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B______ mentioned that the iPhone app Word Lens (see my earlier Wall post) did interesting things trying to resolve plaid patterns into words. I happened to be wearing some plaid PJ pants - ding! Pattern recognition gone crazy. (It might also be an excellent way to discombobulate some Freudians.)
(B_____, a.k.a. Friend 1) "Nag it", "improve", "diligence or", "guile", "trust or", "slaughtered", "baby", "nest it", "diagonal", "boyfriend", "polymer" - your iPhone has problems. It is projecting its guilt and shame onto a symbol of Presbyterian parsimony. "Drat I say" and "doodoo" is telling evidence of a sublimated anal retentive orientation - and "peacock" miliseconds later is equally an indication of a latent anxiety: will the cool facade be revealed as ostentation? "Gigot" - a reference to the conservative political commentator? Or to the film where the lead character feigns death? Then "prison" - large and horizontal - is this a plea? The bars of plaid are a prison - but on which side of the bars is our patient? "Prison" "podium" - is expression a restriction? Does self-restraint win the ego its freedom? Or "podium", "peak", "sun" - a crescendo of grandiose phantasy toward "grapefruit" - a misnomer, a fraud. "Say drat eh" - self-deception has failed. Then "oil", "bomb", "zoologist" - contemporary industrial instrumentalism, met by "Polish boy" - a ghost from the past? Or are we to read it as polishing the future? Then a reassertion of technical ascendancy, a name dropped - "polonium", but then a critique: "chiropodist" - science and technology burlesqued. Again, "doodoo" - scatalogical commentary, but urging action: "do, do" - the contradiction of the Protestant work ethic to do and make, but to withhold and restrain. "Aryan in" - sad reflection of a colonial imperative. "Leek" "it it oh" "idol" - information wants to be free, but is a cyber-prophet the way? No! Capitalist industrialism ascendant: "Get" "polymer", as was told to The Graduate - "One Word: plastics."
19 December 2010 at 18:45 ·
(moi) "Leek" is a reference to Julia Child rather than Julian Assange...
19 December 2010 at 19:56 ·
(moi) tea leaves, entrails and astrology move over! we have a new form of divination fit for the zeitgeist, and (Friend 1) is its first technomage!
19 December 2010 at 19:59 ·
(Friend 2) One of the first things I thought of when I saw the iPad was that I needed to make a ouija board app. I then quickly convinced myself that I really didn't want to do that. I still think it would be kind of funny. I would guess that someone has done it by now.
19 December 2010 at 21:47 ·
(moi) Yup - here:
and probably more.
19 December 2010 at 22:43 ·
(moi) What I like about abusing Word Lens this way is that it functions in a manner reminiscent of the mechanisms that are behind so many people's credulity when it comes to systems of divination: overactive pattern recognition (I'll refrain from the usual evolutionary psychology speculations here; I think we have a pretty good idea of the survival utility of seeing faces, etc., in the environment too much rather than not enough) and confirmation bias.
19 December 2010 at 22:50 ·
(Friend 2) Yep, that and getting stoned.
19 December 2010 at 22:57 ·
(Friend 2) Just thinking about this, if you were to add in the use of the GPS and include some blather about micro fluctuations caused by the planets, you could really work people up.
19 December 2010 at 22:59 ·
(moi) Techno-woo! We could make a bundle. (Ethics, shmethics.)
19 December 2010 at 23:04 ·
(Friend 2) Yeah, I always tell myself that (ethics be damned). But, I can't ever make myself do it anyway. I am an abysmal business man.
19 December 2010 at 23:09 ·
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