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Monthly Archives: August 2012

Cycling back in time then forwards again along the Downs Link from Guildford to Shoreham. Scroll down page to ‘The Downs Link cycle route’ for pdf maps and further information.

Reading – The Universe 100 Key Discoveries by Giles Sparrow. The variety of geology inferred for the planets and their moons. How did such variety come occur?


Eskimo nebula painting in progress

The accumulation of knowledge over time = sounds geological.

Idea – Produce a geological column but on the time scale use astronomical objects at different distances from Earth. Conversely rename celestial objects geologically. Produce the same for other planets. Planetary/lunar stratigraphy?

Current painting of The Eskimo nebula is taking forever!
Now more layers of paint are accumulating things are getting more interesting.

50 shades of grey can be produced digitally. Can they be produced materially?

Odd vivid dream – being chased into and across a huge quarry by person/people with guns – get to the far end and there are gigantic curtains across the face of the quarry – then a barbed wire fence in front of the quarry wall – trapped – then I woke up weird?

Why there is something rather than nothing?
23 Questions from Great Philosophers
by Lezek Kolakowdki

A good readable roundup of the nature of reality and truth though apparently several important philosophers such as Heidegger are missing. Also, this book predates Speculative Realism.

I’m Investigating Quentin Meilassoux’s recent book The Number and the Siren which is an analysis of Stéphane Mallarmé’s enigmatic final poem Un Coup de Dés jamais n’abolira le Hasard (A Throw of Dice Will Never Abolish Chance)

Presently listening to
Quentin Meillassoux The Coup de dés, or the Materialist Divinization of the Hypothesis
but finding him rather difficult to understand.
For a short explanation see the Urbanomic press release.

For more ‘in depth’ analysis see Anthony Paul Smith’s post in Speculative Heresy and Adam Kotsoko’s article in The New Inquiry. Kotsoko’s article is also a good summary of Meillasoux’s first book, After Finitude.

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Big critique of After Finitude by Christian Thorne, associate professor of English at Williams College

Fifty Shades of Grey – a literal interpretation. Is it possible to produce fifty shades of grey using graphite?

Eskimo nebula painting – in progess

100 cm x 100 cm this is the slowest and most tedious painting I have ever attempted! Multi-layered and fiddly it’s taking many hours of painting but it’s starting to look more promising. Many distractions to contend with at the moment.