“In 1978, Michel Foucault went to Iran as a novice journalist to report on the unfolding revolution. His dispatches — now fully available in translation — shed some light on the illusions of intellectuals in our own time.” Yet in our weblogs, we judge in much the same way ... in a vacuum. “Rather than pronounce from on high, Foucault sought to listen to what he took to be the authentic voice of marginal people in revolt and let it speak through him. In practice, this turned out to be a distinction without a difference.” My italics.
After 2,000 Years, a Seed From Ancient Judea Sprouts. “We’ve bred for yield and taste, but not hardiness, so we have a lot of plants as hardy as French poodles, so we have to spray to protect them, and then we pay the price ...”
New York Review of Books:
Chronicle of Higher Ed:
Portrait of the artist as a young mess. “And even though the Romantic, ‘authentic’ self of Odilon Redon or Lee Krasner has been adulterated by postmodernism and turned into a constructed, artificial self, today’s artists remain exactly like their early modern counterparts. Deep down, they consider themselves to be morally superior to nonartists—more intensely emotional and sensitive—and pitted against a cold and corrupt society.” Ouch!
For a Tribe in Texas, an Era of Prosperity Undone by Politics. “In one message dated Feb. 11, 2002, the day of the court ruling against the Tiguas, Mr. Abramoff wrote to Mr. Scanlon: ‘I wish those moronic Tiguas were smarter in their political contributions. I’d love us to get our mitts on that moolah!! Oh well, stupid folks get wiped out.’”
SF New Mexican:
Texas man unharmed after exposure to cyanide. “Investigators believe the box had been in the ditch for a long time and likely contained coyote poison, which was banned in 1973, Olson said.” But M-44’s are used in other states, still.
SF New Mexican:
The hunt for high speed internet access. “Hightower said he estimates that 95 percent of New Mexico residents do not have access to cable- or DSL-Internet systems.” Backwater, you say? I count myself very lucky to be on cable.
Later: NY Times, Some Cafe Owners Pull the Plug on Lingering Wi-Fi Users.
Soul of Democracy
The term “democracy” is much debased of late, and this is a space to celebrate the cause. I love liberty, I love the democratic idea. You are welcome to peruse this list, and hopefully learn a thing or three. These are pieces that have come to my attention, either by pursuit, supervention or kismet. Parts of this will see frequent rewriting and better linkage, so check back often.
Junius Brutus, 1579, A Defense of Liberty Against Tyrants.
Assortment of Early North American Charters: Many to read through, and not cherry-picked as some other lists are. In particular, compare and contrast these three: 1619/1620, Petition for a Charter of New England by the Northern Company of Adventurers; 1620, the Mayflower Compact; and 1621, Charter of the Dutch West India Company. The important thing to notice is that America was not a “Christian Nation” any more than Europe was at that time. We’re talking a simple extension of Western Civilization here; Christianity is a mere detail of this extension ... not the extension itself. America was, by majority, a grab for resources. Power and wealth was sought, not salvation.
Roger Williams, 1644, “The Bloudy Tenent of Persecution, for the Cause of Conscience.” Background. Sequel.
Reverend John Wise, 1717, “A Vindication of the Government of New England Churches.” There is more, but this is as much as I can get you at present.
Reverend Jonathan Mayhew, 1750, “A Discourse Concerning Unlimited Submission and Non-Resistance to the Higher Powers.” Again, if I can find a more complete version, I’ll exchange this.
James Otis, 1761, “Against Writs of Assistance.” 1763, “The Rights of the British Colonies Asserted and Proved.” Full text of a biography, “The Pre-Revolutionist.” I’m looking for full-text on “Rights of British Colonies”, above, and “Vindication of the House of Representatives”. Stay tuned.
More to come.
The range is broad, shifting slowly, constantly over time. But a few things remain foundations ... art and photography, design, applied digital technology, environmental issues, local New Mexican ‘color,’ political rhetoric. In short, eclecticism whilst searching for originality of style, perception and utterance.
Who writes this?
My name is Garret P. Vreeland, and dangerousmeta is my personal weblog. My previous weblogging endeavours were located at array.editthispage.com; that site is no longer active. I began posting chronological entries via content management system in mid-1999 with Userland products, made a switch to Zope late in 2000, which was also used for the first ‘Behind the Curtain’ project, arguably the first community-photo-weblogging venture. I switched to Movable Type 2.64 in August, and it served wonderfully until January, 2004. It [or my host] manifested some issues that were unresolvable in the short term, and I have upgraded to WordPress.
I weigh around 185, am 6’1” tall. I’m 47, and I still can’t figure out where my 30’s went. I am married to the svelte, lovely and patient Sandra, who is not an aficionado of weblogging. But she will, from time to time, cheerily play a photographic Passepartout to my Phileas Fogg [or Michael Palin], so her influence reaches the metacosm eventually. She works as my partner, handling the graphic design and illustration for our small company.
