Saturday, 4 March 2017
I am in grief for the loss of my friendship with Thomas, During the last year I have experienced lots of the good things in life, but also a variety of very strange experiences including the break up of my writers group and much personal trauma.
I therefore intend to take time out, to recover from my grief and meditate about the past, to submit my novel The Grand Oligarchs of Qinsatorix to traditional publishers, and to rebuild the remainder of my life in different ways,
My best wishes to my many thousands of readers,
Saturday, 18 February 2017
DR. CLAIRE BIRCHALL KING'S COLLEGE LONDON
CONSPIRACY THEORY (Wiki)
Clare Birchall at King's College London describes conspiracy theory as a "form of popular knowledge or interpretation".[b] By acquiring the title 'knowledge', conspiracy theory is considered alongside more 'legitimate' modes of knowing.[c] The relationship between legitimate and illegitimate knowledge, Birchall claims, is far closer than common dismissals of conspiracy theory would have us believe. Other popular knowledge might include alien abduction narratives, gossip, some new age philosophies, religious beliefs, and astrology.
MY QUESTION: Might it be possible to place subjective probabilities on the possible truth of particular conspiracy theories? These can be regarded as imaginative hypotheses.
- Knowledge Goes Pop: From Conspiracy Theory to Gossip (London: Berg, 2006).
- New Cultural Studies: Adventures in Theory, eds. Clare Birchall and Gary Hall (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2006).
- ‘Between Transparency and Secrecy’, Theory, Culture & Society, Volume 28, Nos. 7-8, December 2011.
- ‘The Secret Issue’, Cultural Studies, Volume 21, No.1 January 2007.
- ‘Data.gov-in-a-box: Delimiting Transparency’, European Journal of Social Theory 18(2) March 2015.
- ‘Aesthetics of the Secret’, New Formations 83, January 2015: 25-46.
- ‘Radical Transparency?’, Cultural Studies <=> Critical Methodologies 14(1), February 2014: 77-88.
DATA GOES POP (Video)
Saturday, 11 February 2017
The clock ticks once a minute, slowly
My muse has gone.
She disappeared one afternoon.
Along with my specs
But I found my specs again:
My muse has gone.
I found my specs again
After steps retrace
I remembered where I had left them
When I came back to the place
I had originally forgotten.
I had suffered sudden lapsus memoriae (a)
It happens more and more nowadye
Along with lapsus scriptoris (b)
Lapsus calami (c)
Lapsus pabuli (d)
Lapsus crumenae (e)
And lapsus mentis (f)
Five ticks go by in five seconds
Pabulum calami (g)
Crumena mentis (h)
It is not only my money-bag which is all the time lapsing;
So are my scrotum and adjacent thingie.
A male menopause,
More or less.
I feel as if I am losing my place
At the universe table.
My hold on things is unsure,
My grasp uncertain.
Footsteps falter, waver, haver.
Mind verges on the brink,
The threshold; horizons near and far-
Spirit hovers over the void, the abysm---
KEY TO LATIN WORDS AND PHRASES
(a) memory lapse
(b) writer's block
(c) typing dyspraxia
(d) hiatus in the diet
(e) shortage of cash, 'fall of the money-bag'
(f) mental breakdown
(g) food for the pen, food for thought
(h) money for the brain, ibid food for thought
Copyright James L.S. Carter February 2017
Monday, 23 January 2017
TO BARRON TRUMP
by Thomas Hoskyns Leonard
Handsome, innocent son of Nazi-esque oligarch and Babylonian matron,
Youngest son of family where upstart siblings rule the roost
And stern, smiling Absalom commands the presence;
Reared and raised where the rich's false rules project your life.
How can you, first son of America, balance on the knife?
To be derided from without or scorned from within;
That is the sad choice of potential Gods,
But find your own way against the fast enjoining tides,
And you may yet lead like no foul Trump before has lead.
Until then, play it cool, sleepy head!
THE GIANT CHOCAHOLIC BEETLE
I spilt a glass of chocolate milk-shake over
My bedside drawers.
I failed to clear up the mess,
Imagine my surprise,
A few months later
When I woke up to find
A giant chocaholic beetle
On a glass of chocolate milk-shake
Sitting on my bedside drawers.
It had sampled the drink on my carpet
At once, I snapped the brittle miscreant into pieces,
With a tissue.
But now I regret killing a fellow creature
So tenacious, so persistent, so obsessional.
Copyright James L.S.Carter January 2017
Sunday, 22 January 2017
NEW WIKI PAGE
Leonard has published on the Bayesian approach to categorical data analysis, as well as on function smoothing and prior informative density estimation, conditional Laplacian approximations for marginal inference and prediction, and the statistical modelling of log covariance matrices. He is also known for his work concerning the applications of Bayesian methodology in geophysics, medicine, psychometrics and the provision of statistical expertise in legal cases. He was one of the founders, in 1992, of the International Society for Bayesian Analysis, alongside Arnold Zellner and Gordon Kaufman, and has published a history of the Bayesian approach.
Leonard is the co- author of Bayesian Methods: An analysis for Statisticians and Interdisciplinary Researchers with John S. J. Hsu and author of the sci-fi socio-political satire 'The Grand Oligarchs of Qinsatorix'.During December 2016, Leonard's interview by Diego Andres Peres Ruiz was published by the Bulletin of the International Society for Bayesian Analysis.