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In definition, fact, festive, how to, meaning of, party, politics, rituals, traditional on January 29, 2010 at 1:02 am

The Greek symposium was a key Hellenic socio-political institution. Though the name originally referred to a drinking party (from the Greek sympotein, “to drink together”), the symposium was a forum for free men to debate, plot, boast, or simply to party with others. They were also held to celebrate the introduction of young men into aristocratic society or other special occasions, such as victories in athletic and poetic contests.

The sympotic elegies of Theognis of Megara and two Socratic dialogues, Plato’s Symposium and Xenophon‘s Symposium all describe symposia in the original sense.

The term has since come to refer to any academic conference, or a style of university class characterized by an openly discursive format, rather than a lecture and question–answer format.


In keeping with Greek notions of self-restraint and propriety, the symposiarch would prevent matters from getting out of hand. The playwright Eubulus, in a surviving fragment of a lost play has the god of wine, Dionysos himself, describe proper and improper drinking:

For sensible men I prepare only three kraters: one for health (which they drink first), the second for love and pleasure, and the third for sleep. After the third one is drained, wise men go home. The fourth krater is not mine any more – it belongs to bad behaviour; the fifth is for shouting; the sixth is for rudeness and insults; the seventh is for fights; the eighth is for breaking the furniture; the ninth is for depression; the tenth is for madness and unconsciousness.



Letter to Peter and Alison Smithson by Richard Hamilton

In art, meaning of on January 29, 2010 at 12:00 am

16th January 1957

Dear Peter and Alison,

I have been thinking about our conversation of the other evening and thought that it might be a good idea to get something on paper, as much to sort it out for myself as to put a point of view to you.

There have been a number of manifestations in the post-war years in London which I would select as important and which have a bearing on what I take to be an objective:

Parallel of Life and Art
(investigation into an imagery of general value)

Man, Machine and Motion
(investigation into a particular technological imagery)
Reyner Banham’s research on automobile styling
Ad image research (Paolozzi, Smithson, McHale)
Independent Group discussion on Pop Art – Fine Art relationship
House of the Future
(conversion of Pop Art attitudes in industrial design to scale of domestic architecture)

This is Tomorrow
Group 2 presentation of Pop Art and perception material attempted impersonal treatment. Group 6 presentation of human needs in terms of a strong personal idiom.

Looking at this list is is clear that the Pop Art/Technology background emerges as the important feature.

The disadvantage (as well as the great virtue) of the TIT show was its incoherence and obscurity of language.

My view is that another show should be as highly disciplined and unified in conception as this one was chaotic. Is it possible that the participants could relinquish their existing personal solutions and try to bring about some new formal conception complying with a strict, mutually agreed programme?

Suppose we were to start with the objective of providing a unique solution to the specific requirement of a domestic environment e.g. some kind of shelter, some kind of equipment, some kind of art. This solution could then be formulated and rated on the basis of compliance with a table of characteristics of Pop Art.

Pop Art is:
Popular (designed for a mass audience)
Transient (short-term solution)
Expendable (easily-forgotten)
Low cost
Mass produced
Young (aimed at youth)
Big Business

This is just a beginning. Perhaps the first part of our task is the analysis of Pop Art and the production of a table. I find I am not yet sure about the “sincerity” of Pop Art. It is not a characteristic of all but it is of some – at least, a pseudo-sincerity is. Maybe we have to subdivide Pop Art into its various categories and decide into which category each of the subdivisions of our project fits. What do you think?


(The letter was unanswered but I used the suggestion made in it as the theoretical basis for a painting called Hommage á Chrylsler Corp., the first product of a slowly contrived programme. R.H.)


