All entries for June 2006

June 05, 2006

Your Favourite Theorist

Here’s a little poll for all you social scientists out there (and others!) who obviously spent some time bent over a few odd theories these days.

My question being: Who is your favourite social theorist (either in politics, sociology, law, history or whatever you can come with) of all times? Discuss. And if you choose Marx or Jesus… critically discuss.


June 04, 2006

Sziget Festival

Writing about web page http://www.szigetfestival.com

main stageSixty-six days left till the Sziget Festival in Budapest kicks off! The programme this year is possibly more ass-kicking than that of last year. I cite Franz Ferdinand, Placebo, Radiohead, Scissor Sisters, and for the more musically refined dEUS, Wir Sind Helden and Cheb Mami as some of this year’s highlights. Seven days of non-stop party on the Danube island of Obuda (Sziget is Hungarian for island) in a very nice country with Eastern European prices.

I am hoping to go as a journalist again, as I did last year (see also my photo gallery). Anyone planning on going?


June 02, 2006

Studeerdicht/Study poetry

I decided that if I were justified in writing about exam stress at all, I would have to take it to a whole new level of creativity if I wanted to avoid being told off by hordes of even more worked-up people (see a number of the top-ranking blog debates at the moment).

I decided to write a poem about it, in Dutch, and then went on to translate it. Apologies if it does not quite flow as it ought to.

- ~ -

Ik staar een eind de diepte in
Mijn hand die ondersteunt mijn kin
Mijn stem die zwijgt, als was ‘k ‘n Fin
En in studeren heb ‘k geen zin

- ~ -

I’m staring into nothingness
My hand and arm support my chin
My voice is silent like a Fin
I am not ready for this stress

(Warwick library Monday 29 May)


June 01, 2006

Aleph

Think about the following.

Problem 1
We have an aleph (which, I have been explained, is an infinite set) of real numbers (e.g. 1 – 2 – 3 – to infinity).

Then we have an aleph of numbers with one decimal place (e.g. 1.1 – 1.2 – 1.3 – 1.4 – to infinity).

Can we say aleph 2 is bigger than the former? To prove that, we’d have to take a chunk off, but then it wouldn’t be an aleph anymore. Can we say, then, at least, that aleph 2 is richer than aleph 1? And does that make a difference in infinity?

Problem 2
If infinity is aleph to the 1, is total nothingness then consequently aleph to the -1?

Proclaimer: This is not a revision rant, just a procrastination rant. I am strictly a student of History and of Sociology.


I Forgot: Our E.P. Out This Week

Panama, Talking About Other PeopleYeah, kind of forgot to announce it here: Panama’s demo E.P. Talking About Other People is out now, and for sale for a pound. Ask any of us if you want to get one.

Wonder who Panama are and what they’re about? See previous posts on this blog:

“Our Myspace Page Officially Launched”, link.
“Recording an E.P. in Ten Steps”, link.
“Panama Demo Recorded in Leamington”, link.

Listen to our music here).


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