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Wednesday, October 13, 2004
a publishing phenomenon
released just yesterday

Shock and outrage were expressed around the world.

8:39 PM | link |

emersoniana negativa
some older reviews
I've been saying bad things about Ralph Waldo Emerson lately, and I plan to cast many more slurs in his direction, seeing his famous essay on "Self Reliance" as perhaps the definitive kick-off and ultimate rationale for cultivate-your-own garden new-age solipsism. So imagine my joy at finding these bits in an article I searched up on Highbeam...
  • Nathaniel Hawthorne, whose friendship Emerson tried to cultivate, wrote in his 1842 journal that Emerson was "that everlasting rejecter of all that is, and seeker for he knows not what."
  • After he heard Emerson lecture in 1849, Melville wrote in a letter to a friend (E.A. Duyckinck) that this "Plato who talks through his nose "was "a humbug," though "no common humbug." Melville claimed some years later that Emerson's vision of the world "proceeded from a defect in the region of the heart." He also satirized Emerson's Transcendental philosophy in the character of Plotinus Plinlimmon in his novel Pierre (1852).
  • Although often called the father of New England Transcendentalism and the Sage of Concord, Emerson came under attack by the distinguished professor of philosophy at Emerson's alma mater, George Santayana of Harvard University:
    At bottom [Emerson] had no doctrine at all. The deeper he went and the more he tried to grapple with fundamental conceptions, the vaguer and more elusive they became in his hands. Did he know what he meant by Spirit or the "Over-Soul"? Could he say what he understood by the terms, so constantly on his lips, Nature, Law, God, Benefit, or Beauty? He could not, and the consciousness of that incapacity was so lively within him that he never attempted to give articulation to his philosophy.
  • As if this attack from Santayana were not enough, there was an even more scathing attack by a president of Yale University (A. Bartlett Giamatti), made to the senior class in his baccalaureate address in 1982. President Giamatti claimed that Emerson "freed our politics and our politicians from any sense of restraint by extolling self-generated, unaffiliated power as the best foot to place in the small of the back of the man in front of him."
  • The seed which James Russell Lowell's satiric references to Emerson's apparent yen for both Olympian and Stock Exchange achievements grew into a full--fledged anti-Emerson attack in Kenneth Lynn's review of Gay Wilson's 1981 biography of Emerson. In that review (in Commentary, March 1982), Professor Lynn alleges that there was something coarsely materialistic in Emerson's pursuit of his first wife, Ellen Tucker -- and, even more so, in his pursuit of her wealth. When she died after eighteen months of marriage to Emerson, it was his inheritance of her property which enabled him, according to Lynn, to make and enjoy his first trip to Europe, and, from his "comfortable assurance of an annual income," to urge others to shun vulgar materialism.
There is so much unalloyed praise floating about for Ralph Waldo Emerson these days that it was good to find these deliciously dissenting opinions of the man.

from: The Kaleidoscopic Emerson by Milton Birnbaum
source: Modern Age, 1/1/2003
via: Highbeam Research
Copyright © 2003 Intercollegiate Studies Institute Inc.

1:50 PM | link |

Tuesday, October 12, 2004
what was it like out on the ice?
hard to say
I haven't ever much liked the "Self Psychology" formulated by Heinz Kohut, and I think it's had seriously negative consequences for a culture that's largely never heard of him, but has been affected (infected?) nonetheless by some of his ideas about narcissism. However, this book -- Releasing the Self: The Healing Legacy of Heinz Kohut -- looks extremely interesting in that it recasts Kohut's project in relation to other schools of psychoanalytic thought that were emerging around the same time. Kohut's major work appeared in the 1970s.

Chapter One
Rage, Shame
and Presymbolic Dread

"...the attempt to describe disintegration anxiety
is the attempt to describe the indescribable."

How Does Analysis Cure?
Heinz Kohut

"The terror arises not from a presence (of an impulse or feeling) but from an absence -- a crack, a fissure in the mind. We may be reminded here of Balint's (1968) 'basic fault', a term suggestive of a structural metaphor of a building with a flaw within its foundations. Under stress, the fault gives way and a cleavage appears. It is this hole, this nothing, which creates panic and incommunicable agony. The deepest dread may be invisible and scarcely expressible in words." [p. 2]

Releasing the Self:
The Healing Legacy of Heinz Kohut

Phil Mollon

It changes one to go through this experience. It change me, and I am still changing. It's not over. Is it ever? What am I becoming? I don't know. Many never make it through at all. Never find the door, the key, the saving grace of compassion for themselves, for the world, for the desperation in the eyes of others. If they live at all, such broken souls -- and they are all around us -- are often said to have "the ten-thousand yard stare." Is what they're seeing a delusion? To answer that, you need to know what isn't. And you can't know that. It's a fruitless question. To live here is the bodhisattva way. To stay, seek no return. To understand there is no way back. No past, no future, nothing doing. Look in my eyes. You see? So here we are out on the ice. My warmth is your warmth. Huddle closer. Soon enough it will be night.

