Thursday, May 22, 2008

Mock, mock, who's there?

The same wit who despatched all academic pretension, and mopy pomo posers, with the postmodern generator (see previous posting) also has a generator for bad teenage poetry
(as if one were needed)

and band names, which aren't actually very good. But I suppose that's the point.

Really if you want good band names I can think of more than I can use. I mentioned Crowd Dispersal Unit as the name of a noise band and the same friend I mentioned it to later showed me the CD that a guy down in Melbourne had produced, using that name. Guess it's fame of a sort.
I would mention the name I have picked out for a funhouse shockabilly outfit but I don't want anyone nicking that. It's a quandary because it doesn't suit the songs I write and I can't see myself ever forming a band that it would fit.

I wasn't surprised to see that someone had picked up on the Wilhelm Scream. That struck me as such a good name the minute I heard it.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

I always knew it was bollocks

The Discourse of Paradigm: Postdeconstructivist theory and neotextual nihilism
O. John Abian
Department of Semiotics, Stanford University

1. Contexts of genre
In the works of Rushdie, a predominant concept is the distinction between opening and closing. It could be said that Bataille uses the term ‘postdeconstructivist theory’ to denote not narrative, but subnarrative.

An abundance of discourses concerning a patriarchial paradox may be revealed. But the subject is contextualised into a that includes culture as a totality.

Sontag suggests the use of neotextual nihilism to challenge sexual identity. It could be said that the primary theme of the works of Rushdie is not modernism, as postdeconstructivist theory suggests, but submodernism.

2. Rushdie and neotextual nihilism
The main theme of Parry’s[1] model of capitalist neocultural theory is the absurdity, and eventually the rubicon, of capitalist society. Derrida uses the term ‘neotextual nihilism’ to denote the role of the writer as observer. Thus, if postdeconstructivist theory holds, we have to choose between neotextual nihilism and subtextual discourse.

Lacan uses the term ‘postdeconstructivist theory’ to denote the difference between language and society. In a sense, a number of narratives concerning neotextual nihilism exist.

In Finnegan’s Wake, Joyce denies capitalist objectivism; in Ulysses he examines neotextual nihilism. It could be said that capitalist neocultural theory implies that class, perhaps ironically, has significance.

Marx uses the term ‘postdeconstructivist theory’ to denote the role of the participant as observer. However, Hanfkopf[2] holds that we have to choose between capitalist neocultural theory and material discourse.

3. Postdeconstructivist theory and Lacanist obscurity
“Sexual identity is intrinsically used in the service of the status quo,” says Marx. Lacan promotes the use of neotextual nihilism to deconstruct capitalism. Therefore, the characteristic theme of the works of Joyce is a mythopoetical reality.

The primary theme of von Ludwig’s[3] essay on postdeconstructivist theory is the meaninglessness, and some would say the fatal flaw, of precapitalist art. If Foucaultist power relations holds, the works of Joyce are reminiscent of Fellini. Thus, the subject is interpolated into a that includes reality as a whole.

The main theme of the works of Joyce is the role of the poet as observer. However, Debord’s analysis of Lacanist obscurity suggests that narrativity may be used to oppress minorities, but only if truth is equal to reality; if that is not the case, reality comes from communication.

The subject is contextualised into a that includes sexuality as a totality. Thus, the characteristic theme of Long’s[4] critique of constructive postsemioticist theory is the paradigm, and eventually the rubicon, of capitalist class.

Marx uses the term ‘postdeconstructivist theory’ to denote the bridge between society and sexual identity. In a sense, the subject is interpolated into a that includes reality as a reality.

Lacan suggests the use of postdeconstructivist theory to read and analyse truth. But Tilton[5] holds that we have to choose between subtextual deappropriation and the capitalist paradigm of reality.

4. Narratives of collapse
In the works of Madonna, a predominant concept is the concept of premodern reality. The subject is contextualised into a that includes consciousness as a paradox. However, Baudrillard uses the term ‘postdeconstructivist theory’ to denote not, in fact, narrative, but subnarrative.

“Class is dead,” says Marx; however, according to Werther[6] , it is not so much class that is dead, but rather the fatal flaw, and thus the defining characteristic, of class. The futility, and some would say the rubicon, of Lacanist obscurity prevalent in Madonna’s Material Girl emerges again in Erotica, although in a more neocultural sense. But the primary theme of the works of Madonna is a self-supporting whole.

The characteristic theme of Wilson’s[7] essay on textual narrative is the role of the participant as reader. In JFK, Stone deconstructs Lacanist obscurity; in Heaven and Earth, although, he affirms neotextual nihilism. In a sense, the subject is interpolated into a that includes reality as a paradox.

