WELCOME TO V. VALE’s RE/SEARCH NEWSLETTER #111, Dec 2012
TABLE OF CONTENTS:
1. MESSAGE FROM YOUR EDITOR, V. VALE: Henry Rollins. [Imagine] A FUTURE WITHOUT CAPITALISM?!
2. Counter Culture Hour Sat Dec 8, 2012 – 6:00 PM PACIFIC TIME – SF cable channel 29, also simulcast on-line (see below):
3. R.I.P. MANWOMAN (featured in our MODERN PRIMITIVES book)
4. FORTHCOMING EVENTS –
5. What We’ve Attended/What We’ve Been Reading/Seeing:
6. An essay inspired by RE/SEARCH’s NEXT BOOK, DATING AI by Alex Zhavaronkoff – by Patrick Kwon
7. Recommended Links – send some!
8. QUOTES – We Need More “Last Words of the Dying”…
9. Letters from Readers
10. Sponsors (Please check ’em out! – they make this “free” newsletter possible!)
1. MESSAGE FROM V. VALE: HENRY ROLLINS. [IMAGINE] A FUTURE WITHOUT CAPITALISM?!
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“Henry Rollins” is due out in about a month!
With the launch of the new RE/Search Pocketbook Series, we are finally making available a transcript of a lengthy phone interview with Henry Rollins. It is our position that a lot of people do not really “know” Henry Rollins and that their opinion of him is based on 25-year-old information. Almost nobody we know has seen his book, OCCUPANTS, which came out a year ago in beautiful 9.4×12.4″ hardback, on glossy paper, featuring some of the most haunting, darkly beautiful photographs we’ve seen. Each photograph has an accompanying essay, which is by turns disturbing, illuminating, sardonic, compassionate, and mysterious. Truly hell and heaven co-exist on this tiny planet, and Hieronymus Bosch’s 530-year-old visions can yet be found if one strays down crooked trails, away from the land of Hilton Hotels and American Express cards… And Henry has traveled the ends of the earth, the forbidden zones, and brought us back photographs and memories…
We feel lazy today, and besides, it’s the day after Thanksgiving, Black-Stay-At-Home-Day. By good fortune, RE/Search was invited to an incredible feast a mere four blocks away in North Beach, hosted by two independent, non-day-job-enslaved writers and their families. (Try being a writer for 30 years, and see how long you last!) We were still in the grip of a question posed by a visitor from Norway three days ago: [Imagine] a future without CAPITALISM?! We weren’t (and still are not) completely sure what capitalism **IS**. Does it mean: “Do whatever it takes to make maximum profit as fast as possible”? Does it mean treating people like commodities, like things: “What can you do for ME? What have you done for me… lately?” I posed the question to the two freelance writers and there never was any agreement as to what would constitute a society free from any taint/twinge/reverberation of “capitalism”. We all work hard for a living and frequently invent our own jobs.
The three of us were not accustomed to going to an office or factory and working for a “boss,” yet all of us had certainly had temp jobs (especially in our youth) and had worked for “bosses”– but not in prolonged, year-after-year Mon-Fri 9-5pm situations. No, for decades most of us had sat at home day and night trying to write, and trying to get PAID for writing — at least enough to make the rent every month and put food on the table.
The most commercially successful writer had just come off a 15-city tour where he had cumulatively autographed hundreds of books at book signings all over the USA. The other writer makes a living writing HOW-TO-DO-IT books–not a dishonorable task–but probably would have enjoyed having his art photography and philosophical essay books sell in much greater numbers. They both had lived all over the world, more or less, and ended up settling in beautiful North Beach to raise families. (Well, there ARE worse places to live on the planet…) And one of the writers had recently inherited a country house in Norway.
It turns out that Norway has the Number One highest standard of living on the planet, thanks to its state-owned oil companies (which have exploited Nigeria, Ghana, and elsewhere?). Norway has rich fishing grounds. That translates to: free higher education at the 5 universities in the 5 largest cities. Free medical care. A welfare system which makes homelessness very difficult to achieve. Who would want to leave this materialistic, freedom-from-want nirvana? Well, someone rebellious, bored and idealistic; someone who hasn’t forgotten the goal of “working for more freedom and more consciousness for more people” — you guessed it, Hegel said it first.
Sometimes streams and tributaries coalesce to form a larger river, and sometimes fate brings three people into your life almost seemingly randomly who all coalesce to raise permanently-annoying questions. The first was Mark K. from London, who had worked on the OCCUPY TIMES OF LONDON, a newspaper which sprang out of the Occupy London movement. He showed us a book by McKenzie WARK, whom he considered one of the most visionary/futuristic minds alive today, and told us that a fellow worker on the OCCUPY TIMES OF LONDON was also coming to San Francisco soon.
