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The Valve - Closed For Renovation

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Encyclopedia Britannica to Shut Down Print Operations

Intimate Enemies: What’s Opera, Doc?

Alphonso Lingis talks of various things, cameras and photos among them

Feynmann, John von Neumann, and Mental Models

Support Michael Sporn’s Film about Edgar Allen Poe

Philosophy, Ontics or Toothpaste for the Mind

Nazi Rules for Regulating Funk ‘n Freedom

The Early History of Modern Computing: A Brief Chronology

Computing Encounters Being, an Addendum

On the Origin of Objects (towards a philosophy of computation)

Symposium on Graeber’s Debt

The Nightmare of Digital Film Preservation

Richard Petti on Occupy Wall Street: America HAS a Ruling Class

Bill Benzon on Whatwhatwhatwhatwhatwhatwhat?

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Norma on Encyclopedia Britannica to Shut Down Print Operations

Bill Benzon on What’s an Object, Metaphysically Speaking?

john balwit on What’s an Object, Metaphysically Speaking?

William Ray on That Shakespeare Thing

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William Ray on That Shakespeare Thing

JoseAngel on That Shakespeare Thing

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Tuesday, April 19, 2005

Vanity Fair

Posted by John Holbo on 04/19/05 at 01:14 AM

Only three nominations in response to my reputation economy post. Into the roll they go: Acephalous, who has been a very welcome presence in the comment box for our entire two week existence; Jenny Davidson, of Light Reading; she’s an English prof and novelist. Last but not least, Dave Fiore, Motime Like the Present. (Thanks for reminding me, Josh!) Dave has been a welcome commenter at good ol’ J&B from time to time. He is witty. Now he says he’s moving on from comicsblogging - ‘ceptin Cerebus - to film, literature, politics, philosophy. Visit him.

In other news, the reliably Nabokovian nnyhav plants a link to a Guardian review of a new Empson biography in comments to my mock-pastoral Lethem-Chabon post. Complete with post-appropriate quote: “Life involves maintaining oneself between contradictions that can’t be solved by analysis.” Speaking of Nabokov and Chabon, here’s a Bookforum piece on the latter, “Lie, Memory”. Not very flattering. [And now comments alert me to a NY Times article on the Chabon case. Apparently the author of the Bookforum piece, Maliszewski, may himself be guilty of maintaining himself between contradictions that do not admit of any obviously satisfactory analysis.]

Plus nnyhav links to a very interesting Bangs on Eno piece, “A Sandbox in Alphaville". Who knew Eno was “terribly attracted to women with ocular damage”? I like this exchange:

Bangs: When I hear the word ‘shaman’ I reach for my revolver.

Eno: I don’t think it’s a word we should be so afraid of. Being afraid of it only imputes to it more of those qualities we disliked in the first place. Lots of people are shamans.

Do you think that’s true? Joking aside, the whole long piece is well worth the fascination of those likely to be fascinated by tales of Roxy Music; Eno and Fripp. Eno’s background, education, approach and philosophy.


Perfect Sound Forever generally has good articles.  That panel with Eno, Philip Glass, Jerry Casale, Leroy Jenkins and Fripp must have been pretty interesting.

By ben wolfson on 04/19/05 at 11:25 AM | Permanent link to this comment

Also interesting that Charles Hayward was one of the two final candidates for Roxy Music’s drummer!  I suppose this interview took place before the formation of This Heat since Eno doesn’t mention it at all.

By ben wolfson on 04/19/05 at 11:40 AM | Permanent link to this comment

On the article attacking Chabon, apparently its conclusions are hotly disputed, with Chabon and others saying that he always made it clear in various ways that his “autobiorgraphical” lecture stories were fictional. Here’s a Times article on the dust up:


And a Daniel Drezner post:


By on 04/19/05 at 01:31 PM | Permanent link to this comment

I missed the first call for additions to the (long, good, impressive) blogroll, but I would like to be included. I am an English Professor, blogging about reading and writing more than about theory or academia. In the interest of full disclosure, I’ve been poking around here since the start and have already written a bit about what I’ve seen… http://fernham.blogspot.com/2005/04/worst-truth-about-engine.html

By Anne on 04/20/05 at 10:05 AM | Permanent link to this comment


International Exhibition on Fluid Engineering ang Process Industry

The 9th International Valves, Actuators,Pipings,Fittings, Pumps, compressors,Seals,Fluid Machinery,
process equipment, Instrumentation ,Automation & control Systems Exhibition

March29-31,2006 Guangzhou Gymnasium(No.783,BaiYundadao,Guangzhou,China )


You are welcome to attend our FLOWEXPO!

FLOWEXPO , which is International Exhibition on Fluid Engineering ang Process Industry , was founded in March,1997. We can attend this expo once a year at GUANGZHOU . The Expo date is the last Wednesday in March every year, and it will last 3 days.

