Always between two trains, or two countries, or two towns, catch me if you can. You may find me in English, except if I am in Pali or some other more or less exotic language, or book. Have you tried the Dhammapada recently? If not, just give it a try, in Pali of course. You may also have a try at looking for me on the Internet, simply Coulardeau with Google, but on the global web, not on the French pages of it. Have a good trip.
They say the summer is the season when people do nothing economically or socially productive, at least of commercial Added Value. But it is also the season when people can increase their own culture, revisit places they have not visited for decades, or simply visit places they have never visited before. This is personal added value that only counts for one’s own satisfaction. But isn’t it interesting to meet people who have that kind of personal added value and are ready to share it?
Yes, it is, but it is not that simple.
Our memory is too often short-term memory. We remember for a short period of time and then we forget. In fact, this is completely wrong. We are no longer conscious of what we saw, learned or heard but our brain never forgets anything. It only takes a visit back to what was “forgotten” for it to come back naturally, to re-emerge from oblivion. That’s even funnier than that when you visit a city you used to be living in some fifty years ago. It has changed and yet all that comes back to you is what it was and how it was, and you experience the strange feeling of “I just can’t see what it used to be.”
Just get on Google’s satellite maps and revisit the streets you used to be living in and walking every day to go to school when a kid. Things have changed tremendously. Do you remember when around Roubaix’s City Hall it was nothing but bare parking lots? Of course, you do, and yet it no longer is there. Twenty-five years makes a real difference. You go there and you will be haunted by what it used to be, and what your feelings and impressions used to be there too when you crossed these ugly bare asphalt surfaces with dozens and dozens of cars parked there.
What I suggest here are some classics in films and series and just let yourself slide into it and nostalgically remember what your impressions were the first time you watched them. You will be amazed at how strong your memories are and at the same time you will see things differently because the world has changed, you have changed and things have changed. Strangely enough, under Trump, you cannot think the same way as under Obama or Bush Junior, not mention Kennedy, Nixon or Reagan.
Don’t be surprised and enjoy the change and find some new life in the old cup of tea. Or a cup of coffee if you are in coffee rather than tea. Have a good trip back to memory lane.
And do not forget to enjoy the nice summer weather we are having right now. It may not last or it may become bad and then worse. Your choice, or isn’t it the choice of some transcending cosmic force?
1.ROBIN WILLIAMS – NATHAN LANE – GENE HACKMAN – DIANNE WIEST – THE BIRDCAGE – 1996
2.ROBIN WILLIAMS – DE NIRO – AWAKENINGS – 1990
3.ROBIN WILLIAMS – MATT DAMON – GOOD WILL HUNTING – 1997
4.ROBIN WILLIAMS – JEFF BRIDGES – THE FISHER KING – 1991
5.WENTWORTH MILLER – DOMINIC PURCELL – AMAURY NOLASCO – WILIAM FICHTNER – ROBERT KNEPPER – PRISON BREAK – SARAH WAYNE CALLIES – THE FOUR SEASONS + THE FINAL BREAK
6.LOST THE COMPLETE COLLECTION
7.DEXTER – BOOKS
a.JEFF LINDSAY – DEXTER, AN OMNIBUS: DARKLY DREAMING DEXTER, DEARLY DEVOTED DEXTER, DEXTER IN THE DARK
b.JEFF LINDSAY – DEXTER BY DESIGN, Bad Blood Runs Deep
c.JEFF LINDSAY – DEXTER DELICIOUS – THE DEVIL IS IN THE DETAIL
d.JEFF LINDSAY – DOUBLE DEXTER – HE’S BACK AND DEADLIER THAN EVER
e.JEFF LINDSAY – DEXTER’S FINAL CUT – TV MAKES DEXTER CRIMINALLY IMPOTENT
8. DEXTER – TV SERIES
a)DEXTER SEASON ONE
b)DEXTER SEASON TWO
c)DEXTER SEASON 3
d)DEXTER FOURTH SEASON
e)DEXTER – THE FIFTH SEASON
f)DEXTER – THE SIXTH SEASON
g)DEXTER – THE SEVENTH SEASON
9.JACQUES TATI – MON ONCLE – 1958
10.JACQUES TATI – PLAY TIME – 1967
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SAARIAHO — ONLY THE SOUNDS REMAINS — PHILIPPE JAROUSSKY — DAVONE TINES — 2016
opera is a great adventurous story in many ways. First of all, the
Saariaho is a Finnish woman who lives and works in Paris.