A few days later we noticed that McKenzie Wark was giving a free talk at the Art, Technology and Culture Colloqium at U.C. Berkeley (curated by Ken Goldberg, who is also a SRL associate). We attended his talk, discovered he was staying at a hotel a block from RE/Search headquarters in North Beach, and made an appointment to interview him the next morning before he left noon-ish to catch a plane back to New York City. (That happened; more on this later). A couple days later we got a visit from R, in town from London (but originally from Norway), and had an all-too-short conversation in which that dreaded question-meme was raised: [Imagine] A Future Without Capitalism?
I immediately argued that I was a kind of capitalist and always had been: it costs x dollars to print a publication, i sell it for more than it cost to print it, and pay my rent and food bill from the difference. Naturally, there are times when I don’t get paid — like when the lovely founder of the putatively anarchist _ Press refused to pay me for thousands of dollars worth of books, hence causing me to question anarchism forever — and many small stores have never paid me because, well, they’re small stores. I’ve always said that the only person who understands a small publisher is another small publisher (i.e., one who’s actually DONE it). But while I have never done publishing for the profit motive, nevertheless the hard cold fact exists that I have made a profit, and lived on this profit, so I didn’t have to have a day job. (The best years of my life were when I had my own typesetting business, and lived off of typesetting, NOT book or magazine publishing.)
But that simple question was raised by R: [Imagine] A FUTURE WITHOUT CAPITALISM? After about an hour discussion, R left. Later, I emailed R:
Q: Ah, the nagging question you raised: what is the economic-social system we can kluge together from previously-existing models found in ANTHROPOLOGY, so we can have technological inventiveness without CAPITALISM? How about just a teeny bit of capitalism in there somewhere?
Wish I could see it clearly, but…
A: Ah, I know! It is a nagging and tricky question of which answers are nigh on impossible to find. The problem of capitalism is that it has colonized all other ways of being, thinking, relating, connecting… Yet anthropology (and I’m sure other disciplines too), teaches us that even under capitalism there are so many different ways of being human that don’t fit the rational-actor theory we believe we operate under. In fact, I would say we only operate inside it, we don’t fully relate or function on its terms. But – of course – working out how we throw it off is far from clear at present; and Occupy was just one in many spaces attempting to create a space where a different logic of thought and practice was in operation. I have hopes we’ll be able to make steps towards better things in the years to come.
Q: Perhaps Occupy Times and the scaled-down concentrated camaraderie engendered by working hard on a collective not-for-profit publishing project is a kind of future social/economic model in itself, somehow…? The big question of SCALE haunts all “utopian” envisionings/imaginings/social experiments/et al… Something that can at least temporarily work on a small scale — can it work ALL OVER THE WORLD?
We at RE/Search welcome any responses to this question: [IMAGINE] A FUTURE WITHOUT CAPITALISM?!
2. Counter Culture Hour – Saturday December 8, 2012 6:00 PM Pacific Time
Finally: ’70s PUNK REUNION at LENNON STUDIOS Sept 14-16, 2012, with a history of Subterranean Records by Steve Tupper and an interview with Jeff Rafael of the Nuns.
The Counter Culture Hour (aka RE/SEARCH TV) is also simulcast ON-LINE as well as on cable access San Francisco Channel 29 — 6pm Pacific Time, Sat Dec 8, 2012
– see this link at broadcast time:
You need a fairly decent internet connection and computer to “get it.”
USA west coast: 6:00 PM Saturday, Dec 8, 2012
USA east coast: 9:00 PM Saturday, Dec 8, 2012
London: 2:00 AM Sunday, Dec 9, 2012
Tokyo: 10:00 AM Sunday, Dec 9, 2012
If you cannot get this online email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Would you like to have a Counter Culture Hour showing in your town? Please write & ask us how you can do this. (write: email@example.com)
See RE/Search channel on youtube: “researchpubs”
There are also several episodes of The Counter Culture Hour on “veoh.com” — channel named “counterculture”
3. R.I.P. MANWOMAN. Best known for his work to reclaim the swastika to its original, universal, iconic spiritual status. Manwoman quotes Carl Jung as saying: “If you slice through every religion there are universal archetypes: death, rebirth, the sacred mother giving birth to the divine child.” And guess what pours through my dreams night after night? It’s the archetypes but totally free from any organized religion. I see my duty as an artist and poet to refresh these archetypes. -Manwoman http://www.needlesandsins.com/2012/11/rip-manwoman.html
ManWoman is featured in RE/Search’s 20th-anniversary MODERN PRIMITIVES hardback/paperback, printed on glossy paper for superior photographic reproduction. This is probably the “best” interview with this taboo-challenging pioneer of body modification; read it and weep! Order Modern Primitives from http://www.http://www.researchpubs.com/Blog/tattoo-piercing-sexuality-drugs/
4. FORTHCOMING EVENTS (San Francisco unless Otherwise Noted)
() $ Sun Nov 25, 7pm YOSHI’s, 1330 Fillmore St/ bet. Ellis/Eddy St, SF: HENRY ROLLINS finishes a 3-show run in San Francisco of his tour, THE LONG MARCH. Highly recommended – RE/SEARCH will be there Sun night!
