Friday, March 10, 2017

Ulysses charm bracelet















house of key(e)s



Deasy, Dunne



cracked mirror


Freeman's Journal



Sweets of Sin



tuning fork


straw hat

auction bell


Friday, January 27, 2017

dna in spacetime

number every distinct dna sequence

inventory which sequences were where when in spacetime

classify their relations

continuities and discontinuities

("The cords of all link back, strandentwining cable of all flesh.")

an organism is a collection of dna patterns continuous in spacetime

a species is a collection of entwined organisms

many species have wikipedia pages, locating them approximately in spacetime

many human organisms have wikipedia pages, tracing fragments of their continuous paths through spacetime

classify all the possible relations of human organisms

identify instances of these in wikipedia articles about individual humans

map an archetypal life (of set of lives) as a series of relations

[lame example: wikidata douglas adams]

repeat for ulysses (paths, relations, archetypes)

or better, start there

as a strongly motivated microcosm

bloom as archetype

joyce's priorities as defaults

missing from wikidata:


daily routines: where when with whom doing what
(this sounds difficult for historical figures
but could be easy and fun as a form of autobiography)


real estate

favorite artists

Sunday, January 22, 2017

What others were doing that Bloomsday

84yo Florence Nightingale was blind and bedridden

76yo ibsen in oslo had been incapacitated by strokes since 1900
would die in 1906

75yo tolstoy had 8 grown children, unhappy marriage

68yo mark twain
touring as a popular speaker
after years of struggling financially
lost 58yo wife of 34 yrs on june 5 in florence

dante 64yo

64yo j d rockefeller had retired in 1897
to Westchester County, New York
married, four grown kids
muckraking expose in 1904 by Ida Tarbell

61yo Henry James in Sussex finishing "The Golden Bowl"
on 6 May described himself to brother William as "hopelessly celibate"

57yo edison in West Orange, NJ
6 kids by 2 wives
lost ac-current wars
scared off x-rays
making movies, telephones, telegraphs, lightbulbs

simon 54yo

Lovely morg
Feel very seedy
head so bad
Darling M & Lennie to dinner both look well
Opened old port wine 25yrs here …

Opened a Methodist Bazaar at Blackrock. Worthy folk. Horrid
rush to get away to London leaving the office for a week …

48yo freud held weekly meetings in his vienna apartment for physicians interested in his published ideas on dreams etc

Drove to Lakefield
Took cover off Houseboat
Saw Dunwoodie re levels below Mill
Water raised at No. 2 this week
Richard B. Rogers : Diary, 1904

Cool Cloudy Day
Went over to CMPalmers & got Load of Telephone Poles $9
unloaded at Chore time
Bert Tears did not go …
1904 Diary of Emerson Smith of Rutland Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania
History for Tioga and Bradford Counties in PA and Chemung County in NY

may dedalus 45yo

45yo george bernard shaw was finishing John Bull's Other Island

43yo Knut Hamsun opposed british imperialism

43yo Tagore had founded an ashram in Santiniketan

41yo Gabriele D'Annunzio was carrying on simultaneous affairs with Duse and Luisa Casati

41yo Hauptmann was about to marry his babymama

41yo Maeterlinck summered in Normandy with an actress

40yo henry ford developing model t

bloom 38yo

38yo kipling at height of popularity
opposed irish autonomy

37yo maud gonne was in paris (?)
with her 9yo daughter iseult
and her newborn son

37yo scott joplin in st louis
famous but struggling
(score of 1st ragtime opera lost to bill collectors)
lost 2nd wife, wrote 'Bethena'

37yo h g wells in sandgate
married w/2 young sons
already very successful
published new story "The Country of the Blind"

36yo Marie Curie won the physics Nobel for radium

wright brothers (37 and 32)
enduring skepticism
gradually improving designs
doing lots of trials near dayton ohio

Hot breeze
Arose at 5am
E annoyed at my getting up so early
Milked, etc
Home 7
Supper 8
Mrs Fluss had measles
1904 Diary of Evelyn Cameron :: Evelyn Cameron Diaries

34yo Winsor McCay drawing Dream of the Rarebit Fiend.for NY Herald

34yo lenin in london had met 24yo trotsky
called his followers 'bolsheviks'
married, loved cats
hiking holiday in switzerland

34yo Mohandas Gandhi in South Africa evolving nonviolent protest strategies

Mary Haynie cm over &we played Flinch
Myn Burruss sent us sm fine cream&berries
Emma found 8-little-peeps at th'barn
… …
tHE 1904 Diary of Wilbert S. Myers, Miami, Saline, Missouri
The daily diary entries and photos of W. S. Myers, Miami, Saline County, MO,…

