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Posted on January 26, 2010 in Uncategorized

So I have not been doing a lot of reading. In addition to, you know, the job (which is going to involve actually being “on call” next week, I’ve been taking classes. So maybe instead on talking about philosophers I can pass on some bit-shifting hacks here are something. You love bit-shifting hacks, right?

Well, too bad for you, because I’m still not very handy with them so you are going to have to wait.

As mentioned elsewhere, I was in San Francisco recently. It sort of tugged at me, which I feel somewhat ambivalent about. It’s easy to attribute it to pining for lost yoofs, but I think there is something in its nature which will always be more familiar than Portland. I guess the fact that I left it because it wasn’t urban enough made it inevitable that I would end of pining for the urban qualities that it does possess.

Benjamin, “One Way Street”

Posted on January 11, 2010 in Reading Project

As you are probably aware, aphorisms are a real hit-or-miss proposition. And maybe they tend pretty heavily towards the miss side. Admirers of Walter Benjamin, however, know that his collection of aphorisms “Theses on the Philosophy of History” is fucking stunning. These are not as good, in part because they are a bit fractured. Dedicated to Asja Lacis, they seem to come from a time when Benjamin wasn’t as strong in his commitment to the superstructure, and to the etheriality beyond it which makes his best works so compelling.