CN203

Sep 14 2021




Pa-chunk! Pa-chunk! Pa-chunk! … Pa-chunk! Pa-chunk! Pa-chunk! By our office a residential building is shooting up. We can hear the clear, pneumatic report of a nail gun. The sound, has madeleined thoughts quite different from the intention of securing boards and beams — stirrings of a long distant job, a muggy summer spent assisting a very kind but particularly melancholic contractor (he killed himself a few years later). Because the onset was so strong, random and independent of the source (we weren’t building anything, just sitting at a desk) the sequence got us thinking about randomness and causality, generally.

All of us, and all things generate and are generated by unquantifiable and innumerable effects in all directions at all times (immediately and over time) — but this condition, isn’t generally discussed or even acknowledged. We of course survive by focus and filtering/blocking unwanted details, but this doesn’t mean the countless partials we randomly catalyze don’t exist. Though confidence in the manufacture of a center of attention is a magical and necessary feat — it is also nevertheless a callously vicious equivocation.






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Bless this mess! Graphic aesthetics get a passionate tousling on designer Margherita Sabbioneda’s joyously resheveled site. The entirety of her assemblage delights (quite philosophically) in new possibilities. 🥂





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W.B. Yeats, The Lake Isle of Innisfree, 1890
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Oracle



At the beginning of each week, we draw a single Tarot card and consult the I Ching. The Tarot card represents the person (you, me, us). The I Ching reading speaks to the nature of the scenario that you, me, us will face throughout the week. Think of it as protagonist (tarot) and plot or theme (I Ching). It is our opinion that neither the I Ching nor the Tarot are tools of prediction, but rather a mechanism to aid in self reflection.
        Before reading further, we recommend you collect your thoughts regarding the state of affairs inside your head as well as what you are involved with externally. Take precise stock of your emotional temperature and your goals for the week. The more preparation and detail, the better the results. 

So, of both the Tarot and the I Ching, we asked the following: for the coming week, what is the best advice for the engaged and sincere person?



Petite Reading
        If you really and deeply commit to scrubbing the truth at regular intervals, with those that are important to you (including yourself), a wonderful and uniformly strong structure will arise.

Complete Reading
        This week we pulled the Justice card. This card is a symbol of raw truth. And if we agree that “truth is time’s daughter” — what is hidden won’t stay that way forever. This is a time to consider airing a suppression or resting assured that a darkness will come to light.
        Our first hexagram this week is #63, After Completion. This hexagram details a special type of wisdom, that of planning for disturbance and divergence during a time of balance. Stability born of equilibrium is often our aim in life but the phrase “delicate balance” is commonly tethered to it, as equality is not a simple, stable state — it requires that elements are just so. “In life too there are junctures when all forces are in balance and work in harmony, so that everything seems to be in the best of order. In such times only the sage recognizes the moments that bode danger and knows how to banish it by means of timely precautions.” There were two changes this week, of which the specific notes are: foster simple piety and do not gloss over details.
        Our second hexagram, the one that suggests how best to meet the challenges (or the changes) is #17, Following. This hexagram recurs, as it was our sole hexagram last week. To refresh, here we have a chief aphorism of the I Ching to lead is to serve. We take this as, leadership is a combinatory affair: burgeoning awareness + flexibility. That is, to get anything: thoughts, people, or what have you, into a functioning order, it is not by tyranny that this is achieved but by mutuality and compromise born of genuine/healthy understanding.


 

CN202

Sep 07 2021




True researcher that we are,
            we went back, to confirm.
We didn’t want to be alone
            out there again, isolated
and exposed to the data.
            But true knowledge does
not please, it only informs.
            And we were committed
no matter the outcome.
            We returned to the grove,
seemingly solitary among
            the trunks and mist. We
took out our scalpel and cut
            off a fresh piece of bark.
Putting on our glasses, we
            looked at the underside.
There were markings. We
            stared blankly into the
middle distance. A breathless moment,
            processing. The nesting
dolls were becoming bigger
            with each doll’s unscrewing.
We were unsure of how much
            information we could handle.
Suddenly, about five yards off
            a furry torso and head peaked
from behind the fat pole of a
            large Jeffrey Pine. Looking again
it was gone. Dropping both
            knife and bark, we ran back to
up the hillside to the cottage.
            We bolted the door and lit the
lantern. We removed the note-
            book marked “Unforeseen Variables”
and wrote down these lines.