() $ Support Thrillpeddlers’ Hypnodrome – the only Grand Guignol Theatre in the world! Plus, V. Vale occasionally plays opening piano (as audience files in)…
http://thrillpeddlers.com/ – DEC 8, 8pm Jill Tracy plays live a full concert to celebrate her new CD, “Silver Smoke, Star of Night” [ http://jilltracy.com/jt/albums/silver-smoke-star-of-night-tales-of-the-accidental-album/ ] complete with special guests, short films and ghost stories. All Ages Show! tickets at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/298088
() $ Wed Nov 28 Another Hole in the Head Film Fest Nov 28-Dec 9: 50 “weird” films in 11 days: http://sfdocfest.festivalgenius.com/2012/films/forbiddenzone_richardelfman_sfdocfest2012
() $ Thur Nov 29 **AUSTRALIA** DEVO kicks off their Nov-Dec 2012 Australia/New Zealand tour in Melbourne!
() $ Fri Nov 30, 4pm-midnite, RallyPad, 144 2nd St/Howard, SF. A FUND-RAISER. Panel w/V. Vale, R.U. Sirius, Rachel (XFF Organizer). 7:30-10:30 Dorkbot featuring Mark Pauline (showing videos), Ken Goldberg, Tiffany Shlain, Mark Pesce, Amy Critchett, more. This is a fundraiser & XFF are requesting donations of $10-$40 (more if you can). See http://dorkbot.org/dorkbotsf/archive/201211/ and http://xffpreparty.eventbrite.com
() $ **SAN JOSE**: NOW through Dec 8: ZERO1Biennial: Seeking Silicon Valley. www.zero1biennial.org Facebook / Twitter
() $ NOW through ? RECOMMENDED: HOLY MOTORS is now playing at Landmark’s Embarcadero Center Cinema in San Francisco. Digital photos at: http://holymotorsfilm.com/wp/downloads
() $ Fri-Sat Dec 7-8. Benefit for Carole Lennon; many bands will play. Stay tuned!
() FREE (BERKELEY) Sat Dec 8:, 10-5pm East Bay Alternative Book and Zine Fest, 2050 Center St (near University, bet Shattuck & Milvia; Berkeley City College. RE/SEARCH WILL HAVE A TABLE!
() FREE Sun Dec 9, 3-5pm V. VALE gives a FREE class (“RE/Search the Future Forever!”) at the Free University, Viracocha, 998Valencia/21st St. Come early and see our former intern Joe Donohoe give a presentation on Kurosawa and Pasolini!
() $ Sun Dec 9, 8pm, Regency Ballroom, JOHN CALE – ’nuff said! Cass McCombs: opening act. http://www.goldenvoice.com/shows/details/?id=38245
() FREE Tue Dec 11, 730pm, Green Arcade Bookstore, 1680 Market/Gough Sts, SF – Homage to writer Etel Adnan.
() $ Wed Dec 12, 730pm, Meri St Meri reads (to promote her new book, “You Tore Us”; V. Vale wrote an introduction) at a secret Hayes Valley location: The Museum of Living Art. For location, details & password call 415 789 8203 beginning December 1st. Later that night, 10pm Meri St. Mary will be reading & signing from YOU TORE US @ Salon du Troll’s Holidays On the Cheap hosted by Dog Swan @ 1082 Howard (between 6th & 7th) for & by the “inspired, impoverished & infamous local artists & performances” TBA. This event will go til 2am & beyond. 7$ donation @ the door.
