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*

a philosophy of life by diego (or diego and his audition tape for @Bruce_Weber)

so Diego called us (of course, we speak “dog”, darlings, we grew up in England) and said:

“Richard just showed me ‘A Letter To True’ made by that nice photographer who wears the bandana”

Bruce Weber?”

“That’s the one.”

“Did you enjoy it?”

“Very much – in fact I’d like you to shoot an audition tape for me so I can be in his next movie.”

“Oh, absolutely – delighted to do so.”

“One more thing…..”

“Yes, Diego?”

“He shoots a lot in black and white and it’s kinda arty and has a strong message, can you do that?”


“Oh, yes. With your looks and our talent, we can do an excellent audition tape for Mr. Weber, darling Diego.”

“great – Richard and I will see you on Sunday – we’ll put the coffee on.”


so here’s what we did….


after the shoot we let diego look through the Rushes and he turned to us and said, with a small almost winsome smile –

“I like it.”



feeling philosophical…


the view over the Hudson sent us into a reverie this afternoon…..isn’t it transportingly lovely?

sometimes, here at teamgloria, we feel Rather Philosophical.

the moment passes. usually we get distracted.

by a dashing (Canadian!) iPhone case…

a friendly dragon “happy chinese new year!” on a Terribly Elegant french mini clutch on silk (is there any other way to carry a mini clutch?)

or a strange yet welcome visitor carrying this young love’s dream.

and then, when they’ve gone, and we are listening to something elegant and mystical and joyful (confession: our selection of Classical music is often “greatest hits for marriages and other Ceremonies” but they do have a lovely Range to uplift and soothe – nothing like an Overture for Organ to put one in the mood) we get philosophical again.

thinking about the Future/

when we really just need to grab the excel document and try to make sense of the “numbers” #sigh. not our strong suit. we’re more of a Visionary (if you hadn’t guessed) but Needs Must.

and then we look out of the window again and wonder where we’ll be in, say, five month’s time.

even coming back to earth is a little bit Magical because in 3 and a half weeks we’ll be taking a Long Weekend on the Other Coast.

and in (very nearly) six weeks we will be in Paris.

isn’t life delicious?

whatever happens. there’s always a good view and a philosophical bent.

we’ve even been indulging in a little reading around the Subject – we did ask for recommendations but the languidly-smart-human in question never got back to us so we went and did our Own Searching.


the things one learns when one goes looking for new thought (not so much New Thought –  as concepts-that-are-new) and ideas and then we got tired and a bit scratchy and had to choose which DVD to select pour ce soir.

we have Quite the Collection.

some of them are French (and Very Philosophical).

others are just full of beautiful people in beautiful locales.

which is Rather Nice too.

what’s your favorite/favourite/choicest movie/film/moment to get You through the winter nights, darlings?

do tell (in the comment place below…..or in email to us if you know us and it’s an Embarrassing movie and we Promise not to tell ;-)