Monday, December 31, 2018


In an effort to finish some of this non-work related reading, I've made and put this read breadcrumb on my thoughtStream so that:
1. the read objects don't get lost.
2. they get read.
3. this forms a node for linked data objects on my stream(s).

I've formed bundles of reads before, but some of the books didn't get read. Hopefully, this breadcrumb will be found again and again on my thoughtStream until all the books get read, and hopefully be interlaced with other thougthStream object. I've given myself till 2018, one year to finish. It should be plenty of time, no?

I've pinned this post until December 31, 2018 at 11:30PM.
Salvaged Pages
Doris Salcedo - The Materiality of Mourning
The Logic of Scientific Discovery
Parable of the Sower
Jack Gilbert - Collected Poems

Thursday, June 21, 2018

A Spell for Chameleon

#author.Piers Anthony

This is a book I read in my youth, somewhere in the early 80s. It is the first in the Xanth series of I don't know how many books. I read a lot of them! They mostly involve quests! Young characters seeking their identity. Now at 49yr (2018), I hope to have found my magical powers already. And perhaps I am like Bink, a paradox. 

Spoiler alert!
Bink is main character. He is seeking answers to his identity. In a land of magic, he seems to have none. Are you like me, like he, like JoJoBrand3 in three?

No magical powers, yet we have in some higher order dimension, along some variance, magician level divergences! Some of us will be clustered together by the Harry Porter Sorting Hat algorithm into this identity, the identity of JoJoBrand3. 


Wednesday, July 12, 2017

(Black Steel in the) Hour of Chaos

20170712.I linked the Hour of Chaos with Salvaged Pages.

#artist.//Public Enemy
#album.//It takes a nation of millions to hold us back

e-chords dot com /chords <create>


Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Fire Upon the Deep

#note.//A book I read in graduate school, or was it earlier? One of my favorite within the Zones of Thought series. I highly recommend reading them. The books introduce the Tines. I don't want to ruin it for you, but Vernon uses this literary device to explore some pretty cool ideas about highly cooperative groups of interlaced individuals.

We should read it, if we want to be part of JoJoBrand3!

Vernon Vinge


Sunday, July 2, 2017

Salvaged Pages

I got a chance to visit the Museum of Tolerance with Pete and Lil (2017). I listened to one survivor tell her story-- so much shouting and yelling and barking dogs; infants thrown out the second floor to a waiting dump truck; surviving, meeting her husband, moving to Minnesota-- moving to Los Angeles.

Every week she goes to the museum and repeats her story, and it is still emotionally exhausting, but she goes so we won't forget.

I stood in a simulated gas chamber and watched videos of how our Community kills itself.

When I returned to Boston, I got a chance to see in the Linde Family Wing for Contemporary Art, “Memory Unearthed”. I saw rare photos of life inside the Lodz Ghetto during its existence from 1940 to 1944. The photographs had been taken by Polish Jewish photojournalist Henryk Ross (1910–1991).

Juxtaposed next door were other pieces that show across time and culture, how we've always pitted us vs them, you vs. me. Self vs non-self. I saw a ancient Chinese vase painted over with a New Order Red inscription.

After the exhibit, I bought Salvaged Pages<create> and me, us vs. them

#author.//Young writer's late 1930s to early 1940s

#editor.collector.//Alexandra Zapruder

Each chapter has an introductions to each person's diary entries

Klaus/Jacob's entries: number also. He changed his name upon arrival in Palestine.

grandmother:Mina moved here when he was three. I've been to Wiesbaden. It's next to Mainz, where Becky did her postdoc.

start:193703.//Klaus starts his diary in German shortly after his bar mitzvah.

start:201705.//I start reading parts of his entries 80 years later.

The included entries start in April 1938, around when he turned 14. I'm a man in my later forties.2017 reflecting on a before the violence.trauma.chaos.killing happens. I feel alternatively like both Hanna and Michael in Der Vorleser.

They were an assimilated family. We know what's going to come and can't help shouting at them to MOVE! Yet, they are like us, rooted. It's so difficult to become refugees, and most countries didn't want to take any Jew refugees, even the USA. I can only sympathize with my parents, uncles, aunts, and all their extended network of family and friends who moved. The fear real.

In the Hour of Chaos, the future is full of fear.