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Monday, January 31, 2005

HOW TO FIND YOUR WAY AROUND THIS SITE

The index to what can be found on our blogger is here:

CONTENT GUIDE

Chapter One: Result of Jan. 28 vote

OVER-ALL WINNER:
The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde

VOTES:
Newman 10, Long 10, Monkman 1.

ROUND ONE: TOTAL: CUMULATIVE TOTAL:
30. A Confederacy of Dunces 5 (5) 5
35. The Importance of Being Earnest 4 (3+1) 9
12. I, Robot 3 (2+1) 12
13. Crowds and Power 3 (3) 15
14. Please Kill Me 3 (3) 18
19. A Tale of Two Cities 3 (3) 21

TOTAL 21

21/2 = 10.5
Majority required: 11
Top five go into round two.

ROUND TWO: TOTAL: CUM. TOTAL:
25. Importance 12 (10+2) 12
30. Confederacy 5 (5) 17
12. I, Robot 3 (3) 20

TOTAL 20

20/2 = 10
Majority required: 11
Importance of Being Earnest wins.


WHO (OR WHAT) IS MASTER OF THE KEYS?

Master of the Keys (and goodness knows why he's called that) has responsibility over the property of the society; at any given time he is supposed to know where everything is, and whose got it.

He (or, as indeed may be the case, she) is in charge of the library and the archives of the society.

Ideally, all officers and other related parties will, from time to time, hand over documents to the MK to either preserve in the archives or to request permission from the council to schedule their destruction.

At this stage, the society's property (other than cash) consists of books and papers, there is no bricks-and-mortar building in the society's possession.

Ownership of a premises is obviously an ideal for the society, especially since we have a growing number of books.

The Master of the Keys (MK) has devised a scheme, a plan B if you will, in the absence of such a place to store books properly.

The MK will publish a list of 'nurses' (for want of a better monniker) who will take a portion of the books under their own care, in return for not having to pay fees on those books. The MK will contact that 'nurse', should a book be requested. A nurse will presumably choose a portion of the books that includes books that she or he wants to read. A nurse must look after 20 books (or more).

The current list, by default, is as follows:
1. J. D. Newman:A-Z (KNU staffroom)

But here is an example of the kind of thing we might see longer-term:
1. B. M. Snoman: A-C (home)
2. E. W. Tang: D (home) -he likes Dickens a lot!
3. R. L. Stine: (soc. sec.) E-O (KNU staffroom)
4. B. K. A. Hoodlums: (soc. pres.) P-Q (home)
5. R. L. Stine: (soc. sec.) R (home)
6. M. G. Carr: S-W (Kyoung Hee Uni. staffroom)
7. C. K. Watts: X-Z (home)

This is the proposed longer-term plan, together with a strong council to oversee the activities of the executive, including the MK, to protect what is currently our biggest asset, the books which some of us have donarted very generously.

Adoxist society: AGENDA meeting 31

(work in progress - any inclusions requested by board members to be placed as a comment)

AGENDA of the executive council (the board), meeting no 31, from 1PM Sat. 5/February/2005

1) confirm minutes of meeting no. 30

2) the timetable for meetings of the Adoxist board:
32: Sat 1PM March 5; 33: Sat 1PM April 2; 34: Sat 1PM May 7.

3) discussion and review of website (weblog) now in progress

4) the succession question; an intake of board members

5) donations and other societies to work with; the Pearl S. Buck organization, tsunami relief causes, other

6) treasurer’s address and update on treasury


7) matters relating to selection of logo for seal, stamp and letterhead as delegated to Mr. Schwartz and any other member of the executive who wishes to talk to relevant people as necessary; includes possible interview with representatives from the graphics department


8) question of when to buy books, and where to send them to


9) (discussion) the Adoxist library


10) (discussion) The Adoxist society press

11) new business; additional items with leave of committee members

SECRETARY

Sunday, January 30, 2005

CHAPTER ONE: NEW WAY of ADDING VOTING-POINTS!

On Friday, a new motion on the adding-up of voting points (C1/7/12) was passed. It is as follows:

(C1/7/12): "that in calculating the voting points for the book selection, the calculation is to be made the same way as until now, except
1. that the upper maximum will cease to be ten
2. that if the voting-point total of any number of members reaches twenty or more after calculation, the number of voting points of all members are all to be automatically divided by two and rounded up to the nearest whole number, with this being the overall final voting-point total
3. that this is to be effective immediately"

New point calibration to come soon.

MONEY MATTERS

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WHAT IS JUSTICE?

IS IT:
-balance?
-equality?
-equilibrium?

