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Finals: Magick vs. Realism… Reality-based Prevail!



Argenina (magick, tropical, hot) vs. Germany (symbolic, epic, recurrence, cold (?)) Ah hell, I’m pulling for magick realism but the whole damn thing is so kafkaesque, that it’s hard not to dream in Kafka.

And it’s Germany and The Man w/o Qualities over the Library of Babel in an ending that was real, and yet, somehow “feels” unfinished. Viva REALITY!

No Overtyme for the Greatest

(a rout out… here)

Bloodlust, Stevia Caffeine and Grace
We are shapes in space. Extrusions, tube-like in time. In constant collision and tension, taking on novel conformations and impinged upon by other shapes, a war of shapes, a sex made of shapes.

“What about dilation and contraction?”
- You forget about the gold hills above the bay and the fact that light travels a number of minutes to get to our eyes via the burnt grasses.

A honor to receive it; and a humiliation. Life is a humiliation… for every one. Make a place to rest and smile and get some work done amidst all the hatred. Everyone needs a place to smile and get some work done. Perhaps there will be periodic ceasefires in the endless violence? Like mild summer showers? Like getting one’s teeth curbed?

You satisfy your primal lust with primate-like behavior, forgetting the fact that at a point not in time, space did not exist. And I do the same. I have done the same. I will do the same; but hopefully less and less so as I demand more from my noodled tangle. I miss actual reality.

This was to be the last post but I have been pointed, via syncronicity, to:
Evolutionary escape from the prisoner’s dilemma

Notes from the Greenhouse World: A Study in Coevolution, Planetary Sustainability, and Community Structure

And maybe even a digital platform for carrying out experiments of the appropriate type.

A technical summary of the story thus far can be found:
Geometry, Topology and Spectra of Non-Linear Spaces of Maps – Wolfgang Pauli Lectures, May 25, 2009
(Got to laugh to keep from crying at the awe inspiring powers of various forces in the universe. recommit…)

if slime mold can do it…
(Pattern Formation and Dynamics in Nonequilibrium Systems… including bz-reactions + slime mold)

…slime molds use this particular spatiotemporal pattern to self-organize into a new multicellular structure.

Fig. 1.9 (From the above book chapter) Photograph of a starving slime-mold colony in the early stages of aggregation. The cells were placed on an 8-cm-wide caffeine-laced agar dish with an average density of 106 cells/cm2. The field of view covers 4 cm. The light regions correspond to elongated cells that are moving with a speed of about 10 microns/minute by chemotaxis toward higher secretant concentrations. The dark regions correspond to flattened cells that are stationary. The spiral waves rotate with a period of about 5 minutes. This early aggregation stage persists for about four hours after which the pattern and cell behavior changes substantially, forming thread-like streams. (Figure courtesy of Dr. Florian Siegert.)

um… throwback… heh.

ps. no obvious connection but a guy with crystalline eyes told me to read this today… That’s a ROG, O.A.O.

A Fern Grows in Malibu (thanks to The LAEV)

Thanks for the good times at the BBQ and the mulch… I am fighting the good fight (the reterritorialization of the ferns in the entranceway of the house. Many thanks to the folks at LAEV for getting everything ready to mulch and fpr letting me play in the earth and shit. Yeah!)





Thom Thom Drumming (circle the wagons!!!), Catastrophies, still Beating Hearts and the Topology of Biological Time

Well, actually, that’s for another day… a day I understand it. Today some links on biology and topology, specifically Glass, Winfree and Thom. (Thanks again! See below for a richer shout out.)


Overview: Topological Approached to Biological Dynamics by L. Glass

The Geometry of Biological Time by A. Winfree

Structural Stability and Morphogenesis by Rene Thom

From Ian Stewart on catastrophe theory:
Scientists often assume that sudden effects must have sudden causes. This belief underlies much discussion of the demise of the dinosaurs, for example. Yet in the physical sciences it has long been known that gradually changing causes can have dramatic effects – explosions, fracture of materials, breaking waves. Thom tried to transfer the same insight into biology and other “soft” sciences, by laying down a general mathematical framework for such phenomena.

(Ed: I had a very recent run in with this theory myself… it was quite astounding and I thank all those involved. um… er…4/76?)


The mathematical physics of rainbows and glories





The most dense thing I’ll compile tonight

Late night interweb trolling for connections…

tikz and GraphViz

% A complete graph
% Author: Quintin Jean-Noël
:Title: A complete graph
:Tags: Foreach;Graphs;To paths
:Author: Jean-Noël Quintin
:Slug: complete-graph
% A counter, since TikZ is not clever enough (yet) to handle
% arbitrary angle systems.
\begin{tikzpicture}[transform shape]
%the multiplication with floats is not possible. Thus I split the loop in two.
\foreach \number in {1,…,8}{
% Computer angle:
\advance\mycount by -1
\multiply\mycount by 45
\advance\mycount by 0
\node[draw,circle,inner sep=0.25cm] (N-\number) at (\the\mycount:5.4cm) {};
\foreach \number in {9,…,16}{
% Computer angle:
\advance\mycount by -1
\multiply\mycount by 45
\advance\mycount by 22.5
\node[draw,circle,inner sep=0.25cm] (N-\number) at (\the\mycount:5.4cm) {};
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\advance\mycount by 1
\foreach \numbera in {\the\mycount,…,16}{
\path (N-\number) edge[->,bend right=3] (N-\numbera) edge[<-,bend
left=3] (N-\numbera);