Obliquity • 25 March 2008

● The old scorpio archetype is one I don’t mind measuring up against my personality as a kind of interpretive tool. There’s a freaky lot of resonance in that collection of traits. I’m less excited about the things said about the Aries moon, but the alpha debate geek in me lives on despite my fantasies that she’s just some adolescent growing pain.

● Nothing brings her out like sparring with the Daily Miltonian, which I did a little bit yesterday out of public view. Phew.

● Turns out one thing we can agree on is the way that boy-clubby creative communities—a piece of Americana all the way back beyond the Beats—make us both want to run for the fringes even as we recognize they have a kind of special creative greenhousiness.

● Which reminds me that one boy-centric orbit I romanticize and draw on is the whole decades-old Whole Earth Catalog / TED / Long Now Foundation Bay Area sensibility. Stewart Brand, Brian Eno, Kevin Kelly, those guys. Can’t help it. Brian and his friends (other groups of them too, I guess) knock me out.

● All of which reminds me of the two suggestions that seem to be shaping my thoughts about blogging recently.

● One a blog post from Kelly: short is in. Nice! [via Rex.]

● The other Eno and Peter Schmidt’s Oblique Strategies cards. A kind of chance-embracing, post-divinatory pack of trump cards meant for drawing on when you feel like making a fast creative change of tempo.

● Drew a card the other day, and it said:

USE FEWER NOTES.

● Ok. And then today the card said:

LOOK CLOSELY AT THE MOST EMBARRASSING DETAILS AND AMPLIFY THEM.

11 Comments

  • Posted 25 March 2008 at 12:42 pm | #

    P.S. I take the first card as a double entendre. Both sides of which are such good suggestions.

  • Posted 25 March 2008 at 3:11 pm | #

    HA! Whole Earth, they were my last photo styling job in New York. I took it as an omen to GET BACK TO NORTHERN CALIFORNIA.

    I am always excited about the possibilities my Scorpio moon provides me with. Balances out all the hippy dippy Aquarius sun. The Leo rising well what can I say?

  • Posted 26 March 2008 at 5:09 pm | #

    I got: “tidy up” and “Remove ambiguities and convert to specifics”.

    I this refers to my thesis…

  • V
    Posted 26 March 2008 at 5:58 pm | #

    I got “be dirty” 😀

  • Posted 26 March 2008 at 7:51 pm | #

    “Don’t stress on one thing more than another”

    God, that’s a good one…

  • Posted 26 March 2008 at 8:09 pm | #

    I think I got remove specifics and convert to ambiguities… does that mean don’t worry about the small stuff?

  • Posted 27 March 2008 at 12:39 am | #

    TRUST IN THE YOU OF NOW.

    Remove ambiguities and convert to specifics is for dissertation-writing. Remove specifics and convert to ambiguities is for career-switching.

    TRUST IN THE YOU OF NOW.

  • Posted 27 March 2008 at 1:28 am | #

    Remove ambiguities and convert to specifics is for dissertation-writing. Remove specifics and convert to ambiguities is for career-switching.

    BEST. ADVICE. EVER. 🙂

  • zee
    Posted 27 March 2008 at 2:00 am | #

    I got: “Consult other sources -promising -unpromising” and that I am going to do 😉

    I’m leaving Owl. When I return everything will be different. You’ll finally realize my words: I am here to show you that you are not the one in control… there are other forces at play.

    Wish me luck.

  • Posted 27 March 2008 at 2:09 pm | #

    “Humanize something free of error”

  • Posted 28 March 2008 at 7:30 pm | #

    The inconsistency principle

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