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  • a dancing star! | a life's reading
    are highly recommended Thank you technology Posted in books Tagged David Harvey lectures marx s capital online learning open learning Stanley Cavell Leave a comment That thing s blocking my view By tom March 24 2009 It is going to be big bold and beautiful It will be big standing at a towering height of 178 metres bold in concept designed by renowned architect Dr Kisho Kurokawa and a beautiful architectural piece T hat s what a Very Important Man VIM once said Aforementioned VIM then proceeds to draw parallels between this beautiful architectural piece with other structures While the concept of getting people to a high point is not new visitors have always enjoyed the experience of going up to a high point to see the city and the surrounding areas The Eiffel Tower continues to attract some six million visitors annually The London Eye has quickly become the top paid attraction in the UK Likewise the Empire State Building and Statue of Liberty continue to be major attractions It is disingenuous to reduce The Eiffel Tower London Eye Empire State Building and Statue of Liberty to a question of height That s like saying the Pyramids Bondi Beach and sand castles are sand related I m a simple man This is the Merriam Webster Dictionary entry for ferris wheel Pronunciation ˈ fer əs ˈ fe rəs Function noun Etymology G Welsh G Ferris 1896 American engineer Date 1893 an amusement device consisting of a large upright power driven wheel carrying seats that remain horizontal around its rim Hang on a second Isn t that what the Singapore Flyer basically is A 100 million ferris wheel It s losing money And it s blocking my view Posted in urbanscape Tagged Singapore singapore flyer Leave a comment a day in Munich By tom March 20 2009 T he old adage holds that the journey home is the best sweetest shortest slowest swiftest Tonight s journey via München and Amsterdam will be all that of course After a week away from home the past 2 days have been different There is a sense of heightened awareness of what is going on within and without That is what gives the adage a sense of truthfulness to the journey home and so much more Posted in hegira Leave a comment four days in Brussels By tom March 16 2009 A walk down the deserted Boulevard Adolphe Max pass ill fitting now out of place hotels leads to the local Waterstone s populated exclusively by English language titles but manned by multilingual staff keen to impress their knowledge upon we Sunday strays The entrance recalls one of the masses of remainder stocked clearance stores around Tottenham Court Road but the interior does not disappoint The ground floor makes for an easy that is to say undemanding welcome with rows of recent fiction and classic literature with the itinerant running the additional the risk of being held captive by rows of stationary diaries notebooks calenders

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  • preface | a dancing star!
    experience and near finality One is here now still in the midst of change and adventure even if we neither seek or welcome them warmly The site dances upon the often transient little things in life bits of my relation with the world Most of what you see elsewhere on this site are simple declarations fixtures thoughts and musings some less entrenched than others these things form and shape they are goals and give direction as much as they are themselves means to these goals Ordering them thus creates a semblance of certainty and control and destiny In toto one hopes to fulfill Nietzsche s injunction Träumen Man träumt gar nicht oder interessant Man muß lernen ebenso zu wachen gar nicht oder interessant Dreams We have no dreams at all or interesting ones We should learn to be awake in the same way not at all or in an interesting manner There is no conclusion at least not yet If such a thing is possible I m probably all that is written here sometimes with one element obscuring all else at other times overwhelmed by all my parts Rarely are the parts in balance rarely is any taken in moderation The result is a fundamentally flawed creature as humane and defiled as the next this self like this site is not for everyone Perhaps for no one Recent comments Samsia on Kevin Ariken tom on A work of hard love marq on A work of hard love Suryani Said Piracci on Kevin Ariken Nancy Ariken on Kevin Ariken My Library Tags architecture arendt artistic friends book cover books bookshops bookshops in asia c j arthur church creative writing creativity cuba dubyah film films football gillian rose harry eyres hegel honeymoon howard caygill jay bernstein macedonia michael n forster nazi girl

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  • about | a dancing star!
    is an INTJ personality type His sense of humour has been described as Eggersian Eggersian humour does not augur well for Encoupling He detests bullies has developed a rabid anti Catholicism is extremely fond of well written books and obviously attracted to intelligent women and is passionate about football In terms of philosophical perspective he is essentially a Hegelian with a Weberian twist having learnt his trade under the tutelage of Gillian Rose to whom he owes his life and Howard Caygill A cosmopolite his favourite city is New York in particular south of 38th Street post script All that was written circa 2003 2005 Five years later what s new Sometime ago and I can neither point to the particular time nor what immediately occasioned it I literally lost the knack of writing whether about everything or nothing at all The multiple causes of this failing can perhaps be easily and adequately one day even fully clarified made clear and transparent to logical minds and kindred souls but of more interesting consequence was the disruption of focused thought that it generated without writing it remained impossible to generate and maintain a critical self sustaining stance that in the service of a substantial truthfulness could make sense of contemporary life So here it is a new start on a new page wish me luck Recent comments Samsia on Kevin Ariken tom on A work of hard love marq on A work of hard love Suryani Said Piracci on Kevin Ariken Nancy Ariken on Kevin Ariken My Library Tags architecture arendt artistic friends book cover books bookshops bookshops in asia c j arthur church creative writing creativity cuba dubyah film films football gillian rose harry eyres hegel honeymoon howard caygill jay bernstein macedonia michael n forster nazi girl norman geras obituary

