And of these shall I speak to those eager, That quality of wisdom that all the wise wish And call creative qualities And good creation of the mind The all-powerful truth Truly and that more & better ways are discovered Towards perfection --Zarathustra.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017


In demonology, Belphegor (or Beelphegor, Hebrew: בַּעַל-פְּעוֹר‎‎
baʿal-pəʿōr - Lord of the Gap) is a demon, and one of the seven
princes of Hell, who "helps" people make discoveries. He seduces
people by suggesting to them ingenious inventions that will make them
rich. Bishop and witch-hunter Peter Binsfeld believed that Belphegor
tempts by means of laziness. Also, according to Peter Binsfeld's
Binsfeld's Classification of Demons, Belphegor is the chief demon of
the deadly sin known as Sloth in Christian tradition.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

punk rock girl (on such a winter's day) - Beach Boys (1986) vs The Dead Milkmen (1988)

Punk rock girl

Just you and me

What do you see?
Give me a chance
You look so wild
Please look at me
It makes no sense
Let's have a child
Let's go slam dance

Stopped into a church
On such a winter's day
Eat fudge banana swirl

On such a winter's day
I passed along the way
On such a winter's day
On such a winter's day

So we started screamin'
We asked for Mojo Nixon
And ordered some hot tea
Your dad is vice president
Just like the Duke of Earl

We went to a shopping mall
We'll name her Minnie Pearl
Let's travel round the world

I tapped her on the shoulder
And said do you have a bell?

They said he don't work here
Said nothin' man it's stolen

We'll travel round the world
We'll dress like Minnie Pearl

It it was California Dreamin'
Just you and me punk rock girl
Just you and me punk rock girl
And laughed at all the shoppers

I said how much you pay for this
Yeah you're for me punk rock girl

We went to the Philly Pizza Company
If I was in L.A. (if I was in L.A.)

On a winter's day (on a winter's day)
On a winter's day (on a winter's day)

One Saturday I took a walk to Zipperhead
And the sky is grey (and the sky is grey)

California dreamin' (California dreamin')
And I pretend to pray (I pretend to pray)

California dreamin' (California dreamin')
And the sky is grey (and the sky is grey)

I could leave today (I could leave today)
California dreamin' (California dreamin')

We got into her car away we started rollin'
I've been for a walk (I've been for a walk)

I'd be safe and warm (I'd be safe and warm)
I've been for a walk (I've been for a walk)
If I didn't tell her (if I didn't tell her)
She took me to her parents for a Sunday meal
On such a winter's day (California dreamin')
On such a winter's day (California dreamin')

He knows I'm gonna stay (knows I'm gonna stay)
The waitress said well no, we only have it iced

And security guards trailed us to a record shop
So we jumped up on the table and shouted anarchy
I met a girl there and she almost knocked me dead
And someone played a Beach Boys song on the jukebox

All the leaves are brown (all the leaves are brown)
Well, I got down on my knees (got down on my knees)
All the leaves are brown (all the leaves are brown)
She looked at me and smiled and said she did not know
Her father took one look at me and he began to squeal
You know the preacher like the cold (preacher like the cold)
We said if you don't got Mojo Nixon then your store could use some fixin'

Sunday, January 22, 2017

how things happen

First they gave us fake news. But we didn't care, because we all enjoy
a little bit of fake news from time to time.

Then they gave us alternative facts. But we didn't care, because we're
each in our own media bubble anyway.

-> we're here; for brevity I will leave out some intermediate steps.


Then they gave us thoughtcrime. And we all thought it was doubleplusgood.

Then they gave us precrime. And "in our society, we have no major
crimes, but we do have a detention camp full of would-be criminals."

