Category Archives: exchange

Zurker the Zucker(berg) punch…

Still a lot to be worked out but OK, why not gamble on FB not even being here in 8 years (as reported in the SMH today) and join this other (maybe nicer) pyramid scheme social networking site. I’m happy enough to say my invite is from Stewart Home – so get in early enough and it might not fall over on you – link page here: http://www.zurker.co.uk/i-226925-yvgyvoykwn

read some more work

From Heather Morrison, some useful links:

The Bielefeld Academic Search Engine searches over 30 million documents (most are free to download):
http://www.base-search.net/about/en/

If you don’t find a free copy, consider asking the author to make their work openly available through an open access archive. In my experience, authors appreciate hearing about this interest in their work.

There are more than 2,000 open access archives available – you can find a list here:
http://www.opendoar.org/

A large percentage of academic authors will have an institutional repository available. There are also a number of subject repositories, including PubMedCentral, arXiv (physics), RePEC (economics), the Social Sciences Research Network, and E-LIS for library and information science.

If the author has no other repository available, there is a free service called My Open Archive:
http://myopenarchive.org/

To find out if the author has rights to self archive, look up the Sherpa RoMEO Publisher Copyright Policies and Self-Archiving:
http://www.sherpa.ac.uk/romeo/

Most publishers allow authors to self-archive their own work, whether as preprint (before refereeing) or postprint (author’s own copy, after peer review).

There is also a growing body of born open access materials. I cover the growth of OA in a quarterly series which I call the Dramatic Growth of Open Access:
http://poeticeconomics.blogspot.ca/search/label/dramatic%20growth%20of%20open%20access

 

Heather Morrison
http://pages.cmns.sfu.ca/heather-morrison/
The Imaginary Journal of Poetic Economics
http://poeticeconomics.blogspot.com

Treasure trove of Phamperletts…

A treasure trove (nicked from Chris at 56a):

 

http://kmfreepress.wordpress.com/ has some paginated ready to print PDFS on all sorts of things:

But there are loads more at ZineLibrary.net, Zabalaza, and others places  (although not as classy as KM Free Press, of course). KM Press texts were made in InDesign with Booklet plug-in. Super easy!du

ORGS.

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A chit chat tonight with a comrade – now a note to self for later:
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Seems some people have had a hard time seeing democratic centralism and meeting procedure as anything like fun. :)
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I was a peripheral participant in a thing called Open Polemic long ago. I think that is the way. Unfortunately it was too soon codified by people I like, with a structure I do not want to sign up for – even if I think its fine if other people do. I find myself half way between the CPGB, Mao’s principles, and the anarcho-comms. Is this something that can be distilled?
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The CPGB offer rules: Here
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but so do the anarchos: If you have seen David Graeber’s book on Direct Action, and the whole wobbly hands meeting procedure thing, plus the soon to be released Occupations Handbook, from AK Press, you’ll soon be well sick of rules. Usually a technique for closing down imagination or delegating/appropriating power to the inner clique of first name basis friends.
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Maoist organizing is a long term drawn out learning, criticism and self-criticism. I’ll dig out the texts…
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but maybe not tonight. Though it is important…
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Lynne Segal, socialist-feminist from Sydney Push, perceptively said: ‘when the excitement of finding a new collective voice begins to ebb, everyday politics becomes a far more discouraging, even tedious affair, a matter of competitive interests and conflicting alliances’ Segal 2000:19 in ‘Only Contradiction on Offer’ in “Women: A Cultural Review” 11:1/2:19-36.
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Maybe we need to keep a step ahead of that resigned-to-it tone, but also must recognize the constraints – which are perhaps best dealt with through Joy, and thought-crime.

The £100 Pound Shop

Trinketization is clearly escalating over the river in Dalston, and I can’t say I disapprove.

I have said before: Shopping is civil war. Here is evidence.

But then, its choice, so do head out to support this venture where you can (perhaps by shoplifiting?)

Point your browser here:
http://www.onehundredpoundshop.com/our_promise_to_you.html

(thanks to Joel McKim for discovering this)

 

H G Wells on Money

In the marvellous “Love and MR Lewisham”, the occultist swindler Chaffery offers Lewisham this commentary on money:

What is clothing? The concealment of essential facts. What is decorum? Suppression! … to the common civilized man the universal exchangeability of … gold is a sacred and fundamental fact. Think of it! Why should it be? There isn’t a why! I live in perpetual amazement at the gullibility of my fellow-creatures. Of a morning sometimes, I can assure you, I lie in bed fancying that people may have found out this swindle in the night, expect to hear a tumult downstairs and see your mother-in-law come rushing into the room with a rejected shilling from the milkman. “What’s this?” says he. “This Muck for milk>” But it never happens. Never. If it did, if people suddenly cleared their minds of this cant of money, what would happen? The true nature of man would appear. I should whip out of bed, seize some weapon, and after the milkman forthwith. Its becoming to keep the peace, but its necessary to have milk. The neighbours would come pouring out – also after milk. Milkman, suddenly enlightened, would start clattering up the street. After him! Clutch – tear! Got him! Over goes the cart! Fight if you like, but don’t upset the can!… Don’t you see it all – perfectly reasonable every bit of it. I should return, bruised and bloody, with the milk-can – I should keep my eye on that… But why go on? You of all men should know that life is a struggle for existence, a fight for food. Money is just the lie that mitigates our fury. (Wells 1900/2002:176-77)

Indian curry powder – theory of translation

I am first of all against translation as it is mad, its impossible, it cannot ever be true to origins, its a kind of violence, it is always political, it transforms, it is creative, it is heroic to try, it is the essence of communicability, it is exchange, it disrupts parochialism, it is the foundation of internationalism, it is what we all should be trying to do, it is the most revolutionary activity, it is social, it is life itself, I am for it. [Thanks Kaori for trinkets from Japan].
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