You decide.

this has been a FRANCISCO (TM)(R) presentation

DISCUSS THIS! GO ON!!!

ABOUT "THE UPDATE"

If the website has come to be the face of the club, the newspaper can be seen as it's pulse.

This brings us to the regularly published newspaper of the Adoxist Society, the Update. Somewhat eccentric perhaps, it began as an information sheet to hand to new members as well as current members with details on the club and also the schedule of what has been the first and only reading cell. This is still its main purpose to date.

Over time, as the society expands, the newspaper should become more professional. I would hope that the Update, or whatever may come to succeed it, does become a proper newspaper, carrying writings and articles by members, and even commissioning its own articles, things of interest to foreigners in Korea (travel, lifestyle) and Koreans as well.

It should also be used as a great way to advertise and sell the Adoxist society. It should be attractive and interesting in its own right. Needless to say, it would need to be bound more attractively and expanded beyond four pages! But what we have here is the rudiments, I hope, of a journal for what ought to become a much expanded and wealthier society.

It should also continue to contain the list and schedule of each group, along with contact information.

It would be ideal to see five or so people or groups of people in charge of various aspects of the journal:
1. Editorial: Editing the newspaper, putting together the writing and the schedules and information of chapters etc into some coherent order and emailing them off to the graphic designers, who will fit them into whatever template they have. The current editor would at some stage like to step aside in order to concentrate on his secretarial responsibilities.
2. Advertising: In order to sustain printing costs, finding somebody, perhaps the printer himself, who will contribute to production costs of the paper
3. Distribution: Dumping it at various places about the town or campuses etc
4. Printing: More professional and a larger volume for higher distribution
5. Design and Layout: What the folks in the Graphics and Design department have been doing is utterly impressive. This newspaper could become a unique, ongoing opportunity for experience for them as well as to demonstrate their abundant skill. They had some amazing magazine covers on display at their exhibition (a magazine called Nature was obviously the assignment they had been given). At the moment all five aspects of the newspaper's production are undertaken by the current editor, which is fine for the current state of things. But if the society is to be made up of long-term thinkers, and more ambitious, it will need to cast its nets wider.

CH 1 Chapter Council (management) agenda

(a work in progress - council members may have additional items added)

CHAPTER ONE

AGENDA of the Chapter One meeting no 8, 9:45am -10:15 Fri. 11/February/2004

1) confirm minutes of meeting 7 (see MINUTES, below)

2) evaluate schedule as required to be set by secretary (see UPDATE newspaper)

3) election of new books to schedule (C1/2/3) (see LIST, below)

4) review the overall reading list; approval is assumed if the list is not discussed (see LIST, below)

5) (discussion) January and February book club timetable

6) treasurer's address and update on treasury

7) (discussion) field trip for Chapter One

8) look at rules of fines for group, possibility of different system if members elect not to read

9) re-examine rule Adox 6/10, about the non-reading fees schedule

10) (discussion) pantheonic council of those having passed

11) (discussion) the name of Chapter One

12) (motion) that the point system is to be reformed so that:
1. there are no non-reading fees
2. the door charge will increase to W1500
3. a member who can vote for books can elect to freeze her or his voting points for the meeting on a certain date, or with respect to a certain book or segment of a book, if it is notified over one week in advance
4. a member who freezes her or his voting points may not unfreeze them

13) new business; additional items with leave of committee members






MINUTES of the Chapter One meeting no 7, 9:45am -10:15 Fri. 28/January/2005
Newman, Monkman and Long present. Long acting chair.

1) minutes of meeting 6 confirmed

2) schedule evaluated

3) elected book(s) onto schedule (25: The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde)

4) overall reading list reviewed and approved as in The Update no. 43

5) (discussion forwarded) January and February book club timetable

6) (forwarded) treasurer's address and update on treasury

7) (discussion forwarded) on a field trip for Chapter One

8) (forwarded) look at rules of fines for group, possibility of different system if members elect not to read

9) (forwarded) re-examination of rule Adox 6/10, about the non-reading fees fine schedule

10) (discussion) pantheonic council of those having passed


11) (forwarded discussion) name of Chapter One


12) (motion passed) that in calculating the voting points for the book selection, the calculation is to be made the same way as until now, except
1. that the upper maximum will cease to be ten
2. that if the voting-point total of any number of members reaches twenty or more after calculation, the number of voting points of all members are all to be automatically divided by two and rounded up to the nearest whole number, with this being the overall final voting-point total
3. that this is to be effective immediately

