October 8th, 2010 / 7:41 pm

Solar Luxuriance

The excellent David Peak and Mike Kitchell have new books from SOLAR LUXURIANCE, in an edition of 30 and 10. Grab one up before they’re gone. Here’s half a descriptor for Mike’s piece: One morning I woke up to find my browser open to an archive of an online Deleuze & Guattari mailing list. Scrolling through it I was struck by a narrative text by a user who went by the name of “rongrong.” Nobody at any other point in the archive made any reference to rongrong’s enigmatic post. I thought it was amazing, a hybrid theory/text that was interesting, distant, and intelligent. I decided, as an homage to the hidden mysteries of the web, that I would rewrite rongrong’s text, leaving occasional fragments verbatim.

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  2. Ben Spivey

      Very cool. The books look great.

  3. deadgod

      One morning I woke up to find my browser open to [. . .]

      Are there browsers that browse on their own? Shem the penman found Shaun the postman – deliverating.

  4. zusya

      fun fact: the word “googling” appears in finnegans wake as a verb (see: http://ebooks.adelaide.edu.au/j/joyce/james/j8f/episode9.html)

      i mention so because that’s kind of how gSearch works: browsers browsing as they illplease, pinhaystackfinding un-impotently linkable linkables.

      something like that.

      “Would you like to know more?”

  5. deadgod

      Completely “as they illplease”? With no instruction at all, while the machine is turned off, a browser browses, and when the machine is turned back on, hey-presto, there’s randomly “search”ed-for data? That, I don’t understand.

      The “googling Lovvey” I found, though the four lines above “His mouthfull of ecstasy” should be italicized.

      There’s also, much later (almost at the ‘end’), “One chap googling the holyboy’s thingabib and this lad wetting his widdle.”

      The first known use of the word “googol” (’10 to the 100th’) was in 1938, so that’s almost surely not what Joyce was playing with.

      I think both “googling”s in Finnegans Wake play with “to goggle”, ‘to stare with widened or bulging eyeballs’, and “goo”, ‘quite viscid liquid; (metaph.) schmaltz’.

      That “to google” now means ‘to search for specific signs in a text’ – I don’t suppose Joyce figured ‘to look at something agog; to ogle’ for specific instances of ‘to search’. Surely any influence would have gone in the other direction?


  6. zusya

      ‘ogle’ when filtered through various european accents sounds a lot like ‘oogle’ (written phonetically, anyways).

      goggle + “oogle” = google?

      as JJ intended it, i’m sure he meant it as a means of leering, which i’m certain is what most would do when confronted with an alter boy’s ‘thingabib’ while some other dude is ‘wetting his widdle’.

      w/r/t GOOG (the company, that’s actually their NASDAQ symbol), by now, the turn of the 21st century’s 2nd decade, the network administering all the computers over at the company’s headquarters essentially comprises what you could call the entire world’s actively thinking online hivebrain; and it’s not like these “computers” i’m talking about sit around waiting for priestly programmers like Mr Jon and Ms Jane Q. Basic to feed them punch card instructions.

      scary-advanced Hard AI should happened within the next generation or so, and i’m not talking about “Roxxxy”‘s male counterpart, Rexxx.


      oh, addressing the original post:

      ‘hidden mysteries of the web’?

      pfft. google it, brah.

  7. deadgod

      google = ? I’m not sure. I thought the google guys were playing with words and liked the mathy and googhy sound of “google” – and didn’t anticipate the kleenex/xerox nomenclatural movement from brand to product/act. I’d be pretty surprised if they were deliberate in the Gell-Mann way, as opposed to the “exxon” way.

      I agree that indubitable machine intelligence is gestating beyond human control – better: that the clay of the internet is enabling thought-enzymes to stick together in the course of non-intentionally ‘assembling’ the first molecule of machine-intelligence nucleic acid. I’m surprised that there aren’t more foil-hats who think that Neuromancer has already happened.

      Not sure which “brah” should google which “it”.

  8. Ken Baumann

      That book contains so much.

  9. Ken Baumann

      That book contains so much.