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Saturday, 4 March 2017

TEMPORARY SUSPENSION OF MY BLOG ACTIVITY



                                                                           



         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: SUBJECTIVITY AND CONSPIRACY THEORY




                                                                       



                            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.[25] 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.

                                                     Selected Publications

                                                         
  •  ‘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.


                                                   RESEARCH PORTAL


                                                   DATA GOES POP (Video)
                                                             

Saturday, 11 February 2017

LAPSUS SCRIPTORUM, A POEM BY JAMES L.S. CARTER



                                                     LAPTUS SCRIPTORUM 


                          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---

                                            hovers

                                                            over----




                     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

                                              Edinburgh, Scotland
   
                            
               

   



                           



Monday, 23 January 2017

TO BARRON TRUMP, a poem





                                                                             





                                                         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, A poem by James L.S, Carter

           

                                                                                   




                                                  THE GIANT CHOCAHOLIC BEETLE
               

                Carelessly,
                
                I spilt a glass of chocolate milk-shake over

                My bedside drawers.


                 It ran
     
                 Down

                 The 

                  Side

                  &over
                   
                  The carpet. 


                  Carelessly again,

                   I failed to clear up the mess,

                  Properly,

                   Leaving

                                         traces

                                                            behind.


                   Imagine my surprise,

                   A few months later

                   When I woke up to find

                   A giant chocaholic beetle

                    Balancing perilously

                    On a glass of chocolate milk-shake

                    Sitting on my bedside drawers.


                     It had sampled the drink on my carpet

                     Climbed

                     Up

                     The

                     Side

                     Of 

                     My

                     Bedside

                     Cabinet;

                     Following

                                      traces

                                                     behind.


                    At once, I snapped the brittle miscreant into pieces,

                    With a tissue.

                     But now I regret killing a fellow creature

                    Like me;-

                     So tenacious, so persistent, so obsessional.


                     Copyright  James L.S.Carter  January 2017

                     Edinburgh, Scotland




      

Sunday, 22 January 2017

MY NEW WIKI PAGE REFERS TO INTERVIEW BY DIEGO ANDRES PEREZ RUIZ



                                                                               
                                                             


                                           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.[6] He was one of the founders, in 1992, of the International Society for Bayesian Analysis, alongside Arnold Zellner and Gordon Kaufman,[7] and has published a history of the Bayesian approach.[8]
Leonard is the co- author of Bayesian Methods: An analysis for Statisticians and Interdisciplinary Researchers with John S. J. Hsu[9][10][11] and author of the sci-fi socio-political satire 'The Grand Oligarchs of Qinsatorix'.[12]
During December 2016, Leonard's interview by Diego Andres  Peres  Ruiz was published by the Bulletin of the International Society for Bayesian Analysis. [13]