"Perhaps a lot of the people in the camps are like you."

w/ apologies to Martin Niemöller and Philip K. Dick

Thursday, November 24, 2016

god save the dead kennedys (1977 vs 1980)

There is no future
So I can watch them die chokin' shakin' in convulsions, go crazy, crazy
We mean it, man
Chemical warfare, warfare, warfare
Chemical warfare, warfare, warfare
She ain't no human being
Panic in the air, see the headless chickens runnin'
Climb on a tree on a branch and drop it
Chemical warfare, chemical warfare
Blowin' down down down the fairway, sensitive to the touch
When there's no future, how can there be sin?
We love our Queen
Scratch the grass, mister, you can't breathe
No future for you
We're the future, your future
And England's dreaming
God saves
Golf carts head-on crashin' crackin' heads wide open
There's no future, no future
God save the Queen
Chemical warfare, chemical warfare
Chemical warfare, warfare, warfare
God save history
God save your mad parade
Chemical warfare, chemical warfare
And roll and writhe in a sandtrap, starting to heave
Don't be told about what you need
We mean it, man
I cut through the fence, run right in and grab it, go crazy, crazy
Yellow air
God saves
Oh shit, what is going on in here?!
No future, no future
Chemical warfare, warfare, warfare

Thursday, May 19, 2016

hotel california über alles (Eagles 1977 vs Dead Kennedys 1979)

On a dark desert highway, cool wind in my hair
Warm smell of colitas, rising up through the air
Up ahead in the distance, I saw a shimmering light...

I am Governor Jerry Brown
My aura smiles
And never frowns
Soon I will be president...

My head grew heavy and my sight grew dim
I had to stop for the night
There she stood in the doorway;
I heard the mission bell
And I was thinking to myself,
"This could be Heaven or this could be Hell"
Then she lit up a candle and she showed me the way
There were voices down the corridor,
I thought I heard them say...

Carter Power will soon go away
I will be Fuhrer one day
I will command all of you
Your kids will meditate in school
Your kids will meditate in school!

California Uber Alles
California Uber Alles
Uber Alles California
Uber Alles California
Such a lovely place (Such a lovely place)
Such a lovely face

Zen fascists will control you
100% natural
You will jog for the master race
And always wear the happy face

Her mind is Tiffany-twisted, she got the Mercedes bends
She got a lot of pretty, pretty boys she calls friends
How they dance in the courtyard, sweet summer sweat.
Some dance to remember, some dance to forget

Close your eyes, can't happen here
Big Bro' on white horse is near
The hippies won't come back you say
Mellow out or you will pay
Mellow out or you will pay!

So I called up the Captain,
"Please bring me my wine"
He said, "We haven't had that spirit here since nineteen sixty nine"
And still those voices are calling from far away,
Wake you up in the middle of the night
Just to hear them say...

Now it is 1984
Knock-knock at your front door
It's the suede/denim secret police
They have come for your uncool niece

Mirrors on the ceiling,
The pink champagne on ice
And she said "We are all just prisoners here, of our own device"
And in the master's chambers,
They gathered for the feast
They stab it with their steely knives,
But they just can't kill the beast

Come quietly to the camp
You'd look nice as a drawstring lamp
Don't you worry, it's only a shower
For your clothes here's a pretty flower.

DIE on organic poison gas
Serpent's egg's already hatched
You will croak, you little clown
When you mess with President Brown
When you mess with President Brown

Last thing I remember, I was
Running for the door
I had to find the passage back
To the place I was before
"Relax, " said the night man,
"We are programmed to receive.
You can check-out any time you like,
But you can never leave! "

Saturday, May 7, 2016

where is my sweater (pixies 1988 vs weezer 1994)