She just got an award from an important Foundation. The BBVA Foundation
Frontiers of Award in the Contemporary Music category recognizes her for
breaking down the divisions between acoustic and electronic music. […]
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This book, this multilateral comparative method and
the result of archaeology are a psychodrama for the pure of mind and simple of
heart psychomechanics-priests who believe the origin of language is not a
question and concentrate their vision (in the singular) onto the mental
psycho-construction of potential trunks cut off from all real roots and only
growing real branches. They hide the forest with only one tree-trunk of mental
And for them, psychomechanics is contained in Gustave Guillaume's lessons that
cannot be revised and cannot be changed even if new discoveries say they
should. They go on pretending agglutinative languages and isolating languages
are in the same mental chamber, the lowest one. They go on saying Semitic
languages are in the second chamber, one step higher and they go on saying
Indo-European languages are in the top chamber, at the top of the Dark Tower of
Babel, sitting at the feet of the Crimson King waiting for the arrival of some
And in five minutes archaeology will bring all that down with three linguistic
articulation in the phylogeny of language and no hierarchy but a process of
development and growth. Remember the seed gives birth to the plant that
eventually blooms and this will produce a new seed to give birth to a new plant
once the old one is dead. Seed-plant-bloom-seed.
The communicational situation prompts, requires and demands the simultaneous
and reciprocal growth and development of the mind and language that enable more
communication in the communicational situation. Any hierarchical approach is
plainly ideological, if not discriminatory.
Greenberg and Ruhlen are thus pioneers of the cognitive psychomechanics of the
21st century. Too bad for the psychomechanics-priests who have forgotten to get
themselves locked up in some Read-Only-Memory.
Linguistics is just like any other science at all. It does not know what eternal truth means. Like in any other science some linguists will leave behind them a name, a theory, and a few concepts, but the future will step beyond this theory, will trample some of these concepts, will see a more advanced theory rise from the melting pot or the salad bowl of experience, experimentation, and simple intelligence.
Gustave Guillaume constructed the very basic of the first cognitive approach of the mind and language but he never asked the fundamental question: What is the origin of language?
He could not because he could not go against the statutes of the Linguistics Society of Paris that was banning – and it hasn’t yet changed its statutes – the very question as unscientific.
But he could not ask the question because archaeology was in its infancy and biology did not even know what DNA meant. If we want to understand what cognition really means for any human individual at any age, we better ask the question because without knowing what dynamic logic is behind language we cannot control communication and the acquisition of any new knowledge.
The time of rote learning through repetition and drills that were as painful as they were boring is finished, gone forever, even if in the head of many we learn by simply repeating what we want to learn as if we could assimilate any knowledge at first sight.
I submit hereafter some recent moments and some future events that should be able to bring together a new generation of linguists, cognitivists, communicationists, and didacticians who may bring us out of the never-ending repetition of what this/that genius said in the past. In science, there has never been and will never be any prophet of any sort.
Now we can turn our minds toward what I have seen and heard during these three days.
(4 pages en Anglais, « Mère, Courage ! » – 15 pages en Français, « Père, Patience ! »)
Le droit d'auteur est ossifié en France et là où il est utilisé. Il empêche toute évolution dans le monde de l'innovation ouverte, des formes nouvelles de création et des média nouveaux de circulation des oeuvres. D'autre part en France il refuse frigidement les autorats qui ne sont pas littéraires, poétiques, dramatiques, en un mot artistiques. On a même vu en 2018 le Festival de Cannes refuser un film d'un grand du cinéma américain car ce film a été produit par Netflix et pour une diffusion dite virtuelle ou de "vidéo à la demande", voire de streaming. La preuve n'est-elle point là que ce n'est pas un film mais une vulgaire vidéo. Jean Luc Godard se retourne dans sa tombe et ricane savamment à ces énarques bureaucrates de l'autorat digne de ce nom, c'est à dire du ghetto littéraire et artistique sur média matériels réels. A bas le virtuel, l'intelligence artificielle, le numérique de tous les instants. Vivent à jamais et pour toujours le telephone fixe, la machine à écrire (Apollinaire aimait tant les sténodactylographes), le Solex à condition de ne pas fumer la pipe et autres inventions d'avant que l'on lance en pleine figure l'ordinateur qui a perdu le monde de vue au profit d'un code machine à deux lettres. Et donc finissons à la française avec une chanson.
