towards a philosophy of virtual existence in the midst of some very nice hydrangeas


sometimes one gets Caught Up in the web of Perception and starts to *think* deeply about why we are all here in the interweb and what we’re  creating as we all  t  y  p  e.

a friend called from Manhattan (he’s a night owl) late last night and we talked about the Films We Have Seen and What It All Means (mainly because we’ve decided not to see Blue Jasmine – we find such tragedy of human life and the follies of greed just too, too, despair-making).

he had interrupted (in a nice way) our Study Session (we often Pick a Subject and then read – actual books – and online articles and look for course descriptions to choose items from their syllabus and so on) so last night’s meandering down into the Rabbit Hole of the Interweb was left *hanging* in the air.

here’s as far we got –  – – – – –


“Forget trying to pass for normal. Follow your geekdom. Embrace nerditude. In the immortal words of Lafcadio Hearn, a geek of incredible obscurity whose work is still in print after a hundred years, “Woo the muse of the odd.” You may be a geek. You may have geek written all over you. You should aim to be one geek they’ll never forget. Don’t aim to be civilized. Don’t hope that straight people will keep you on as some sort of pet. To hell with them. You should fully realize what society has made of you and take a terrible revenge. Get weird. Get way weird. Get dangerously weird. Get sophisticatedly, thoroughly weird, and don’t do it halfway. Put every ounce of horsepower you have behind it. Don’t become a well-rounded person. Well-rounded people are smooth and dull. Become a thoroughly spiky person. Grow spikes from every angle. Stick in their throats like a pufferfish.”
― Bruce Sterling

“Science fiction is not about the freedom of imagination. It’s about a free imagination pinched and howling in a vise that other people call real life.”
― Bruce SterlingShaping Things

disintermediation [really? what about ‘spam’ filters making logistical decisions on hate crimes and anti-establishment language?]

Chantal Ackerman and Peter Greenaway? w o w

Stewart Brand – Rolling Stone 7 Dec 1972

Yet Spacewar, if anyone cared to notice, was a flawless crystal ball of things to come in computer science and computer use:

  1. It was intensely interactive in real time with the computer.

  2. It encouraged new programming by the user.

  3. It bonded human and machine through a responsive broadband interface of live graphics display.

  4. It served primarily as a communication device between humans.

  5. It was a game.

  6. It functioned best on, stand-alone equipment (and disrupted multiple-user equipment).

  7. It served human interest, not machine. (Spacewar is trivial to a computer.)

  8. It was delightful.

bringing us more up to date was a fascinating article (with no interview of MDNA herself, as far as we could see) on how she came to Rule.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAand then there were some very nice hydrangeas at the Mission San Fernando Rey de España.


which, for some reason, is where we started to think about all of this material (again – tis something we thought about deeply in the mid-90s) and to wonder what Are we building here?

right here.

with you. 

cue: *attractivegazeintomiddledistance*

18 thoughts on “towards a philosophy of virtual existence in the midst of some very nice hydrangeas

  1. teamgloria’s realm is such a lovely place. *sighs happily*
    sophia, you have *no* idea how this exact post just lifted me up :)

    and on a lighthearted note: me too! :D I actually do have calling cards. they carry my name, a black-on-white flower-y drawing, quite fine but also dull, and they are rounded on two and angular on other two edges.

    1. (dull as in: nothing really fancy. but fine enough for people to look at it and maybe reuse it as a bookmark. that kind of dull. dull as pretty. gosh, I’m actually really weird)

    2. bless you for getting all the references – we thought you might – this stuff really interests us and we’ve had so little time in the past few years to get back to it.

      now. is. the. Time.

  2. Here I am to save the day… help……or not. You wrote that we can make a Room of Our Own on the web. Sometimes, I think I am looking for that longed for Doll’s House ( I had a haphazard half finished one) of my childhood; the perfect little house with lots of perfect little rooms. Each one my own creation, and not one of those rooms has to confess to the existence of a horrible, ugly, but ridiculously useful, couch in the living room. And, if I think long enough, (which means not now) some philosophy re virtual existence may come to mind via the hydrangea otherwise known as Hortensia (she made herself heard!).

    1. oh yes.

      this really made us think (and do a very nice *gazeintothemiddledistance*)

      the dolls house. a perfect world. or at least a world of our own. miniature. our-size.

      yes. *thinks* hmmm. you have something there.

  3. Dearest G
    One wonders whether times when the post arrived as many times a day as it needed to in town and pamphlets came when they were literally hot off the press were more like the world we know now than we care to imagine,
    Perhaps we’ve returned to the Eighteenth Century without knowing it.
    Yours ever
    The Perfumed Dandy
    Post script: lovely fleurs

  4. Hmmmmm, impressions (thus far) of virtual existence — expansive, and yet… The most meaningful thing may be it serves like an old fashioned calling card, one you would drop on a hall table and thereby set the stage for the real deal… face time. Very quaint, but mostly very gratifying.

    “It served primarily as a communication device between humans.”

    Lovely humans.

    1. we’ve sort of Moved On from sitting in front of a concerned-looking-individual (that we pay) and let the universe via the delicious people who visit help us now.

      is that selfish?

      or strange?


      oh. well.

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