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  • sequence of a life | a dancing star!
    entreport Singapore Modest beginnings new language new friends new culture 5 Twelve years and undetected dyslexia within the Singapore Education System fail to instill the correct societal values within the youth 6 Westward Ho Leaving home at 17 is no trifle footnote when this is 10 846 km and several time zones away Looking back I never returned My Mom s hope was for me to find a Male role model in the confines of a Catholic Boarding School It was fun Music to smoke joints to Dark side of the moon 7 A 2 year battle against stereo typical image of academically proficient Asian student ensures successfully fail all exams apart from Politics Music to be uncool to Bryan Adams 8 Pause The year in Oxford changed my life Living with a family who struggled to make ends meet despite the worst efforts of their drunk father was an epiphany Adi L Jon P taught about social justice truthfulness Marx with unforgettable passion and led me beyond the narrow horizons I knew 9 My first memory of Warwick was of the first Saturday lost amidst the library s books with a mumbled awe filled So many books Three terrific terms thrice twists turns trysts theoria tobacco telos 10 A year lost in Essex I have no recollection of books and learning lost touch with the friends I shouldn t have It is as if a large eraser was used by the Almighty One 11 Pause A nomadic year in Moscow Love and work at the vortex of World Capitalism Ice skates winter walks and cuddles cold baths mafia corruption love and Julia 12 Back home in Warwick and this time it s personal why is a good degree considered an achievement at all I m proud of only 2 things in my life and this period is one of them Gillian died of ovarian cancer One of Life s misdeeds 13 A lost year due to the mistaken belief that love is best served unconditionally that is the beginning of abuse Music to break up to Radiohead I take little pleasure in reporting that her life through no contribution on my part is a total shambles complete with drugs depression and bankruptcy 14 Four years in Berlin spanning the millennium divide Not many have the opportunity to manage a hundred million dollar company before turning 30 This is the other bit of my life I take great satisfaction in 15 Pause The longest and quietest of pauses One of life s mischievous little turns catches me by surprise If nothing else one learns the hard way that losing one s religion be it in the form of values culture or life style is the hardest obstacle to overcome 16 Small steps to independence and growth lead to the opening of an entire continent to conquer Life is full of surprises What s next Recent comments Samsia on Kevin Ariken tom on A work of hard love marq on A

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  • me | a dancing star!
    arthur church creative writing creativity cuba dubyah film films football gillian rose harry eyres hegel honeymoon howard caygill jay bernstein macedonia michael n forster nazi girl norman geras obituary online learning open learning paul westerberg philosophy reading SIFF simon critchley Singapore taskent tehran the old left the slow lane travels warwick university writing writing prize zizekstudies org Žižek Archives Archives Select Month April 2010 1 March 2009 10 February 2009 10 January 2009 1 October 2008 1 April 2008 5 January 2008 1 August 2007 1 June 2007 1 March 2007 3 September 2006 2 August 2006 1 July 2006 1 June 2006 8 May 2006 1 April 2006 4 March 2006 2 February 2006 6 January 2006 6 December 2005 7 November 2005 9 October 2005 17 September 2005 12 August 2005 6 June 2005 1 May 2005 3 April 2005 3 March 2005 3 February 2005 3 January 2005 3 December 2004 9 November 2004 5 October 2004 17 September 2004 2 August 2004 1 June 2004 1 May 2004 1 March 2004 1 February 2004 2 January 2004 1 December 2003 1 November 2003 2 October 2003 4 September 2003 1 July 2003 2 June 2003 1