13) (motion forwarded) that the point system is to be reformed so that:
1. there are no non-reading fees
2. the door charge will increase to W1500
3. a member who can vote for books can elect to freeze her or his voting points for the meeting on a certain date, or with respect to a certain book or segment of a book, if it is notified over one week in advance
4. a member who freezes her or his voting points may not unfreeze them

14) potential memberships discussed as new business

Sunday, January 23, 2005

List of Candidates for vote: Friday, January 28

NUMBER: TITLE: AUTHOR:
7. Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett
8. Mere Christianity by C. S. Lewis
9. The Art of War by Lao Tzu
10.Norwegian Wood by Murakami Haruki
11. The Problems of Philosophy by Bertrand Russell
12. I, Robot by Isaac Asimov
13. Crowds and Power by Elias Canetti
14. Please Kill Me by various, edited
15. The Third Man by Graham Greene
16. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
17. A Dwarf Launches a Little Ball by Cho Se-hui
18. Journey to the Centre of the Earth by Jules Verne
19. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
20. The Secret Diary of Adrian MoleAge 13 3/4 by Sue Townsend
21. "An Outsider Teaches Japan About Itself" (article) by Howard W. French, Korea Herald, Feb 7, 2002
22. Foucault's Pendulum by Umberto Eco
23. Possession by A. S. Byatt
24. The Last Man by Mary Shelley
25. The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde
26. Lords and Ladies by Terry Pratchett
27. King Solomon's Mines by H. Rider Haggard
28. "How to Write" by Various, Listener, January 8, 2005
29. "How to Read" by Tim Wilson, Listener, January 8, 2005
30. A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy O'Toole

*1. Sophie's World by Jostein Gaarder (from Fri. 3/Dec/04)
*2. The Order of Things: An Archaeology of the Human Sciences by MichelFoucault (from Fri. 4/Feb/05)
*3. Boys' Weeklies (chapter) Selected Essays by George Orwell (on Fri. 11/Feb /04)
*4. Under the Volcano by Malcolm Lowry (on Fri. 11/ Mar /04)
*5. Politics and the English Language (chapter) Selected Essays by George Orwell (on Fri. 11/Feb/04)
*6. All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque

(titles denoted by * are currently scheduled to be read)

Book Discussion: SOPHIE'S WORLD (all)

TALK IN GENERAL ABOUT THIS BOOK HERE.
("Discussion Questions" are specifically for the Friday discussions.)

"I haven't got an accent!"

look at this:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/voices/yourvoice/accents.shtml

Thursday, January 20, 2005

CALIBRATION OF BOOK-VOTING POINTS FOR FRIDAYS' MEETING (JANUARY 28th)

(historico-numerical)

NEWMAN 10
LONG 10
SMITH 8
SCHWARTZ 5
SEELEY 5
MONKMAN 1
CAMERON 1

Wednesday, January 19, 2005

PUDDLE THEORY

Read this!
Here's something on "puddle theory", created by Douglas Adams. An interesting explanation on human beliefs in god

(from a Guardian obituary by Richard Dawkins)
Richard Dawkins Monday May 14, 2001
The Guardian

A lament for Douglas Adams, best known as author of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, who died on Saturday, aged 49, from a heart attack.
This is not an obituary; there'll be time enough for them. It is not a tribute, not a considered assessment of a brilliant life, not a eulogy.
It is a keening lament, written too soon to be balanced, too soon to be carefully thought through. Douglas, you cannot be dead.
A sunny Saturday morning in May, ten past seven, shuffle out of bed, log in to email as usual. The usual blue bold headings drop into place, mostly junk, some expected, and my gaze absently follows them down the page. The name Douglas Adams catches my eye and I smile. That one, at least, will be good for a laugh.
Then I do the classic double-take, back up the screen. What did that heading actually say? Douglas Adams died of a heart attack a few hours ago. Then that other cliche, the words swelling before my eyes. It must be part of the joke.
It must be some other Douglas Adams. This is too ridiculous to be true. I must still be asleep. I open the message, from a well-known German software designer. It is no joke, I am fully awake. And it is the right - or rather the wrong - Douglas Adams.
A sudden heart attack, in the gym in Santa Barbara. "Man, man, man, man oh man," the message concludes. Man indeed, what a man. A giant of a man, surely nearer seven foot than six, broad-shouldered, and he did not stoop like some very tall men who feel uncomfortable with their height. But nor did he swagger with the macho assertiveness that can be intimidating in a big man. He neither apologised for his height, nor flaunted it.
It was part of the joke against himself. One of the great wits of our age, his sophisticated humour was founded in a deep, amalgamated knowledge of literature and science, two of my great loves.
And he introduced me to my wife - at his 40th birthday party. He was exactly her age, they had worked together on Dr Who. Should I tell her now, or let her sleep a bit longer before shattering her day?
He initiated our togetherness and was a recurrently important part of it. I must tell her now. Douglas and I met because I sent him an unsolicited fan letter - I think it is the only time I have ever written one. I had adored The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.
Then I read Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency. As soon as I finished it I turned back to page one and read it straight through again - the only I time I have ever done that, and I wrote to tell him so.
He replied that he was a fan of my books, and he invited me to his house in London. I have seldom met a more congenial spirit. Obviously I knew he would be funny. What I didn't know was how deeply read he was in science. I should have guessed, for you can't understand many of the jokes in Hitchhiker if you don't know a lot of advanced science. And in modern electronic technology he was a real expert. We talked science a lot, in private, and even in public at literary festivals and on the wireless or television. And he became my guru on all technical problems. Rather than struggle with some ill-written and incomprehensible manual in Pacific Rim English, I would fire off an email to Douglas.
He would reply, often within minutes, whether in London or Santa Barbara, or some hotel room anywhere in the world. Unlike most staff of professional helplines, Douglas understood exactly my problem, knew exactly why it was troubling me, and always had the solution ready, lucidly and amusingly explained. Our frequent email exchanges brimmed with literary and scientific jokes and affectionately sardonic little asides. His technophilia shone through, but so did his rich sense of the absurd. The whole world was one big Monty Python sketch, and the follies of humanity are as comic in the world's silicon valleys as anywhere else.

