In 1900 there were only some 200 miles of hard surfaced road outside of cities in the United States.
Package for retail sales of the film Green Tea over Rice Director; Yasajiu Ozu © Shochiku Company Limited
Setoguro tea bowl—
I think it was Hideyoshi who when served tea in a black bowl felt so insulted that he ordered the tea master to seppuku.
The word “binary” has become common ,computers operate on binary communication where technological advancement is when every task is continually being split into two smaller and smaller levels of decision making operating faster and faster. Communication between digital machines is when information— 0s & 1s—are moved exactly from one machine to another.
Everything in the universe is “binary ’ in the sense a “class of a thing ”is “identified”, given a name and as it becomes increasingly accepted people “know and experience” it more and more and later it is “discovered” that the “thing” is actually made up of diverse smaller things, or bigger things, which ever is the direction you are going.
Things are never made of “equal things” as then it would be the same thing and not a different thing, While things are constantly changing including people, different things change at different rates and having words for our individual anecdotal experiences creates both ingorance and social solidartiy
How humans interact with things is our experience—seeing, hearing smelling, touching and tasting. This is how we experience the universe . . . of which we are not apart.
Humans are biological, they have life, and they have entropy— individually things come into existence and go out of existence while socially generations continue . . .or a society become extinct. If we become extinct we will not know it.
In addition to our biological senses we have a biological mind—Reason is only the begotten child of our five senses.
Perhaps we are fortunate, living is experiencing, by default being human is to experience and is coincidentally our methodology for knowing,
While we cannot experience what we cannot sense, the mind seems to give humans a biological ability for Reason which has enabled humans to discover things in and about the universe beyond the capabilities of the five senses. Most of these “discovery methods” are extentions of the five senses.
Words enable us to know “things,” it give us a common sounds and written symbols. While the “things” we speak or write about are in constant change, the words we use to speak or write about them stay the same. When you write “crane” on a piece of paper, next week it still has the same sound and meaning but the crane has grown older, its still a crane but not exactly the same crane
Words by their very nature make us experience and know the universe as binary, we think in black and white . . .
a but live in a world of constantly changing “gray matter” only known to us by common bunch of abstract sounds and markings on paper which we call reality.because we cannot know anything else.
This is what makes the word “thing” so functional. We can use it to talk about a thing for which we do not share the same meaning but the pressing topic of conversation is about something else which is relate, we speak or think, the general term thing and evade a discussion/argument.
In graphic design (printing offset) we used the term “art” to refer to anything that was meant to be printed on the paper, not quite what you would expect to see if you visited a museum but a more specifically defined term for a commercial situation where the purpose of the “art” is to specifically communicate the message of the payor as different in Art which is to communicate the message of the payee ( the artist).
Being able to write and make visual/audio images alters the quality of communication—perhaps this is one reason “photo/video journalism” is the “highest form” of photography.today—it is supposed to visually communicate some kind truth, a “reality” which we can all naturally see. Perhaps sometimes the reality is too much and its better that photojournalists design (censor?) their images to communicate a reality.
It was as if print, uniform and repeatable commodity that it was, had the power of creating a new hypnotic superstition of the book as independent of and uncontaminated by human agency. Nobody who had read manuscripts could achieve this state of mind concerning the nature of the printed word. But the assumption of homogeneous repeatibility derived from the printed page, when extended to all other concerns of life, led gradually to all those forms of production and social organization from which the Western worlds derives many satisfactions and nearly all of its characteristic traits.
The Gutenberg Galaxy Marshall McLuhan
There are so many more answers than questions, The front window of a bar where you cold order eight takayuki handstand outside in the street waiting. Had just finished dinner, and it would be my second serving of takoyaki that day, but could not resist. fourteen yearslater I am still the same weight, but glad for the memory of a delicious treat.
Shiokara—salted squid— is more of a “learned” taste, goes good with sake looks just right a Munehiko Murata ekaratsu plate.
Fore fun poster from late 1960s, thinking Alfred Jarry and Daddy Ubu . . .
“Only thank God men have done learned how to forget quick what they ain’t brave enough to try to cure.”
The Hamlet William Faulkner
The young man who was to become Bodhidharma aka The Twenty-eighth Patrarch of India, the First Patriarch of Chan, Daruma brought Dhyana to China creating Chan.
When I visit San Francisco I feel I miss the excitement of living in a city, buts its like seeing photographs of snow, it looks so inviting.
,This was a piece of Art in a gallery, a mirrored staircase on which I walked up a few steps and made the photograph before I saw the Please Do No Stand On sign but I could not resist.