May 2006

From Limerence entry on Wikipedia:

Limerence is a state of mind characterized by intrusive thinking, longing, uncertainty, hope, misperception, fantasies, and passion. Limerence has been described as “having a crush,” “infatuation,” “passionate love,” “puppy love”, “romantic love,” or “being in love.” It is important to note that limerence is neither love nor sexual attraction, and love, sexual attraction, and limerence can all exist without each other or any or all of them can coexist together.

Limerence begins as a barely perceptible feeling of increased interest in a particular person, known as the limerent object, but one which, if nurtured by appropriate conditions, can grow to enormous intensity. In most cases it also declines, eventually to zero or to a low level. At this low level, limerence is either transformed through reciprocation or it is transferred to another person who then becomes the new limerent object. Under the best of conditions the waning of limerence through mutuality is accompanied by the growth of the emotional response more suitably described as love.

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Ingerish from a BayBlade instruction set

by Limbic on May 4, 2006

Scanned by a colleague today. Completely incomprehensible. Almost a joke.

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Viswanathan brouhaha

by Limbic on May 2, 2006

From Viswanathan-gate, Malcolm Gladwell is dead right about this plagiarism brouhaha:

“Let me get this straight. Harvard sophomore Kaavya Viswanathan plagiarizes a series of passages from Megan McCafferty’s teen novels’ ‘Sloppy Seconds’ and ‘Second Helpings’ for her debut novel: ‘How Opal Mehta Got Kissed, Got Wild, and Got a Life.’ After the story breaks, McCafferty’s publisher starts huffing and puffing and threatening legal action, Viswanathan apologizes and goes on the Today show, her publisher Little Brown (which is incidentally my publisher too) withdraws her book from the market, Harvard launches an ‘investigation’ and Viswanathan gets pummeled by a hundred angry columnists, pundits and bloggers.

Can someone tell me why? This is teen-literature. It’s genre fiction. These are novels based on novels based on novels, in which every convention of character and plot has been trotted out a thousand times before.

(Via gladwell.com.)

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Peak Behavior

by Limbic on May 2, 2006

From Peak Behavior:

“‘On a four week running average basis, total US petroleum imports (crude + products) have been falling since 2/24/06, until last week, when we finally showed an increase of 1.3 percent, after bidding the price of oil up by about 20 percent. IMO, we bid the price up enough to (temporarily) increase our imports.  We will see what subsequent weeks show, but I think that we are in the early stages of a bidding war for remaining net export capacity.  The interesting question is what countries may not be importing because they can’t afford the oil.'”

(Via Clusterfuck Nation by Jim Kunstler .)

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