He laughed at himself with equal good humour. At, for example, his epic bouts of writer's block ("I love deadlines. I love the whooshing noise they make as they go by") when, according to legend, his publisher and book agent would lock him in a hotel room, with no telephone and nothing to do but write, releasing him only for supervised walks. If his enthusiasm ran away with him and he advanced a biological theory too eccentric for my professional scepticism to let pass, his mien at my dismissal of it would always be more humorously self-mocking than genuinely crestfallen. And he would have another go. He laughed at his own jokes, which good comedians are supposed not to, but he did it with such charm that the jokes became even funnier. He was gently able to poke fun without wounding, and it would be aimed not at individuals but at their absurd ideas. To illustrate the vain conceit that the universe must be somehow preordained for us, because we are so well suited to live in it, he mimed a wonderfully funny imitation of a puddle of water, fitting itself snugly into a depression in the ground, the depression uncannily being exactly the same shape as the puddle. Or there's this parable, which he told with huge enjoyment, whose moral leaps out with no further explanation. A man didn't understand how televisions work, and was convinced that there must be lots of little men inside the box, manipulating images at high speed.
An engineer explained about high-frequency modulations of the electromagnetic spectrum, transmitters and receivers, amplifiers and cathode ray tubes, scan lines moving across and down a phosphorescent screen. The man listened to the engineer with careful attention, nodding his head at every step of the argument.
At the end he pronounced himself satisfied. He really did now understand how televisions work. "But I expect there are just a few little men in there, aren't there?"
Science has lost a friend, literature has lost a luminary, the mountain gorilla and the black rhino have lost a gallant defender (he once climbed Kilimanjaro in a rhino suit to raise money to fight the cretinous trade in rhino horn), Apple Computer has lost its most eloquent apologist. And I have lost an irreplaceable intellectual companion and one of the kindest and funniest men I ever met.
The day Douglas died, I officially received a happy piece of news, which would have delighted him. I wasn't allowed to tell anyone during the weeks I have secretly known about it, and now that I am allowed to it is too late. The sun is shining, life must go on, seize the day and all those cliches. We shall plant a tree this very day: a Douglas Fir, tall, upright, evergreen. It is the wrong time of year, but we'll give it our best shot. Off to the arboretum.
• Richard Dawkins is Charles Simonyi professor of the public understanding of science at Oxford. A full obituary of Douglas Adams will be published in tomorrow's Guardian.
'He'll be remembered as someone who created a complete other world' Actor Stephen Fry pays tribute to a friend Obituary Douglas Adams dies at age 49 A Lament for Douglas Adams by Richard Dawkins Planetary tribute to Hitch Hiker author as Arthurdent named Sunday May 13, 2001The Observer To his friends Douglas Adams will be remembered as a giant of a man with a kindness to match. But to his fans I think he will be seen as someone who brought wit into science fiction. With the greatest respect to Gene Roddenberry and others, that had not been done before. He had almost a Wodehousian style and some of his phrases and jokes entered our language. He changed the way people spoke. You still hear some of his jokes from the Hitchhiker's books being told in pubs. I think he would like to be remembered as someone who created a complete other world through his work. But he was also a bridge between science and popular culture. He was absolutely passionate about science and nature and his work made rather arcane things become quite accessible. He was always angry that some people saw scientists as arrogant. He never did. He saw science as about exploration, discovery and wonder. He would say that arrogant people were people who thought they were certain about something. He did not think science was about that. He could connect science to everyday people's experiences. The image of Arthur Dent in his dressing gown wandering around next to these huge spaceships and time machines was part of that. His death is a great loss. It is a total bummer to say the least. But I think, to paraphrase one of his phrases, at least one of the headlines on his death should say, 'So long and thanks for all the books'.
2:32 PM

