Archive for April 2008
How many years justice will shout back in my homeland? Reverberating like an echo from the past.
While Dato’ Seri Anwar Ibrahim celebrated the end of 5 years ban of political activities with Black 14 congregation last Monday, 14th April 2008. Today, Tun Dato’ Haji Mohamed Salleh Abas, after 20 years, anticipating a closure of the 1988 Malaysian constitutional crisis.
A new chapter for the Malaysian judiciary has begun.
One: A Judicial Appointments Commission will be appointed to nominate, appoint and promote judges in a transparent and representative manner.
Two: The 1988 upheaval of the judicial system is laid to rest with acknowledgement of “the pain and loss” suffered by the late Tan Sri Eusoffe Abdoolcader and Tan Sri Wan Suleiman Pawanteh and their families, Tun Salleh Abas, Tan Sri Azmi Kamaruddin, Tan Sri Wan Hamzah Mohamed Salleh and Datuk George Seah.
Ex gratia compensation may not equate to apology for the “pain and loss” suffered but for Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, that’s the best he could do, for now — “So STFU Bar Council, I’m going back to sleep” — before nap time.
J Street will campaign for a two-state solution to the conflict in the Middle East. The group is billing itself as a counterweight to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (Aipac), the most prominent Jewish lobbying organisation in the US.
An insider note working with Tyler Brûlé and the rest of the Monocle team. Here’s an honest craft of website work, almost deliberately old-fashioned ‘classical’ web design – and how to ally this with innovation in magazine publishing.
Her pieces in “On the Map” focused on Kerouac’s On the Road. The maps visually represent the rhythm and structure of Jack Kerouac’s literary space — highlighting and noting sentence length, prosody and themes — literary organism & rhythm textures.
Welsh female soul singer-songwriter Duffy performs the track ‘Stepping Stone’, taken from her 2008 debut album Rockferry, at BBC2’s Later…with Jools Holland.
British newcomer Duffy performs the track ‘Mercy’, taken from her upcoming 2008 debut album Rockferry, at BBC2’s Later…with Jools Holland.
The work of Stefanie Posavec during the On the Map exhibition. Her pieces focused on On the Road, by Jack Kerouac (New York Times: “the most beautifully executed, the clearest and most important utterance” during the Beat Generation).
The maps visually represent the rhythm and structure of Kerouac’s literary space, creating works that are not only gorgeous from the point of view of graphic design, but also exhibit scientific rigor and precision in their formulation: meticulous scouring the surface of the text, highlighting and noting sentence length, prosody and themes, Posavec’s approach to the text is not unlike that of a surveyor. And similarly, the act is near reverential in its approach and the results are stunning graphical displays of the nature of the subject. The literary organism, rhythm textures and sentence drawings are truly gorgeous pieces.
[Source: NOTCOT – Stefanie Posavec “On the Map”]
A map of uniformed visualisation out of the chaotic humanity, as observed by Jack Kerouac.
A visualisation of Part One of On the Road, by Jack Kerouac.
Each literary component can be divided into even smaller parts, the smallest in this diagram being words. The diagram is read clockwise, starting from the first chapter, paragraph, or sentence.
Part > Chapters > Paragraphs > Sentences > Words
Selected Quotes from On the Road, by Jack Kerouac.
Variations in punctuation and pauses in the sentence create individual patterned diagrams for each sentence.
Beginning > italicized word > comma > semicolon > dashes > mid-sentence exclamation point > mid-sentence italicized word followed by an exclamation point > mid-sentence question mark > colon > parentheses > exclamation point.
Besides, all my New York friends were in the negative, nightmare position of putting down society and giving their tired bookish or political or psychoanalytical reasons, but Dean just raced in society, eager for bread and love; he didn’t care one way or the other, “so long’s I can get that lil ole gal with that lil sumpin down there tween her legs, boy,” and “so long’s we can eat, son, y’ear me? I’m hungry, I’m starving, let’s eat right now!”—and off we’d rush to eat, whereof, as saith Ecclesiastes, “It is your portion under the sun.”
The entirety of On The Road by Jack Kerouac.
After each sentence, the line turns right, creating the drawing.
Every sentence in On the Road, by Jack Kerouac, organized by words per sentence.
Eleven thematic categories with colour coding for each theme.
- Dean Moriarty (Protagonist)
An insight into the character of Dean Moriarty, the protagonist. Background into Dean’s life, his friends’ perception about him, Sal Paradise’s (the narrator) observation about his behaviour, and description of how he acts of speaks.
- Bop & Jazz Music
Description of the bop music nights the circle of friends often attend, explanation of the history of bop or jazz in America, and vivid sketches of the music itself as well as the musicians who create it.
- Social Events & Interaction
Relate to times when Sal Paradise and Dean Moriarty are meeting and spending time with friends in various social settings.
Experiences had by Sal Paradise, Dean Moriarty, and the rest of their circle of friends while travelling.
- Sketches of Regional Life
Sal Paradise, the narrator, uses words to sketch a picture of the places he travels through, creating vivid images of the environment and the people who love in the locations in the mind of the reader.
- Parties, Drinking & Drugs
Detail the parties Sal, Dean, and their friends go to as well as scenes which involve drinking or drug-taking.
- Work & Survival
Describe the characters’ jobs of their experiences while searching for money to survive in their daily life or travels.
- Sal Paradise (Narrator)
Sal Paradise is the narrator of On The Road, describing his travel across the United States and Mexico as well as reflecting upon his friendship with Dean Moriarty, the main character. Sections of the novel that either give background into Sal’s character or his thoughts and beliefs about the people and places he meets on his travels.
- Women, Sex & Relationships
Any section of the novel that deal with sex, women, relationships with women, or a character’s personal philosophy about women.
- Illegal Activities & Encounters with the Police
Designate the passage within the novel where Sal and his friends commit illegal acts such as stealing food or cars; also, it designates the group ‘s encounters with the police or other self-imposed forms of law enforcement.
- Character & Sketches
The term “character sketches” refers to the sections in the novel when Sal Paradise gives background information about specific character in the book (except Dean Moriarty, who is referenced by his own colour). This background information aids the reader in learning more about the personality of the character described.
Also, check out William Faulkner’s Intruder in the Dust (1948) and George Orwell’ Nineteen Eighty-Four (1949) infographics.