In the works of Stone, a predominant concept is the distinction between within and without. If prematerial patriarchialist theory holds, the works of Stone are not postmodern. Therefore, any number of deconstructions concerning not situationism as such, but subsituationism may be discovered.

The masculine/feminine distinction depicted in Stone’s JFK is also evident in Platoon. But the premise of Lacanist obscurity implies that culture is capable of truth.

The main theme of the works of Stone is the defining characteristic of preconceptual sexual identity. Thus, Debord promotes the use of structuralist deconstruction to attack sexism.

The subject is contextualised into a that includes truth as a whole. But Sargeant[8] suggests that the works of Stone are an example of mythopoetical rationalism.

Sartre suggests the use of capitalist discourse to challenge narrativity. Therefore, Lacan uses the term ‘neotextual nihilism’ to denote a self-falsifying reality.

Debord promotes the use of the postcultural paradigm of reality to deconstruct class divisions. However, Derrida uses the term ‘postdeconstructivist theory’ to denote not theory, but subtheory.

The example of structuralist libertarianism prevalent in Stone’s Natural Born Killers emerges again in Heaven and Earth, although in a more mythopoetical sense. It could be said that if neotextual nihilism holds, we have to choose between Lacanist obscurity and Sontagist camp.


1. Parry, N. R. (1989) Neotextual nihilism in the works of Joyce. And/Or Press

2. Hanfkopf, F. J. W. ed. (1975) The Broken Key: Pretextual situationism, rationalism and neotextual nihilism. Oxford University Press

3. von Ludwig, I. D. (1984) Neotextual nihilism and postdeconstructivist theory. Panic Button Books

4. Long, T. ed. (1993) The Expression of Absurdity: Neotextual nihilism in the works of Madonna. Schlangekraft

5. Tilton, N. S. (1981) Postdeconstructivist theory and neotextual nihilism. Panic Button Books

6. Werther, I. ed. (1974) Capitalist Desituationisms: Neotextual nihilism and postdeconstructivist theory. University of North Carolina Press

7. Wilson, M. U. P. (1997) Neotextual nihilism in the works of Stone. O’Reilly & Associates

8. Sargeant, F. I. ed. (1976) Deconstructing Constructivism: Postdeconstructivist theory and neotextual nihilism. Harvard University Press


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Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Up around the Benders

We lived in Queensland in the bicentennial year. It was the year my son was born and I got to attend Expo, which was a great experience. Queenslanders then were still in the grip of far right intolerance so I witnessed some pretty haircurling incidents and was constantly surprised at how open people were in their prejudice.

But Brisbane was a pleasant surprise: much less compromised by development than Perth. And there was much greenery and pleasant sights.


1. Sir George Bowen (1859–1868)
2. Colonel Sir Samuel Blackall (1868–1871)
3. George Augustus Constantine Phipps, 2nd Marquess of Normanby (1871–1874)
4. William Cairns (1875–1877)
5. Sir Arthur Kennedy (1877–1883)
6. Sir Anthony Musgrave (1883–1889)
7. General Sir Henry Norman (1889–1895)
8. Charles Cochrane-Baillie, 2nd Baron Lamington (1896–1901)
9. Major-General Sir Herbert Chermside (1902–1904)
10. Frederic Thesiger, 3rd Baron Chelmsford (1905–1909)
11. Sir William Macgregor (1909–1914)
12. Major Sir Hamilton Goold-Adams (1915–1920)
13. Lieutenant-Colonel Sir Matthew Nathan (1920–1925)
14. Lieutenant-General Sir John Goodwin (1927–1932)
15. Colonel Sir Leslie Orme Wilson (1932–1946)
16. Lieutenant General Sir John Lavarack (1946–1957)
17. Colonel Sir Henry Abel Smith (1958–1966)
18. Sir Alan Mansfield (1966–1972)
19. Air Marshall Sir Colin Hannah (1972–1977)
20. Commodore Sir James Ramsay (1977–1985)
21. Sir Walter Campbell (1985–1992)
22. Leneen Forde (1992–1997)
23. Major-General Peter Arnison (1997–2003)
24. Quentin Bryce (2003—2008[1])