Writer Discussion: JOSTEIN GAARDER

Write any questions / comments about the author here.

Monday, January 17, 2005

Chapter One: Result of Jan. 14 vote

OVER-ALL WINNER:
All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque

ROUND ONE: TOTAL: CUM. TOTAL:
25. Please Kill Me 5 (4+1) 5
35. A Tale of Two Cities 5 (5) 10
32. All Quiet on the Western Front 4 (2+2) 14
14. The Art of War 3 (2+1) 17
27. The Third Man 3 (3) 20
38. Foucault's Pendulum 3 (2+1) 23
12. Mere Christianity 2 (1+1) 25
21. Crowds and Power 2 (2) 27
11. Waiting for Godot 1 (1) 28
29. A Dwarf Launches a Little Ball 1 (1) 29
42. Importance of Being Ernest 1 (1) 30
44. Lords and Ladies 1 (1) 31
TOTAL 31

31/2 = 15.5
Majority required: 16
Top six go into round two.

ROUND TWO: TOTAL: CUM. TOTAL:
32. All Quiet 10 (5+5) 10
25. Please Kill Me 8 (8) 18
35. A Tale of Two Cities 7 (5+2) 25
38. Foucault's Pendulum 4 (2+2) 29
14. The Art of War 1 (1) 30
27. The Third Man 0 (0) 30
TOTAL 30

30/2 = 15
Majority required: 16
Top two go into round three.

ROUND THREE: TOTAL: CUM. TOTAL:
32. All Quiet 17 (5+4+4+4) 17
25. Please Kill Me 14 (8+5+1) 31
TOTAL 31

31/2 = 15.5
Majority required: 16
All Quiet on the Western Front wins.

CH 1 Chapter Council (management) agenda

(a work in progress - council members may have additional items added)

CHAPTER ONE

AGENDA of the Chapter One meeting no 7, 9:45am -10:15 Fri. 28/January/2004

1) confirm minutes of meeting 6 (see MINUTES, below)

2) evaluate schedule as required to be set by secretary (see WEEKLY SCHEDULE, below)

3) election of new books to schedule (C1/2/3) (see LIST, below)

4) review the overall reading list; approval is assumed if the list is not discussed (see LIST, below)

5) (discussion) January and February book club timetable

6) treasurer's address and update on treasury

7) (discussion) field trip for Chapter One

8) look at rules of fines for group, possibility of different system if members elect not to read

9) re-examine rule Adox 6/10, about the non-reading fees schedule

10) (discussion) pantheonic council of those having passed

11) (discussion) the name of Chapter One

13) (motion) that in calculating the voting points for the book selection, the calculation is to be made the same way as until now, except
1. that the upper maximum will cease to be ten
2. that if the voting-point total of any number of members reaches twenty or more after calculation, the number of voting points of all members are all to be automatically divided by two and rounded up to the nearest whole number, with this being the overall final voting-point total
3. that this is to be effective immediately

14) (motion) that the point system is to be reformed so that:
1. there are no non-reading fees
2. the door charge will increase to W1500
3. a member who can vote for books can elect to freeze her or his voting points for the meeting on a certain date, or with respect to a certain book or segment of a book, if it is notified over one week in advance
4. a member who freezes her or his voting points may not unfreeze them

12) new business; additional items with leave of committee members



MINUTES of the Chapter One meeting no 6, 9:45am -10:15 Fri. 14/January/2005
Smith, Newman, Schwartz, Seeley, Monkman and Long present.

