Archive for February, 2004

Bootstraping

Sunday, February 29th, 2004

听到这个词许多次了,在CITRIS的会上听到Douglas Engelbart的介绍,才知道他的研究所名字就是”Bootstrapping”。

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Luncheon Talk

Thursday, February 26th, 2004

During the lunch at CITRIS, you had a conversation with Ruzena and her friend from HP about the chips. He finally agreed on there are lack of sufficient considerations for consequences of THESE developments.

Yellowman

Thursday, February 26th, 2004

Has anyone really believed her/his individual psychology could be somehow divorced from history? Tonight’s play has made it so clear, that how much are our thoughts, feelings and behavior related to the larger social forces that surround and move through us.

You also first time learned about the issue of colorism, and how deeply it is entrenched in American Black culture. It is an intense, poetic and very focused play, yet everyone can see so many layers of his/her own life through the prism of Alma and Eugene.

”意识形态“

Wednesday, February 25th, 2004

这是个老词了,其实应当指这样一种知识,在其”自然“,”通行“的背后,其社会性来源被压抑,隐匿,或视为不相干了。也可以指这样一种过程,是对意指和话语领域内不平等的社会关系进行再生产的过程。

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”意指“

Wednesday, February 25th, 2004

费斯克的《关键概念》远远不是一本“词典”,其多层相关,应和参照的文本提供的是一种复调,有机,开放的阅读经验。
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一方是符号(或符号系统),一方是指涉之现实(referential reality),两方之间的关系就是“signification。”(被翻译成”意指“,甚不清晰。)

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The Anathema

Friday, February 20th, 2004

“This idea that the brain might be assembled in much the same way as the rest of the body—on the basis of the action of thousands of autonomous but interacting genes (shaped by natural selection)—is an anathema to our deeply held feeling that our minds are special, somehow separate from the material world. Yet at the same time, it is a continuation, perhaps the culmination, of a long trend, a growing-up for the human species that for too long has overestimated its own centrality in the universe. ”

—-Gary Marcus, “The Birth of the Mind: How a Tiny Number of Genes Creates the Complexities of Human Thought”

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The Reichstag

Friday, February 20th, 2004

Christo and Jeanne-Claude rapped the Reichstag on June 23, 1995. You were there seven years later, quietly entering those sober gray walls, the dark and silent witnesses of a century of tumultuous German history. You saw the details. But the two artists took a different approach: by wrapping it, hiding all the details they allow you to focus entirely on the form. This is “revelation through concealment. ”

Augment Reality

Tuesday, February 17th, 2004

How many efforts are there to mingle virtual and physical worlds? Media linked to location, adding information and communication to physical objects, manipulating the virtual world by manipulating physical objects, and what else? Wearable computers.

And, ultimately, the wetware.

The Fog of War

Monday, February 9th, 2004

Still digesting the event of last week: McNamara in Berkeley. When all is said and done, only the voice of a poet remains:

We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time.

—-T.S. Eliot, No.4 of “Four Quartets

星期六的下午

Monday, February 9th, 2004

在Peets的外面久坐
重读《神话结构

阳光暖暖地斜射下来
照在脸上

蓝色贝雷帽的女子
怀抱着吉他轻唱

(十五年前,电报街头
也是这样的阳光)