Flat Earth Catalogue


Alien Nation
From R. D. Laing, via a secondary source.
The condition of alienation, of being asleep, of being unconscious, of being out of one's mind, is the condition of the normal man. Society highly values its normal man. It educates children to lose themselves and to become absurd, and thus to be normal. Normal men have killed perhaps 100,000,000 of their fellow normal men in the last fifty years What we call 'normal' is a product of repression, denial, splitting, projection, introjection and other forms of destructive action on experience. It is radically estranged from the structure of being. The more one sees this, the more senseless it is to continue with generalized descriptions of supposedly specifically schizoid, schizophrenic, hysterical 'mechanisms.' There are forms of alienation that are relatively strange to statistically 'normal' forms of alienation. The 'normally' alienated person, by reason of the fact that he acts more or less like everyone else, is taken to be sane. Other forms of alienation that are out of step with the prevailing state of alienation are those that are labeled by the 'formal' majority as bad.
Does that or does tht not remind you of Reciprocality?


A drag-and-drop tool for assembling transformations and noise to make pretty pictures. Textures especially. For Power Mac. See also these fine Fnoobed desktop backgrounds.


This just in on Nate's Flat Earth MetaFilterFilter: The Panopticon society described in terms of soon-to-be-available surveillance tech.


Unicode editors
In spades, with screenshots and some discussion.

Secret Lives of Cryptographic Metasyntactics

"Against all odds, over a noisy telephone line, tapped by the tax authorities and the secret police, Alice will happily attempt, with someone she doesn't trust, whom she cannot hear clearly, and who is probably someone else, to fiddle her tax returns and to organise a coup d'etat, while at the same time minimising the cost of the phone call." A great article about coding theory, Alice, and Bob.

Surfer's Memory

Via MF: Furl.net. Complementary to a blog, it stores pages you thought worth remembering, with optional clipping or comments, and has its search engine index the page you linked to. Which means whatever you remember about that page you saw, you can put into a search box. Good idea. Must get account. Sometime when my brainses are working.


The great Sapphic stanza is something that caught my attention last night, and I had the idea to rewrite the Slavonic Life of Adam and Eve in loose Sapphics. Looking for more information today, I found a marvelous exegesis of Greek metrics, and a page full of adaptations of these to our accentual-syllabic style.

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Hard-won technical knowledge, old rants, and broken links from 10 years ago. I should not have to explain this in the 21st century, but no, I do not actually believe the world is flat.