[lit-ideas] Re: Taking the academic macroscope for a walk

  • From: Adriano Palma <Palma@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx" <lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 8 May 2015 06:10:36 +0000

The only solution is the elimination of shows who are the dasein of the sein of
the nothing that nothings and are in any event not permitted by the asshole of
the black forest who allows only wooden clogs that are close to the boden of
the body embodied in a Gestell

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"The research programme engages with current and historical environmental
projects, with a focus on values, ethics, current and daily politics, history,
gender, embodied identities, imagination, media, power, epistemology, human and
non-human (nature, animal, technology) relations, posthumanities, science in
society, institutional renewal and cultural perceptions."

That's quite a focus! I myself need bifocals just to be able to sit down and
read at the computer.

Maybe the 'posthumanities' is the key - posthuman, superhuman ...

Humbled by my seeming inability to even think of meeting current academic
standards, I decide to go out for a walk. Firstly, put on my shoes ...

What? There are more than three trillion ways of lacing up those six eyelets?
Luckily there's a website that teaches me how to do it right in just 43
tutorials:

http://www.fieggen.com/shoelace/lacingmethods.htm

How depressing - it turns out that even the way that I tie my shoes is all
wrong!

http://www.fieggen.com/shoelace/grannyknot.htm

Just my luck - there are tutorials for choosing among 18 ways to tie my shoes:

http://www.fieggen.com/shoelace/knots.htm

Hmmm ... don't I have a pair of slip-ons somewhere?

Chris Bruce
looking under the bed for those
trainers with the velcro straps, in
Kiel, Germany

P.S. All kidding aside - "Ian's Shoelace Site" is fascinating. Here's a brief
excerpt:

"Most people learn how to tie their shoelaces around the age of five.
It's one of those 'rites of passage' of childhood, after which we take it for
granted. Why then would anyone older than that visit a web site about tying
shoes?

"Parents & teachers often visit, looking for early learning materials.
Adults look for self-help, either through having never learned correctly as a
child or due to increasing infirmity. People whose shoelaces come undone look
for a secure answer. Occupational therapists look for alternatives to suit
different learning styles. Academics & lateral thinkers look for more efficient
methods. Knot enthusiasts look for a reference.
Sportspeople look for a competitive edge.

"Whatever the reason, I'm sure you'll find something useful here about shoe
tying!"

-cb
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