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To place. To arrange. To organize. To make clear? Most likely — though of course clarity isn’t always wanted — at times tension is preferable. But also, to imply. To leave open ended. As well, to ask or propose. Definitely to participate and square one’s shoulders to. Such is the paraphrased perusal of Brooklyn-based designer Julia Schäfer’s impeccably wrought site.





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Goings-On(line)


An offering of pieces and projects from around the web.

Marianne Moore, The Fish, 1918
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Oracle



At the beginning of each week, we draw a single Tarot card and consult the I Ching. The Tarot card represents the person (you, me, us). The I Ching reading speaks to the nature of the scenario that you, me, us will face throughout the week. Think of it as protagonist (tarot) and plot or theme (I Ching). It is our opinion that neither the I Ching nor the Tarot are tools of prediction, but rather a mechanism to aid in self reflection.
        Before reading further, we recommend you collect your thoughts regarding the state of affairs inside your head as well as what you are involved with externally. Take precise stock of your emotional temperature and your goals for the week. The more preparation and detail, the better the results. 

So, of both the Tarot and the I Ching, we asked the following: for the coming week, what is the best advice for the engaged and sincere person?



Petite Reading
        Something is definitely afoot; it seems the beginnings of a scenario are wholly underway… When setting a direction for a group (and “a group” can be entirely within your own person — as we are many different people in one) make sure you take time to consider where all personalities are aimed. It’s not just about you, it’s about the many; and keep expressing the mantra: “To lead is to serve.” “To lead is to serve!!”

Complete Reading
This week we pulled the Two of Wands. This card points to a time of planning, not pre-planning, but actual planning. This is a critical moment — obviously all moments have their importance, but as it was stated in the Manual of Muad’Dib by the Princess Irulan: “A beginning is the time for taking the most delicate care that the balances are correct.” Planning is not dreaming — it is a type of getting things right.
        Our hexagram this week is #17, Following. There were no changes, so how we enter the week will be how we exit it (relatively speaking). Here we have a chief aphorism of the I Ching to lead is to serve. If you are trying to wrestle a team or group into an understanding or a way of conduct, it is wise that your leadership also be adaptive (not one sided). That is, leadership is a combinatory affair : burgeoning awareness + flexibility. This is what is meant by: “To lead is to serve.”



 

CN201

Aug 31 2021




We’ve always preferred the night to the day. We don’t mind full sun at times, like at the beach where that is the thing. But we have a distinct distaste for the changing daylight that creeps across the floor, wall and furniture, requiring us to endure a daily mock sequence of the seasons. We just want the night with its steady lamp glow. To be sure, we are not proud of our preference — we understand it to be likely true that “those that meet the dawn own the day” well, they can have their golden hourglass. Ultimately there’s not a ton to be done about it; for a preference is a shape cast by something primordial and far out of reach — an inclination deeply routed by some childhood ________. (“The spots of the leopard are the sunlight in the glade.”) Perhaps we like the night because there is less detail; it’s simply darker. “Why do you like less detail?” one might ask, well, at night the light twinkles, during the day it glares, and at night people are less likely to ask such questions, or at least they seem to care considerably less whether you answer.






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We hope it is at least somewhat clear, to any regular readers of this weekly stuff, that we genuinely love and admire the arrival of a good website. We’re not simpletons, of course there are pretty much infinite things, scenes and situations to be awed by on this 4.5 billion year old planet — but a sincere peak for us is coming upon a solid website — it’s not unlike encountering a small, lively stream in a wood, or finding a fortuitous arrangement of rocks on a lonely beach. A well wrought site is just such an intimate arrival — a perhaps modest victory but actual nevertheless, especially when considering the massive, impersonal field of elements, they are composed from. Such were our feelings and thoughts when discovering the site of Milan-based photographer and artist Luca Massaro. His is a such a bright and peaceable plot — such a pleasingly coolheaded ordering of text and image.





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Oracle



At the beginning of each week, we draw a single Tarot card and consult the I Ching. The Tarot card represents the person (you, me, us). The I Ching reading speaks to the nature of the scenario that you, me, us will face throughout the week. Think of it as protagonist (tarot) and plot or theme (I Ching). It is our opinion that neither the I Ching nor the Tarot are tools of prediction, but rather a mechanism to aid in self reflection.
        Before reading further, we recommend you collect your thoughts regarding the state of affairs inside your head as well as what you are involved with externally. Take precise stock of your emotional temperature and your goals for the week. The more preparation and detail, the better the results. 

So, of both the Tarot and the I Ching, we asked the following: for the coming week, what is the best advice for the engaged and sincere person?



