@digitalth I think this starts to bring in notions of "facts" and "truths" which a brain both thinks of as valid. But only foundations of fact follow into a validation of truth. That's what works, historically.

Ok: modularity. Fonts and glyphs, various individual symbols taking part in a firm organization of straight columns and rows. Typography is an apparatus, a way of writing by stringing instant imprints into groups, thus making up words and paragraphs. It's a rhythmic grid that holds forms and rational thoughts, though not just that—it can hold connotations and intuitions too.

Crossing back from Coronado Island, I spot a Navy hospital ship at anchor, and, down to our right, two smooth gray military hulls in drydocks.

@nv thanks! I'm just starting to pick up local protocol for follow-on toots. Writing toots with constraints during a Monday-to-Friday span, particularly in working hours, is a risky distraction that I should probably avoid. It could absorb hours.

Thinking of that thing which an animal body is built around, porous but rigid, consisting mostly of calcium compounds, and usually containing (solid and liquid portions of) marrow, but in this raptor's wing support strut, just a gas, air:

(from a book by John Z. Young, drawn from a photograph in D'Arcy Thompson's "On Growth and Form")

In a small Dublin bookshop I saw a working-class woman ask about pop-up books for kids (though not knowing that word for a book full of card dioramas that automatically unfold). Nothing in stock, that day.

I found it. This is a link to that instant I'm talking about. From "Synth Britannia", a BBC program I saw 5 or 6 months ago: youtube.com/watch?v=TK1P93r9xe. In my mind this taps into an obvious association with digital (or analog) music and rational, minimalist, industrial and graphic work (mostly Swiss). Good traditions to draw from... but analog film has particular associations now, but not always pointing a forward-thinking way, politically.

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OK, first try at a toot: A 90's JWZ would talk about playing music by Richard H. Kirk: I thought I 'got' that spy/schizo mood. And in a clip I saw, RH Kirk, today, shows off his Braun Nizo 8mm (or similar) filming by a canal. I think I saw it on a mag... can't find it just now. So is D. Rams (and his ilk from Ulm) a man who DSA participants and all critical, radical humans should follow? Or would doing that just, in fact, conform and succumb to Jony at AAPL's slick, haptic form-giving? Hmmm.

Oulipo.social (Mark II)

Mastodon is a "FOSS" social sharing hub. A multi-host substitution for capitalistic platforms, it avoids risking a particular company monopolizing your communication. Pick a host that you trust — you can still talk with all hosts running Mastadon. Any individual can run a Mastodon instantiation and join in this social hub in a jiffy.