19.645 The 12hr ISBN-JPEG Project; labials in Haida

From: Humanist Discussion Group (by way of Willard McCarty willard.mccarty_at_kcl.ac.uk>
Date: Thu, 9 Mar 2006 06:37:15 +0000

               Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 19, No. 645.
       Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
                     Submit to: humanist_at_princeton.edu

   [1] From: { brad brace } <bbrace_at_eskimo.com> (128)
         Subject: The 12hr ISBN-JPEG Project

   [2] From: "Yuri Tambovtsev" <yutamb_at_mail.cis.ru> (19)
         Subject: use of labials in Haida is the least so far found

         Date: Thu, 09 Mar 2006 06:28:04 +0000
         From: { brad brace } <bbrace_at_eskimo.com>
         Subject: The 12hr ISBN-JPEG Project

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   The 12hr-ISBN-JPEG Project >>>> posted since 1994 <<<< _ | | |
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          You begin to sense the byshadows that stretch from the awe of
          global dominance. How the intersecting systems help pull us
          apart, leaving us vague, drained, docile, soft in our inner
          discourse, willing to be shaped, to be overwhelmed -- easy
          retreats, half beliefs. Works of art are complex formal
          interventions within discursive traditions and their myriad
          filiations. These interventions are defined precisely by
          their incomparable capacity to trace the dynamics of
          historical process in paradoxical gestures of simultaneously
          prognostic and mnemonic temporalities.

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> > > > Synopsis: The 12hr-ISBN-JPEG Project began December 30, 1994.

   A `round-the-clock posting of sequenced hypermodern imagery from
   { brad brace }. The hypermodern minimizes the familiar, the known,
   the recognizable; it suspends identity, relations and history. This
   discourse, far from determining the locus in which it speaks, is
   avoiding the ground on which it could find support. It is trying to
   operate a decentering that leaves no privilege to any center.

                          The 12-hour ISBN JPEG Project
                                   since 1994

   Pointless Hypermodern Imagery... posted/mailed every 12 hours... a
   spectral, trajective alignment for the 00`s! A continuum of
   minimalist masks in the face of catastrophe; conjuring up
   transformative metaphors for the everyday... A poetic reversibility
   of exclusive events...

   A post-rhetorical, continuous, apparently random sequence of
   imagery... genuine gritty, greyscale... corruptable, compact,
   collectable and compelling convergence. The voluptuousness of the
   grey imminence: the art of making the other disappear. Continual
   visual impact; an optical drumming, sculpted in duration, on the
   endless present of the Net.

   An extension of the printed ISBN-Book (0-9690745) series...
   critically unassimilable... imagery is gradually acquired, selected
   and re-sequenced over time... ineluctable, vertiginous connections.
   The 12hr dialtone...

   [ see http://www.eskimo.com/~bbrace/netcom/books.txt ]

   KEYWORDS: >> Disconnected, disjunctive, distended, de-centered,
   de-composed, ambiguous, augmented, ambilavent, homogeneous,
   reckless and venerable... >> Multi-faceted miscegnation: oblique,
   obsessive, obscure, obdurate... >> Promulgated, personal, permeable,
   prolonged, polymorphous, provocative, poetic, plural, perverse,
   potent, prophetic, pathological, pointless... >> Emergent, evolving,
   eccentric, eclectic, egregious, exciting, entertaining, evasive,
   entropic, erotic, entrancing, enduring, expansive...

   Every 12 hours, another!... view them, re-post `em, save `em, trade
   `em, print `em, even publish them...

   Here`s how:

   ~ Set www-links to -> http://www.eskimo.com/~bbrace/12hr.html
                      -> http://bbrace.laughingsquid.net/12hr.html
                      -> http://bbrace.net/12hr.html
                      -> http://noemata.net/12hr/

   Look for the 12-hr-icon. Heavy traffic may require you to specify
   files more than once! Anarchie, Fetch, CuteFTP, TurboGopher...