Petite Reading
        Deeply admit a shortcoming and/or fully accept an unequivocal change; then, prepare for something major and new. The preparation should be calm and wholly without guile — as well, try to think organically.

Complete Reading
This week we pulled the 10 of Swords, reversed. The image of this card is of the most intense in the entirety of the tarot deck: a presumably dead body lies face down with 10 swords sticking out of its back. When upright, the card indicates a scenario in which, due to an external or internal misuse of intellect and/or force, a death, failure or end has occurred. The situation has arrived and is inescapable. When the card is reversed (as it is here) there could be further pain, until defeat or the terminus has really been admitted. What failure or sea-change have you not accepted?
        Our first hexagram this week is #9, The Taming Power of the Small. Here we have a depiction of time which is sort of strange — where “a strong element is temporarily held in leash by a weak element.” It’s not a catastrophic moment but it’s not a time of any real influence. There are recommendations: “It is only through gentleness that this can have a successful outcome… the time has not yet come for sweeping measures.” Ultimately push for “gentleness and adaptability in external relations.” There were two changes this week, so expect some turbulence or unevenness. The specific notes here are: use no force in relations, rather, encourage restraint.
        Our second hexagram, the one that suggests how best to meet the challenges (or the changes) is #44, Coming to Meet. This hexagram bears a sort of warning as regards the coming together of powers. The coming together of energies is important to get right — as it can bring great power, but the elements must be unpretentious and without presumptuousness. It is easy to be tricked by underhanded offers as they usually bait with something one wants. A good defense against being undermined (or a good way to insure proper mergers) is to not have ulterior motives yourself.



 

CN200

Aug 24 2021




Perhaps the new frontier of pollution is the human mind — maybe we’re amidst a Silent Spring of the brain. It definitely seems that the same type of people that were the Dupont oligarchs, the Philip Morris poisoners, the Enron sleazoids, the subprime mortgage jackals, and the opioid juggernauts — are still here, but just have a new medium (and demeanor) and have changed their environs to the “open offices” of Palo Alto.

The current methods of the web’s large commerce, social and news platforms, are quite similar to those employed by these predecessors: create absolute dependency (by giving people what they “want”) without any concern for waste or collapse. But these new digital robber barons come bearing a dark, novel twist — they put a mirror in front of their subjugation; they literally make their product/content out of us. In the past these types had to adopt the style of the given moment — using models and performed scenarios to stage the use of their product. Now the product is actual photos and videos of us doing the things they could only previously mimic. As well, every inclination is logged, tracked and optimized — to mellifluously reflect our preferences back to us, so that we don’t know where our memories / storage / intentions end and their platforms begin.

It seems it’s suburban sprawl all over again except this time the landscape is our minds.






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In Self-Reliance Emerson said “To believe your own thought, to believe that what is true for you in your private heart is true for all… that is genius.” Artist Vanessa Beecroft embodies this conviction — she has pursued the ultra-personal and shared her findings with the same energy. Saying this, makes us want to reconfigure the Emerson quote: when an artist resolves to utilize their facility to share deeply and personally, it emboldens others to do the same; and this is one of the principle beauties in life. We mean no sanctimony or silliness here; it has been our direct experience that the opposite is true (and common): when culture is aimed only at pleasing large swaths of people, when it is general and impersonal, it encourages people to be guarded (and scheming) in their relations and tow a status quo. Perusing Beecroft’s site through all the decades, we are moved to say that perhaps the personal is universal and useful when it transcends itself.





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Hart Crane, The Visible, The Untrue, 1933
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Oracle



At the beginning of each week, we draw a single Tarot card and consult the I Ching. The Tarot card represents the person (you, me, us). The I Ching reading speaks to the nature of the scenario that you, me, us will face throughout the week. Think of it as protagonist (tarot) and plot or theme (I Ching). It is our opinion that neither the I Ching nor the Tarot are tools of prediction, but rather a mechanism to aid in self reflection.
        Before reading further, we recommend you collect your thoughts regarding the state of affairs inside your head as well as what you are involved with externally. Take precise stock of your emotional temperature and your goals for the week. The more preparation and detail, the better the results. 

So, of both the Tarot and the I Ching, we asked the following: for the coming week, what is the best advice for the engaged and sincere person?



Petite Reading
        We all desire control over our behavior but are constantly distracted by the appearance of variable incidence and thwarted by hardened coping strategies. It seems that if you want to advance and have more control, you have to be flexible in all directions.