I am also a member of the ninth generation descended from Michael Jansen Vreeland, who travelled from Texel in the Netherlands in the ship ‘Het Wapen Van Noorwegen’, arriving in New Amsterdam (Manhattan) in early August of 1638. Tracing into the Netherlands has been unsuccessful. On the maternal side, seemingly untraceable Tennessee Cherokee; or at least, we can’t correlate those with obvious Native American ancestry to the rolls. Add to that the usual Southern Scotch/Irish, and more Dutch hybridization. An American mongrel, and proud of it.
Any life is the story of many journeys. Some of mine include the care of many foster children (I have diapered more butts than you, no matter your sex), postal clerking in Big Bend Nat’l Park TX, casting porcelain at Edward Marshall Boehm in Trenton NJ, pouring prestressed concrete at Southern Cast Stone in Knoxville TN, building slideshows for CBS Records NYC, updating Control Data financial databases at Moseley, Hallgarten, Estabrook & Weeden in NYC, teleprompting for many in the Fortune 500, winning individual Telly Awards for my work as video graphics artist, video production, video editing, and direction for Comart Aniforms of NYC (I also spent too much time cleaning up after Roscoe), freelancing TVL video graphic speaker support in NYC, freelancing 3-D animations in Form*Z and myriad rendering packages for various tri-state clients. I currently own and operate a design studio and photography business in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Why ‘dangerousmeta’? [Good question.]
There was a warning posted a while ago, to be on the lookout for ‘dangerous meta characters’ in your code. After a long sleepless night of programming, I looked in the mirror and saw such a character. Thus was born the name of this weblog.
Why the biohazard logo?
My use of a modified biohazard logo long predates the anthrax attacks on the east coast of the United States. It is a personal joke, really. Consider it a harmless bit of weblogging surrealism.
Do you make money from this website, either by promoting products or ads?
This weblog generates no money. Any products I wax eloquent about, are ones I enjoy using. If this situation ever changes, I will be sure to inform my readers. I handle requests for photos I’ve posted, and web design projects. Some might consider this a second-hand form of income from the weblog, but the amount wouldn’t keep a cockroach in fashion jeans for a year. I happen to enjoy the freedom from dealing with advertisements and sponsors.
May I use some of your graphics or photographs?
If you ask permission, or pay for the privilege. No linking graphics from my server, please. Not unless I give you specific written permission to do so. All creative works are © 1999 - 2007, Garret P. Vreeland, All Rights Reserved. If you see something you like, feel free to drop a note [garret - at - dangerousmeta.com]. I usually have something much higher resolution on my hard drive, ready for use, that will serve your needs much better.
Ah. Smile spontaneously, and do one nice thing for someone else each day.
Is this ever ugly. I’m working on it, I’m working on it ...
Later: I’ll be screwing with the new template theme manager over the next few days. Excuse the mess.
Even Later: Something to hold me until I have more time to work on it. The ice cream was go-oood.
I’m going to lose my templates for a while, for the duration of my switch from 1.2 to 1.5. Bear with me.
Follow the Leader. “DeLay is under attack because he stood up to the judiciary, she said. ‘The liberals are going after him because of what he said about bringing out-of-control judges under control. That’s why they’re targeting him ...’” My italics for emphasis. I assume everyone knows the problems with Mr DeLay far precede his comments on the judiciary ... but maybe that’s not a safe assumption. Especially when citizens think Obi-Wan has become Darth Vader (see yesterday).
I mentioned back a while ago
that my cell phone, when in proximity to my CRT, periodically causes interference on the screen. Well, there’s a thread on DP Review about cell phones having effects on digital cameras. I don’t doubt it. One more thing to add to my shooting list: shut off the damned phone.
Attack of the drones. Interesting info on the US arsenal of UAVs.
Montana’s Governor defends bolo ties. For the West, it’s appropriate. Not elsewhere.
NY Times Op-Ed Guest Columnist:
One Nation, With Niches for All. Added to my lexicon: ‘analysis paralysis at the point of sale’.
Editor of Climate Reports Resigns. Gone, but the damage is not addressed.
Hearing on Patriot Act Ends in an Angry Uproar. Childish and petulant. A very poor example.
on making it through eight years, Cam.
Dana Elcar, boss in the MacGyver TV show, has passed away. It was poignant to watch them write his real-life approach to blindness into the scripts. I raise my Swiss Army Knife in salute and remembrance. Rest in peace, good sir.
The insidious wiles of foreign influence; How much are other countries’ laws influencing America’s? Another mixed bag, resembling the vaunted “states’ rights”. As practiced in our postmodern world, only when convenient.
Just had a conversation
with an individual who wanted to tell me about the latest Star Wars film: “Yep, there’s gonna be a sequel come out. You know Obi-Wan turned to the Dark Side and became Darth Vader. Well, you’ll find out Nathalie Portman’s knocked up and having twins, too. It’s obvious there’s a whole lot more of the story to tell. This isn’t the end.” He was so happy about it, I just couldn’t do it.
If you’ve got a Canon DSLR, and 80x Lexar cards, read this. Returns seem necessary.