I'll be the rainbow when the sun is gone
wrap you in my colors and keep you warm

that's how strong my love is
that's how strong my love is
that's how strong my love is
that's how strong my love is

otis redding

3:02 PM | link |

Monday, October 11, 2004
corporate dementia
ping hits the bong
Normally, we would never run a corporate press release on the Entropy Gradient Reversals weblog. Especially not one as self serving as this. Especially unedited, with no accompanying analysis. But we're making an exception in this case. It will be interesting to see if the company can make good on its announced plans -- to say nothing of what it would do for our longevity to stick around and find out. Now if we could just figure out who the hell Eugene Roberts is.

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October 11, 2004

Ping Identity Pre-Announces Hostile Takeover of Microsoft in 2050

Company Lays Out Comprehensive Four-step Plan

Denver, CO, October 11, 2004 -- Ping Identity Corporation (www.pingidentity.com) today pre-announced a comprehensive four-step plan for a hostile takeover of Microsoft in the year 2050. The pre-announcement of this plan constitutes a key strategic initiative in Ping's roadmap.

The plan, as laid bare by Ping's CEO, Andre Durand, is as follows:

  1. Hit a Yearly Revenue of 100 million USD.
  2. Grow that to a Yearly Revenue of 1 billion USD.
  3. Grow that to a Yearly Revenue of 100 Billion USD (and go public somewhere in there).
  4. Assume that Microsoft's star has faded some, and launch takeover efforts.

The pure brilliance of the plan was lauded by Eugene Roberts, analyst with Entropy Gradient Reversals Group: "Ping has clearly taken a step to leap ahead of nearly all of its competition with this step. I mean, Microsoft is the largest company on the planet -- pre-announcing a hostile takeover in 2050 means that Ping will, most likely, be one of the largest companies on the planet."

Once the acquisition has been completed, Ping stated that they plan to release another version of their commercial federation server, PingFederate.

Andre Durand, CEO of Ping Identity, addressed the announcement thus: "After many months of strategic thumb-twiddling, it became overwhelmingly obvious that the synergies of this hostile takeover would out-weigh any downside. Having acquired the desktop, browser, small business, email, search engine, weblog, digital rights management, enterprise server, media player, and development environment foothold, we're quite sure that Ping will be able to leverage those properties in our federated identity strategy. Truly, this roadmap represents a milestone for Ping Identity Corporation."

About Ping Identity Corporation
Ping Identity Corporation (www.pingidentity.com) was founded by Andre Durand after his friend Craig taunted him with pictures from the Caribbean whilst he sat stuck in snowy Denver. Ping has since grown to encompass truly important corporate things like a board of directors, funding, stock, process, an outlook exchange server, and monthly reports. Most of Ping's employees dream of untold wealth and applaud this release. Those that don't are being dealt with accordingly.

Press Contact:
Eric Norlin

3:15 PM | link |

Sunday, October 10, 2004
wut sup!
depressed, excogitated, can't rid your mass?

Hello again! Krtmlg & Ubulftmg here with some important messages from our extra-local spamsters. Yes, many of us today are eating the planetary chemicals. But oh dear, we all know what it feels like to have a gut-ful of strong fat-banding fibre! Now there's new hope, though, and you may incur finer almost right away by snurtling these oferantic daikons! Be our ghost...
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Examine it
Somehow though, don't ask us why, we were not really all that inclined to examine it.

7:13 PM | link |

how sophisticated is media manipulation?
or: spin doctors eat your brain
from the book description for Risk, Media and Stigma: Understanding Public Challenges to Modern Science and Technology...
"For all the benefits of modern technology, there is often great public suspicion of, and aversion to, innovations. Amplified by the huge power of the media, public concern about health and ecological risks can grow into what is now recognized as a new and very significant social phenomenon: the stigmatization of new developments. The economic impact and social consequences can be enormous. This volume presents an examination of how and why stigmatization occurs and what the appropriate responses to it are. Stigma can attach to places, such as transport routes for nuclear waste; to products, such as contaminated food; and to technologies or even whole industries. More theoretical contributions look at the parts played by government and business, and the crucial role of the media in forming public attitudes. Stigma is not always misplaced and the volume discusses the challenges involved in managing it, and in reducing the vulnerability of important products, industries and institutions while providing the public with the information they need about risks." [emphasis added]
Stigma is not always misplaced. You like that? Cool, huh? Yeah, and in those cases, how do we, as modern media miracle movers, spin these real risks so they seem less scary than, oh say, having your brain rot from Mad Cow Disease or your kids melt down into puddles of wrongly recombined DNA because you live next to Rocky Flats or Love Canal or ThreeMile Island or the still burning nuclear fires burried under the Chernobyl "sarcaphagous"? It's all here, folks. With high-priced academic consultants from places like Wharton speaking in a language of impressive euphemistic buzzcode that makes it all sound, well, quite respectable.

11:29 AM | link |

"RageBoy: Giving being fucking nuts a good name since 1985."
~D. Weinberger
28 October 2004

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