josh blog

Ordinary language is all right.

One could divide humanity into two classes:
those who master a metaphor, and those who hold by a formula.
Those with a bent for both are too few, they do not comprise a class.

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9 Aug '05 07:06:18 AM

ellipsis.cx will be unavailable for a while in the coming week as it moves temporarily in preparation for its owner's move from the US to Amsterdam.

4 Aug '05 08:32:36 AM

The note to the third edition of the English translation (the dual-language edition) of Wittgenstein's Philosophical Investigations sez, in the typewritten hand of 'Nicholas Denyer', whoever he is:

'The text has been repaginated for this edition; as a result the page numbers referred to in the two notes above no longer apply.'

Well how about you fix them, then, bitch? Sigh.

4 Aug '05 07:43:17 AM

Jess suggests a limit of 25 releases before labels lose consistency. I wonder what things would be like if labels were allowed to revise their catalogs. I mean, I know they are, in theory, and sort of kind of in fact, but I mean drastically revise: a year or two later, after the release of a not so hot record, to say: well, that's not one of our records any more. Not part of our collection.

3 Aug '05 09:29:02 AM

I must've spent half an hour trying to whistle remembered melodies for my amusement tonight while waiting for the 1:22 bus. The 'yes but can you whistle it?' test is a very canny one, I found; but it seems to depend an awful lot on people's limited ability at whistling. I can do alright but if the melody doesn't have a lot of sizeable up and down motion to it, it starts sounding flat and tuneless as as the limitations of the instrument are emphasized. Proximity to speech adds so much that's hard to replace.

27 Jul '05 11:56:43 PM

Wow, the last time I inserted a CD into my computer that hadn't already been put into an interweb CD database, it was only because interweb CD databases sucked and none of the CDs had been put into them.

26 Jul '05 09:20:13 AM

I don't think I have any idea what other people mean when they say someone is a good actor or bad actor.

26 Jul '05 06:32:42 AM

The best thing a gift can do is to foster a spirit of graciousness amongst its recipients.

25 Jul '05 07:36:58 AM

Ethan on The Dayton Family (plus, Bun B + LeRoi Jones).

21 Jul '05 09:42:52 AM

There are some italics missing from that Cavell quote. Just think of all the different ways you could read it by trying out different words with the missing italics. No, really. Try it.