[Karl:] All right.
[Karl:] All right.
[Karl:] Not much.
[Karl:] Yeah.
[Karl:] Yeah.
[Karl:] Yeah.
[Karl:] Yeah.
[Matt:] Aw man, it's gonna be the best, I'm so stoked! Take it easy bra'.
[Matt:] Aw man, this is the best. I'm so glad we're all back together and stuff.
[Matt:] Aw man, you want a beer?
[Matt:] Hey bra, how we doin' man?
[Matt:] Hey, did you know about the party after the show?
[Matt:] It's been a while man, life's so rad!
[Mykel:] Did you hear about the party?
[Mykel:] Hey, what's up?
[Mykel:] Um, I think I'm gonna go but, um, my friends don't really
wanna go. Could I get a ride?
And I die
And you'll ask yourself
And you'll ask yourself
Animals were hiding behind the rock
But there's nothing in it
But they told me, he swears
Except the little fish
Hear me
Hold this thread as I walk away
Hold this thread as I walk away
Hold this thread as I walk away (as I walk away)
I am
I can
I don't want to destroy your tank-top
I sink
I think
I was swimmin' in the Caribbean
I'm me
I've come undone
I've come undone
I've come undone
If there's nothing in it
If you want to destroy my sweater
If you want to destroy my sweater
If you want to destroy my sweater
It go
It gone
It's good to see you lying there in your Superman skivvies
Know me
Let's be friends and just walk away
Lying on the floor (lying on the floor)
Lying on the floor (lying on the floor)
Lying on the floor (lying on the floor)
Me be
Oh no
See it swimmin'
See it swimmin'
See it swimmin'
Sing and
This band's my favorite man, don't ya love 'em?
This is great, man.
Try this trick and spin it, yeah
Try this trick and spin it, yeah
Try this trick and spin it, yeah
Tryin' to talk to me, to me, to me.
Watch me unravel, I'll soon be naked
Watch me unravel, I'll soon be naked
Way out in the water
Way out in the water
Way out in the water
Where is my mind? [3x]
Where is my mind? [3x]
Where is my mind? [3x]
Who I
With your feet on the air and your head on the ground
With your feet on the air and your head on the ground
With your feet on the air and your head on the ground
Your head will collapse
Your head will collapse


The chauffeur, whose seat the Professor shared, spoke to him without taking his eyes from the road. "Vous etes geologue?"
"A geologist? Ah, no! I'm a linguist."
"There are no languages here. Only dialects."

Paul Bowles, 1945 

Thursday, May 5, 2016

letters of note (David Foster Wallace Literary Trust)

Dear Mr Kohner:

I would like to bring to your attention a subject that may be of
concern in connection with your work for the David Foster Wallace
Literary Trust. I'm an emotionally invested but otherwise unconcerned
third party.

I noticed that someone is using the file sharing site Github to host
the full text of David Foster Wallace's "Infinite Jest". The text of
the novel has been marked up with some HTML-like tags that facilitate
analysis. It is available for direct download online.

I am assuming that the person who has put together this repository
does not have your permission to make the content available in this
form, because they make no statement to that effect. (Curiously, the
uploader has the family name Wallace, so the possibility that they are
a rights holder in the work did occur to me, but, again, no statement
about rights is mentioned.)

You can find the repository I'm speaking of here:

The text of the novel as a whole (with the extra annotations that I
mentioned) is available for direct download via this link:

Individual sections of the book are available in plain text format in
a ZIP file that can be downloaded together with the rest of the

It does not appear that the main aim of the uploader is "piracy", but
rather, this is an (in my opinion rather misguided) attempt to do "open

The text tagging contributed to a textual analysis that is described
in the following published paper:

Byron C. Wallace. Multiple Narrative Disentanglement: Unraveling
Infinite Jest. In Proc. of the North American Chapter of the
Association for Computational Linguistics: Human Language Technologies
(NAACL-HLT), 2012. (

I'd guess that the analysis itself falls at least somewhat within the
broad wishes of the David Foster Wallace Literary Trust -- "open to
working with artists, writers, directors and performers who are
interested in using Wallace's work." If I may be so bold, making the
text of an ambitious contemporary novel like "Infinite Jest" available
under an open source license would be a pretty darn interesting thing
to do. However, I don't get the remotest sense that that's what's
going on in the present case.

I have not written to Byron Wallace about this issue: again, it's not
really my business to do so. I did however contact Github support
(see appended message). In short, they told me they will only take
content offline in response to a copyright violation if they receive
communications from the rights holder, following the protocol outlined

Please note the following piece of text in that policy:

"GitHub will not automatically disable forks when disabling a parent
repository. This is because forks belong to different users, may have
been altered in significant ways, and may be licensed or used in a
different way that is protected by the fair-use doctrine."

In the current case, there are 4 forks in total
( which
would presumably mean you'd need to submit 4 notice and takedown

That's about all I have to say on the subject, but if I can usefully
answer any questions please feel to write.


Joseph Corneli, PhD

words cut, pasted, and otherwise munged by joe corneli otherwise known as arided.