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extinction
  • 312354.1905

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    information, n.

    Pronunciation: Brit. /ˌɪnfəˈmeɪʃn/ , U.S. /ˌɪnfərˈmeɪʃ(ə)n/

    Forms: α. ME infformacion, ME infformacyoun, ME informacyoun, ME informatioune, ME jnformacion, ME ynformacion, ME 16 informacioun, ME–15 informacyon, ME–16 informacion, ME– information, 16 infformation; Sc. pre-17 informacion, pre-17 informacioun, pre-17 informacioune, pre-17 informatione, pre-17 informatioun, pre-17 informatioune, pre-17 informatyoun, pre-17 17– information. β. ME enfarmacion, ME enformacioun, ME enfromacion, ME–15 enformacion, ME–15 enformacyon, ME–16 enformation, 15 enformacione. ...

    Etymology: < Anglo-Norman enformacioun, enformation, informacioun, informacione, Anglo-Norman and Middle French enformacion, informacion, information (French information) investigation in a criminal matter made by legal officers (1274 in Old French; compare faire des enformations to proceed to a judicial investigation (1323)), instruction (c1275 in Anglo-Norman), (non-judicial) investigation (1334), piece of information, information, data, knowledge (14th cent. or earlier), (plural) information which one obtains about someone (c1360), action of forming something or of giving something a shape or form (c1377), (plural) collection of knowledge about a particular subject (c1500) and its etymon classical Latin informātiōn-, informātiō formation (of an idea), conception, in post-classical Latin also teaching, instruction (5th cent.), formation, creation, arrangement (from 12th cent. in British sources), (in philosophy) infusion with form (frequently from mid 13th cent. in British sources) < informāt-, past participial stem of informāreinform v. + -iō-ion suffix1, although in both French and English the sense development is greatly influenced by association with the verb (see senses at inform v.), and in each language the word may partly show a formation directly from the verb. Compare Catalan informació (1377), Spanish información (14th cent.), enformación (14th cent.; now arch.), Portuguese informação (14th cent.), Italian informazione (c1430). Compare informing n.... (Show More) I. The imparting of incriminating knowledge. Thesaurus » Categories » †1. The action of imparting accusatory or incriminatory intelligence against a person; an instance of this, a charge, an accusation. Obs.Now only as implied in senses 2 and 3. 1386 Rolls of Parl. III. 225/2 Thanne were such proclamacions made‥bi suggestion & informacion of suche that wolde nought her falsnesse had be knowen to owre lige Lorde. 1432 in Paston Lett. (1904) II. 38 The said Erle‥maye not‥lette malicious and untrewe men to make informacions of his persone. 1480 Caxton Chron. Eng. (1482) ccxliii. 288 A grete part of the peple‥weren in grete errour and grutchyng ayenst the kyng thurgh Informacyon of lyes and fals lesyng that this Serle has made.

  • 312314.1955

    Like items displayed for historical curators of presidential libraries and museums, the Great Downturn is best exemplified in a single person, the martyr Madoff and his ecstatic possessions. In preparation for the auction house, the vast collection of items are on view at the Brooklyn Navy Yards, once the second largest navalworks in the U.S. now a mixed commercial area littered with historical artifacts and architecture. No doubt one day what lies underneath it, and in the proximate waters will be a treasure to archeologists. For one day, today, Friday November 12, it becomes the most visible remains of the discordance in World Capitalism. Pay your respect to the present while remaining in the past: http://www.proxibid.com/

    Search madoff

  • 312306.1037

    Yannick Monget, European climate specialist, issued this coffee-table nightmare in 2006 (by the artbook making Abrams), and exhibits cities and their gear in final arrest, with zero human occupance, which is a perhaps happy fantasy of humans. Erasure of the sentients, sparing us the nightmares really due to frighten, and leaves us in peace. Plantlife gorging its maw on the rust.  Awaiting some arrival from above (the time travellers) or below (the next sentitents). It's like soft-core apocalypse, but it does avoid gimmickry and has some subtle touches. One imagines a photo book of our present made from photos of cities in flux, a post apartheid 1999 downtown Johannesburg (fled immediately by whites), a post-Auto age 2010 Detroit (fled by all). Cover: Paris / New York's financial district.

  • 312300.1009

    The most ingenious theory you've never heard of is Susanne Langer's process philosophy. An intellectual descendant of A.N. Whitehead (he was her thesis advisor), Langer blended his views of the mind's power (some of which she later rejected) with myth-symbolist philosophers like Ernst Cassirer, then combined them with advances in the behavioral sciences, cognitive science, neurology, genetics, and evolutionary sciences developed through the second half of the 20th century and arrived at what might be the most articulate view of what DNA and the brain hold dormant for us. Everything. The entire history of our earth's geology and biology may lie hidden in various manners as yet untappable inside its nearly infinite chambers and fluids. Her arguments are compelling and her data ranges from earth science to astronomy to zoology to neuroscience. To sum it up is a pity, it must be experienced to be understood. Although her key text is considered Philosophy in a New Key (and should be read), the true volumes of her revolutionary work are a trilogy called Mind: An Essay on Human Feeling, a strangely titled masterpiece that may have laid the groundwork for the next few centuries' discoveries. The trilogy has been condensed slightly into a single volume now in-print.

  • 312286.1004

    Extinct Mammoth tusks were harvested from vast Siberian expanses from skeletons of long ago ice-age hunting. Marketed as ivory, these brittle tusks were sold for maximum sterling by the British. The photo above is of African tusks from hunted elephants. From Verney's Animals in Peril.

  • 312229.1358

    Bioshock's Rapture locale, soon Columbia.

  • 312226.1731

  • 312214.1443

    Flaherty cubed. Written by the writer of The Omen and directed by the writer of The Wild Bunch, Hellstrom stars a fictional doctor and exhibits the post-human rulers of planet earth. Winner of the academy award for best documentary.

     

  • 312211.1052

  • 312206.0753

     

    The digital can only approximate the analog, all innovative imperfections and pure wavelengths can only be found inside its mystery. Here a NY Times column showcases digital consumers longing for the nicks and scratches of the almost departed realm where exploration is elemental. Why does the digital 'now' damage the edges of our expressive power? Once we are encased in a fully digital visual horizon, what will be the asymmetrical escape hatch? The ear humming to vinyl is tuned to the pure wavelength, curves, the ear listening to the aiff file from the cd is hearing the stepped approximations at every miniature level-shift.

    Quotes:

    “to make them look as though they were taken with an unreliable plastic camera . . . rather than this complex mobile smart phone.”

    “create authentic ‘vinyl’ simulation,” right down to filters to suggest the amount of dust on a record and the degree of warping.

    A boringly perfect digital picture of a flower makes no impression. But an equally boring one marred by (digitally recreated) light leaks, exposure mistakes and focus inconsistencies presses the aesthetic button that suggests deeper meaning.