32yo Bertrand Russell was laying the groundwork for the Principia Mathematica with a n whitehead

30yo Robert Frost was farming in Derry, New Hampshire
2 daugters and 1 son

29yo churchill writing bio of father
elected MP, speaking tour
dramatic switch from conservative to liberal party

28yo jung in zurich, newly married, studying psychiatry

27yo harriet shaw weaver was a social worker and suffragette in Hampstead

27yo Mata Hari was a circus horse rider in Paris

26yo hermann hesse finished Peter Camenzind and got married

26yo carl sandburg had flunked out of west point

25yo Ioseb Besarionis dze Jughashvili (Joseph Stalin) joined bolsheviks

25yo einstein working in bern patent office
son born in may
playing violin
incubating 1905's 'annus mirabilis' papers

24yo wallace stevens in reading, pa
had graduated from law school and met future wife
wrote occasional poems

24yo Vachel Lindsay studies art at New York School of Art

23yo George Herriman drawing Major Ozone's Fresh Air Crusade for the NY World
married w/1yo daughter

stephen 22yo

22yo picasso in paris finds girlfriend
transitions from (depressed) blue to rose period

22yo FDR of Fairhaven, Massachusetts
secretly engaged to 19yo Eleanor
1903 Harvard grad, editor of Crimson
intending lawschool
golf, sailing

21yo John Maynard Keynes
received first class BA in mathematics from Cambridge

18yo ezra pound at Hamilton College in Clinton, New York
learning nine languages to become the world's greatest poetry expert

18yo will durant was studying for the priesthood with the jesuits
hadn't yet met 6yo ariel

fair&cool all day
School let out for summer
I am now a Senior in HS
I went up to hear exercises for graduating class …
Amos Claycomb’s June 1904 Diary
Wednesday, June 1, 1904 It has been a very nice day but it is clouding up…

teenaged marx brothers in nyc
hadn't launched musical careers

milly 15yo

15yo Hitler in Lambach, Austria
his father and brother had recently died
mother and one sibling still living
he dropped out to be an artist

15yo t s eliot in st louis
studying latin greek french german
had begun writing poems

15yo chaplin in london
getting rave reviews as a page in sherlock holmes
father dead, mother suffering gpi

14yo Jawaharlal Nehru joins theosophists via family friend Annie Besant

12yo J.R.R. Tolkien was orphaned in Birmingham

rudy 10yo

10yo Mao in rural Hunan loved novels
would soon lose his buddhist faith
and reject an arranged marriage

9yo e e cummings
summering in Madison, New Hampshire
had begun writing poems every day

9yo George Herman 'Babe' Ruth in Baltimore
at St. Mary's Industrial School for Boys
where he was judged incorrigible
nicknamed 'Niggerlips'

7yo f scott fitzgerald in west virginia
going to catholic school
father working for procter and gamble

6yo William Faulkner had moved to oxford mississippi with his 2 younger brothers

6yo Amelia Earhart in Kansas built her own roller coaster

5yo Nabokov in St Petersburg
already speaking 3 languages
father a liberal lawyer
2 younger siblings
drifting away from orthodox church

4yo Alfred Hitchcock in Essex

2yo Walt Disney in Chicago

Eric Arthur Blair was approaching his 1st birthday in Inda

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Hierarchical-reveal hypertext design

The new style of hypertext I'm exploring in the post "Button test" below is a partial blogger simulation of my planned Fweet-style Ulysses database I've been calling Uleet.

Since Blogger recently changed their rules for images to require https, I'm looking at going thru all 800 pages to find image substitutes.

I thought I might take the opportunity to try to:

1) streamline the page design

2) tag the note-types in anticipation of Uleet

I hadn't expected to be able to implement conceal-reveal buttons in Blogger, but a lot of that kind of stuff seems do-able if you know how.

The current design goals:

1) when you first load a page, you see almost-uninterrupted Joycean text. Linebreaks are freeform for readability, with subtle annotations-buttons at convenient points. (Delaney's embedded podcasts are also visible at this level.)

[at the moment, only the annotations-buttons after "stairhead" and "crossed" are implemented]

2) clicking an annotations-button opens up a summary-view of all annotations for that passage, one short line for each note, starting with a colored oval with emoji (itself the next level of reveal-button) followed by the note-type in CAPS and a short summary-title. (illustrations are visible at this level) The background colors of the ovals will probably categorise the note-types in some simpler way.

3) Clicking an oval button opens that note. These can include a lot more redundant links since their display is optional.

Serious readers will be expected to open every note, skimmers can ignore all but their primary interest.

Switching formats will be a huge task.  The html is ugly and verbose, and the note-types are messy and arbitrary.