() $23 Sat Dec 15 9pm, Sun Dec 16 1:30AM: Psychic TV featuring Lumerians / King Dude. The Uptown Nightclub, Oakland, CA – 21 years and over. http://www.ticketweb.com/t3/sale/SaleEventDetail?dispatch=loadSelectionData&eventId=4859065
() $ Fri-Sat Dec 21-22 **LOS ANGELES** Xtreme Futurist Fest. RE/Search will present, and have a table. Dec 22 special event: SRL is scheduled to do a very rare LIVE SHOW! http://extremefuturistfestival.com/ also go to: http://archive.srl.org/2012/11/03/srl-at-the-extreme-futurist-festival-2012/
Just Added for the XFF Music Concert Fri Nite 12/21/12: LYDIA LUNCH (all the way from Barcelona, Spain) and Negativeland (from North Carolina). V. Vale will give at least (2) presentations. RE/Search’s new book, DATING AI, is written by Alex Zhavaronkoff — who may well appear IN PERSON (99% chance) all the way from Russia!
() FREE MON DEC 31, 9-midnite. Riptide / 3639 Taraval Av/ 46th-47th Av, SF. THE REMONES (Ramones tribute band!!) 21+ show by Scott Alcoholocaust
() FUTURE, THE: go to www.babygramps.com to find his tour schedule! We like the over-the-top Punk Americana this legend of living pulchritude creates, both live and in recordings. Some very deep cultural waters await you…
5. What We’ve Attended/What We’ve Been Reading/Seeing/Listening to/What We’ve Been Sent/Given
() Big Takeover #71 (Beach House cover): concluding part two of our awesome features on Nada Surf, ’60s stars Love (on Da Capo & Forever Changes),
Nuggets/Patti Smith legend Lenny Kaye Pt 2, and The Descendents, as well as a fabulous history interview with ’70s L.A. Dangerhouse punks The Deadbeats, and newer greats Maximo Park, DIIV, and M. Ward. (A jam-packed 164-page issue! ORDER FROM: <http://bigtakeover.stores.yahoo.net/> + if you would like to receive it, or subscribe <http://bigtakeover.stores.yahoo.net/> + if you’ve been meaning to, or renew your subscription <http://bigtakeover.stores.yahoo.net/> if it has run out. And remember, Big Takeover issues, back issues, t-shirts, CDs (including the limited edition Springhouse CD album, From Now to OK), and our other fun stuff (Big Takeover beer cozies, magnets, buttons, signed posters, etc.) and subscriptions also make the perfect X-mas/Holiday gifts! Especially in this time when we are all trying to economize. (NOTE ABOUT T-SHIRTS- NEW KID SIZES! In addition to our four mens and three women’s sizes, we now offer six children’s sizes, 2T, 3T, 4T, and onesies 6 months, 12 months, and 18 months! For the cool kid in your world!)
If you want to subscribe or renew or give the gift that keeps on giving, just go to our secure online Yahoo store <http://bigtakeover.stores.yahoo.net/> (and feel free to indicate which issue you’d like to start with (only $20 for four issues or $32 for overseas, or $26 for Canada. Or, for those in the U.S. you can send us a check made out to “Big Takeover” for $20 to the following address: The Big Takeover, 356 4th St., Upper Floor, Brooklyn, NY 11215 – Or if you want to pre-order just the upcoming issue 71, you can send us a check for $6 to that address or order online. Best, Jack Rabid”
() Michael Shamberg sent us his DVD of ps. beirut chapter I + II. Writer: Etel Adnan. Players include Emmanuelle Riva (voice), Bernard Sumner from New Order singing “Procession,” Margarethe von Trotta, more. We recommend it for its grace and poetic ephemerality! It’s zero budget D-I-Y but looks beautiful.
() Deborah Iyall (of Romeo Void fame) & her hot band played a rockin’-out set at the SFAI Alumni Weekend Nov 3. She has released (3) CDs lately: “Singing until Sunrise,” “Knife in Water Dialog,” and “Stay Strong.”
() V from London sent us the best present: a beautiful British Library CD titled “The Spoken Word: William S Burroughs and Brion Gysin” available fromwww.bl.uk/shop – ‘Nuff said!
() Ian W. gave us 2 CDs involving Frightwig: 1) Wild Women Never Die…They Just Dye Their Hair [a kind of classic] and 2) “Gone to Ground” – all lyrics by MIA D’BRUZZI. www.gonetogroundband.com
() Our former intern Erica Olsen has a new book, “Recapture & Other Stories” – www.recapturestories.com – intv at http://torreyhouse.com/press-room/recapture/a-conversation-with-erica-olsen/
() McKenzie Wark gave us his new hardback bearing an innovative dust jacket which, unfolded, becomes a beautiful poster full of graphics and thought-provoking quotes: THE BEACH BENEATH THE STREET (a 2012 “take” on how Situationism is still relevant today).
