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UNIT 1 arrived at 10:39 Eastern Time on the morning of Friday March 23, 2001.
After too many server problems to keep up with, this site is back online. New stuff can be located here.
Coleridge stated the Rime of the Ancient Mariner should have had no more of a moral than the Arabian Nights' tale of the merchant's sitting down to eat dates by the side of a well, and throwing the shells aside. . .
John Graves wrote of bees and men.
Notes from an English lit class that studied Tolkien's works. Also, here is an essay on Free Will in Tolkien's world.
Here are two early poems by J.R.R. Tolkien. The Afterward to 1984 by Erich Fromm. Also, how to understand Point of View and Context in Blake's Song.
Something is fishy in Denmark. Sometimes there is a violent backlash against the Western philosophy of progress.
Kurt Vonnegut wrote this and this about the First Ammendment of the Constitution of the United States.
What?! I own a 1990 Ford Thunderbird!
What is The Confederacy of Dunces? According to Aldous Huxley there is a problem with simplification. Also, here are some Anglo-saxon texts, including some about events in Essex, England (not the boat).
Carl Sandburg's Great Hunt. Not to be confused with the other great hunt, Moby Dick, which was based on the sinking of the Essex.
In both Pudd'nhead Wilson and Following the Equator Mark Twain reveals the maxims of Pudd'nhead Wilson.
The dialogue between Socrates and Phaedrus. What do Sylvia Plath, Robert Graves, Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa, Plato, Ovid, and others have to say about the Muse?
Some call it "Arabian Nights". Others call it Alf Laylah wa Laylah while others prefer "The 1,001 Nights."
Three articles about StarWars :
(1) " 'Star Wars' Despots vs. 'Star Trek' Populists" by David Brin,
(2) "What's wrong (and right) with 'The Phantom Menace' " by David Brin,
(3) "Jar Jar, Hidden Jedi?" by Chris Aylott.
"Look Who's Talking", an article from Wired about how the Amish integrate technology. Malcolm Gladwell's "Clicks and Mortar" article from the New Yorker. Zen in the Art of Sherlock Holmes By Stephen Kendrick.
Ideas have consequences.
Irene Adler appears in A Scandal in Bohemia. There is also the story of The Norwood Builder. In the Greneda television version of Sherlock Holmes, Jeremy Brett plays the master sleuth.
Oscar Schisgall's prose about watching squirrels jump from tree to tree. Some notes from Wytold Rybcznski's "Waiting for the Weekend."
A brief excerpt from Simon Singh's "The Code Book" concerning the superposition and many-worlds theories of quantum physics. Or, perhaps an introduction to the experimental verification of nonlocal quantum phenomena.
The laws from HG Well's "The Island of Doctor Moreau." A couple of bible passages collected from a church service I attended some time ago. The Way of Life according to Lao-Tzu.
Lewis Caroll's letter to Ellen Terry regarding Beatrice's alibi in Shakespeare's "Much Ado About Nothing." Quotes from The Tao of Pooh.
Commentary on Lines 71-80 of Sylvia Plath's "Daddy." Here is some biographical material on Richard Wright and his haikus. My favorite HP Lovecraft story is The Music of Erich Zann.
Pneumatic air tubes in NYC were used in the past to deliver mail. Now they might be used for running fiber optic lines.
Yamamoto Tsunetomo was a samurai in the early 1700s. Forbidden by law from committing tsuifuku (suicide of a retainer after his master's death), he retired to a monestary. Though he never fought in any battles, he nonetheless felt that the samurai of his time had become soft. A younger samurai that visited Yamamoto over the years wrote down his words in the Hagakure. It has been translated many times, including a translation by the famous Japanese author Mishima Yukio.
How true is it that no two fingerprints are alike? Or for something even more controversial you'd like to read about why some people think that Christ smoked pot.
Do you hunt down elusive Web pages like a Bushman? Or do you use 4 color vision rather than the 3 color RGB?
Rhydon typed up John Crowe Ransom's Amphibious Crocodile since I couldn't find it anywhere online.
A few good memes on memes from "NONZERO" by Robert Wright. Check out Bistromathics least you should suspect that "NONZERO" is bistro math.
Moriarty And The Real Underworld from "The New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes." We have all heard who Sherlock was based on but who did Sir Arthur Conan Doyle base Moriarty on?
A summary of Book II from Milton's Paradise Lost (including a comparison of Loki & Satan). Also, I've added some notes on Mythology from my British Major Authors class.
The long looked for Liber ad milites Templi: De laude novae militae by St. Bernard of Clairvaux was found by the wonderful Jennifer Lynne. Here is a bit on Robin Hood, and this is from some notes from "From Culture And Anarchy". This is a thought Web on Thoreau I did one day while eating lunch alone at Applebees.
Here is the haiku discussion between Smith and Japhy at the end of the 8th chapter of "Dharma Bums." This is the bit about charity towards the end of chapter ten. Oh, and here are a few excerpts from books, and such, that I found on the Web.
An article from my college newspaper, "Pardigms slow to accept discoveries." An excerpt about the connection between neocortex and social group size, from Malcolm Gladwell's "The Tipping Point." Frida Kahlo leads to Donna Haraway who leads to Michel Foucault who leads to this essay about Twelve Monkeys.
On the fourth of July I went to the Basilica of St. Lawrence in Asheville. This the short journal I kept while in Tampa on vacation. Ever curious about emmaculate conception? Here's the end note from Selfish Gene about the phrase 'behold a virgin shall conceive.' These are some great passages from Susan Orlean's "The Orchid Thief."
Donna Haraway's "A Cyborg Manifesto" & Frida Kahlo. // Lingo // - an expanding jargon file I've put together. Here is why I am like Marvin the Robot (results of my color psych personalty test).