In chat, internet, meaning of, war on November 29, 2009 at 6:40 pm

When you want to play Red Alert over the ‘net you’ll find yourself chatting to others. Here are some abbreviations and other jargon often used on WChat and other places where RA games are played. It soon becomes quite easy to read these and it saves a lot of typing:



Jargon Meaning
🙂 🙂 😉 😉 :] A smiley (used to mean laughing or to show the last sentence was meant as humourous).
<—ladder name “My ladder name is the same as my Westwood Chat nickname”.
12xx See ‘rank’
2v2 Play cooperatively with 2 humans against 2 computers. This may change when version 3 of Red Alert is released.
AI “Computer player”
ALT F4 A joke often played by experienced players who want to reduce the number of newbies on WChat. Pressing ALT-F4 closes WChat, regardless of what anyone else says it does!
AM “Aftermath” game
a/s/l What is your Age/Sex/Location?
b4 before
bbrains My WChat nickname. If you want to talk to me then you may find me on WChat.
brb Be Right Back
C&C2 Officially C&C2 is Tiberium Sun, the sequel to Red Alert and the third in the C&C series. Some people still refer to Red Alert as C&C2 though.
Cases A “Cases ladder” game. See ‘ladder game’
coop,co-op A co-operative game. Usually means the 2 human players team up against one or more AI players in the game. (See Maxi Co-ops for a new way to play this)
CS “CounterStrike” game.
Dis Distract (from Sole Survivor)
EvW East versus West. Used in a 4 player game when it is finally released. When the game starts you will usually find that two players are on the Eastern side of the map and two are on the West. The players will ally in those pairs.
flooding Sending the same message repeatedly in a few seconds.
fun (game) Any game not to be played as part of any ladder or tournament. However, it still may be taken 100% seriously.
fusion A “Fusion Co-operative” game.
GD Global Defence. A new way to play Red Alert by helping your side to win the world war.
GF Game Fortress. Another way to play Red Alert in a ranking system to prove you are the best
hehe denotes laughing
HelpBot A computerised helper on WChat. It automatically kicks out people who swear and can give you limited help if you try priving it.
host The player who sets up the game. “i host” means ‘I want to host’, “u host” means they want you to set it up.
invite If someone else sets up a game they may invite you to join their channel. This can be done as normal, but nobody else can join the game so you won’t get the ‘channel full’ error.
IP address A unique name/number describing each computer on the internet. Sometimes used to set up games, but not over WChat.
KALI Another place to play internet games. Similar to WChat.
kick When a host removes someone from a chat room they are referred to as being kicked out.
kotg “Keep Off The Grass”. A favourite map of many of the top players.
ladder game A game which will change your rank on the ladder. There are several Red Alert ladders, the main ones being the official Westwood tournament and Cases ladder.
ladder name “What is your ladder name?”. Used when playing in a non-Westwood tournament where matches have to be reported.
lag Lots of lag means the game will run slowly.
latency see ‘lag’
lol ‘Laugh Out Loud’
maxi A co-operative map with a new challenge.
mega(map) Any map larger than those that came with the original RA. Usually only playable with the Aftermath CD.
ne1 4 “Anyone for” (usually follwed by ‘a game’)
nsc “New Southern California 1947”. A bland custom map with loads of gems. Often played by tank rushers.
nurple (map) A map which has had some characteristics changed. Usually everything is cheaper and faster.
page (me) Use the locate/page function to send a message to someone not in your current channel.
ppl people
priv,prv A “Private message”
RA “Red Alert”
rank 12xx Someone who is on the ladder (usually Case’s) and is ranked (in this example) between 1200 and 1299.
report In non-Westwood ladder systems, often the loser has to report any losses he suffers. However, some people do not. Often there are arguments about someone not reporting and all involved gets a bad name.
RMM “Real Multiplayer Mission”
Sole Survivor A C&C style game where you control only one unit and try to remain alive with 49 others around you!
squelch Choosing to ignore messages from a particular person (eg someone who is flooding) involves squelching them. Someone once said if 10 people squelch a person he is automatically kicked out, but I don’t know if this is true.
SS See Sole Survivor
sysop SYStem OPerator. Means someone who officially is from the chat server.
tank rusher Someone who uses the ‘tank rush’ strategy of just building tanks as fast as possible.
TEN Another place to play internet games. Similar to WChat.
TS Tiberian Sun. The sequel to Red Alert.
u “you”
UltRA “Ultimate Red Alert”. A RULES.INI file which used to be played often before Aftermath.
W95 “Windows ’95”
WChat “Westwood Chat”
whisper See ‘priv’
WRU Where are you (in the world)?