6. A commentary on Artificial Intelligence and “DATING A.I.” by Dr. Alex Zhavoronkoff, RE/SEARCH’s NEXT BOOK.
from Patrick Kwon
NOTE: Pre-Order “DATING A.I.” and get a free copy of MODERN PAGANS **or** PUNK 77 (You must tell us which book you want for free): www.http://www.researchpubs.com
“Peter and Serena are at dinner. The conversation is clumsy, as it might often be on a first date. To Peter, who dates often, tonight is an exercise in routine. Peter has playfully courted Serena in the past, only he doesn’t remember. Serena, however, has total recall of the event—every detail. That’s because she has a photographic memory. She is also an android.”
In DATING AI, Zhavoronkoff delivers anecdotal witticisms like the one above. Scenarios that speculate about the rise of a new, nuanced relationship between people and a fully incarnated Artificial Intelligence. And while the thrust of this ultra-chic tutorial explores the romantic and perfunctory aspects of these new paradigms, Zhavoronkoff is careful to address a wide spectrum of scenarios in this brave new world. He illuminates how fragile and curious relationships could be, given the radical nature of tomorrow’s advanced communications. That is, he gently ushers us into this unknown future with a kind of Socratic dialogue, thus depicting a full-bodied corporality and dimensionality.
In 1983, Isaac Asimov wrote THE ROBOTS OF DAWN, where a roboticide has just occurred. During the inquiry, Elijah Bailey, a famous agoraphobic detective, discovers that a woman has had sexual/romantic relations with a life-like robot; androids of this kind are described as humaniform.
THE ROBOTS OF DAWN was the first book I ever read. Even then, to my young mind, the idea of a relationship with a certain facsimile of sentient-ness didn’t seem so impossibly alien. We often speak to machines, as we do animals, with a gratifying sense of familiarity; perhaps this typifies the very nature of our way of relating to other entities. Philosophers often ask what our purpose, as humans, might BE. Do we give purpose—assign meaning—to everything? I recall the way that I yell at a blown fuse, or a television, or coddle my car, or coax my computer from the threshold of blipping out. Typically, many of us dialogue with functional objects or tools in our environment. Some objects evince a binary decision-making capability, and when that decision fails to—or achieves—our intention, we praise or denigrate the act. This is a relationship—at its most rudimentary.
Back in the mid-nineties, I used to own a Tamagotchi: a virtual pet that you had to nurture—much like a flour sack baby. But the Tamagotchi exhibited alerts that warned you about the needs of the “pet”: when it was hungry, or needed to use the bathroom, or take a nap. I let mine “die” within a month.
More recently, I bought an iPhone 4S. The 4S is equipped with an algorithmic personality, which is allegedly female. If you ask her name, she will say that her name is Siri. And if you ask her what is her full name, she will say that it is Siri Alpha. These names cannot not evoke some kind of emotional reaction. I would say that this is intentional. And what is the intention? To usher us into an environment of artificial -rapport, -candor, -emotionality, -sympathy, and -intelligence: Artificial Intelligence. And by artificial, I don’t mean disingenuousness, or a prosthetic quality—rather, exercising a binary, algorithmic logic presaging a new kind of machine-human intimacy. And this is where Dr. Zhavoronkoff serves us: he artfully softens our palate for this perplexing lozenge that we may all be chewing on before Elijah Bailey can discover why anyone might want to terminate a humaniform. [end]
7. RECOMMENDED LINKS (send some!)
() V. Vale Interview by Peter Cavagnaro of BAM/PFA at: http://blook.bampfa.berkeley.edu/2012/11/q-a-v-vale.html
() from Graham R: Ballardian deserted Chinese Disneyland: http://blogs.reuters.com/photographers-blog/2011/12/12/chinas-deserted-fake-disneyland/
() from Chris T: “this article positions him as a creep, but it raises some pretty large issues about surveillance in general.
Plus it’s funny the way he handles angry people. Definitely watch the videos:
http://www.geekwire.com/2012/seattles-creepy-cameraman-pushes-limits-public-surveillance/empty San Francisco: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=jDaAo63bivc#!
