Monday, February 04, 2019

Precis for Conference In New Mexico, February 2019

MURDER BY NUMBERS: The Artificial Intelligence in the Astronomy of Cormac McCarthy’s BLOOD MERIDIAN

Blood Meridian is a system transmitting astronomical information while using decorative language to embed even more information without distracting the reader with burdensome mathematics unless the reader themself decides to be initiated into an art tradition also found in stupas, Shakespeare and Migration Period Art. Bringing interdisciplinary mediums together I am going to create a small film presentation to introduce the idea of repeated motifs in two of McCarthy’s written pieces for film. This film section of my presentation will focus on the astronomical motifs in The Counselor and No Country For Old Men. Contrasting with the film presentation will be  a three dimensional essay in the form of a stupa I have built and decorated in such a way to clearly demonstrate the mathematical aspects of these Asian artifacts. Closing out the presentation will be the written argument about embedding information in McCarthy while bringing cohesiveness to the three segments of my presentation.

Stupas contain a fractal geometry found in nature, such as trees and rocks, and in art such as Jackson Pollock and pixel movies. I will argue that Blood Meridian has a fractal geometry defined by a small feature being a ratio of the whole form. The idea of a small feature being repeated to create a larger whole with the same qualities is a valuable technique to embed a sensory object with intellectual or navigational information that records and transmits knowledge. I am going to argue that McCarthy has been creating objects that are within a tradition at least as far back in history as stupas.

When McCarthy says “one thing can be another” he is saying we can transmit one idea inside another format. I will introduce the art criticism horror vacui as one of the ways in which information was recorded creating objects that were valuable to migrating peoples suggesting McCarthy’s novel of westward expansion has utilized a specific history of craftwork. Horror vacui (fear of empty space) was a criticism arising from Victorian art considered cluttered and claustrophobic and has been applied to lowbrow art movements. More aesthetically valued art which also fills the entire frame with decoration and motifs include Outsider art, fractal art, Persian art and Migration Period art.

I will discuss how stupas are an early manifestation of artificial intelligence since they are designed to mimic the meditating Buddha, containing complex numerical features monitoring celestial movements and the time of day. A stupa is an object that has layers of one thing meaning another by layering an oral tradition of philosophical biography onto an object of directionality. A stupa’s design is a geographic diagram of the solar cycle. I will demonstrate that Blood Meridian is functioning in the same manner. Blood Meridian contains at least 517 uses of numbers and exploring the number eight compares the novel to stupa designs based on four-sided shapes that help calculate sums of eight. Like the Buddha portrayal in stupas, characters are also part of embedding celestial information in art. Shakespeare’s Sonnet 117 disparages disloyalty and mirrors earlier sonnets about betrayal and separation. This poem directs us how to approach betrayal and loss as literary metaphors for celestial movement in Blood Meridian.



Artificial intelligence is revered falsely for being innovative because precedence has been untaught. When community is included in knowing what art means and it’s purposes through apprenticeship and education the community benefits from the tradition of embedding mathematical and astronomical information into artifacts. We are in the so-called golden age of artificial intelligence yet we have lost the personal value of art because we have lost the tradition of teaching about intelligence layered within decorative motifs and mnemonics in art, poetry and storytelling for hundreds of years.

Submitted October 2018 proposal for upcoming Conference on Popular Culture, 40th Anniversary Alberquerque. 

Monday, January 21, 2019

Stupa Modeling





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Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Making Mochi

 Mochi is a Japanese treat made with sticky rice that is pounded into a paste texture then rolled gently into balls.Above the rice is cooked in these handmade boxes stacked up over steaming boiling water. Cooks monitor the steam so it does not escape. Cloth is woven into braids that are positioned between each box to hold steam inside the wooden boxes. I have some photos of that below.
 Many temple members of The Buddhsit Temple of Chicago help the whole procedure. This is Anna and Noreen.
 Here Gary is overseeing the pounding of the cooked sticky rice.
 I forgot to ask what they are doing with the small pots, but I am guessing they are adding boiled water that streams through the boxes to replace evaporated water. Easier than taking all the boxes off and losing heat and steam momentum.
 These folks are waiting for the pounded rice. It will arrive in a huge ball like bread dough in appearance. However it feels more like "silly putty". Then the big ball of pounded rice paste will be pulled apart and rolled gently into little balls. Some will be stuffed with a sweet bean paste.
 Here you can see Stan prepare the rice and edge the braided fabric on the box.

 Still waiting for rice t cook and be pounded LOL, so cute!
 Below you can see the braided cloth soaking. Then it is positioned as a seal on the boxes above.

 Looking for steam breaching the layers of boxes. That is not good it inffluences the cooking and consistency of all the boxes heat.
 Rolling the sweet bean paste for making centers of yumminess in some of the mochi.
 Always monitoring the heat and steam...and placing new loads of rice.
 Some rice cookers as back up.
 Stan arranging the position of the braided cloths again.
 Grating a root plant.


Here are the little bean centers for mochi.

Tuesday, January 01, 2019

Reading The Winters Tale

On Christmas Day I had a little time to catch up on reading. And snacks!

Friday, December 07, 2018

How People Found This Place

I haven't done a search word poem/list for a long time...

Search words that led folks here....

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Toronto Buddhist Temple


Reverend Patti Nakai was a guest speaker in Toronto during her attendance at the Parliament of World Religions. I was very excited to see this sister temple to ours in Chicago.

Reverend Patti was too tiny for the microphone and dais so the Toronto minister helped get her situated.

This building was built in 2006, the same year as the Chicago building I attend.

The temple has a "child room" where one can be with an infant or sit here and not worry about making noise. They have an audio feed of services as well as a tv monitor with close ups of services. It's very snazzy!

I enjoyed seeing their library and study area. This temple has a much bigger congregation than Chicago, more people attend too.

Another view from the above quiet room.

Because I do a lot of stuff with the kitchen in Chicago I was keen to look at the kitchen set up in Toronto. It is fabulous!

Friends of Reverend Patti and her husband Gary. Everyone told me how lucky we were to have her as a minister and Gary as such a hands on person at the Chicago temple. Yes we are!