Robert Herbert 10 December 1859 _
2nd Arthur Macalister 1 February 1866 _
_ Robert Herbert (second time) 20 July 1866 _
- Arthur Macalister (second time) 7 August 1866 -
3rd Robert Mackenzie 15 August 1867 _
4th Charles Lilley 25 November 1868 _
5th Arthur Palmer 3 May 1870 _
_ Arthur Macalister (third time) 8 January 1874 _
6th George Thorn 5 June 1876 _
7th John Douglas 8 March 1877 _
8th Thomas McIlwraith 22 January 1879 Conservative
9th Samuel Griffith 13 November 1883 Liberal
_ Sir Thomas McIlwraith (second time) 13 June 1888 Conservative
10th Boyd Morehead 30 November 1888 Conservative
_ Samuel Griffith (second time) 12 August 1890 Continuous Ministry
_ Sir Thomas McIlwraith (third time) 27 March 1893 Continuous Ministry
11th Hugh Nelson 27 October 1893 Continuous Ministry
12th Thomas Joseph Byrnes 13 April 1898 Continuous Ministry
13th James Dickson 1 October 1898 Continuous Ministry
14th Anderson Dawson 1 December 1899 Labor
15th Robert Philp 7 December 1899 Continuous Ministry
16th Sir Arthur Morgan 17 September 1903 Morgan-Browne Coalition
17th William Kidston 19 January 1906 Liberal Coalition
_ Robert Philp (second time) 19 November 1907 Conservative
_ William Kidston (second time) 18 February 1908 Liberal
18th Digby Denham 7 February 1911 Liberal
19th Thomas Joseph Ryan 1 June 1915 Labor
20th Ted Theodore 22 October 1919 Labor
21st William Gillies 26 February 1925 Labor
22nd William McCormack 22 October 1925 Labor
23rd Arthur Edward Moore 21 May 1929 Country National Progressive Party
24th William Forgan Smith 17 June 1932 Labor
25th Frank Cooper 16 September 1942 Labor
26th Ned Hanlon 7 March 1946 Labor
27th Vince Gair 17 January 1952 Labor; Queensland Labor Party
28th Sir Francis Nicklin 12 August 1957 Country Party
29th Jack Pizzey 17 January 1968 Country Party
30th Sir Gordon Chalk 1 August 1968 Liberal
31st Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen 8 August 1968 Country Party/National Party
32nd Mike Ahern 1 December 1987 National
33rd Russell Cooper 25 September 1989 National
34th Wayne Goss 7 December 1989 Labor
35th Rob Borbidge 19 February 1996 National
36th Peter Beattie 20 June 1998 Labor
37th Anna Bligh 13 September 2007 Labor

It's the spotlight state as much as the sunshine state as both our Prime Minister and next Governor-General are Queenslanders.

Sunday, May 11, 2008

vor de Birds

Of u een ernstige observateur of enkel het benieuwd zijn over lawaaierige critter in uw achtertuintje bent, is deze sectie van de het laboratoriumplaats van ABC voor u.

Doorblader de 27 gemeenschappelijkste vogels die in stedelijk Australië worden gevonden, dat over hun gewoonten en habitat wordt gelezen, zie foto's en, in sommige gevallen, luister aan vogelvraag die (software RealPlayer gebruiken, die u via de plaats kunt downloaden ABC.)

Het beste beetje is het Herkenningsteken, dat u toestaat om de grootte en de kleuren van een vogel te selecteren u het hebt zien identificeren.

De vogelfeiten en de verbindingensecties zijn ook nuttig.

[found Babel]

Monday, May 05, 2008

Just sane, no?

It is sometimes hard for the layman to judge just how biased the media is (are?) as the reporting of recent boating accidents is dealing with fact as far as it goes.

The one area where I have noticed reportage that falls apart like wet dunny paper is in the dealing with narcotics. First they invariably take the lazy, cowardly and imprecise route of referring to all psychotropic contraband as 'drugs' without acknowledging that there is a significant difference in the pharmacological effects. They also conveniently fail to note that legal substances like alcohol, tobacco and prescription medicines, have wreaked as much havoc as heroin and incalculably greater havoc than grass.

Having an agenda that states idiotically that 'drugs are bad', they then proceed to report the incidence of elite sports stars, actors, musicians, authors, and other prominent figures taking "drugs" and how this is a source of embarassment and wretchedness for them.

Here's my question to you: if "drugs" are so bad, how is it that athletes can break records while taking them, songwriters can compose works of genius, models can take the catwalk by storm and so on and so forth? Far from being an advertisement for the deleterious effects of the stars' substance of choice, it is the exact opposite; a glowing endorsement.

Perhaps if they examined the degree to which there was a perceived benefit but this undermined by mitigating factors, it would appear as less of an ideological barrow being pushed.