The following main exhibit products will be included in FLOWEXPO: Valves, Actuators,Pipings,Fittings, Pumps, Seals,compressors,Fluid Machinery,process equipment, Instrumentation ,Automation & control Systems . We will invite our audience from all kinds of trades such as petrol and chemistry, petrol-making, energy resources, electric power, pulping , paper-making, pharmacy, foodstuff, drinks, beer, light-industry, construct material , mining, metallurgy, water-supplying, steam-supplying, heat-supplying, environment-protecting, water-handling, industry equipment installing project, the long pipeline of petrol and natural gas project, architecture 、 water-supplying and draining 、 air condition 、 fire-fighting 、 gas-installed project and so on.

Since FLOWEXPO was founded, over one thousand suppliers have been attracted to attend our exhibition, most of them come from more than 20 countries and areas such as America, Germany, French, Italy, Australia, Canada, Japan, Denmark , Spanish, Norway, Korea, Singapore and so on. Many people in the profession sing high praise for our exhibition with “special exhibition, corresponding audience and remarkable effect ”, so more than one hundred famous newspaper presses, special magazines, trade websites and sponsoring institutions gave us great propagation and support. At the same time, the sponsoring institutions , together with Chinese concerned departments and guild, organized some famous experts from home to abroad to have technology lectures, and invited design institutions, project corporations, installing companies, imports and exports companies, business institutions, associations and academies to visit, make purchase and communicate.

FLOWEXPO will provide you with good favor in exploiting market and seeking commerce opportunity! We can make sure that our exhibition will achieve greater effect , both the businessman and audience this year!

If you want to book our showcase , please apply for it in advance; if you want to visit our exhibition ,you are welcome to register. Please contact with us as soon as possible.

Exhibit profile

valves for general industrial use
gate valves
butterfly valves
globe valves
ball and plug valves
diaphragm valves
other shut-off valves
check valves
regulators and control valves
pressure, temperature and level limit valves
separators and dischargers
pipe expansion joints and connection devices
valve actuators and controls
valve driving devices
Valve Control Components

valves for special industrial or similar use
valves for the production and distribution of water and for sewage water
valves for pipelines for gas, crude oil and destillation products of crude oil
valves for the municipal gas distribution
valves for district heating
valves for the chemical industry
valves for the pharmaceutical industry
valves for conventional power plants
valves for ship-building industries
valves for refrigeration plants and heat pumps
valves for drink and food industrials
fire-fighting valves
valves for containers and tanks
valves for other industrial uses

valves for use in domestic appliances and similar installations
sanitary valves
valves for water supply in buildings
valves and regulating equipment for heating, air conditioning and ventilation appliances
valves for domestic gas installations and for gas appliances
valves for laboratories and medical appliances
valves for agricultural and similar purposes

Pipings & Fittings
pipeline, tubing, pipe fittings of various materials ,pipeline anticorrosive technology and equipment ,pipeline welding equipment and materials ,pipeline preservation and transportation technology and equipment ,hydro-mechanical equipment ,pipeline network auto-control technology and equipment ,instruments and meters ,machinery and implements of pipeline project construction ,pipeline steel and tubing production materials ,pipeline making technique and equipment ,pipeline testing technology and equipment ,pipeline station yard equipment ,metering device for pipeline

Industrial pumps:
-Centrifugal pumps for water and heat supply
Borehole pumps for lifting water
Centrifugal & axial pumps for land improvement and irrigation
Centrifugal & vortex pumps for sewerage
Centrifugal pumps for oil transportation and processing
Energy pumps for thermoelectric and nuclear power stations
Marine pumps
Drain and concrete pumps
Chemical pumps
Processing pumps: pumps-crushers, pumps-mixers,
Food pumps: pumps-separators, dispersant pumps, pumps-demulsifies
Suction dredges, gravel pumps, slurry pumps
Centrifugal pumps for paper & pulp
Piston, plunger, lobar pumps
Screw, gear, diaphragm, peristaltic pumps

Compressors for:
- Gas production, transportation and processing;
- Oil production and petroleum refining;
- Metallurgy industry;
- Polymeric materials production and paper industry;
- Fertilizers production;
- Mining industry;
- Pneumatic plants;
- Refrigerating and conditioning;
- Mobile & handheld compressor units;
- Motor compressors;
- Air conditioning units;

Seal with packing, plastic seal, packing seal, preformed packing seal, oil seal and dustproof seal,machinery seal, high pressure seal, vacuum seal, centrifugal/parking and complete shut-off seal, floating-ring seal, abyrinth seal, screw seal, magnetic fluid seal, sealing materials

Fluid Control systems and Components
Flow Meters,Fluid Mechanics and Dynamics,Fluid Power Components,Gaskets and Seals,Gauges and Meters,Hydraulic and Pneumatic,Mixing and Dispensing Equipment,Tanks,Valves, Hoses, Fittings

