July 24, 2014
took a month for this red potato to sprout. still have not got it in the garden. it is not an experiment. i am an experiment
even after fencing in this area around the compost bins spot managed to hop and fly over a section of fence and dig up a freshly planted flowerbed. i finally clipped her wing. been split emotionally for weeks and busy too. finally sat down on monday. she jumped up on my lap. just like old times

took a month for this red potato to sprout. still have not got it in the garden. it is not an experiment. i am an experiment

even after fencing in this area around the compost bins spot managed to hop and fly over a section of fence and dig up a freshly planted flowerbed. i finally clipped her wing. been split emotionally for weeks and busy too. finally sat down on monday. she jumped up on my lap. just like old times

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July 8, 2014
"'What is wrong with the society we live in, said Cornelius Castoriadis, is that it stopped questioning itself. This is a kind of society which no longer recognizes any alternative to itself and thereby feels absolved from the duty to examine, demonstrate, justify (let alone prove) the validity of its outspoken and tacit assumptions.

This does not mean, though, that our society, has suppressed (or is likely to suppess, barring a major upheaval) critical thought as such. It has not made its members reticent (let alone afraid) of voicing it either. If anything, the opposite is the case: our society — a society of “free individuals” — has made the critique of reality, the disaffection with “what is” and the voicing of disaffection, both an unavoidable and an obligatory part of every member’s life-business. As Anthony Giddens keeps reminding us, we are all engaged nowadays in “life-politics”; we are “reflexive beings” who look closely at every move we take, who are seldom satisfied with its results and always eager to correct them. Somehow, however, that reflexion does not reach far enough to embrace the complex mechanisms which connect our moves with their results and decide their outcomes, let alone the conditions which hold such mechanisms in full swing. We are perhaps more “critically predisposed,” much bolder and intransigent in our criticism than our ancestors managed to be in their daily lives, but our critique, so to speak, is “toothless,” unable to affect the agenda set for our “life-political” choices. The unprecedented freedom which our society offers its members has arrived, as Leo Strauss warned a long while ago, together with unprecedented impotence.’
—from Liquid Modernity (2000)"

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July 7, 2014

for five years this section of rebar was threaded through some chicken wire and swung shut and planted where the white back stop now is set. a piece of scrap plywood i found cut into a sort of right angle (not pictured here) was used as a latch of sorts in combination with the end of the shelf above the duck. 

even the end of the rebar grasped by the hands those five years shows characteristic wear, but what struck me was the wear of the section below, the end that went into the ground past a few stones at the base of the sidewalk  and the catch post as it were.

i always expected to use this wood for something else, some thing more elegant. i probably will use this every day until i no longer  pass thru this world.

i told a dear friend once, five years can seem like an eternity

o, that cord coming from the swing post midway to the lower diagonal is an old bungie cord i found. pulls the gate shut nicely

July 7, 2014
"

What can we render to the world that gives us the given, the
totality of the gift? What can we render to the nature that gives us birth and life? The balanced answer would be: the totality of our essence, reason itself. If I dare say so, nature gives to us in kind, and we render to her in cash, in human sign currency. The given is hard; reciprocity, soft.

… . .

To the verb render, which comes from law, is added the word
reason, which also comes from law, because it signifies proportion, distribution, moderation in equilibrium. The contract established by the principle of sufficient reason would not be totally rational if it were not reasonable as well. One must surely render to nature neither less reason than the given demands, nor more. If reason exceeds the given, the contract is broken, as surely as for the opposite reason. The principle requires that an equilibrium be reached. In the same way, a necessary condition becomes sufficient, as well, if and only if the implication that joins it to the conditioned term turns back, in balanced reciprocity, from the conditioned toward its condition. In a way this double arrow displays an equilibrium.

"

— Michel Serres The Natural Contract pages 90 -91

June 15, 2014
"

What’s the meaning of this fine totalising of the group’s compo­
sition and of everyone’s activities, without gap or exception? It
means this, which is a lot: that the virtuous citizen’s knowledge
and his constant occupation consist of knowing in real time what
the other citizens are doing, and of making it his own business.
Everybody knows everything about everyone, and everybody is
busy with everything that everyone is thinking, saying, and doing. This is absolute knowledge, or rather absolute information, total commitment, a contractual obligation or a complete system of cords and chains, the total transparency that is the aim of those who write and read newspapers, whether they’re printed or spo­ken or in images: this is the ideal of the social sciences. Hegel was only off by a little: the philosopher reading the newspaper is in­deed praying, but to the idol of absolute information: nothing, in principle, escapes him. This universality founded the city-state of antiquity and expresses its ideal. Those, like Rousseau, who de­scribe it as something to be regretted, are concealing, or are un­aware of, the colossal price at which it is purchased. Let’s make a distinction, by the way: the information given by social science remains banal, for it repeats what everybody knows about every­body; the information given by natural science, on the other hand, can be calculated and is proportional to rarity, and we call it knowledge.

When everyone knows everything right now about everybody
and lives by this knowledge, you have antiquity’s notion of free­
dom and the ideal city, and also the ideal of modern philosophers since Rousseau, the ideal of the media and social science, of the police and bureaucracy: poll, clarify, inform, make known, expose, report. A terrifying nightmare, one that, if you’ve lived in small villages or large tribes, you’ll want to avoid all your life, for it is the height of enslavement. Freedom begins with the ignorance I have and wish to preserve of the activities and thoughts of my neigh­bors, and with the relative indifference that I hope they harbor for mine, for want of information. Our life in enormous metropolises makes us dream, as if of a lost paradise, of these appalling Athenses where continuous and total information made everybody the slave of everyone else. An astronomer, Anaxagoras, or any other physicist, conquers freedom in nature’s space.

The city-state of antiquity knew no police. It needed none, since
everybody’s information sufficed to monitor everyone’s conduct

"

— Michel Serres
The Natural Contract

June 11, 2014

but for carrot seed, i bought nothing new for planting this year. here’s early sweet corn seedlings from last years garden and some the year before that. concerned about pollination issues, but it’s a year of experimentation. you can see in the planters, plenty didn’t sprout. planters rest between the varieties at the end of my watering path which is going to be a bit wacky as established paths don’t really work wel for corn on alternate years

next is mostly yellow and some russet potatoes too small to interest the cook over the winter.

on sunporch today i spotted some padron peppers forming. thrilled, but cautious. last year purchased baby plants from supposedly non hybrid organic seed. last four peppers matured turned red and each one had only one seed. lovely well shaped slightly glossy things. they all sprouted. an experiment. also trying two of them in slightly smaller pots

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June 11, 2014
pick when berry stops gleaming. best just before they start to go too soft. should almost be no resistance 
not Marion cultivars on cane. these grow on vines which eventually get cane like or even woody?
Marions won’t be due for at least 3 weeks, probably more

pick when berry stops gleaming. best just before they start to go too soft. should almost be no resistance 

not Marion cultivars on cane. these grow on vines which eventually get cane like or even woody?

Marions won’t be due for at least 3 weeks, probably more

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June 6, 2014

May 13, 2014

Earth Bird

First track of Abdullah Ibrahims LP Mindif

May 10, 2014

tunie on roof begins his prideful flourish

tunie promenade

boys totter gleefully towards swamp, but you can see tunie takes the opportune corner or diagonal. similarly, foxy always takes a slight rear. i believe this is why he has been standoffish with the third of late

tunie floats atop earth

foxy analyses preliminary work on final drainage stage

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