"There is a black sun which is not visible to the human eye. It is our beacon and its fire burns within us." -- Akkadian temple inscription



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Black Sun

Steven Kaye's irregularly updated blog

While riding the convection currents of the upper blogosphere, I found some interesting comments on rules for blogs. The source I originally found these rules on didn't point out that Rebecca Blood's talking about blogs as amateur journalism, which mitigates my ire at the notion that blog entries shouldn't be rewritten or edited. People modify their rhetorical stances, writers edit all the time. And everybody lies, or exaggerates to make a story better, or… For people who think I'm this dazzling and witty 24-7, let me disillusion you. I go back and edit entries - sometimes just for the sake of avoiding weird text spacing, sometimes because I want to continue a thought in a single post rather than posting a separate update, sometimes because I've found better phrasing. Worse yet, there's some doubt about the whole lobster thing.
This particular biographeme - the amiably eccentric poet leading a lobster on a leash before getting carted off to bedlam - has become so rooted in our English-speaking "mythology" (in Barthes' sense) of Nerval that it actually was featured in one of the Ripley's "Believe It or Not" comics that appeared in the American Sunday funnies in l961. Curiously enough, the emblematic lobster doesn't figure in the French legend of Nerval (which instead focuses more on the poet's sordid suicide by hanging on a completely fictitious lamppost in the rue de la Vieille Lanterne, possibly with a Poesque raven fluttering about the corpse). Symons, at any rate, seems to have lifted the lobster from Théophile Gautier, who launched this particular piece of disinformation in his Histoire du romantisme as a harmless hoax to épater le bourgeois.
And on an unrelated note, "Hi!" to anyone coming over from Smart Mobs. As I come across interesting technology stories, I pass them on to my mad friend Bryan, who posts them here, or here or even here. But I haven't done much posting in my own right on technology issues. That will change once I get a chance to play with Tinderbox or Groxis comes out with a Mac version of Grokker. I'm really interested in how various technologies used in knowledge management seem more focused on enabling the sharing of knowledge rather than its production, and I'm curious if either of these tools redress the balance. Also, a belated thanks to Jesse for linking to me. Hopefully Blogger will behave and stop trying to convince people that he's actually an Australian named Tim Blair.
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