() from Billy H: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Missing_fundamental
() from Gail T: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/10/hitchcock-trailer-anthony-hopkins_n_1955152.html?utm_hp_ref=entertainment
() from Rokko: tiny video of V. Vale playing “Rokko’s Theme” on piano: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VXIQnBD4rn8
() Dutch art heist: http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/8600706a-1799-11e2-8cbe-00144feabdc0.html#axzz29YNG8KQ8
() from V in London:
think this guy’s writing is funny: www.vice.com/en_uk/read/a-big-night-out-ata-fashion-week-party
() Steven Gray has poems & photos in: www.poeticpinuprevue.com
() from Jon Longhi: http://youtube/46pO6jdsXOo
() from Phil G: “Hi Vale- I’ve been doing some work for takepart.com , the social outreach part of Participant media (“The Help”, “Food Inc., etc.). It’s pretty cool, they are trying to get some messages out about food, the environment, and social issues. Anyway, they put up a series of videos of Henry Rollins, I thought you’d enjoy them: http://www.takepart.com/rollins
a favorite blog: http://tsutpen.blogspot.com/2012/11/when-legends-gather-712.html
() Albanian Leviathan: http://www.romanianstudies.org/content/2012/11/poetry-in-translation-cxlii-parid-teferici-b-1972-albania-in-a-country-as-small-as-this-one-o-tara-atat-de-mica/
() from James M: “You have seen a lot of this in OTHER docs, but NOT ALL scenes. I haven’t seen much of the extended stuff on parts 3 and above including the Nuns @ Winterland greeting “all the Mabuhay crowd gathered here tonight” High Times Tom Forcade financed this for $400,000 just months before he suicided himself in 1978. Some interesting images and audio indeed!!!”
() from Mako S: “…the burroughs letters collection, and must frequently pick it up and read…up to 1974 only…
surely there must be another collection covering the seventies, eighties – interesting years for wsb, no?”
‘Rub Out The Words: The Letters of William S. Burroughs’ out … • www.deathandtaxesmag.com/177688/rub-out-the-words-the-letters-of…
() from Babalou: Con Edison plant explosion Manhattan: http://boingboing.net/2012/10/29/con-ed-transformer-explosion-i.html?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter
() from Charley Brown, Voice Farm: http://www.youtube.com/user/voicefarm08
() from Karen Marcelo: http://www.asklabs.com/blog/13584274
() from Leah & Scott A: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OeBwdGXg274&sns=em
() see RE/Search Nov newsletter at wired’s website: http://www.wired.com/beyond_the_beyond/2012/11/the-latest-research-emanation/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+wiredbeyond+%28Wired%3A+Blog+-+Beyond+the+Beyond%2FSterling%29
() from Ralf: Svankmajer YBCA alert: http://ybca.org/animating-dark-dreams
() from Karen B: President Truman Called them “Human Secret Weapon”, actually they were life saving soldiers.
Final Installment of the Trilogy of Japanese American WWII history by Junichi Suzuki. DVD:
MIS Official Website: http://mis-film.com/
Second of the trilogy: “442 Live With Honor, Die with Dignity” http://www.domocart.com/domo-store/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=24
442 Official website: http://www.442film.com/
First of the trilogy: “Toyo’s Camera” http://www.domocart.com/domo-store/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=4&products_id=200
() from Ken Knabb: LOOKING BACK ON OCCUPY http://www.bopsecrets.org/recent/occupy-looking-back.htm
() SFAQ Gallery: www.evergoldgallery.com
() from Vermilion: “Vale, Book recommendation: Francesca Woodman photos ISBN 9781935202660 ” (google her!)
() “Either that wallpaper goes, or I go!” – Oscar Wilde, on his deathbed in a downscale Paris hotel room
() We are seeking quotes made on people’s deathbeds – literally, people’s “last words”… Send us some!
() The most common last words on downed airplanes’ recovered “black boxes” are: “Oh, s–t!”
9. LETTERS FROM READERS:
() “Hi Vale, In the excerpt of the new Dating AI book, there is mention of the ‘Turing Test’, which probably most people have heard of by now. The short description provided is:
The test is straightforward: A human judge carries on a conversation for five minutes, mainly question and answer, with an unseen person and a supposedly intelligent machine. In the original Turing version, the test uses computer terminals with text only so that visual and aural cues are not involved. If the judge cannot tell the difference between the responses of the person and the machine, then the machine has passed the test.
However – there’s an important twist to the original paper “Computing Machinery and Intelligence” from 1950, which I was made aware of by Bruce Sterling, which I think points out the importance of going back to the source. Sterling’s talk was on the occasion of Turing’s 100th birthday, “Turing Centenary Speech” (reference: http://www.wired.com/beyond_the_beyond/2012/06/turing-centenary-speech-new-aesthetic/)
Here’s the start of the second paragraph of the Turing paper “Computing Machinery and Intelligence” (reference: http://orium.homelinux.org/paper/turingai.pdf)
The new form of the problem can be described in terms of a game which we call the “imitation game.” It is played with three people, a man (A), a woman (B), and an interrogator (C) who may be of either sex. The interrogator stays in a room apart front the other two. The object of the game for the interrogator is to determine which of the other two is the man and which is the woman.
