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November 10, 2003

So I have a question....

Would we be asking so many questions about Francois if he had his own blog? I'm not sure I can add to the range of observations that others have already made, especially this late at night (I'll have to remember to cut myself off caffiene a little earlier tomorrow), but there's something about "blogging from the margins" (to use Matt's phrase) that makes his presence in this blogging community felt so powerfully.

Posted by chuck at November 10, 2003 1:39 AM

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Towards a Geometry of an answer


wherein is presented the conjecture that an appreciation of the local and an appreciation for complexity help one develop empathy.

Jill on user/avatar under the rubric “topic given”

wherefrom one can begin to tease out the relation between “name” “signature” and “person” in the cyber-construction of subjectivity and agency.
wherein there is a reference to the temporality of relations and a link to

Elouise on
under the rubric "just a moment"
wherein there is a lot of play on the divisibility of perception and the delectable diectics of the “I am”
wherefrom one could cut across the circle …

Kari Kraus under a rubric which highlights the term “pixel driving” leads me to ever wonder about the tension between the techno and the onto, between
Metahacking (How) Hypermemory (WHAT)

Proxemics of propagation (speak to the robots)

Searches engines: how many blog owners spider (or manually search) the WWW for discursive instances that refer to them? Of those that do, how often?

Writing in the comments alerts a very interested potential reader.

Comment blog rolls allow potential readers to be alerted for a while to a potential interest spot. It is the combo of the marquee effect and name recognition.

Trackbacks are owner-to-owner linking. A URL referencing a blog entry (or a set of blog comments) when inscribed within a comment does not, under certain systems, count as a trackback.

However, the non-blog-owner-blogger can upload an HTML document with links and register the resource with search engines.

The same phenomenon can emerge by persistent writing and registering. The temporality of the emergence is affected by the registration not the writing.

Gotta point Matt to this point about registration

Circle - chutry style ()

Posted by: Francois Lachance at November 10, 2003 9:48 AM

Ok--right now, my head is spinning, perhaps you've made a spiral and not a circle?

Posted by: chuck at November 11, 2003 11:42 AM

To counteract spin effect read from bottom-up :)
Or look at some entity spinning in the opposite direction? How do those dervishes do it?

Quebecois Feminists are fond of the image of the spiral and its poetical potential for inducing erotic and intellectual vertigo. See for example the work of Nicole Brossard and Gail Scott.

Smaro Kamboureli has a piece in Open Letter 7.8 (1990) about that group of women writers. See the dizzying record that captures keywords, persons named and texts mentioned.

The record is an example of some "clumping" which might serve the meme tracing you mention in response to Matt Kirschenbaum's entry on "clumping". It of couse depends upon richly marked up information within a corpus of texts.

I'm currently working at taking the spiral-circle experience and applying it to the creation of a blog-like text about content modelling blogs via the Text Encoding Initiative (TEI) guidelines. It may help provide some best practices in markup that will help the robots and spiders clump away and sift trackbacks.

Posted by: Francois Lachance at November 12, 2003 9:46 AM

That sounds like a cool project, Francois. I've seen some use of the spiral, usually in the context of constructions of time, such as Chris Marker's centrifugal (or is it centripital) spiralling off of Alfred Hitchcock's _Vertigo_ in several of his films.

Of course, the spiral is "erotic" in these texts as well (Jimmy Stewart's fascination with Kim Novak, the Time Traveler's attraction to the Woman from his past, the "letters" from the filmmaker to someone who may be his lover in _Sans Soleil_). And then the spiral also expands to include _12 Monkeys_, as well. Of course, the erotic is problematic, if not problematized, in several of these films...

Posted by: chuck at November 12, 2003 11:40 AM

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