Complete Reading
This week we pulled the Page of Wands, reversed. When upright the card indicates that there is an intelligent spirit within, but it is prone to distraction. When the card is reversed these sidetracking qualities are exacerbated. Perhaps take some time to consider what may be monumentally diverting your intentions.
        Our hexagram this week is #6, Conflict. (There were no changes — how we enter the week will relatively be how we exit it.) Conflict in life is inevitable, so vast are the combinations. How best is it handled? Well: “if a person is entangled in a conflict, their only salvation lies in being so clear–headed and inwardly strong that they are always ready to come to terms by meeting the opponent halfway. To carry on the conflict to the bitter end has evil effects even when one is the right, because the enmity is then perpetuated.”


 

CN199

Aug 17 2021





Odd that you never know
what someone is thinking.
            Stranger
that no one talks about it.

But, are thoughts words?
No, words are words;
thoughts are thoughts.
Maybe it’s a paradox.

It’s certainly a lot to take for granted,
to put all our faith in words.

And words seem so innocuous,
just waiting for us to arrange them.
But they don’t allow for just any arrangement,
they have rules and they hold tight to things:
            words hold tight to things.

We like it when words make sense;
when words make sense of the world.
But words are never what they say they are:
words are words, other things are other things.
            box
            cat
            dead
            word
            world
But maybe, words like it when we make sense.

Yes, maybe something else is happening.

Maybe words are like the golem of Jewish folklore,
we gave them life to do our bidding, but
now we can’t control them.
Or maybe words are the contents of Pandora’s Box,
or the true “Singularity.”
Maybe words are intelligent.
Maybe they don’t like us talking like this.

Maybe we shouldn’t talk about what we are thinking.

            Ebrah k’dabri?






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True love is of details; love never stays general. Not that love starts with the smallest fractal; it likely begins with a joy defined out of “the field.” Then, the definition desires ever more specific articulations, continuing until a rhythm of devotion and intimacy is wholly underway. A lover of dresses becomes a lover of tailoring, a lover of speed becomes a lover of engines. Or here, we assume typographer Peter Roeleveld was a lover of visual communication which begat the lover of glyph and letter.





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Oracle



At the beginning of each week, we draw a single Tarot card and consult the I Ching. The Tarot card represents the person (you, me, us). The I Ching reading speaks to the nature of the scenario that you, me, us will face throughout the week. Think of it as protagonist (tarot) and plot or theme (I Ching). It is our opinion that neither the I Ching nor the Tarot are tools of prediction, but rather a mechanism to aid in self reflection.
        Before reading further, we recommend you collect your thoughts regarding the state of affairs inside your head as well as what you are involved with externally. Take precise stock of your emotional temperature and your goals for the week. The more preparation and detail, the better the results. 

So, of both the Tarot and the I Ching, we asked the following: for the coming week, what is the best advice for the engaged and sincere person?



Petite Reading
        Balance in life is the most important pursuit; but balance is not straightforward as we are all unique. Really get to know your quirks and prejudices; don’t deny them for a favorable appearance. Be simple hearted in this venture. As well, you can’t complete this self knowledge (and eventual balance) alone, trustworthy associates, because of their own needs, can help to show you what is good and what is counterproductive in your personality.

Complete Reading
        This week we pulled the King of Cups. To correct an imbalance, Awareness (writ large) is necessary. For humans our two chief aspects are analysis and feeling; they can easily seem like mutually exclusive modes. However, the King of Cups represents a character that has found a way to have intellectual articulations and emotional inclinations working well together. This harmony is not achieved by simply performing each in equal measure; it is done by gaining awareness of oneself. That is, make self-strengthening adjustments to your actions by keeping your idiosyncrasies in mind. This is what balance means.  
        Our first hexagram this week is #41, Decrease. Here we have a depiction of creating balance by reduction. If poverty is developing in some aspect, like perhaps you are lacking in fresh ideas, don’t bolster your enterprise with “empty pretense” — rather, consider simplifying your endeavor. Another way, if you do not have resources for a full expression pursue a more simplified object (it’s most reduced form) — there is great beauty in plainness. There was one change in the hexagram, of which the specific note is: don’t try to change fate, find the best in any given situation — to find the worst is only to suffer more.
        Our second hexagram, the one that suggests how best to meet the challenges (or the changes) is #61, Inner Truth. There is always someone who knows less than you and one that knows more than you. Getting these relationships right is an enlightened pursuit. Pretending that you are the end and beginning of all knowledge may make you feel better from moment to moment but such a life will average out to be base ne’er-do-well-ship. If one asks you for help, help them — if you need help yourself, ask for it.