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The Whiteness of the Whale Options
Steven Hall
Posted: Sunday, May 20, 2012 10:37:32 AM

Rank: Whale Shark
Groups: Shoal , Whale Shark

Joined: 1/24/2009
Posts: 416
Location: UK


Aside from those more obvious considerations touching Moby Dick,
which could not but occasionally awaken in any man's soul some alarm,
there was another thought, or rather vague, nameless horror concerning
him, which at times by its intensity completely overpowered all the rest;
and yet so mystical and well nigh ineffable was it, that I almost despair
of putting it in a comprehensible form.

It was the whiteness of the whale that above all things appalled me.
[…] in many natural objects, whiteness refiningly enhances beauty,
as if imparting some special virtue of its own, as in marbles, japonicas,
and pearls; […] in the Vision of St, John, white robes are given to the
redeemed, and the four and twenty elders stand clothed in white before
the great white throne, and the Holy One that sitteth there white like
wool; yet for all these accumulated associations, with whatever is sweet,
and honorable, and sublime, there yet lurks an elusive something in the
innermost idea of this hue, which strikes more of panic to the soul than
that redness which affrights in blood.

- Herman Melville, Moby Dick, 1851



timlarsson
Posted: Sunday, May 20, 2012 10:09:33 PM

Rank: Luxophage
Groups: Shoal

Joined: 5/7/2009
Posts: 123
Location: Sweden
book 1: jaws, sharks..

book 2: moby dick, whales...

also this from that old tweet:
"One of the following statements about my second book is true:
1) The novel is set in 1854
2) The novel is set in 2054"

1854, moby dick 1851.....
Steven Hall
Posted: Tuesday, May 22, 2012 10:14:31 AM

Rank: Whale Shark
Groups: Shoal , Whale Shark

Joined: 1/24/2009
Posts: 416
Location: UK


Before me, rolled out like some long Eastern manuscript, lay stretched one
continuous length of iron frame-work—multitudinous and mystical, with all
sorts or rollers, wheels, and cylinders, in slow-measured and unceasing motion.
“Here first comes the pulp now,” said Cupid, pointing to the highest end of the
machine. “See, first it pours out and spreads itself upon this wide, sloping board;
and then—look—slides thin and quivering, beneath the first roller there. Follow
on now, and see as it slides from under that to the next cylinder.” […] on, and on,
and on—inch by inch; all the time the main sheet growing more and more to final
firmness—when, suddenly, I saw a sort of paper-fall, not wholly unlike a waterfall,
a scissory sound smote my ear, as of some cord being snapped; and down dropped
an unfolded sheet of perfect foolscap […] Always, more or less, machinery of this
ponderous, elaborate sort strikes, in some moods, strange dread into the human heart.

- Herman Melville, The Paradise of Bachelors and The Tartarus of Maids, 1855



Steven Hall
Posted: Tuesday, October 9, 2012 6:51:51 PM

Rank: Whale Shark
Groups: Shoal , Whale Shark

Joined: 1/24/2009
Posts: 416
Location: UK

“The entropy of a closed system tends to a maximum.”

The 2nd law of thermodynamics, expressed for
the first time as “No process is possible whose sole
result is the transfer of heat from a body of lower
temperature to a body of higher temperature”
by Rudolf Clausius in 1854.
benedict
Posted: Wednesday, October 10, 2012 3:20:18 PM
Rank: Unspace Science Committee
Groups: Shoal , Unspace Science Committee

Joined: 1/24/2009
Posts: 173
Steven Hall wrote:

“The entropy of a closed system tends to a maximum.”

The 2nd law of thermodynamics, expressed for
the first time as “No process is possible whose sole
result is the transfer of heat from a body of lower
temperature to a body of higher temperature”
by Rudolf Clausius in 1854.


This reminded me of "Unsustainable", a song from the new Muse album, The 2nd Law:

All natural and technological processes proceed in such a way that the availability of the remaining energy decreases. In all energy exchanges, if no energy enters or leaves an isolated system, the entropy of that system incre,cre,cre,cre,c,c,creases. Energy continuously flows from being concentrated, to becoming dispersed, spread out, wasted and useless. New energy cannot be created and high grade energy is being destroyed. An economy based on endless growth is...
Un-sus-tain-able!
Steven Hall
Posted: Monday, October 29, 2012 4:48:41 PM

Rank: Whale Shark
Groups: Shoal , Whale Shark

Joined: 1/24/2009
Posts: 416
Location: UK
Let us take a very simple example, the ticking of a clock.
We ask what it says: and we agree that it says tick-tock.
By this fiction we humanize it, make it talk our language.
Of course, it is we who provide the fictional difference
between the two sounds; tick is our word for a physical
beginning, tock our word for an end.

- Frank Kermode, The Sense of an Ending


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