writing diss, brb

so 3121 words yesterday. crazy shit. about 1000 was dropped in from previous versions of the diss. same needs to be done again today.

i have too much stuff, too much fieldwork and too much archival research.

i actually find writing late at night productive because i start to forget enough stuff that writing sensibly becomes possible.

i am meant to have another journal article due by end of month. eeek…

otherwise, things are awesome. post-romance paper is away and more kick arse than a break dancing robot. (it will be fun to see if the badiouists even notice it, let alone engage with a deleuzian rereading of badiou’s stuff. lol) i have been reading Althusser’s Philosophy of the Encounter and immediately realised i had basically reverse-engineerd my own version of a similar approach through Badiou and Deleuze’s respective works.

The way Althusser discusses the shifting coordinates of contingency in relation to the non-encounter that becomes an encounter as it ‘takes’ is very useful. Don’t forget Deleuze and Guattari were writing a universal history of contingency in Anti-Oedipus and A Thousadn Plateaus. The shift in the nature of contingencies of the non-encounter to an encounter captures some sense of what Deleuze meant when he talked about the eternal truth of singularities. (In my diss I just finished writing a section where I talk about the shift of an event from being a problem into a challenge. The happening of the event is distributed across the same material singularities, but the intensive differences that populate the incorporeal dimension of enthusiasm and cultural differences more generally are brought into sharp relief with the difference between an event being a problem or a challenge. To use Simondon’s terminology, which I don’t use in the diss, the movement between the two is an incorporeal transduction.)

writing diss, brb

cooler than capitalism

Saw Mel last night in Sydney. I was sporting my new t-shirt and she snapped this pic.

Yes, I wore sunglasses the whole night, cause I am cooler than capitalism.

(omg, my outfit! Which included a hoodie that I wore hooded most of the time and skinny jeans. I now know what to wear if I want to pursue my now-relinquished womanising ways… well, actually, I haven’t ceased womanising, I just focus on one woman.)


I just got home to Sydney from my other home in Perth. We watched the State of Origin rugby league last night and made comments about shorts.

A pleasant surprise on returning home is that I have ADSL2 now. It was upgraded while I was away. In Australia we have a backward highspeed broadband system controlled by the ex-state run telco. There is ADSL and ADSL2. My old ADSL account was for 50kb/s, this ADSL2 can run at about 7500kb/s, but I only have an ADSL modem so it is running at about 200kb/s.

on missing you: a blog mix-tape

What does it mean to miss someone?

According to Agamben, melancholia is the disposition or state of missing something without realising what the missing thing is or forgetting what it is or that even the state is one of missing something. However, I can locate my feeling of missingness, so I am not all Smashing Pumpkins.

Part of it is wanting to feel like I am missed. So a narcissism. But it is not as simple as that, because I want to ‘be with’ and want to be wanted to ‘be with’. ‘Be with’ is not so much the fetishistic lament for a lost objectified person. It is more about capacities for ‘being with’ shared across all parties, the two people sure, but also the networks to which they belong and the lives they lead. For the joy is discovering the spaces of opportunity within those lives and networks where we can ‘be with’. Here is some emo user-produced content from second life with Yellowcard’s Miles Apart.

‘Being with’ is a correspondence across at least two series of an aleatory element that communicates between series and with the world. If ‘being with’ is a correspondence of opportunity between series then it is also necessarily in communication with the world (ala romance). The individual series are being actualised now and so is the correspondence but in disjunctive ways. ‘Missing you’ demands a creativity to produce a correspondence across the series of series that constitute our respective networks. ‘Missing you’ is the creative process of figuring out how to ‘be with’ when when we are apart.

“I’m gonna be [500 miles]” video with lego men.