the rigorous m

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Posted by rigorousm on March 3, 2010

She regarded compliments with disgust, they made her feel as though a rather blatantly alluring image of herself were being hacked out with a hatchet, and she was afraid of being deluded by it. She alone could think with due propriety about her own appearance. And she did so without the use of words, with a sort of affectionate certitude, a caress. Matheiu looked diffidently at Ivich’s slender shoulders, the straight, round neck. She often said: “I have a horror of people who are not conscious of their bodies.” Mathieu was conscious of his body, but rather as though it were a large and embarrassing parcel.

– Jean Paul Sartre, The Age of Reason, p. 71.

Three suspiciously beautiful days in a row. Today, heart-shaped balloon, much the worse for wear, detangles itself from its companions and escape, past the redredred facade of the Mexican food restaurant, heading west.

Another today, grey skies, constant drizzle, and all is right in Portland.

The emergence of sampling as a technique is conjoined with the continual possibility of being sampled. Not merely a manipulative technique of an information medium, sampling describes and ontological condition–the continual and structural chunk of information being copied and networked with another…. Crucial to this tactic is the prime facie aleatory character of the art of transduction itself–“recorded at arbitrary intervals”–which suggests an unfathomable origin, a continual differentiation that puts the very agency of creative production into disarray….

Indeed, this ontological exposure is registered on at least two intertwined strands: hope and terror. Hope fathoms the capacities for transformations complicit with being sampled. New surface areas of embodiment and deterritorialization are constantly exfoliating as technologies of informatic sampling blur the very landscape of “human” consciousness, rendering practices of autonomy, privacy, and propriety into entropic conceptual formations mostly good at propagating themselves…. Here information economies seem to enable little more than the acceleration and amplification of the most ancient of media: the rumor….

– Richard Doyle, “Close Encounters of the Nth Kind,” pp. 203-4, in ET Culture: Anthropologies in Outer Space, ed. D. Battaglia.

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