This is the Nadsat glossary from the rear of A Clockwork Orange. Saint Christopher's write up in the Wordsworth "Dictionary of Saints". 'The Young and Restless Work Force' was a comic strip that Douglas Coupland helped do.

I'm including some of the stuff I did in school as I type it up. Malcolm Gladwell's story of the King Road Drag and how infrastructure lead to e-commerce. The Barnegut Pirates is about the pirates from the Long Beach Island area of New Jersey, where I vacationed last Autumn. This is the tidechart I picked up while there. It fits in with my calendric curiosity.

Here is an interesting bit of information about dandelions from John Heinerman's
"Heinerman's Encyclopedia of Healing Juices." "Eichman, The Banality of Evil, and Thinking in Arendt's Thought " was put into PDF format by my friend Gary. I stumbled across Doompatrol, chapter 12, on computers as the new LSD?

Here are a few African Creation Myths from "The Origin of Life & Death," edited by Ullu Beier. Also, due to sending Fry the movie Windwalker, I decided to reread "Black Elk Speaks." A very interesting story from it is High Horse's Courting.

The Wisdom of the Sufi Sages by Timothy Freke has two interesting passages that deal with the Sufi idea of being one with Allah.

"Generation X: tales for an accelerated culture" is the fourth book by Douglas Coupland that I have read and the first that he wrote. This is another great psuedo-diary which includes a glossary of terms in the margins as well as some mock advertising slogans. It also has an epilogue titled Numbers that has some interesting statistics.

