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Comments for alternity blog http://alternity.com/blog Mon, 01 Oct 2012 23:19:42 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.10 Comment on Facts, Not Opinions: A visit to the Kirkaldy Testing Museum by Deric Toms http://alternity.com/blog/2011/01/06/facts-not-opinions-a-visit-to-the-kirkaldy-testing-museum/comment-page-1/#comment-175 Mon, 01 Oct 2012 23:19:42 +0000 http://www.sumitsays.com/blog/?p=66810#comment-175 I have visited the exterior of this building four times in the last ten years, I’ve taken photos of the outside (end on), I knew it was a metal testing facility but I never knew it was a museum until today! I shall definitely be visiting next time I head to London. Such a shame they are not clear about photos etcetera.

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Comment on Black Swan: ballet + body horror by Sumit http://alternity.com/blog/2011/02/05/blackswan/comment-page-1/#comment-132 Sat, 05 Feb 2011 20:05:50 +0000 http://twitter.com/sumitsays/statuses/33662474578444288#comment-132 I was thinking about Cronenberg, but couldn’t quite nail the parallel: his films tend to be much gorier and more about sexual exploitation than sexual confusion. (The early ones, anyway; I haven’t seen that many of his more recent movies.) Transcendence through hybridisation is a good way of putting it.

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Comment on Black Swan: ballet + body horror by kevin hicks http://alternity.com/blog/2011/02/05/blackswan/comment-page-1/#comment-131 Sat, 05 Feb 2011 13:44:34 +0000 http://twitter.com/sumitsays/statuses/33662474578444288#comment-131 If ‘Black Swan’ is seen in the light of body horror it can be thought of as being similar to Cronenberg’s ‘The Fly’: a promise of transcendence through science (‘The Fly’) or art (‘Black Swan’) leads to destruction of the human. In both cases, the failure is related to synthesis with the animal. Thought of in this way, I find the film disappointing; I prefer a Donna Haraway-style scenario of human-animal-machine synthesis opening opportunities for positive evolution. In a related way, I find the film disappointing in its relating sex with aggression and trangression. Sex -particularly lesbian sex, of course- is seen as violence. The link with sex and creativity shown is less problematic, but stultifyingly pat.
Perhaps then, ‘Black Swan’ is less ‘Tetsuo’, more ‘The Red Shoes’. And why not? It’s all a bit daft, hugely invloving, and very satisfying.

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Comment on enemy combatants by » bad fences make bad neighbours sumit/blog http://alternity.com/blog/2011/01/19/enemy-combatants/comment-page-1/#comment-129 Wed, 26 Jan 2011 13:47:36 +0000 http://www.sumitsays.com/blog/?p=67398#comment-129 […] nugget from the Muybridge exhibition, this one from his vast 1878 panorama of San Francisco. This is Charles Crocker's Spite […]

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Comment on enemy combatants by Sumit http://alternity.com/blog/2011/01/19/enemy-combatants/comment-page-1/#comment-127 Wed, 19 Jan 2011 08:06:29 +0000 http://www.sumitsays.com/blog/?p=67398#comment-127 Thanks, mwhybark – glad you’re still reading (if surprised; I’d have thought my endless jiggering around with this site would have shaken off my few remaining readers long ago). Sounds amazing; another pin to stick in the travel map.

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Comment on enemy combatants by mwhybark http://alternity.com/blog/2011/01/19/enemy-combatants/comment-page-1/#comment-125 Wed, 19 Jan 2011 02:19:48 +0000 http://www.sumitsays.com/blog/?p=67398#comment-125 The Modoc War, and the terrain thereof, is fascinating. The Navajo that Giraud’s Blueberry helps hide in spectacular desert caves were partly based on the Modoc, and Giraud’s spectacular visualizations were based on the caves the actual Modoc used as a base of operations and place of hiding and safety during the conflict. The area is now the Lava Beds National Monument, and it is one of the most amazing landscapes I have ever seen. The lava cooled into ridges fifteen to thirty feet wide with sheer fifty to one-hundred foot drops on either side – it’s the labial maze of mother earth, glassy rocks as dentata. She welcomes and she shelters and she kills and she eats. We visited on a bright, unseasonably warm first of December in 2008.

Beyond the ‘fortress’ there are numerous easy-access caves, and these appear to have inspired the Blueberry drawings.

I’m disappointed to report that the interpretive tour did not mention the prisonniers hors de combat.

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Comment on alexandria in the UK by Tom http://alternity.com/blog/2011/01/09/alexandria-in-the-uk/comment-page-1/#comment-124 Mon, 10 Jan 2011 23:26:06 +0000 http://distractile.tumblr.com/post/2649949496#comment-124 Soon there will only be one word. It will have the signifier’Tories’ and the signified: Bastard.

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Comment on Facts, Not Opinions: A visit to the Kirkaldy Testing Museum by DaveG http://alternity.com/blog/2011/01/06/facts-not-opinions-a-visit-to-the-kirkaldy-testing-museum/comment-page-1/#comment-121 Fri, 07 Jan 2011 07:41:47 +0000 http://www.sumitsays.com/blog/?p=66810#comment-121 Interesting. This brought back memories of the airframe test rig at the BAe site I used to work at. A distant child of Kirkaldy’s methods.

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Comment on Facts, Not Opinions: A visit to the Kirkaldy Testing Museum by Sumit http://alternity.com/blog/2011/01/06/facts-not-opinions-a-visit-to-the-kirkaldy-testing-museum/comment-page-1/#comment-122 Thu, 06 Jan 2011 20:44:35 +0000 http://www.sumitsays.com/blog/?p=66810#comment-122 There would have been more pictures of the Museum in this blog post, but they don’t seem to want that – although it’s not very clear what their policy is, if they have one.