A bit later Turing then changes the scenario:
We now ask the question, “What will happen when a machine takes the part of A in this game?” Will the interrogator decide wrongly as often when the game is played like this as he does when the game is played between a man and a woman? These questions replace our original, “Can machines think?”
So we see there was a gender component to Turing’s original scenario (which I had never seen described anywhere before Sterling’s talk). Here are a couple things Sterling has to say about it:
Bruce Sterling: You could argue that “masculinity” has nothing to do with “intelligence.” I might even agree with you, but if my masculinity isn’t an aspect of my so-called intelligence, what is it?
Mathematics may be sexless, but do we really believe that cognition is some quality we have that is strictly divorced from gender? How can you properly claim that you understand how human brains work, if you can’t create a system that expresses a female sexual identity? Because billions of brains do that every day, and it’s not rare, because women are the majority gender. Where is that aspect of human intelligence supposed to be hiding? Is femininity non-algorithmic? Is femininity a Turing non-computable problem? — Curt: Thought this would be pertinent to Dating AI! Best, Curt”
() “Dear Vale, LTM recordings recently released Varvakios, the sixth studio album by L.A. postpunk group Savage Republic. Recorded in Greece in February 2012 over the course of three hectic days, Varvakios is a sequel of sorts to their 1989 album Customs, and draws on local sights, sounds and synergies. On several tracks the band are joined on violin by Blaine L. Reininger of Tuxedomoon, himself a resident of downtown Athens. Says frontman Thom Fuhrmann: ‘To walk into such a volatile situation and create this music in such a short time was by far the most satisfying experience that I’ve ever had as an artist.’ CD and vinyl versions of the recording are available now through Mobilization.com. The CD and Digital version are released on LTM records.
Savage Republic also self-produced a strictly limited vinyl edition of 300 numbered copies, packaged in a special die cut cover, designed by Ramona Clarke and hand printed by Bruce Licher at Independent Project Press, pressed onto clear vinyl with random smokey streaks, making each copy unique.
The LP edition also includes a beautiful 8.5″x5.5” eight page full color booklet, printed on photo paper, featuring shots by photographer Nick Paleologos, combining album text with candid photos of Savage Republic during the 3-day recording process, plus images from the street rioting that occurred in Athens during the same time period.
For more information visit Mobilization.com Contact: Ethan Port, Mobilization.com +1 (650) 619-3695
() from Bill C–: “In case you missed it, here is a link to a New Statesman review of Extreme Metaphors, a compilation of ~40 years of Ballard interviews:
http://www.newstatesman.com/culture/culture/2012/10/j-g-ballard%E2%80%99s-immersion-catastrophe – I look forward to your newsletter…Patti Smith here in San Diego tonight AND tomorrow.”
() “Hi V, How are you? Wanted to say a *BIG* thank you for your kind words on your newsletter about Kinglux magazine recently. As you’re aware Bruce Sterling reposted your editorial over on Wired, and we made some connections as a result of the extra publicity! Thank you!!
Also, I was speaking to Robert Ansell ( http://boingboing.net/2012/09/24/making-the-book-talismanic-an.html ), whom I’m working with at Fulgur Publishing ( http://fulgur.co.uk/ )
He creates some — scrub that — he creates the most beautiful books on the occult, Austin Osman Spare being his specialism, and we were talking about your influence… In a mirror of my thoughts he said that “You are the internet to men of a certain age”! So once again, your influence has permeated the collective consciousness of the curious and brave.
Finally, and I promise, the unabashed compliments will abide here, the recent Henry Rollins interview you guys did was just superb… So much knowledge and trivia there, I saw it as counterculture primer 101. Essential listening. If the missing segment was filmed you promise to post a link, right?
So, with my enthusiasm firmly embedded here, I send you the very best from sunny autumnal London…
Tony Kinglux” www.kinglux.co.uk
() “dear V.Vale, how are you? here Paolo Campana from the documentary Vinylmania,I hope all is going well with your activity. I hope you have finally received the dvd of the film? If yes I hope you will like it, it would be great to know your opinion. In the dvd I dedicated an entire bonus to our meeting at your place. I’m looking forward hearing news from you – all the best, Paolo Campana, Director, DJ, Via R. Sineo 3, 10124 – Torino, ITALY mailto: firstname.lastname@example.org mobile: +39 335 8183191 – VISIT MY BLOG www.vinylmaniafilm.com – facebook vinylpage http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/vinylmania?ref=ts ”
() from V in London: [funeral notice] “William Snider, born in Cincinnati, buried Jan 11, 1854, aged 13 years 6 months. Killed by being swung around by the heels by a circus clown. Buried in Yerba Buena cemetery, San Francisco, CAL, grave no. 3240.” (Those were the days!?)