The emoji symbols may or may not prove useful-- at least they're decorative.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Button test

telemachus: 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23


Delaney: [1]

Stately, plump Buck Mulligan
came from the stairhead,

bearing a bowl of lather on which a mirror and a razor lay crossed.

A yellow dressinggown, ungirdled,
was sustained gently behind him by the mild morning air.

He held the bowl aloft and intoned:
Introibo ad altare Dei.

Delaney: [2]

Halted, he peered down the dark winding stairs and called up coarsely:
— Come up, Kinch! Come up, you fearful jesuit!

Solemnly he came forward and mounted the round gunrest.
He faced about and blessed gravely thrice
the tower, the surrounding country and the awaking mountains.

Then, catching sight of Stephen Dedalus,
he bent towards him and made rapid crosses in the air,
gurgling in his throat and shaking his head.

Delaney: [3]

Stephen Dedalus, displeased and sleepy,
leaned his arms on the top of the staircase

and looked coldly
at the shaking gurgling face that blessed him,
equine in its length,
and at the light untonsured hair,
grained and hued like pale oak.

Delaney: [4]

Buck Mulligan peeped an instant under the mirror
and then covered the bowl smartly.
— Back to barracks! he said sternly.

He added in a preacher's tone:
— For this, O dearly beloved, is the genuine Christine:
body and soul and blood and ouns.

Slow music, please.
Shut your eyes, gents.
One moment.
A little trouble about those white corpuscles.
Silence, all.

He peered sideways up and gave a long low whistle of call,
then paused awhile in rapt attention,
his even white teeth glistening here and there with gold points.

Two strong shrill whistles answered through the calm.
— Thanks, old chap, he cried briskly. That will do nicely.
Switch off the current, will you?


mysteries: Christine; white corpuscles; Two strong shrill whistles answered... Switch off the current, will you?

telemachus: 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23

Friday, December 2, 2016

Tana French's Dublin

(her primary settings all seem to relocate real placenames to fictional sites)

In the Woods

There's lots of Irish places called 'Knocknaree' but this one is fictional, location (red paddle) implied by ""She had had a ballet class in Stillorgan, a few miles in towards the center of Dublin

Two local motorways opened in 2005

Poem: "At the British War Cemetery, Bayeux" by Charles Causley

The Likeness

Ryan's room is a stone's throw from the Tower (also Synge's pissed-on door)

Ryan and Maddox walk the famous Strand

their offices are in the Castle (like Martin Cunningham's)

Ballsbridge is where the cavalcade ends up

UCD has moved

Knocknaree would have been about an hour's walk from Deasy's school

Monday, November 7, 2016

Ulysses on Ice


so we should try making them explicit
magnifying them into skaters, dancing...

(also: exiles on ice
already minutely choreographed by joyce in stage directions,
dubliners on ice)

i was thinking first just of a ballet
(and an ice ballet could always be trimmed of its ice
if you just can't take it seriously)

ep1 is revealed mostly as a brother-duet
with buck leading and challenging and stephen quietly following

stephen eventually asking for a brotherly commitment

buck peaks with his entrance
a flurry of grandiose pantomimes of male roles

(stephen will get a glorious extended solo later, in proteus on ice)

different modalities might be conveyed with colored spotlights

buck first mimes a self-serious priest
then he mimes stephen as a fearful, jejune jesuit (holding up his jupes to flee? cf Stephen Hero ch18 "holding their soutanes up as women do with their skirts when they cross a muddy street")
then a series of grandiose flourishes
skating circles around barely-moving stephen
(as buck starts to shave as well)

stephen is fearful, displeased and sleepy because haines had a noisy nightmare
stephen must mime haines and himself, and also mime brave buck
and he at first demands buck choose


buck suddenly halts and accuses stephen of killing his mother
buck skates off smugly as stephen secretly writhes
stephen then resumes the duet
buck continues challenging stephen's sanity, then catches himself
reverses direction
praises stephen
complains stephen distrusts him
offers to give haines a ragging
asks what's real problem
dramatic pause
stephen takes tentative lead, buck follows warily
stephen recalls overhearing buck's heartless phrase

(stephen wishes for a brotherbond
where buck would play protector of his heart)

but buck flees
mounts defense
stephen parries
buck departs with nonapology

stephen's sad solo turns nightmarish

buck returns

kitchen cooking and banter
milkwoman slow but sure

bloom's kitchen duet with (skating) cat
like chaplin on rollerskates

bloom timidly stalks oblivious neighbor girl
bloom busily circles reclining molly

hades on ice: foursome with two skating backwards

scylla: competent librarians hector brilliant stephen like birds of prey