« Allons enfants de l'Internet
La nuit machine est arrivée. »
Le téléphone dit smart de tous ces bureaucrates se met à sonner dans toutes les poches et on se croirait à la fin de Lawnmower Man 2, dont toute paternité a été niée par Stephen King devant les tribunaux. L'ennui c'est qu'ils l'emportent avec eux, ce smart phone, même quand ils vont se laver les pieds dans la salle de bain.
This study will concern what is called Copyright all over the world, except in France and a few other countries who have been under the French influence on the subject of Intellectual Property where it is called “droit d’auteur” with two singulars that cannot be translated properly except with two plurals, “authors’ rights.”
As for me, this Intellectual Property has been a long battle that I conjugated and declined in the “Syndicat National des Auteurs et des Compositeurs” (SNAC, National Union of Authors and Composers). And the verb “decline” here is a funny being since it corresponds to the noun “declension” or what we do to nouns to make them palatable in a sentence with case and other functional elements. A certain “imallet” on the Internet has this slightly male-chauvinist joke:
« A verb walks up to a noun in a bar: “Hey, babe, wanna go back to my place and conjugate?” The noun retorts: “I decline. »
This study will start with a personal approach of why it is time for me to step back from direct militancy in SNAC. This part will be in English.
Then I will propose a quick survey of the history of copyright from 1100 to today. That section will be in French. The full study of the topic was published commercially at Amazon Kindle for my own research and in Open Access at Academia.edu for all the documents from 1100 to today. Those among you who are curious will have to go to these two books (and they are hefty) to have the full history of Copyright within the emergence of human freedom and rights because copyright is a freedom that has to do with freedom of expression that has to be protected to be really free. These two books are in English.
I will finish this present study with a last part on what SNAC represented for me from 1976 when I joined it to today even if I am afraid the union is on a trail that is a pale copy of what we need to defend Intellectual Property confronted to its negation, or even worse its being used by politicians like Trump for obscure reasons in his trade war that have nothing to do neither with the heart nor with reason per se.
THE DIRECT PRODUCTIVE FORCE OF ALREADY TODAY
THE RAW MATERIAL OF ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE TOMORROW
is the fourth volume of a trilogy that we all know, the trilogy of Bill Hodges,
the private investigator. Bill Hodges is now dead (pancreatic cancer) and it is
his associate Holly Gibney who assumes this new episode, though she only gets
into the picture in the second half of the novel. The tone then is rather
relaxed and it is essentially a murder case, an odious murder case. . .
If you really want to know more about
him and his work you can always get to my own book, Stephen
King, The Maverick Rapscallion, Kindle edition
B07DMYT1VG, and you will be able to delve, dive and even sink in this horror literature
that is the conscience of our modern times. . .
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Wednesday, July 04, 2018
Morocco meets China, Let the Light of the Lord illuminate our sky
No way out of this simple fact or truth. Trump can rage and tweet as much as he likes. The USA will never be great again because they can only become the boss of the world if they crush it under nuclear bombs, and then there will be no world left. The end of his dream is a nightmare for the world or a liberating “gadoosh” sound when he will be flushed down the toilet of history. Some say in 2025 the USA will fall behind China. Unluckily for the White Supremacists, God is not one of them and they only dream of it because they are already second in rank, maybe even only third in PPP. Compensation is not reality. Compensation leads to frustration. Frustration leads to procrastination. Procrastination leads to criminal intentions. And criminal intentions lead to plain and simple crimes.
Here are some Chinese paths and inspirations, starting in Morocco and then moving to China itself.
NOUREDDINE HIFAD – WAGERS OF FATE – 2018, LO KUAN-CHUNG – ROMANCE OF THE THREE KINGDOMS – 1522 (1494) – C. H. BREWITT-TAYLOR – 1959 (2002), LAO SHE – CAT COUNTRY – 1932, LAO SHE – TEAHOUSE – JOHN HOWARD-GIBBON – 1957-2013,