() from John Johnson, one of our favorite zine creators: ” I received the JGBallard Conversations book and have been enjoying it immensely. Thanks so much. I just finished the David Pringle interview. It brought to mind that my best friend (Allen Levine) was William Burroughs’ personal assistant. I’m originally from Lawrence, Kansas. Small world. ~ John”
() “[Recommend] The Age of Wire & String and Notable American Women by Ben Marcus & Scorch Atlas. They ain’t Ballard, but that ain’t gonna happen. Ash”
() “Hi Vale, Thanks for the invite to the Hypnodrome yesterday. Your musical piano intro was fantastic, as was the show itself! You know, what I found really interesting was how willing and able we all are, at any age, to play around with interesting concepts, in the right environment. So, what I mean is: the Hypnodrome show involved a storytelling game and a costume contest in which the contestants had to participate, act in character, answer on-the-spot questions on their creations etc. All of a sudden, a theatre full of people was involved in a criss-crossing dialogue playing around with concepts like wormholes, magickal powers etc. …the moment when a 7-or-so-year-old mentions that his character lives inside a wormhole… the entire room is reduced to the same kind of child-like playfulness. It was fantastic!
“It was great to be able to catch up with you at the end of my USA travels. Off to central America (and beyond) from Tuesday. OH… that reminds me. Better than having some copies of the Occupied Times sent to you by post, it turns out that a friend and fellow OT editor is visiting SF within the next couple of weeks. She (Ragnhild) has a copy of the issue with the McKenzie Wark interview, and should also have one or two other issues, if you’d like. One thing I didn’t mention about our paper was the design… two awesome Greek guys have been behind the design since the first issue, and we all love it; the design uses a typeface known as ‘BASTARD’, which is reminiscent of fascistic themes – which is fun! So, hopefully you will enjoy!
“I’ll keep an eye out for your newsletters and new releases— and I really hope I’ll find there, some day, mention of some more trusted writers on the Ballard/Burroughs level. Here’s hoping!
Currently trying to find the best spot to kip @ SFO (there’s actually this fantastic website ‘sleepinginairports.net’ that documents recommendations of the best airport spots to sleep at). Re-listening to Burroughs’s spoken word to transport me away from this perma-daydream environment! Again, It was freat to meet you during my time in SF. Best wishes to you all! – Mark K”
() “Hi Vale,
Following on from my previous email: I finished Observed While Falling. It becomes rather unusual, in several different ways. There are interesting sections about the process of working on the project, the general environment at the time, and the bizarre coincidences that surround the collaboration. There are also sections that express quite a bitterness towards James Grauerholz and, strangely, the nature of Burroughs’ funeral. There’s a long section about control, 9/11, 2012, etc, which features a few brave logical leaps. Peculiar, but interesting.
“It would have been very exciting to see the completed graphic novel, or even to read the text version alongside the images. This book, apparently disapproved of by the Burroughs estate, is quite satisfying as an explanation of why a complete version does not exist.
“Hi Vale, The Lost Art of Ah Pook and Observed While Falling by Malcolm McNeill are now available! I picked copies up at Foyles this evening after seeing Aline and Robert Crumb speak about their new book. (We got a couple of books signed which was very exciting for Emily — she’s a big fan.)
I’m only 30 pages in, but Observed While Falling (a memoir about the project) is pretty great so far. An interesting description of not only the process of working with Burroughs, but of the general environment of early 70s London.
“There’s a new book out called ‘trust me i’m lying’ by a guy who markets assholes like tucker max and american apparel. In it he explains how/easy it is-to manipulate the media (specifically online) and why the system is setup to be duped. I thought of the pranks issues immediately, and that it had applications for now that maybe hadn’t been as obvious or technically possible when the pranks issues came out. Even though his goals are/were not in line with what i believe REsearch is about , i feel the information inside would be beneficial to pranksters and perhaps he would be a person of interest for the pranks 3 issue (which i pray happens someday). Thanks for all that you do/have done. You are much appreciated. xoxo Sent from The suburbs of Disneyland in slack mafia usa” – Daniel B.
“Hi Vale, Loved the interview — you always manage to seamlessly blend historical/philosophical/artistic insights with earthy, practical advice on how to “get shit done.”
“And the Extreme Futurist Festival looks really cool! Out here in the wild jungle of shameless conservatism and nationalism, I sincerely miss the quirky genius that is California… – Ilana in Istanbul”
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