may have this technology applied to it.

Issue number 38 of Web: as represented ideo-diagramatically. With words.

Issue number 38 of Web: as represented ideo-diagrammatically. With words.

Or the speeches of various individuals. All of who are interesting, but some of more relevance than others.

Automated concrete poetry has its moments.

And who writes the best concrete poetry? Guillaume Apollinaire? Malarme?

Or NASA?


And so on and so forth

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