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  • salvation history | a dancing star!
    its stance toward the polis and its status in relation to civitas Dei This moment allows for a grasp of the sometimes antagonistic sometimes complementary but always motile relation between the two spheres ideal actual sacred profane in political thought and Christian theology Third a comparative strategy unveils the essential difference between Christian morality s mending of secular fissures through love and Machiavelli s Nietzsche s Weber s mode of ethical individualism and the respective strengths and weaknesses of the two approaches It is in this engagement with the varying models of Christian purity and piety which re emerges in different guises in secular thought that the labour of Machiavelli Nietzsche and Weber will be developed Such an approach is I think of particular interest in that it allows for the three to be conceived as a distinct strain of thought one which bridges their disciplinary isolation Central to this strain is the determination of Machiavelli Nietzsche and Weber as educators it is to inquire into the possibility and meaning of a philosophical education its origins ends development and strategies Thus armed the study seeks to more clearly expound their conception of the self and personal conduct in their respective works and their contributions to a thinking of politics and the meaning of political acting Finally as the study turns to ask of its own credentials it asks of how best to address and understand the role and limits of social and political or philosophical thought in its relation to a lay audience With regard to more recent approaches this study hopes to light a renewed sense of urgency into the social and political issues and philosophical resources underpinning them which arise from a treatment of religion fate and the individual and more broadly the question of nihilism and contingency which frame them This is especially pressing in light of the recent and prevalent infiltration of religiousity into philosophy and politics More specifically with regard to the three thinkers considered whether in relation to Machiavellian virtu or in understanding Weber outside of the normal confines reserved by sociology or as an inquiry into Nietzsche as a political thinker the chief concern will be to mediate between and augment an exclusively historical political or philosophical approach some observations aspects orientation and signs There is a classical tale oft retold of the union between Pasiphae and Asterion The outcome is well known and the theme of illicit lust lust can only exist and flourish illicitly and mistaken identity is neither uncommon nor does it fail to carry a moral theme what is further illuminating in this context however is the nature of the punishment thus enforced By the way if you haven t already done so do please drive yourself to the nearest bookshop and steal a copy of Ted Hughes Ovid As Prometheus was not put to death by Zeus for stealing fire but banished to a lonely rock in the Caucasian Mountains so Minotaur was consigned within Daedalus labyrinth indeed

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  • my library | a dancing star!
    to theology and history and an entirely different constellation Here came the bulk of my medieval texts and works on and of Christianity and now where shall we go from here With the PhD discarded and there is no other word for it the weltanschauung that sustained my library s chronological coherence slowly dissipated into a haze of random starts and fitful ends p r e s e n t l y It seems odd that this unstructured passage of a life s reading has also become the most exciting It lacks a planned structure though it is not without direction that direction is guided by a quest for understanding my self and surroundings our histories and fates in sum Throughout these long years collecting and reading literary books have occupied a marginal position The To Read list is rather embarrassing with titles by Mann and Proust Dostoevsky and Tolstoy Recent comments Samsia on Kevin Ariken tom on A work of hard love marq on A work of hard love Suryani Said Piracci on Kevin Ariken Nancy Ariken on Kevin Ariken My Library Tags architecture arendt artistic friends book cover books bookshops bookshops in asia c j arthur church creative writing creativity cuba dubyah film films football gillian rose harry eyres hegel honeymoon howard caygill jay bernstein macedonia michael n forster nazi girl norman geras obituary online learning open learning paul westerberg philosophy reading SIFF simon critchley Singapore taskent tehran the old left the slow lane travels warwick university writing writing prize zizekstudies org Žižek Archives Archives Select Month April 2010 1 March 2009 10 February 2009 10 January 2009 1 October 2008 1 April 2008 5 January 2008 1 August 2007 1 June 2007 1 March 2007 3 September 2006 2 August 2006 1 July 2006 1 June 2006

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  • good works | a dancing star!
    by Gillian Rose To begin to get an idea of what The Broken Middle Out of Our Ancient Society tries to address you might find the following useful W T Murphy s review pdf version Politics Vision Written by Sheldon S Wolin A lost modern classic Frederick II Another of the lost classics E H Kantorowicz was a leading light of Princeton s Institute for Advanced Study Kantorowicz s other widely read work is The King s two bodies a study on political theology The Machiavellian Moment Pocock s sweeping study The Machiavellian Moment Florentine Political Thought and the Atlantic Republican Tradition is second only to Leslie J Walker as a responsible guide into and within Machiavelli Law and Revolution The Formation of the Western Legal Tradition Harold J Berman draws from the writings of Eugen Rosenstock Huessy to theorize the Papal Revolution and other total revolutions Although it has attracted considerable criticism from professional legal historians Berman s approach still lends itself for continued study Sadly out of print happily I have the pre requisite 2 copies Berman has recently published a second volume on this theme Law and Revolution II The Impact of the Protestant Reformations on the Western Legal Tradition Love and Friendship in Plato and Aristotle True A W Price would recant his views in the vastly inferior Mental Conflict 1994 but the initial thrust that staking of authourship borne out of Symposium esque questioning of the nature of philosophy leaves the reader breathless Recent comments Samsia on Kevin Ariken tom on A work of hard love marq on A work of hard love Suryani Said Piracci on Kevin Ariken Nancy Ariken on Kevin Ariken My Library Tags architecture arendt artistic friends book cover books bookshops bookshops in asia c j arthur church creative writing creativity

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