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*

maple trees, madonna and movies in the afternoon.

we got the most delicious email earlier today –

do you want to go to the movies today – late afternoon?

it was at Exactly the right moment because we got up Very Early and met up with some friends for a breakfast meeting – then walked all the way to the Village to Swim and Steam (gently) and generally feel very good about oneself – and then we were at the Library (which we adore) after reading the Italian newspapers (we studied Latin) at a bistro and doing Lots of Important Work and giving special advice, when asked, and doing a copy-edit-digital-device consultancy job (fun!) and so the email just popped in and we said:

gosh – yes – what shall we see and where and when?

just like that.

who knew Life could be this Full and yet flexible? – delicious.

so after what was a full day of work squeezed into some not too Long Hours, we headed uptown and had a very deep and meaningful Movie Experience.

have you seen the sessions?

an absolutely Remarkable film – full of gentle humanity and agonizing choices and what-has-life-wrought and how to get-through-it with grace and lots of humo(u)r and yet some scenes are So painful that you just have to look away – or lean forward and into the feelings and sip tea and just let it all inside your soul.


do see it, darlings.

we were so blown away that we turned to our movie-companion – we didn’t ask permission so we can’t say who it was – but we hesitated over the choice of movies and this could have been a tough one but we’re both writers – oops, let that one slip – so we can handle anything by talking about Life, love and writing (in some particular order, maybe not that one…..) and said:

shall we go to the park and talk about life, love and writing?


and so we did – and it was a Park in full Autumnal deliciousness!


apparently it’s a maple tree.

we had to walk across the road to check.

isn’t it lovely to take time to cross the road to check on the shape of leaves so you can see if they look like the symbol for Canada?

(it was – and it is lovely).

then we took the subway back downtown, checking emails/voicemails while on-the-move and then had a few moments before our supper with a friend so we slipped into Bleecker Street Records – a symphony of Vinyl-with-disco-ball-a-shimmering like a slip of 1978 tucked into a rainy-day-in-the-city.

we hesitate to admit this – but you probably guessed it from the title – non?

here’s what we bought – it looked so disco-ball-memories of frosty-pink lipstick, lace gloves, temptation in the back alleys and a Sense of Vast Intense possibility (these sensations really do depend on how old one was in 1985, we are aware – but it was a Very Formative Year for us).

plus “dress you up” is a very misunderstood track – it really has a splendid beat – brings back memories of dark walled bedrooms, multiple bangles-pearls-vintage-crucifix on an old dressmaker’s dummy ready to adorn a bunch of teen girls heading Into the Night and out towards the Future.

You’ve got style, that’s what all the girls say
Satin sheets and luxuries so fine
All your suits are custom made in London
But I’ve got something that you’ll really like


do you have a secretly-memory-bound Madonna track?

go. on. do. tell.




Madonna made a movie. #lovedIt

Brava, lady Madonna!


Loved it.

Breathtakingly elegant, dreamy sensuality, stunning art direction, sensitive character exploration. Paris, NYC, London. 1930s satin bias dresses and stockings to modern day slim black sheath dresses and exquisite lingerie – what’s not to love? ;)

And, of course, the juxtaposition of the choices women can make today with the barricading behind protocol and secret political machinations that silenced and effectively banished a woman in an earlier time are, as one might expect from Madonna – rendered crystal clear.

Makes you think, really.

If wallis had been alive today, there would have been a veritable global network of fashionable bloggers supporting her while the establishment, in vain, attempted to censor and silence her.


Anyway, she says brightly, moving back to lighter fare before the brow of teamgloria gets Too Furrowed – it was delicious to end the long Week with a swim (6 times this week!) and tea in what was the set of You’ve Got Mail (the shop around the corner) on 68th and Columbus before heading to this divine Movie Palace.

fabulous start to the weekend ;)