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Tom Sparks

Shenzhen and the Future of Chinese Tech

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Shenzhen has been an important experiment for the Chinese since 1980 when it was designated a  "Special Economic Zone". It was created to be an experimental place for the practice of market capitalism within a community guided by the ideals of "socialism with Chinese characteristics

Shenzhen is the gateway between mainland China and Hongkong. The Chinese government  hoped Shenzhen would become the "silicon valley" of China, it has and it seems to have surpassed the American silicon valley. 

Here is a Bloomberg video that highlights some of the more dystopian aspects of Shenzhens development.  I must say it looks shiny and clean.

Video dated Jan 24, 2019 

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Pessoa Infinite Solar System

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"Fernando Pessoa is an infinte solar system, made up of clusters of plaanets near and far, many of them still unexplored, or unknown. His life was a continuous self-dividing into new worlds, which he experiences as a frustrating inability to complete his works. In an autobiographical text written in English he confessed:

"My writings were none of them finished; new thoughts intruded ever, extrordinary, inexcludeable associations of ideas bearing infinity for term. I cannot prevent my thought's hatred of finishing."

via: Ines Pedros - os Lugares de Pessoa

 

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Martin Jay reviews ‘All too Human’ by George Stephanopoulos and ‘No One Left to Lie to’ by Christopher Hitchens · LRB 29 July 1999 https://www.lrb.co.uk/v21/n15/martin-jay/mendacious-flowers

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Bolthole: a hole or burrow by which a rabbit or other wild animal can escape.

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Geist

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Geist (German pronunciation: [ˈɡaɪst]) is a German noun with a degree of importance in German philosophy. Its semantic field corresponds to English ghost, spirit, mind, intellect. Some English translators resort to using "spirit/mind" or "spirit (mind)" to help convey the meaning of the term.

Geist is also a central concept in Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel's 1807 The Phenomenology of Spirit (Phänomenologie des Geistes). Notable compounds, all associated with Hegel's view of world history of the late 18th century, include Weltgeist "world-spirit", Volksgeist "national spirit" and Zeitgeist "spirit of the age".

 

 

 

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Niles Rodgers Crate Dive

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Chic

Chic  1977

C'est Chic  1978

Risqué  1979 

Le Freak  1979

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We Are Family, Sister Sledge 1979

diana, Diana Ross 1980

Let's Dance, David Bowie  1983

Original Sin, INXS  1984

Cosmic Thing, The B-52's 1989

Dellali, Cheb Mami 2001

Random Access Memories, Daft Punk 2013

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干杯

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Gānbēi. = Cheers

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Mid Winter Northwest

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Room With A Veiw

When we are lucky the gods of weather grant us a few beautiful days in mid winter. If the wind dies down the temperature will be in the 60's. This is the view from my couch today.  I need to get out doors and do some work.

 

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Elision

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e·li·sionəˈliZHən/noun

  1. the omission of a sound or syllable when speaking (as in I'mlet'se ' en ).
    • an omission of a passage in a book, speech, or film."the movie's elisions and distortions have been carefully thought out"
    • the process of joining together or merging things, especially abstract ideas."unease at the elision of so many vital questions"

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Moths by Adam Zagajewski

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Moths watched us through
the window. Seated at the table,
we were skewered by their lambent gazes,
harder than their shattering wings.

You’ll always be outside,
past the pane. And we’ll be here within,
more and more in. Moths watched us
through the window, in August.

 

 

See: https://www.versobooks.com/books/2465-humankind

 

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Chthonic

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Chthonic (UK: /ˈkθɒnɪk/US: /ˈθɒnɪk/ from Greek χθόνιος khthonios [kʰtʰónios], "in, under, or beneath the earth", from χθών khthōn "earth")  literally means "subterranean", but the word in English describes deities or spirits of the underworld, especially in Greek religion. The Greek word khthon is one of several for "earth"; it typically refers to that which is under the earth, rather than the living surface of the land (as Gaia or Ge does), or the land as territory (as khora (χώρα) does

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Antinomy

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 Antinomy

an·tin·o·myanˈtinəmē/nounplural noun: antinomies

  1. a contradiction between two beliefs or conclusions that are in themselves reasonable; a paradox.

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