One of the two volunteers who showed us round said it was fine to take pictures; the other said it was okay so long as it wasn’t “commercial”, but wasn’t very clear about what that meant, particularly in terms of posting pictures on the ‘net. (She also seemed to have a pretty garbled idea of what copyright is and how it works.)

I think it’s a pity that the Museum, like many other small volunteer-run organisations, is more wedded to “protecting” its image rights than benefiting from the publicity to be had by being visible on the web – I would never have known about it and certainly wouldn’t have visited it were it not for IanVisits’ blog post (complete with picture).

Nonetheless, that’s not up to me. I’ve largely respected what I understand to be their wishes, and the picture of the Museum’s interior that I’ve included here is pretty much identical to one that’s already available on the net. Should anyone from the Museum read this and want me to take it down, I will. I may post the remaining pictures as a friends-only Flickr set at some point should anyone be interested in seeing them…

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Comment on Excellent Minimalist Photography | Abduzeedo by Sumit http://alternity.com/blog/2011/01/02/excellent-minimalist-photography-abduzeedo-graphic-design-inspiration-and-photoshop-tutorials/comment-page-1/#comment-120 Mon, 03 Jan 2011 08:24:55 +0000 http://ffffound.com/image/8c4c2897947f562966ac9663492b287bc146c7e3?c=6905496#comment-120 Arf! Actually the post title was inherited from the source. I should probably do something about that.

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Comment on Excellent Minimalist Photography | Abduzeedo by Tom http://alternity.com/blog/2011/01/02/excellent-minimalist-photography-abduzeedo-graphic-design-inspiration-and-photoshop-tutorials/comment-page-1/#comment-119 Sun, 02 Jan 2011 23:08:58 +0000 http://ffffound.com/image/8c4c2897947f562966ac9663492b287bc146c7e3?c=6905496#comment-119 Good enough to get you Raven about it.

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Comment on every geek destroys the thing ze loves by DaveG http://alternity.com/blog/2010/12/29/every-geek-destroys-the-thing-ze-loves/comment-page-1/#comment-118 Thu, 30 Dec 2010 07:13:13 +0000 http://www.sumitsays.com/blog/?p=66400#comment-118 What he said.

Yeah, and what -was- The Prisoner all about?

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Comment on @sumitsays: My toilet is broken and my rabbit’s been hospitalised. Talk about a sucky start to the day by Helen Callaghan http://alternity.com/blog/2010/03/10/sumitsays-my-toilet-is-broken-and-my-rabbits-been-hospitalised-talk-about-a-sucky-start-to-the-day/comment-page-1/#comment-47 Mon, 22 Mar 2010 22:30:59 +0000 http://twitter.com/sumitsays/statuses/10265793725#comment-47 Sorry, meant to add, condolences to poorly bunny and hope betterness ensues shortly!

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Comment on @sumitsays: My toilet is broken and my rabbit’s been hospitalised. Talk about a sucky start to the day by Helen Callaghan http://alternity.com/blog/2010/03/10/sumitsays-my-toilet-is-broken-and-my-rabbits-been-hospitalised-talk-about-a-sucky-start-to-the-day/comment-page-1/#comment-46 Mon, 22 Mar 2010 22:30:30 +0000 http://twitter.com/sumitsays/statuses/10265793725#comment-46 How utterly rubbish, sir. If it helps, I was meant to start the rewrites on the book but T Party stuff took all day. Bah! Going to drink tea and watch “Stardust” now.

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Comment on @sumitsays: @alanmcnee alas i was too consumed with “is that actually him? and if so what should I do?”. plus my train journey only lasts six minutes by mike http://alternity.com/blog/2010/03/09/sumitsays-alanmcnee-alas-i-was-too-consumed-with-is-that-actually-him-and-if-so-what-should-i-do-plus-my-train-journey-only-lasts-six-minutes/comment-page-1/#comment-41 Wed, 10 Mar 2010 04:17:30 +0000 http://twitter.com/sumitsays/statuses/10240905322#comment-41 I was once seated directly in front of Tay Zonday on a SEA-SFO flight. Words also failed me.

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Comment on 280 – Calvinism (but no Hobbes) | Luke Surl Comics by Helen Callaghan http://alternity.com/blog/2010/03/09/280-%e2%80%93-calvinism-but-no-hobbes-luke-surl-comics/comment-page-1/#comment-40 Tue, 09 Mar 2010 09:45:50 +0000 http://ffffound.com/image/3665bb0bae02bd727b1d18498d8d3e5865fec58e?c=5051952#comment-40 Since it is predestined that I love this, I do.

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Comment on i wanna be your dog by sumit http://alternity.com/blog/2010/02/28/i-wanna-be-your-dog/comment-page-1/#comment-37 Wed, 03 Mar 2010 21:46:40 +0000 http://www.sumitsays.com/blog/?p=28763#comment-37 Quite. What makes it even more disturbing as far as I’m concerned is I don’t remember adding this to anything anywhere, but my blog evidently has a better memory than I do. I also watched it months ago, but like a few of the other “recent” entries, it’s popped up right at the top now. That’s kinda messed up too.

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Comment on by Helen Callaghan http://alternity.com/blog/2010/02/28/14172/comment-page-1/#comment-36 Tue, 02 Mar 2010 20:44:34 +0000 http://www.sumitsays.com/blog/?p=14172#comment-36 I did this and mine was green. And no less hideous.

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Comment on i wanna be your dog by Helen Callaghan http://alternity.com/blog/2010/02/28/i-wanna-be-your-dog/comment-page-1/#comment-35 Tue, 02 Mar 2010 20:43:01 +0000 http://www.sumitsays.com/blog/?p=28763#comment-35 This was kinda messed up.

I was disturbed.

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