Current Events — April Showers & May Flowers

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  • 25 Apr 2012 at 6:51 pm #1048

    Ken
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    Hi, Greg: I’ve been mainly lurking, which I haven’t done since 2001, as the time seems right for that: The old threads ended rather abruptly, so the flow of conversation has been interrupted. The new website is grand, and I’m still trying to find my way through it. It’s a good looking site, but I’m still kind of lost in it! I’ve read other people’s suggestions, and I agree with the points made, and I’d add a few more:

    There are multiple layers, whereas the old thread has the one-page-sees-all format which I prefer. In the old format, when a thread has been viewed, the color changes from blue to purple, but in this forum, the color remains tan (is this an option I have control over at my end?), and together with the layer-upon-layer format, I’d frequently ask myself if I’ve already been there, as the pages begin to look the same. In the old format, I could see by casual inspection, via several visual cues, what might have been freshly posted, but here I’d have to be more active (I think it was Candy who made this point first).

    The posts record and display the occasion of every edit: is this necessary, or desirable? In the old format I’d edit a single post for typo, spelling, grammar, structure, style, changed information, additional information, etc., 33 times or more, and does anyone really care to see all that? And I haven’t posted enough here to have had the cannot-be-edited experiences some of you have had.

    Some of us want our email addresses to display, and I don’t see that as an option here. But I’m happy for being able to post an icon to identify myself, the pentagram!, and to post a profile, laugh!, and I’ll experiment with the “Attachments” function in this post, something that summarizes my theory of the occult Cormac: the pentagram!

    All of these are minor adjustments, and I am confident the format will be changed over time, and the forum will be once again be full of (my) chatter!


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    26 Apr 2012 at 12:20 am #1054

    Greg S.
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    I’m with you Ken. Glad you’re OK.


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    26 Apr 2012 at 4:23 am #1055

    Candy Minx
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    Gee, it was weird without you Ken! I actually found the drawing you made of that pentagram McCarthy legend the other day. I couldn’t believe it survived. Made a note to get it a frame!

    I add….that the initial response I had to the layered format here…as being difficult has only magnified as more posts show up. I really miss being able to see all the posts on one page and navigate…and being able to see new or read posts was a more enjoyable and useful aspect than I had previously acknowledged. What Ken said.


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    26 Apr 2012 at 7:04 am #1056

    Ken
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    Greg: I encountered the same inability to edit as you described in one of your posts somewhere! I don’t think it is a problem with your browser, as Marty suggested, since I could see you were able to edit some of your posts. I too was able to edit my last post, but only right after I posted it; a little bit later I lost that ability, so I think there is a time limit imposed on the editing function. I followed Marty’s suggestion and went to my “Dashboard” to try to edit from there, a hassle, but I’d do it if it was the only way I could edit. No luck; however, I discovered that, yes, I am indeed able to edit my post and even the thread title, even weeks after I posted it, but only if I were the one who initiated the thread. I found that out only because I had initiated one thread; the ability to edit in all other threads were closed to me.

    Another thing I discovered is that the attachment I uploaded in my last post is viewable only to people who have logged in. Not a big deal, but since people who have not logged in could read the posts, maybe they should also be able to view attachments? Since we could upload our images as attachments, maybe there is a way to upload them inline as part of the body of the post?

    Candy: Yes, I remember drawing for you the basic pentagram with significances to McCarthy’s novels, similar to the one I attached above! I was playing around with a generic computer graphics program and managed to put together that chart which I might use in a future “Occult Cormac” blogpost, as suggested by the headings of that chart. The basic ideas of that chart go back a dozen years now when they first occurred to me, and I’ve used words, many words, in my posts in this forum, going back beyond the “Jadaproductions” era to the “Cyan” era!, to explain my “pentalogy” theory, but as you can see a picture explains and summarizes everything more clearly and elegantly.


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    26 Apr 2012 at 8:13 am #1057

    Greg S.
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    I’ve gotten ussed to quickly scanning for the time lapse since the last edit on a thread. I’m wondering, however, how the archived threads will fit into the forum. Is there a way to blend out threads that have not been edited for ten days or longer? If not, will we always see the old threads, or will they end up in a separate forum, not to be edited further? These and more questions.


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    04 Jul 2012 at 6:25 am #1680

    Ken
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    Looks like the existence of the (or a) Higgs boson has been confirmed:
    NY Times: “A New Particle Could Be Physics’ Holy Grail”


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    05 Jul 2012 at 3:07 am #1683

    Glass
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    05 Jul 2012 at 12:04 pm #1684

    I’d love to know what kind of hoopla’s going on right now at the Santa Fe Institute over the Higgs boson. Boson? Hell, I thought that was a honcho on the main deck of a Navy ship–jes kidding. So the Brits have scored again in science, this time another star Scot, Peter Higgs.

    The biggest question for me is what the boatswain (uh, I mean boson) will mean for Cormac McCarthy. Will he make something of “super-symmetry” and other ideas arising out of the boson discovery? Arguably, his works so far have shown little high science influence, though NCFOM, as I pointed out seven years ago (in my review of the novel), can be partly read in the light of Chaos and Complexity, two hallowed theories at Santa Fe.

    I’ve occasionally thought that Cormac has buried math/physics elements in NCFOM and TR that only top folks like some at Santa Fe could decipher. There’s something weird about the page breaks in these novels, may be some kind of math code in them that a good crypto-analyst might be able to break. Then maybe I dreamed all this.

    Even if there were a pattern, what would it mean in terms of the novels? Nice to speculate, ain’t it?


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    05 Jul 2012 at 8:52 pm #1685

    wesmorgan
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    Bob: A crypto-analyst may have already started in on Blood Meridian. Several years ago Chris Forbis wrote a paper, unpublished I think, titled Of Judge Holden’s hats; or, the palindrome in Cormac McCarthy’s Blood Meridian. Somehow I was never convinced, but I found the paper interesting anyway. John Sepich has written a response as well.


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    05 Jul 2012 at 11:46 pm #1686

    Glass
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    I’d love to see Cosma Shalizi make some notes on McCarthy. His Notebooks at his home page are a wonder: http://cscs.umich.edu/~crshalizi/


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