There are quite a lot of phrases here, but remember, it is quite easy to have WChat open at the same time as this page in W95 so you can refer to it if there’s something you don’t understand. For instance, someone may type:
ne1 4 kotg AM? rank <3xx. i host. Prv rank translates to:
“Does anyone want to play an AfterMath game playing on ‘Keep Off The Grass’ map? I am looking for players ranked 399 or better (usually meaning (s)he is ranked around 400). I want to host the game. Send a private message to me with your rank if you want to play.” 😉

© Brian Bird, IncREDible Alert,

In how to, internet, love, meaning of, poem on October 8, 2009 at 7:42 pm
EVENT: onblur


The onblurs event occurs when the element that is in focus, loses that focus. You use the term, in blur, to signify that an element does not have focus. Since only one element can be in focus at one time, all other elements are in blur.

By focus, we mean that the cursor is at that element. For example, if the element was an input text box in a form, the cursor would appear inside the element and you could type and enter data into the box.

These six events are useful when dealing with forms and form elements:

  • onblur – runs a script when the element loses focus.
  • onchange – runs a script when the element changes.
  • onfocus – runs a script when the element gets the focus.
  • onreset – runs a script when the form is reset.
  • onselect – runs a script when the element is selected.
  • onsubmit– runs a script when the form is submitted.

  • source

    In meaning of on October 1, 2009 at 5:05 pm


    In alterity, collecting, definition, mathematics, meaning of, semiotic, signs, symbols on September 23, 2009 at 3:28 pm

    Paul Halmos

    In fact, meaning of, semiotic, symbols on July 31, 2009 at 2:25 am

    Q. E. D. er en forkortelse av den latinske frasen «quod erat demonstrandum» (ordrett oversatt til norsk: «det som skulle demonstreres/bevises»). Dette er en oversettelse av det greske ὅπερ ἔδει δεῖξαι (hóper édei deĩxai), som ble brukt av mange tidligere matematikere, blant andre Euklid og Arkimedes. Q.E.D. kan skrives i slutten av matematiske bevis for å vise at resultatet man trengte for å fullføre beviset, er oppnådd. Det blir ikke brukt så ofte i dag som i tidligere århundrer.

    I dag brukes gjerne symbolet ■ (en hel sort firkant), som kalles gravstein (tombstone eller halmos på engelsk, sistnevnte oppkalt etter Paul Halmos, som var en pioner innen bruken av den sorte firkanten). Enkelte bruker også en åpen gravstein, □ (en sort firkant med hvitt fyll). En annen enkel måte å fastsette beviset som ferdig er enkelt og greit å skrive «bevist» eller bare «vist» i parentes etter det siste steget i beviset, eller å skrive to skråstreker (//).

    Unicode gir tegn til å bruke i beviser som tegnet U+220E (∎), men også tegnene U+25A0 (■, sort firkant) og U+2023 (‣, åpen firkant) som alternativer.

    source – wikipedia


    In meaning of, signs, superstition, symbols, totem on March 10, 2009 at 4:17 pm

    The Seagull is a totem of Emotional Healing. Seagulls are mostly witnessed either diving into the water or surfacing to float. It is considered that the seagulls connection to water is symbolic for those whom share this totem. Water represents our emotional state, and because the Seagull’s behavior adds to the message, then its actions upon appearance should be noted. If a Seagull dives in front of you, then this can signify deep emotional issues that require healing. If the Seagull bobs upon the waters surface, it is considered a message of peace and the “letting go to let God”. Go more with the flow and trust that you are safe. Seagulls also represent the teachings of fairness and respect and how to create relationships based upon these two important principals.

    runebomme signs

    In meaning of, ritual drum, runebomme, runes, sami, signs on March 10, 2009 at 3:45 pm

    L♥ve according to Slavoj Žižek

    In definition, love, meaning of, youtube, Žižek on March 1, 2009 at 11:39 am