Ptarmigan

a grouse with completely feathered feet

8/17/2004

Abulafia

From Abraham Abulafia (1240-1291?):

And vowel-points were set into the letters to demonstrate the vibration of pronunciation in their translation from the book to the mouth. Thus the vibrations are essentially the letters of the mouth, and accidentally, the letters in the book. And joined to this by necessity with the places of the various vibrations, for nothing will vibrate without place and time.


I almost never read my work out loud when I'm composing it. I'm thinking it might be worth it to read aloud more.

What is the point in history when people learned to read silently?

8/08/2004

These stupid little maps (which game?) make me happy for some reason. It's that complete absence of chiarascuro. And you can almost hear the tinny little musical compositions in the wind...

Ah, pixellated nirvana.

8/05/2004

For some bizarre reason I've been interested in Catholic saints again, in that Golden Corral, Old Country Buffet kind of way.

St. Lucy - 12" Italian Plaster, Catholic Saint Statue: "This is a beautiful Italian Plaster statue of Saint Lucy, who is the patron of eyes, eye diseases and salespersons."

However, they forgot glaziers, hemorraghes, laborers, martyrs, peasants, saddlers, stained glass workers, throat infections (although Blaise would give her a run for her money), and, lastly, writers. For some reason.

Christ, I'm blogging alot. What's going on, America?

8/04/2004

My Ptarmigan (syndicated by LiveJournal.com) feed thing, if anyone's interested.

8/03/2004

Maybe the best science fiction show on television isn't what you'd expect.

What show does a better job of delineating the effects of technology on society (on society's bodies) than Nip/Tuck?

Had a first interview today, so that's good. It's a start. And, a very, very cool company that would just be, well, amazing to work for. So we'll see. Long way to go.

I like having mornings.

The poem continues apace. I have a lot of webmasterin' stuff to do with Taverner's Koans and the Ratbastards site. Taverner's Koans desperately needs a new overhaul--and I'd like to transfer it over to a php system, and really start to rethink pedagogically what the site can do. Because when I started it in 1997 --eons ago, isn't it?-- my views about poetry were drastically different. I don't want to throw out the baby with the bathwater, but I definitely want to incorporate different models into the teaching of poetry writing than the standard "concretion" workshop model.