Here I share a variety of content. Lately I have been using this site to create a collection, scrapbook or journal of photos I have been taking with my mobile (skies, details from vinyl sleeves from my record collection, also some bookish stuff).
Unless it is indicated otherwise, the photos posted here have been taken by me. I try to post the sky photos in real time. Sometimes other kinds of stuff also appear here.
In the past I have also used this site to share links to interesting open access content by other authors, but now I usually do that elsewhere.
"Here words have presence only in so much as they are (literally) illumined from behind, just as we attain identity only retroactively, through a kind of perpetual process of catching up to ourselves". -Keep, McLaughlin and Parmar, 1993-2000
What made blogs so immediately popular, both with readers and with writers, was the very fact that they changed and developed over time, existing not as a static, complete text but rather as an ongoing series of updates, additions, and revisions. This is of course to be expected of a journal-like format, and might easily be compared to any form of periodical or serial publication; the blog as a whole remains relatively constant, even as new ‘issues’ or posts are added to it. But the fact that a blog’s readers return again and again in order to find those new posts might encourage us to ask whether there is something in the structure of digital authorship that privileges and encourages development and change, even beyond the obviously diachronic aspect of the blog’s structure. When web pages are not regularly updated and attended to, after all, they’re subject to rapid degeneration: aging styles, outdated standards, and worst, perhaps, ‘link rot.’ Such ephemerality makes it arguable that the unspoken contract between the author and the reader of a piece of digital text is radically different from that between the author of a book and its reader; rather than assuming that the text is fixed, complete, and stable, the reader of a digital text may well assume otherwise. As Clifford Lynch suggests, we do not yet fully understand what ‘reader expectations about updating published work’ will be (Lynch, 2001); will the assumption come to be that a text must be up-to-date, with all known errors corrected, reflecting new information as it comes to light, in order to maintain the ‘authority’ that print has held? Sites such as Wikipedia seem to indicate a growing assumption that digitally published texts not only will but should change over time. Digital text is, above all else, malleable, and the relationship between the reader and the text reflects that malleability; there is little sense in attempting to replicate the permanence of print in a medium whose chief value is change.
Kathleen Fitzpatrick, “The Digital Future of Authorship: Rethinking Originality.” Culture Machine Vol. 12, 2011:11
…the first thing is to know in what technical progress consists, what factors play a part in it, and to examine each factor separately; for we mix up under the name of technical progress entirely different procedures that offer different possibilities of development.
Simone Weil,Oppression and Liberty(2001:46)