1) minutes of meeting 5 confirmed
2) schedule evaluated
3) elected book(s) onto schedule (32: All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria remarque)
4) overall reading list reviewed and approved as in The Update of January 18
5) discussed January book club timetable
6) forwarded treasurer's address and update on treasury
7) forwarded discussion on a field trip for Chapter One
8) forwarded a look at rules of fines for group, possibility of different system if members elect not to read
9) forwarded re-examination of rule Adox 6/10, about the non-reading fees fine schedule
10) the creation of a "pantheonic council of the dead" was discussed
11) (motion passed) that a Pantheonic Council of those Having Passed is hereby created, and that said council is to become populated by members whom of which each and several have been selected by due process by this Chapter council convened hereby, and that said pantheonic council is constituted also with purpose to act as an upper chamber for this Chapter with powers of veto over any statutes passed in any properly constituted session herein, and has extraordinary powers in reserve to exercise veto by rendering any such statutes inoperable by way of destruction of the whole world or the whole universe, amongst other options at its disposal
12) forwarded discussion on name of Chapter One
13) (motion passed) that a new member of the Chapter One chapter management council will automatically have four voting points upon his or her appointment
14) (motion passed) that Maebh Long is to be a member both of Chapter One and of the chapter One chapter management council effective immediately


¤·Weekly schedule: (subject to change; all chapters listed are inclusive)

DATE DISCUSSION TOPIC / REQUIRED READING

PREVIOUS: Fri 14/Jan/05 Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham (ch. 5 to end)¤·book discussion at 10: 15 am and at 1PM: Newman, Smith, Seeley, Schwartz,Monkman and Long present
NEXT: Fri 21/Jan/05 Hitchhikers' Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams (all)
Fri 28/Jan/05 Sophie’s World by Jostein Gaarder (p.188 - 246: “The Rennaisance”, “The Baroque”, “Descartes”)
Fri 4/Feb/05 The Order of Things: An Archaeology of the Human Sciences by Michel Foucault (to Part I: 2 “The prose of the world”)
Fri 11/Feb/05 “Boys’ Weeklies” (chapter) Selected Essays by George Orwell “Politics and the English Language” (chapter) Selected Essays by George Orwell
Fri 18/Feb/05 - -NO SESSION- -
Fri 25/Feb/05 Sophie’s World by Jostein Gaarder (p.247-281: “Spinoza”,“Locke”, “Hume”)
Fri 4/Mar/05 The Order of Things: An Archaeology of the Human Sciences by Michel Foucault (Part I: 3 “Representing” to 6 “Exchanging”)
Fri 11/Mar/05 Under the Volcano by Malcolm Lowry
Fri 18/Mar/05 Sophie’s World by Jostein Gaarder (p. 282-321: “Berkeley”,“Bjerkely”, “The Enlightenment”)
Fri 25/Mar/05 The Order of Things: An Archaeology of the Human Sciences by Michel Foucault (Part II: all)
Fri 1/Apr/05 Sophie’s World by Jostein Gaarder (p.322-371: “Kant”,“Romanticism”, “Hegel”)
Fri 8/Apr/05 All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque
Fri 15/Apr/05 Sophie’s World by Jostein Gaarder (p.372-428: “Kierkegaard”,“Marx”, “Darwin”)


The LISTBooks or articles that CHAPTER ONE intend to examine (subject to modification:)*1. Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham (on Fri. 7/Jan/05)*2. Sophie's World by Jostein Gaarder (from Fri. 3/Dec/04)*3. Hitchhikers' Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams (on Fri. 21/Jan/05)*4. The Order of Things: An Archaeology of the Human Sciences by MichelFoucault (from Fri. 4/Feb/05)*5. "Boys' Weeklies" (chapter) Selected Essays by George Orwell (on Fri. 11/Feb /04)*6. Under the Volcano by Malcolm Lowry (on Fri. 11/ Mar /04)*7. "Politics and the English Language" (chapter) Selected Essays by George Orwell8. The Alchemist by Paulo Coehlo9.Beyond Good and Evil by Friedrich Nietzsche10. Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt11.Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett12. Mere Christianity by C. S. Lewis13. The Philosophy of Branding: Great Philosophers Think Brands by Thomas Braun14. The Art of War by Lao Tzu15.Norwegian Wood by Murakami Haruki16. "Japan, Darkly" (article) by Steve Brunias, Listener, May 29, 200417. "Burning Questions" (article) by Gordon Campbell, Listener, May 15, 200418. The Problems of Philosophy by Bertrand Russell19. "Argument: Can't Get No" (article) by John F Schumaker, Listener, May 24,200320. I, Robot by Isaac Asimov (short story)21. Crowds and Power by Elias Canetti22. The Bible23. The Q'oran24. Trainspotting by Irvine Welsh25. Please Kill Me by various, edited26. The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism by Max Weber27. The Third Man by Graham Greene28. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde29. A Dwarf Launches a Little Ball by Cho Se-hui30. Son of Oscar Wilde by Vyvian Holland31. What Really Happened in the Thin Air by various32. All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque33. The Agony and the Ecstacy by Irving Stone34. Journey to the Centre of the Earth by Jules Verne35. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens36. The Secret Diary of Adrian MoleAge 13 3/4 by Sue Townsend37. "An Outsider Teaches Japan About Itself" (article) by Howard W. French, Korea Herald, Feb 7, 200238. Foucault's Pendulum by Umberto Eco39. Possession by A. S. Byatt40. The Last Man by Mary Shelley41. Shake Hands With the Devil by Lt. Romeo Delaire42. The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde43. Angels and Demons by Dan Brown44. Lords and Ladies by Terry Pratchett (on Fri. 11/Feb/04)(titles denoted by * are currently scheduled to be read)