Neal Stephenson's "Cryptonomicon" is a massive novel. There are two story lines. One deals with the cryptography breakthroughs in the Second World War and the other is a modern story of a group of hackers. There are lots of twists and turns and it's all very exciting. Here is an excerpt where the main character Randy Waterhouse and Enoch Root discuss Greek mythology. This passage is very Joseph Campbell.
"Shampoo Planet" was the second book from Douglas Coupland that I read. It was easy picking out an excerpt to write up to add to my page - the writings on the money that the main character, Tyler, does. I also added along with a couple other passages.
Here is my review of "Ants At Work" by Deborah Gordon as well as well as an interesting synopsis of ant reproduction. I also included the chapter quotes that begin each chatper.
This is something like the tech support's interpretation of Miyamoto Musashi's "The Book of Five Rings",
While working third shift at my job I picked up a co-workers "Believe and Achieve: W. Clement Stone's 17 Principles of Success" by Samuel A. Cypert and read through it. I found it interesting. Maybe now I'll get around to reading the slim paperback "The Tao of Leadership (leadership strategies for a new age)" by John Heider - but I don't think it'll be anytime soon. Stopping by mothers loan her " In The beginning... Was the Command Line" and she showed me "Life 101"by Colleen L Reece & Julie Reece.
I've added my stream of conciousness piece C11 H17 N2 O2 S Na (Sodium Pentathol) that I wrote for BrainFried. I've also added my friend Trixter's Light Dusting. I'm thinking of adding the cheesey poetry I use to write! if so I might create a specific section under quickies for such.
Mark has inspired me to read Greek philosophy. I recently read Plato's "Euthyphro, Aplogy, Crito, (and Phaedo)" (with a good Introduction by Robert D. Cumming). I also read Plato's "The Symposium." Of which I really enjoyed Aristophanes' speech. "The Symposium," unlike "Billy Budd," deals with homo-eroticism.
A hot topic, at one time, between C.J. and I was the social effect of the Internet. She holds the view that despite the ability to be used as a tool to assist in long distance communication it was harmful to closer relationships. At first I disagreed. Clifford Stoll's "High Tech Heretic" points out many flaws with our adoption of computers and the Internet into classrooms. I know see what she meant, and I mostly agree. The chapter on "Calculating Against Calculators" is about calaculators in math classes.
One night, after enjoying an evening of beer drinking, I was chatting online with a friend and reading the Koran (online as well). I came across the Koran's version of Adam and the naming of animals. This lead to who Iblis and Shaitan were. This is, roughly, the emails I sent my friends on both of these issues.
While watching for the person that checked out "Hero With a Thousand Faces", by Joseph Campbell, to return it to my Public Library I checked out "Some of the Dharma" by Jack Kerouac. This book is fascinating. It's like an informal journal, more than just a scrapbook, of things that Jack read or thought or wrote about a wide range of things. (Bhuddist study & practice, poems, blues, haiku, conversations, prayers, meditations, journal entries, sketches, stories, thougts on writing, fragments of letters, epiphanies, etc., etc.)
I finished reading both "Unseen Rain (Quatrains of Rumi)" by John Moyne & Colemman Barks and, also, "Tales of the Dervishes" by Idries Shah. Click here for some of the Sufi teaching-stories from "Tales of the Dervishes." While looking through my roommate's Lent meditation guide for students, I came across a neat essay on "doing-nothing".
My current opinion on poetry is this: If you want want love poetry you should check out the various translations of Rumi's quatrains. However, if you want something more reflective of nature and meditative then check out "Haiku: This Other World" by Richard Wright.
Once Kenny and Hank engaged me in discussion of Flatland, how perception would be in a world that was only two dimensional. Kenny, my roommate and a math grad student, sent me a link to Edwin Abbott Abbott's Flatland. I have mirrored the site here. This provides background into the social satire of Flatland. (Yes, the name is Edwin Abbott Abbott.)
Here is the Edward FitzGerald's Translation of the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam. This is a great collection of poems by the Persian Mathematician-Astronomer-Philosopher-Poet of the Eleventh - Twelfth century. The Edward FitzGerald's text isn't my favorite translation, but it is still good.
This is a criticism by Lee T. Lemon and comes from The Practice of Criticism (by Zitner, Kissane, and Liberman). It discusses Billy Budd but also uses it to show the seperation, and sometimes conflict, between plot and story. I took the time to type this up because after reading Billy Budd several of my friends insisted that there are homosexual undertones in the story. I may be naive but I never noticed such.
According to the book " An Underground Education", here is the real story on Thoreau's Walden excursion. I'm a big Thoreau fan, but this account of his actual excursion dispels the image of the two year outing as being of self-reliance, as it is portrayed in the book. My love of Thoreau is not any less for this.
Here is my favorite passage from Kurt Vonnegut's "Slaughterhouse-Five". Since reading this I saw this neat comercial on television where this office worker is taking papers from this box and tossing them in a shredder. The cool thing was the video runs in reverse. So the shreds of paper leap up into the shredder becoming whole. The worker then takes them out and places them in the box.
Duality seems to be a big theme of Western thought. Even in computer science there is binary: zeros and ones. This passage from the book "Zen And The Art of Motorcycle Maintenance" brings up a third option; the Japanese Mu.
My friend Mark recently purchased a video course titled The Great Ideas of Philosophy. It's a fantastic series of 50 half hour lectures and spans from early Greek ideas of philosophy to modern philosophy and scientism. Here is the course guide section on lecture 3: Pythagoras and the Divinity of Number. Lecture 3 is one of my favorite lectures in the series so far.
After reading "If You Meet The Buddha On The Road, Kill Him!" I added An Eschatological Laundry List from the epilogue. Also, from this book I added my favorite anecdote, the Sufi teaching-story of the Mellon Hunter. This teaching-story lead me to check out Idries Shah's "Tales of the Dervishes." Check out these other teaching-stories from it.
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