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Posted in Bits and pieces, Daily life, Quotes with tags , , , , on August 21, 2008 by Pedro

‘Today in our cities,

most learning occurs outside the classroom.

The sheer quantity of information conveyed by


far exceeds

the quantity of information conveyed by

school instruction & texts.

This challenge has destroyed

the monopoly of the book as a teaching aid

& cracked the very walls of the classroom,

so suddenly,

we’re confused, baffled.”

M. Mcluhan


A Day in the Life

Posted in Daily life, On Movies, Quotes, Uncategorized on June 6, 2006 by Pedro

Pan Panpan Pan pan

I heard the news today ohh boy

They were sad, but I had to laugh! 

Just moving, sorry for not writing for this long. Unfortunate but necessary. Moving always brings new perspectives into our life . Woke up, dragged a comb across my hair… Feeling kinda quirky and happy, a result of having moved across town to a better apartment, having space to breath, I feel free, be it from psychological oppression be it physical enjailment. Today we moved things around and finally found a final configuration for our living room. Good winds to all!

Der Prozeß – K.?

Posted in Bits and pieces, Books, Comments, Daily life, On Movies on May 19, 2006 by Pedro

Orson Welles, the scene where K. runs from the Judiciary department, light shining through the fence and laughing children onto his desperate running face. Remarkable things about both K. and Welles. I renember sitting at the cinema while a class from the nearby law school (have in mind, one of the most important in Brazil) slept or talked through the old and black'n white picture. Why? Later a friend (we had watched it together) retold the event to his International Law professor.

[Digression – a great teacher]

His reply:

"That [The Trial] is what they [law students] will become"

Amazing. The man with a simple phrase justified the whole existence of the movie. Not that it needs to be justified. It is a great movie anyway. Renembering made me want to write about Kafka. So I do.

[Digression – then I reminded myself of an most important fact: I can't write! Well I can, but I would commit an indecency by writing something on Kafka. Or any other writer]

Totalitarian logic and bureaucracy. Man's refusal to accept his own lawless humanity. I read this somewhere. I don't know if I agree. Not yet. But it seems possible. I recommend. Both movie and book.


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Posted in Bits and pieces, Comments, Daily life on May 15, 2006 by Pedro

Liberty disorder. LO. Some laughs over this, but a great blog on the net: Anarchia. Our modern democracies appear to be doomed: the existentialist vaccum of the middle-class will eventually open it's doors to totalitarism. The forceful orientation of the masses through ideology, the melting of individualities into a great collective, oriented toward one goal, be it the evolution of mankind or history. The World as Will and Representation. Through FEAR (War on Terror and terrorism itself [both the jihad and the crusade]) and IDEOLOGY (populism, nationalism, radical Zionism) we are being led to new totalitarian nations, commanding vast ammounts of directed populi-power (totalitarism seems to quite effective at this). I don't know. I prefer not to talk of the subject as I tend to leave analysys and become prophetical. I only ask of people to accept the possibility of failure. Whenever anything is stated it can be wrong. Logic might be flawed. Practical example: 'it's common sense'.

Common sense is bullshit.

It's an axiom, a revealed truth. It denotes a set of values which can never be true for all people affected by it. Yet daily one uses it to justify himself. All that exists is the clash of desires over common existence. Common sense cannot be the judge of this. Common sense cannot accept the possibility of both parties being right over the same matter, neither can logic.

I should stop here.

I am a Doctor not an activist Jim!

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Posted in Bits and pieces, Daily life on April 24, 2006 by Pedro

History is a nightmare from which I am trying to awake. – Ulysses, James Joyce


History as a determined course of events, objective in space-time, cannot exist. We might think of it as a series of probable facts. Memories and evidence. We all have to accept the probability of being wrong. At all times. No subjective world, no, not what I mean. Just no objective world possible. Better: no possible objective perception of the world. The past is not a physical entity, hence history only exists as seen by man, as renembered by man. Cannot be right or wrong. When all memory of this planet is erased along with our race, will our past have existed? No. Past=function of memory. No memory – no past. Again as a physical reality the past does not exist. Only probable pasts. Nightmare – History's judgment. Positivistic. Morals do not make sense. Positivistic laws do not make sense. How to interpret the course of humanity without pastcertainty? Death of memory will erase all. Not only the present and future possibilities. No Laplace's Demon. Only probable events in a probable timeline. Patterns repeating themselves through human experience over and over and over and over. Cicles? Fluxus.


pastcertainty will haunt history and dedalus

how to think of cause and effect?




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Damn them all!

Posted in Comments, Daily life, On Music on April 17, 2006 by Pedro

Following a strand of musical topics, I pop another one-in-all problem: finding contemporary music. I rarely find anything on Cd's, except for my college's library, and even there I must restrict myself to very few composers. I.e.: La Monte Young. I heard his 'Drift Study' in college, and since then haven't found another piece. I was very interested by the study so I looked for more. I haven't found anything else. Be it on the net or stores (many stores). How to keep in touch with new developments? Sure you can find Philip Glass, Stockhausen and Ligeti, but what about Tom Johnson and John Godfrey? Radios (BBC on the net, Cultura on FM) have contemporary music shows, but I am yet restricted by others choices.

Sleep, where in the waste is the wisdom?‘ (FW, 114.13-20)

Enough on that. Now for some good memories: Ligeti's Requiem. I am drowsy with sleep, tommorrow I travel back home, three-daysout already homesick. Death to those bastards. Damn them all.

P.S.: More on the bastards to come

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Naryana’s Cows

Posted in Books, Daily life, On Music on April 16, 2006 by Pedro

While I looked for some good internet radio, across came BBC's Radio. Amazing website. Radio programs ranging from sports and news to contemporary classical music and Beckett plays. While you, mon hypocrite lecteur, stare at your screen the name of this topic may seem a bit off radio…. Naryana's cows is a problem involving cows and calves. But cows are not the point tonight! It is also the title of a piece by Tom Johnson inspired by the cow problem. Again amazing. All this in one program, Hear and Now, at BBC's Radio 3. If you enjoy cows, math and music do take a look. I've started posting some photographs using Flickr. I have some very likable drawings up there (and to your right side on the brighty-brighty). Soon I will put some of my drawings and spoil everything.

Lately been trying to work my way through Finnegan's Wake. So many meanings, so many! In Umberto Eco's words, Joyce 'has prepared a machinery of suggestion which, like any complex machine, is capable of operating beyond the original intentions of the builder'.

Back to music by a commudius vicus of recirculation!

I'm listening to Aria 51 by John Godfrey right now. Very interesting. Dreadful pun… Of course, by the vicus, on BBC's Hear and Now! I haven't listened to it all yet, so I'll bite my tongue for a while. All these songs played by the marvellous Crash Ensemble. I can't emphasize: all readers, tune in to BBC's Radio 3! After looking around and feeling at home, look for Hear and Now. A nice way to come in contact with contemp. music. This song, so much. The use of tape repetitions and the piano, brilliant.

'Sleep, where in the waste is the wisdom?' (FW, 114.13-20)

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