ELECTION STEPS:(C1/2/3)STEP ONE: a latest copy of "The List", the list of candidate books, as published in The Update, will be distributed amongst the assembled meetingSTEP TWO: it is to be decided how many new books/set readings are to go onto the reading scheduleSTEP THREE: the assembled will vote by selecting among the numbered titles on the list, according to a voting method decided on the day or by a standing rule, which may include exhaustive ballotingSTEP FOUR: the voting papers are handed to a returning officer who will countthe votesSTEP FIVE: unless exhaustive balloting is used, the book(s)/reading(s) with the highest total are considered selected to the schedule, and where there are several book(s)/reading(s) with the same total, those amongst them with the highest place on "The List" are considered selectedSTEP SIX: after the meeting, the secretary will have responsibility for publishing an updated list, with the newly selected books placed appropriately on the list, as well as scheduling the readings; and is at liberty to adjust the schedule thereafter as considers necessary.(C1/4/8) an adjustment to voting procedure in C1/2/3 step three: that in each round the titles with the largest number of votes that make up a majority go onto the next round, with all others eliminated

MINUTE 22/4 of the ADOXIST SOCIETY(motion) that the Adoxist Society is to be reformed so thata) the society as it is now will split into two parts, 'The Adoxist Society' (the society) and 'Chapter One' ('C1')b) the two parts will be separate entities in some certain respects, but a united entity in othersc) 'The Adoxist Society' will govern 'C1', along with other chapters (discussion or study groups) which become created within the society or affiliated with the societyd) committee meetings for 'The Adoxist Society' will alternate with committee meetings for 'C1', at least at the beginninge) 'C1' and its leadership will deliberate upon and adjust the reading list and schedule for 'C1' according to established rules, and will be able to adjust those rules for its own chapter, but is ultimately bound by the society.f) any additional chapters created within the society or affiliated with the society will be free to make and adjust their own rules, and their own decisions, but are ultimately bound by the societyg) the committee of 'The Adoxist Society' will discuss business relating to the society, and may from time to time discuss matters relating to the chaptersh) the membership of each committee (The Adoxist Society and C1) will be the same at the first instance, but is free to become different over timei) the society can consider tax and tithing rules for all chaptersj) the membership, leadership and any committees of each chapter, and their personnel and form, become the responsibility of each individual chapter, and the selection or election of these is the concern of each chapterk) the only requirement in terms of leadership for chapters is for each chapter to have a 'leader' who communicates with the Adoxist Society, in particular, to provide the secretary with lists of books and schedules l) responsibility for scheduling and other discretionary matters, including interpretation of this motion, lies with the secretary, and ultimately the board.

Wednesday, January 12, 2005

THE BOOKS YOU MUST READ BEFORE YOU TURN 30

This is an Update survey.

The steps are as follows:

1. Make a list of the ten books that you think a person should read by the time they hit 30.

2. On February the 20th, all of the titles listed on this board will be ranked by all participants.

3. The rankings will then be totalled and re-calibrated and then published here.

So go ahead! Reply with you list of ten...

Q&A about our classes

we can discuss that here if we wanna to.

LESSON PLANS

put 'em here - but only if you want to.

Tuesday, January 11, 2005

CONTENT GUIDE

THE ADOXIST SOCIETY
about it: WHAT IS THE ADOXIST SOCIETY?
structure: ADOXIST SOCIETY - The structure
adoxist society links: LINKS

INTRODUCTION:
test to see if your post works: test
dialogue (you can introduce yourself here): CHINWAG

DAEGU BOOK SWAPS:
information: If you like BOOKS...
the books: BOOKS THAT WE HAVE (OR AT LEAST, HAVE HAD AT SOME TIME)