   Download from -> ftp.rdrop.com /pub/users/bbrace
   Download from -> ftp.eskimo.com /u/b/bbrace
   Download from -> hotline://artlyin.ftr.va.com.au
   Download from -> ftp://bjornmag:Sobject@kunst.no/12hr/

   * Remember to set tenex or binary. Get 12hr.jpeg

   E-mail -> If you only have access to email, then you can use
   FTPmail to do essentially the same thing. Send a message with a body
   of 'help' to the server address nearest you:

          ftpmail_at_ccc.uba.ar ftpmail_at_cs.uow.edu.au
          ftpmail_at_ftp.uni-stuttgart.de ftpmail_at_ftp.Dartmouth.edu
          ftpmail_at_ieunet.ie ftpmail_at_src.doc.ic.ac.uk
          ftpmail_at_archie.inesc.pt ftpmail_at_ftp.sun.ac.za
          ftpmail_at_ftp.sunet.se ftpmail_at_ftp.luth.se ftpmail_at_NCTUCCCA.edu.tw
          ftpmail_at_oak.oakland.edu ftpmail_at_sunsite.unc.edu
          ftpmail_at_decwrl.dec.com ftpmail_at_census.gov bitftp_at_plearn.bitnet
          bitftp_at_dearn.bitnet bitftp_at_vm.gmd.de bitftp_at_plearn.edu.pl
          bitftp_at_pucc.princeton.edu bitftp_at_pucc.bitnet


   ~ Mirror-sites requested! Archives too! The latest new jpeg will
     always be named, 12hr.jpeg Average size of images is only 45K.
   ~ Perl program to mirror ftp-sites/sub-directories:

   ~ Postings to usenet newsgroups: alt.12hr alt.binaries.pictures.12hr
     alt.binaries.pictures.misc alt.binaries.pictures.fine-art.misc

   * * Ask your system's news-administrator to carry these groups!
   (There are also usenet image browsers: TIFNY, PluckIt, Picture Agent,
   PictureView, Extractor97, NewsRover, Binary News Assistant, EasyNews)

   ~ ~ This interminable, relentless sequence of posted imagery began
          in earnest on December 30, 1994. The basic structure of the
          project has been over three decades in the making. Each 12-hour
          posting is like the turning of a page; providing ample time for
          reflection, interruption, and assimilation.

   ~ The sites listed above also contain information on other cultural
   projects and sources.

   ~ A very low-volume, moderated mailing list for announcements and
   occasional commentary related to this project has been established at
   topica.com /subscribe 12hr-isbn-jpeg


          The image was to make nothing visible but their connection with
          one another by space and air, yet each surrounded by the unique
          aura that disengages every deeply seen image from the world of
          irrelevant relationships and calls forth a tremor of astonishment
          at its fateful necessity. Thus from artworks of dead masters,
          over-life-size strangeness whose names we do not know and do not
          wish to know, look out at us enigmatically as symbols of all

   This project has not received government art-subsidies. Some
   opportunities still exist for financially assisting the publication
   of editions of large (33x46") prints; perhaps (Iris giclees) inkjet
   duotones or extended-black quadtones. Other supporters receive rare
   copies of the first three web-offset printed ISBN-Books.
   Contributions and requests for 12hr-email-subscriptions, can also be
   made at http://bbrace.laughingsquid.net/buy-into.html, or by mailed
   cheque/check: $5/mo $50/yr. Institutions must pay for any images
   retained longer than 12 hours.

   ISBN is International Standard Book Number. JPEG and GIF are types of
   image files. Get the text-file, 'pictures-faq' to learn how to view
   or translate these images. [http://www.eskimo.com/~bbrace/netcom/

   (c) Credit appreciated. Copyleft

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         Date: Thu, 09 Mar 2006 06:29:10 +0000
         From: "Yuri Tambovtsev" <yutamb_at_mail.cis.ru>
         Subject: use of labials in Haida is the least so far found

Dear Humanist List colleagues, I have computed the Haida Indian
texts. I came across a new encounter in my detective story of
investigating the occurrence of labial consonants in AmerIndian
texts. It has the lowest use of labials - 1.70% only. As I said
earlier I expected the labial consonants to have a very small share
of the Cocopa speech sound chain since there are only 3 labials in
Cocopa [p, w, m]. So, I thought that they would take only 4% or 5%
like in Navaho (4.15%) or Iquito (4.83%). To my great surprise the
Cocopa labials take 18.69%, i.e. like Odjibwa (17.14%) or Apinaye
(17.40%). Therefore, Cocopa has one of the highest concentration of
labial consonants in its speech sound chain. However in Haida the
same 3 labials give only 1.70% in the Haida speech sound chain. It is
the smallest use of labials I found in 168 world languages. I wonder,
if it is a typological similarity or it shows some genetical
relatedness? I wonder who can tell me why Haida uses so little
labials? I guess that the great typological difference in the use of
labials can speak for the great genetical difference in AmerIndian
languages. Looking forward to hearing from you to my new email
address <mailto:yutamb_at_mail.ru>yutamb_at_mail.ru Remain yours sincerely
Yuri Tambovtsev, Novosibirsk, Russia <mailto:yutamb_at_mail.ru>yutamb_at_mail.ru
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