Process Equipment
Diffusion Chromatography, Gas-Solid Air Filtration, Gas-Solid Drying and Cooling, Gas-Solid Dust Collection, Gas-Solid Fluidization, Gas-Solid Sublimation, Heat Generation Transfer Storage, Heat Refrigeration, Heat Transfer, Heat Transmission, Liquid-Gas Absorption, Liquid-Gas Condensation, Liquid-Gas Distillation, Liquid-Gas Evaporation and Spray Drying, Liquid-Liquid-Solid-Solid Classification, Liquid-Liquid-Solid-Solid Contacting, Liquid-Liquid-Solid-Solid Flotation, Liquid-Liquid-Solid-Solid Mixing and Settling, Liquid-Liquid-Solid-Solid Screening, Liquid-Liquid-Solid-Solid Separation, Liquid-Solid Centrifugal Separation, Liquid-Solid Coating, Liquid-Solid Crystallization, Liquid-Solid Filtration, Liquid-Solid Gravity Sedimentation, Liquid-Solid Mixing, Liquid-Solid Screening, Material Handling Fluid Transport and Storage, Material Handling Size Reduction/Enlargement, Material Handling Solid Transport and Storage, Material Handling Weighing and Measuring

process instrumentation, measurement, controls, automation and associated equipment and services.
■ Industrial Process Measurement and Control Instrument
flow, level, temperature and pressure measurements;
analytical instruments, environmental instrumentation;
systems and communications;
process control and safeguarding;
data management;
standards and practices.
■ Process Automation & control Systems
process controls,
field measurement and analysis instrumentation,
systems and software used in industrial process control and factory automation
■ Actuators/Solenoids , Alarm Systems , Cables , Calibration , Communications & Telemetry Compressors , Control Systems , Controllers , Data Acquisition , Density , Display Systems , Dryers , Enclosures , Engineering Services , Environmental Equipment , Filters , Flowmeters , Gas Detection & Monitoring , Hazardous Area Equipment , Health and Safety , Heat Exchangers , Humidity/Moisture , Hydraulics/Pneumatics , Industrial Computers , Level , Load Cells/Weighing , Materials Handling , Motors/Drives , pH/Acidity , Pipes and Fittings , Power Supplies , Pressure , Programmable Logic Controllers , Proximity & Position Sensors , Pumps , Recorders , Recruitment , SCADA , Tanks/Storage , Temperature ,Test & Measurement , Transmitters & Signal Conditioning ,Vacuum ,Valves

Visitor structure

■ Traders
dealers, agents, wholesalers, import & export companies, trading organizations, mechanical and electrical companies, supply station
■ Scientific research and design organizations
design institutes, engineering design companies, research institutes, research academies
■ Installation companies/Engineering companies
mechanical and electrical installation companies, water and electrical installation companies, industrial equipment installation companies, tap water installation companies, water supply and draining engineering companies, fire prevention installation companies, refrigerating and air conditioning installation companies, environmental protection engineering companies, coal gas installation companies, architectural installation companies, boiler installation companies, pipe installation companies, instrument engineering companies, automation engineering companies, architectural engineering companies, petroleum chemicals engineering companies
■ Users
urban construction, environmental protection, water supply and draining in cities and towns, gas supply , heat supply, water supply and draining, water treatment, sewage treatment, irrigation and drainage, compressed air, natural gas, petroleum gas, coal-bed gas, artificial fuel gas, oxygen, nitrogen gas, hydrogen gas, air, acetylene, carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, coal gas, crude oil, petroleum processing, product oil, petroleum chemicals, inorganic chemicals, organic chemicals, fine chemicals, daily chemicals, fertilizer, pesticide, coating, adhesive, fuel, printing ink, oil paint, reagent, auxiliary agent, solvent, additives, etc.; thermal power station, steam power station, nuclear power station, hydraulic power station, soy sauce, grease, sugar making, monosodium glutamate, ice cream, health care food, oral liquids, etc.; beer, distilled spirit, fruit juice, milk, bean milk, mineral water, distilled water refrigeration, heat supply, boiler, steaming, fire prevention, metallurgy, pharmaceuticals, paper making, construction materials, textiles, printing and dyeing, machinery manufacturing, ship building, energy, pipeline transportation
■ Key projects, major projects, other related organizations

Exhibition Fee

Shell scheme (3Mx3M) : US$ 2,000 per booth
Shell Schell Booth including three-side wall partition,one table two chairs,two lights 220 V/10A electricity power outlet,one set of board wiht booth number and company name

Indoor Raw Space
US$ 200 per square meter (min. 27 square meter)
The cost covers:exhibition site,security and cleaning service

Free Service
Publish the company introduction in Chinese and English in less than 300 words on the exhibition journal,Please do provide e-file draft in form of Word,or send by e_mail,draft by hand will not be accepted.
Cleaning the exhibition site regularly and guarding the exhibition site.
Providing the admission tickets and invitation cards to the exhibitors for inviting customers


Guangzhou Flow Expo Co., Ltd.,
(Guangzhou Free Trade Zone Shibo Exhibition Co., Ltd., )
ADD:505 Lifeng Center,7 Qingnian Rood,GETDD,Guangzhou,china
FAX:86-20-82214624、82209956 P.C.:510730

By wanwan on 06/13/05 at 09:07 PM | Permanent link to this comment

Wanwan, I’ve told you several times that I’m not sold on your actuators/solenoids market penetration/viability.

By Jonathan on 06/13/05 at 10:07 PM | Permanent link to this comment

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