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Gord Barentsen

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  1. Hello, LiquidFractal is pleased to welcome the Complex Processes Research Group, based in Swinburne University, Melbourne, Australia! The CPRG is a reading and research group centered around the process philosophy of Alfred North Whitehead and Charles Peirce, but the intellectual history of process philosophy extends further back to Friedrich Schelling as perhaps the first process philosopher. Process philosophy essentially emphasises becoming and unfolding over rigid, static paradigms, and is sometimes marked by a desire to reconcile the various aspects of human experience (scientific, religious, political) into a coherent, holistic whole. As to what this "whole" ultimately looks like and how it functions, well, that will be the subject of many, many interesting discussions to come. A warm welcome to the CPRG at LiquidFractal! For more information, please visit the CPRG Space.
  2. Hmm...well, not tech savvy in this respect but we go with IPVanish here. Sometimes the servers cut out but the service is generally reliable. As with so many Internet-related things, I think the best thing to do is go with reviews.
  3. You know I actually wasn't expecting much from the first Deadpool movie...wasn't particularly in the mood for it as I am exhausted by superhero movies and their superficial plots and over-reliance on special effects and big shiny things flying through the air etc. etc. But Deadpool was brilliant! It was one of those movies that actually got me in the mood to watch more the more I saw it. Very rare for a movie for me these days. Rarer still a superhero movie with personality!
  4. Hmm....right you are! I've had some issues with setting text and menu colours since the theme upgrade - namely, that one text colour setting is used across different parts of the site so that changing it corrects visibility in one area whilst making it worse in another. 🙄 However, the designer - who is very good at listening to feedback and requests - is on the case and I hope to have it fixed soon.
  5. Thanks for your honest opinion. I'll probably keep them - not because I disagree with you, but because emojis are, like it or not, one (or many) of those things to be reckoned with. In the meantime.....
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    "Mortality Mural": Closeup

    From the album: Frankston Mural Art, Big Picture Fest 2018

    A detail of the mural's beautiful artwork. Located between Braap! and Hoyts Cinemas.

    © 2018 Gord Barentsen

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    "Mortality Mural", Frankston

    From the album: Frankston Mural Art, Big Picture Fest 2018

    An exceptional piece of art created on the side of a building beside Bayside Mall, Frankston (between Braap! and Hoyts Cinemas). Of course, it set off the usual "it is art?" arguments - precipitated mainly by parents who objected because it frightened their children - but an exemplary work nevertheless.

    © 2018 Gord Barentsen

  8. Glimpses of the way in which people (ab)use language.
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    Um...good to know?

    From the album: Rhetor "Ick!": Funny Language Slips and Mutations

    The sign really says it all...and then some.
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    Good Grammar Is Went

    From the album: Rhetor "Ick!": Funny Language Slips and Mutations

    If there were a drinking game based on how often you spotted or heard these, we'd be in Prohibition again.

    © Gord Barentsen

  11. LOL! You know, Jaws is one of those movies I put on when I want background noise while I work. For precisely those reasons.
  12. Attached is a PDF copy of the 2 May talk. Barentsen, Schelling's Dark Nature and the Prospects of 'Ecological Civilisation'.pdf
  13. I gave my talk today as scheduled, and just wanted to add (in case you didn't read the site message) that it was received very well and I received some very helpful criticism. One of the very positive aspects of the CPRG is the fact that it includes people from a very wide range of disciplines, so the criticism one can get for one's project can really broaden one's horizons and offer possibilities for further research. Thanks to the CPRG for having me and letting me speak, and I look forward to attending more sessions!
  14. Hi all, Incredibly late, but nevertheless (barely) on time - my abstract for the 2 May talk at the meeting of the Complex Processes Research Group, Swinburne University, Melbourne.
  15. Since I'm revisiting this for my CPRG talk I thought I'd include a Guardian article that goes into more details about the changes, which were in fact made way back in 2007 but have only recently attracted scrutiny: https://www.theguardian.com/books/2015/jan/13/oxford-junior-dictionary-replacement-natural-words as well as the Snopes article which researches and verifies this as true: https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/oxford-junior-dictionary-words/ The Snopes article has some more lengthy quotes from some of the authors who protested the decision, as well as the "justification" (laughable if you ask me) for the changes.
  16. HI all, Thought I'd post information on a couple more bookstores I've found in Melbourne. This might be old news for those of you who live there, but maybe not. Both of these bookstores are very close to each other on Bourke St., which makes for a pleasant book browsing experience. While not quite as stocked as the Readings around UniMelb, they have a good classics and literature section and are definitely worth checking out. The Hill of Content Bookshop www.hillofcontentbookshop.com Paperback Bookshop www.paperbackbooks.com.au
  17. Many Windows 10 users have reported that the Safely Remove Media icon (the white USB icon with the checkmark) disappears from the taskbar, or only shows intermittently. This leaves some in a predicament where they cannot safely stop and remove USB hard drives. If this happens to you, try the following: Press and hold the Windows key and press R to bring up the Run dialog window. Type the following into the text field: RunDll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL hotplug.dll Click OK or press ENTER. The Safely Remove Hardware window will appear, and you can select which hard drives to stop and remove. If you have real problems getting this icon to appear, you can create a desktop shortcut which will get you to the Safely Remove Hardware window: Right-click anywhere on the desktop and select New > Shortcut. In the Type the location for the item text field, enter the RunDll32.exe... line in step 2, above. Click NEXT. Title the shortcut as necessary (e.g., "Safely Remove Hardware"). Click OK or press ENTER.
  18. Hello all, I've been invited to give a one-hour talk at the Complex Processes Research Group (CPRG) at Swinburne University in Melbourne. The present theme for talks is, broadly speaking, "neoliberalism and the environment." I've included the abstract from Dr. Arran Gare's inaugural talk to give a sense of what issues are being discussed. My talk, which will involve Schelling's Naturphilosophie and its possible relations to a critique of neoliberalism, is slated for 2 May. I'll post more here when I have more information.
  19. Sorry for the lapse lately folks...apparently Optus (or Telstra? They seem to own the infrastructure) are unable to fix a certain tower due east of me, which has been wreaking havoc on my internet connectivity of late. Hopefully things have been resolved by now, although my wife tells me a story of someone whose Internet was out for two weeks while they "implemented" the NBN in his area. I hope this has nothing to do with the NBN (which is currently being extended to my street here in Frankston), but who knows these days, in an era of phone menus, "live chat" which never connects, and an overall illusion of customer service? (And yes, I get a bit cranky without my Internet....)
  20. Oh...my. I went from this to this in the space of just a few albums (and I'm pretty jaded about these things!)....
  21. MSCP course "Friedrich Schelling and 'Philosophical Psychology'" came to its purposeful end last night.  Great success!

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