Sunday, May 21, 2006

My favourite Bukowski poem

16-bit Intel 8088 Chip
Charles Bukowski

with an Apple Macintosh
you can't run Radio Shack programs
in its disc drive.
nor can a Commodore 64
drive read a file
you have created on an
IBM Personal Computer.
both Kaypro and Osborne computers use
the CP/M operating system
but can't read each other's
for they format (write
on) discs in different
the Tandy 2000 runs MS-DOS but
can't use most programs produced for
the IBM Personal Computer
unless certain
bits and bytes are
but the wind still blows over
and in the Spring
the turkey buzzard struts and
flounces before his
I'm erasing my harddrive and starting over from scratch....I'm deleting a lot of shit...everything, actually, and I found some shit. This poem, and some western civ II notes.

Tapestry unwinding
Must be grand always falling
All of this death compiling
I am here forget leaving
Fall in my shadow box now
Must be swell
To see me somehow
Looking at you now
So slowly
Pleased to meet you
Sad to know me

Elizabeth Prior
Western Civ II
Take Home Final

Jean Jacques Rousseau
1712 – 1778: Swiss philosopher and writer who held that the individual is essentially good but usually corrupted by society. His theories greatly resembled communism. His written works include The Social Contract and Émile (both of which in 1762).

Liberalism is a political theory that was founded on the natural “goodness” of humans and the autonomy of the individual; also favoring civil and political liberties, government by law with the consent of the governed, and protection from arbitrary authority. Liberalism stressed not only human rationality, but also the importance of property rights. Liberalism drew upon the abstract ideas and methodologies presented in the Enlightenment by John Stuart Mill, Jeremy Bentham and Adam Smith. In a laissez-faire economic based society, liberalism had more or less, affected the way things were done by the mid to late 19th century. With the growth of the industrial society, more inequities in wealth and power had emerged which lead many people, namely those of the working class to question the liberal creed.

The Suez Canal
The Suez Canal is connecting the Mediterranean Sea, the Red Sea, and the Gulf of Suez. It has been in dispute for many centuries over whom exactly the canal belongs to. If one country has controlling interest over the canal, they can therefore easily change the importation and exportation of goods to better suit their personal economical and political goals. Under the Anglo-Egyptian treaty of 1936, Britain had control over the canal. However, by the end of WWII, Egypt had pressed the evacuation of British troops from the area, and in 1951, Egypt had repudiated the treaty. Consequently, British rioting ensued.

Social Darwinism
Social Darwinism is the theory of biological evolution derived by Charles Darwin, and others, stating that all species of organisms have developed from a very small natural selection, in which tiny variations in the “genetics” (as it were) changed and adapted as to increase the individual’s ability to survive, compete and reproduce. It is also known as Darwinian Theory.

Atomic Bomb
The Atom Bomb is an explosive weapon of great disparaging power caused by the rapid release of energy in the fission of heavy atomic nuclei. Used by the United States in WWII against Japan.

League Of Nations
The League of Nations was founded in 1920 by Woodrow Wilson. It is an international organization that was created to promote peace and cooperation. It was, however, essentially powerless and dissolved in 1946.

Elizabeth Cady Stanton
Elizabeth Cady Stanton was a rather influential woman during the women’s rights movement. She had married Henry Brewster Stanton, who was a journalist and abolitionist in 1840. She attended a conference with him in London at which she met Lucretia Mott, and they collaborated to organize the first ever women’s right convention in Seneca Falls, NY in 1848.

Nationalism is the devotion of oneself to their nation’s intrests and cultute. The act of practicing what is good for the nation is good for whoever is residing in the nation.