northanger (northanger) wrote,

Asteroid #1969-ALAIN

pretty simple adding two asteroids WHITEHOUSE & JANEAUSTEN. wondering about adding BRONTË group, 2006 Hurricane names & other asteroids i've looked at previously. haven't forgotten about Badiou's Knot — maybe BRONTËS can represent that? decided to look for an asteroid to represent Alain Badiou.

asteroids usually named after someone or something. got the idea to use asteroids to represent family & friends from Astrodienst. eventually this expanded to ideas, concepts, &c. sometimes it's not easy finding a name that clearly represents something; there's no asteroid named BADIOU. don't know why i never checked ALAIN, but there you go: #1969-ALAIN. it was discovered 03-Feb-1935 (Badiou born in 1937) by Belgian astronomer SJ Arend who also discovered asteroids BOREAS & #1652-HERGÉ; named for Alain Vanheste, husband of Arend's granddaughter. asteroid #1502-ARENDA, discovered by German astronomer Karl Reinmuth, named in his honor. Reinmuth also discovered #1968-MEHLTRETTER named for German astronomer Johannes Peter Mehltretter.

Mehltretter researched solar granulation using the Spectro stratoscope (see: Project Stratoscope & Computer-processed granulation pictures of project 'Spectro stratoscope' & Balloon-borne imagery of the solar granulation). Sunspots occur on the Sun's photosphere, which are caused by variations in solar irradiance. solar irradiance influences Earth's weather & climate & may also contribute to global warming.

anyone familiar with French history should automatically see the significance of 1968. as far as i can determine, 1969 is the year Badiou's Le Concept de modèle published; here, Wikipedia says Badiou joined the faculty of the University of Paris VIII (Vincennes-Saint Denis) in 1969, but he might also have participated in its founding. (also see: The Adventure of French Philosophy, On the Truth-Process, What is Love? (pdf) & What is Love? (text)). from Jean-Jacques Lecercle's Cantor, Lacan, Mao, Becket, meme combat: The philosophy of Alain Badiou:

Badiou's philosophical works, which are numerous, can be divided into two categories: before and after the magnum opus, which was published in 1988. Before, we find works of Marxist-Leninist philosophy (Le Concept de modèle, 1969, published under the aegis of Althusser; Théorie de la contradiction, 1975 - an apt title, as it belongs to his Maoist phase), and first attempts at constructing an original system (Théorie du sujet, 1982, now treated as a failed forerunner, or Peut-on penser la politique, 1985, a first partial sketch of the great things that were to come). After, we have a number of shorter and more accessible books, collections of essays or local treatments, where the system is presupposed, applied but also pedagogically expounded: Manifeste pour la philosophie (1989), Le Nombre et les nombres (1990), Conditions (1992), L'Ethique (1993), Beckett (1995), Saint-Paul (1998). Badiou is a prolific writer: no fewer than three books are announced for 1999. One can only recommend, as a first approach to a philosophical thought that is complex and difficult, the short book on 'ethics', for even Badiou can write for sixth-formers. Of course, the reader cannot dispense with tackling the monument on which the system is inscribed: L'Être et l'événement. is a 550-page monster of a book, comprising thirty-four 'meditations' - undoubtedly one of the major works of French philosophy in the last twenty years, and one which should be promptly translated into English. [+]

originally, my plan was just to add WHITEHOUSE & JANEAUSTEN, but i knew i was overdue adding Badiou's humanity function. my plan was to re-read What is Love?, refresh my memory & get re-inspired to finally add this feature. i googled badiou human function, which popped, what looks like, raw_input's final post quoting k-punk:

Badiou argues that Beckett reduces the human to three essential (or 'primitive') functions: 'movement and rest (to go and to stall, or to collapse, fall, lie down), being (what there is, the places the appearances, as well as the vacillation of any identity whatsoever); language (the imperative of saying, the impossibility of silence).' What makes Beckett our contemporary is the uncanny similarity that these reductions share with those performed by cyberspatial capital. What do we look like from cyberspace? What do we look like to cyberspace? Surely we resemble a Beckettian assemblage of abstracted functions more than we do a wholistic organism connected to a great chain of being. As games players, we are merely a set of directional impulses (up, down, left, right); as mobile phone users, we take instructions from recorded, far distant voices; as users of SMS or IM, we exchange a minimalized language often communicating little beyond the fact of communication itself (txts for nothing?) [+]

found this checking out raw_input's Banksy link:

It was shortly after the British Red Cross arrived, though it may have no connection, that a very large quantity of lipstick arrived. This was not at all what we men wanted, we were screaming for hundreds and thousands of other things and I don't know who asked for lipstick. I wish so much that I could discover who did it, it was the action of genius, sheer unadulterated brilliance. I believe nothing did more for these internees than the lipstick. Women lay in bed with no sheets and no nightie but with scarlet red lips, you saw them wandering about with nothing but a blanket over their shoulders, but with scarlet red lips. I saw a woman dead on the post mortem table and clutched in her hand was a piece of lipstick. At last someone had done something to make them individuals again, they were someone, no longer merely the number tatooed on the arm. At last they could take an interest in their appearance. That lipstick started to give them back their humanity. [+]

finally, since i have ADD & occasionally must click around when i get tired of pasting text together, Long Sunday displays a new main graphic (AlainBADIOU_bird.jpg). (poor little thing — evil man!).

so the plan this weekend: {a} add Badiou's Humanity Function H(x), {b} add new asteroids, {c} rebuild 827 List with new asteroids, {d} rebuild Cycle #23 with new asteroids, & {e} build Cycle #24.

UPDATE [27-May|10:55am] post used to be called Humanity Function H(x) & New Asteroids with short list of asteroids i was planning on adding to 827 List. however, after sifting through several months of posts decided to update Hopper Asteroids & write a separate New Asteroid post.

050827 Alain           12 le 20'56.7169   0.3946160   14°40'15.5992
050827 Arenda          29 pi 13' 5.5523  -0.1712509    2°49'26.4611
050827 Mehltretter      6 sc 25'22.6515   0.3988742  -12°44'32.1824
050827 Reinmuthia      23 li 37'13.0863   0.3037744   -6° 7' 3.5437
050827 Herge           21 cn 13' 0.5246   0.3885094   20°45'15.7575
Tags: badiou, hopper

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