Azure Altered State (Role the Dice)

Coffeeland, not turned up yet.

This introduction to the special issue proposes that two discrete nineteenth-century histories of opium – a literary history, initiated by the drug confessions of De Quincey, and a colonial history, exemplified by the commercial activities of the East India Company (in which Thomas Love Peacock participated) in cultivating opium in Bengal for export to China, leading to the first Opium War – are common elements in a nineteenth-century ‘opium complex’, a set of interlocking practices of individuals and (quasi)state actors, extending across the globe. Sherlock Holmes detective stories are read as compressed registers of tensions that inhere in this complex.

J. McDonagh, B. Wickes, The nineteenth-century opium complex: From Thomas Love Peacock to Sherlock homes.


Historical nose, twitches. Drugs and Alcohol Society, getting addicted.

Two Homes

I don’t count them.

Edinburgh Castle.

‘He would sooner go to wolf feast than to a wedding’

‘His sword sang in the heads of mothers’

Slaughterhouse five.

Being a poetic signature.

My fiendish aim to reduce the entirety of human civilization into an inverted version of Mel Brooks ‘The Young Frankenstein.’

Like unto a world as if in miniature.


Silliness: [Creatures of metaphorical make-believe] invite ‘silly questions’ probing areas the make-believe does not address, e.g. we know how big the average star is, but where is it located? You say you lost your nerve, has it been turned in? Do you plan to drop-forge the uncreated conscience of your race  (edit. ethnicity) in the smithy of your soul?

Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy

Just read it. Not familiar with the subject (can I say that?) one from the English literary gods on twitter.

Its somewhat over- dramatic like a 12th century wild man. Or really it matches what I have drawn from looking at the narrative history absent any wider philosophical understanding.

I would look at it more in its social, political, cultural function; a historical/ anthropological perspective. Social organization.

Wild man a narrative device used to order history or a dramatic form being road tested by an administrative system (in its historical aspect).

Mnemonic device.

Prophetic aspect is part, not the whole. But its uses never escape the political, highly popular form of narrative, with a long life in print on a massive scale.

Still alluring, not using names as I only look at one side of the narrative, don’t want to waste time having to deal with the ‘knights of yore’ front of house aspect. Not trying to sell the subject, rather understand it.

Allure here and the easy sell are issues. Its a dramatic subject.

This is very much my own idea. Not explored it as fully as a should as its well of the page/ not in an academic institution. I need to write it up to get a full sense. Not been motivated to do so, academics make me nervous, often seems knowledge is not the goal.

Also had an outstanding dramatic issue with memory that had to be resolved.


The statement also seems to reflect the making of this sign


Which was a very real and personally moving thing. Regaining my balance. May read absurdly, serious thing.

I have the same problem with memory and the wildman, working with source, past, present future, seem vital in understanding the subject as its most literary, when it enters the historical record (I think but these are very much my own ideas).

I thought I had better check what more modern theories look like, I find relating, past, present, future, was a new or central idea in the subject.

Uncomfortable match between the 12th century and the present. I like to stay as theory light as possible and arrive at it retrospectively (which would be now) .

Duck issues.

Is it Prof. Lovejoy who brought up this issue, same conclusion different methods?. No that is Mr Orangutan Vampire I think.

Edinburgh philosopher who name eludes me (I hope).

p.s going by subject rather than personal appearance or inclination with my naming convention. Had this issue in a class inadvertently referring to lecturer as “Neanderthal Man”


LXXXI There are also several kinds of hare.

LXXX. The kinds of apes also which are closest to Varieties of the ape. the human shape are distinguished from each other by the tails. They are marvellously cunning: people say that they use bird-lime as ointment, and that they put on the nooses set to snare them as if they were shoes, in imitation of the hunters; according to Mucianus the tailed species have even been known to play at draughts, are able to distinguish at a glance sham nuts made of wax, and are depressed by the moon waning and worship the new moon with delight: and it is a fact that the other four-footed animals also are frightened by eclipses. The genus ape has a remarkable affection for its young. Tame monkeys kept in the house who bear young ones carry them about and show them to everybody, and delight in having them stroked, looking as if they understood that they are being congratulated; and as a consequence in a considerable number of cases they kill their babies by hugging them. The baboon is of a fiercer nature, just as the satyrusa is extremely gentle. The pretty-haired apeb is almost entirely different in appearance: it has a bearded face and a tail flattened out wide at the base. This animal is said to be unable to live in any other climate but that of its native country, Ethiopia.


Pliny, The Elder.


Turning itself inside out.

Could not understand how my mind structured memory. I think I have more sense of what it is now.

Get on and do the boring stuff. Or stop, not sure.

Internal dramatic issues out of the way. Which was the important part.

Gravity, a sense of balance. Long time no see.


Screenshot_2020-05-23 Early Medieval Ireland, 400-1200

One of my few actual ‘houses’

Also contains an old argument, about game pieces or charms. Which with the eye of an elephant is absurd, the wing is on the bird.

Poetic/ dramatic form, who is the speaker? Where is the speaker? What does it sound like?

Number of options here, one is not a physical location.

It has an interesting shape.

I also relocated, because I can

At the center of Ireland, an archeological site, subject yet to explore fully. ‘Cultural continuity, the spirit of old buildings’

Scale and measurement of sites.

‘every contact leaves a physical trace’

Hoof to tail archeology.

Hidden behind a firewall.


For what is an abstraction but an object whose being consists in facts about other things

The Well Of A Worlds End

I wonder what the correct term is for lying on the couch eating a packed of Sea Salt and Black Pepper crisps, while flying above Cearlaverrock castle enjoy the view is?

I am torn between ‘oh what a beautiful morning’ and the ‘sounds of the earth are like music.’

You are what you eat.

Its relatively empty at the moment. Used it to relax while working on wild men.

It’s the sense of place. ‘the historical horizon’ The beginning of the written word.

‘Fu Manchus Castle’

Crumbling ruin. The site of one of the largest barnacle geese colonies in Europe.

Molly Miller was incorrect in her observation that it represented the location of the site of a battle, which would associate, the landscape with the wild man (1).

She made a simple pattern match ‘larks’ and stated what she thought.

I admire that.

It is a form of artistic communication and expression.

The freedom to speak, the freedom to express, the freedom to learn, Observation by trail and by error.

To explore.

In my case the elephant in the room.

My own cultural tradition and background.

From an observed distance.

For how else can you speak?

What is you’re methodology?

Someone hitting the floor with a big stick and a fevered dream.

Sales, never my strong point, I like to let the subject speak for itself.


Term has a feminine stemma in its original form. Which has been removed in its English sense. It refers to only one thing.

Running with the error of it, its a habit.