DISCUSSIONS:
general chatting thread: JENNY SAYS

ARTICLES and WRITINGS:
M. W. R. Seeley: WAR AS TOURISM
M. W. R. Seeley: TALES FROM THE HIDDEN ROOKERY
J. D. Newman: BOOKS THAT WOULD MAKE GREAT TELEVISION
J. D. Newman: RALPH NADER AND DEMOCRACY
J. D. Newman: REVENGE ON READER'S REVENGE

BOOK DISCUSSIONS: SOPHIE'S WORLD
Book Discussion: SOPHIE'S WORLD (all)
Writer Discussion: JOSTEIN GAARDER

ARTICLE DISCUSSIONS: GEORGE ORWELL
BOYS' WEEKLIES

Writer Discussion: GEORGE ORWELL
POLITICS and the ENGLISH LANGUAGE

BOOKS: HITCHHIKERS GUIDE to the GALAXY
Book Discussion: HITCHHIKERS GUIDE to the GALAXY(all)
Writer Discussion: DOUGLAS ADAMS
Discussion Questions: The HITCHHIKERS GUIDE to the GALAXY

BOOKS: DAY of the TRIFFIDS
Book Discussion: The DAY of the TRIFFIDS
Writer Discussion: JOHN WYNDHAM
Discussion Questions: The DAY of the TRIFFIDS

OTHER BOOKS and READINGS:
The ORDER of THINGS
Book discussion: The ORDER of THINGS: An Archaeology of the Human Sciences by Michel Foucault (up to and incl. Part I: 2 “The prose of the world”)
ALL QUIET on the WESTERN FRONT
The IMPORTANCE of being EARNEST
CROWDS and POWER


TELEVISION:
If you like TELEVISION: have a look here!

GENERAL DISCUSSION TOPICS:
THE BOOKS YOU MUST READ BEFORE YOU TURN 30
"I haven't got an accent!"
Safeguarding Amerasian Kids from Bigotry - Korea Herald Story
PUDDLE THEORY (Douglas Adams obituaries)
About School and Teaching: Q&A about our classes
LESSON PLANS
About Money: MONEY MATTERS
About Law: WHAT IS JUSTICE?
About Drama and Fiction: KITCHEN SINK MOVEMENT

FUN / DAFT STUFF:
Songwriting for dummies: WAX LYRICAL
Some legal fun: THE HORROR OF HARVARD
Book suggestions for youngsters: THE BOOKS YOU MUST READ BEFORE YOU TURN 30
Pulp novel series: THE AMAZING ADVENTURES OF PROFESSOR CARSTAIRS
Neologism: NEWLY MINTED WORDS
Religion: FOUR HORSEMEN AND ONE BUNNY RABBIT OF THE APOCALYPSE
Time Travel: JOHN TITOR'S STORY
...and if you're SCEPTICAL: THE SKEPTICAL INQUIRER
and
THE STRAIGHT DOPE

THE ADOXIST LIBRARY
Books LIST: THE ADOXIST LIBRARY
RULES of the LIBRARY
swapmeets: Adoxist Society Swapmeets for Books

CHAPTER FOUR: GENERAL
news and updates: CHAPTER FOUR NEWS

CHAPTER THREE: GENERAL
chat: CHAPTER THREE DISCUSSION PAGE

CHAPTER ONE: GENERAL
PANTHEONIC COUNCIL OF THE DECEASED
How Chapter One adds points: CHAPTER ONE: NEW WAY of ADDING VOTING-POINTS!
The book vote
Chapter One: Result of Jan. 28 vote
Chapter One: Result of Jan. 14 vote
Agenda for meetings (every second Friday)
(4 March) CH 1 Chapter Council (management) agenda
(11 February) CH 1 Chapter Council (management) agenda
(28 January) CH 1 Chapter Council (management) agenda
(14 January) CH 1 Chapter Council (management) agenda
book candidate list: List of Candidates for vote: Friday, January 14
book candidates: Book Candidates: ANGELA'S ASHES
voting point allocation: CALIBRATION OF BOOK-VOTING POINTS FOR FRIDAYS' MEETING (JANUARY 28th)
CALIBRATION OF BOOK-VOTING POINTS FOR FRIDAYS' MEETING (JANUARY 14th)
readings schedule: Chapter One: New (Jan 3) Reading List
past readings: Chapter One: A Reading History Jan '04 - Jan '05

THE ADOXIST SOCIETY: GENERAL
about it: WHAT IS THE ADOXIST SOCIETY?
structure: ADOXIST SOCIETY - The structure
constitution: CONSTITUTION of the ADOXIST SOCIETY
AGENDA Meeting 34 AGENDA for 15 JULY meeting (Adoxist)
AGENDA Meeting 33 AGENDA for 2 APRIL meeting (Adoxist)
AGENDA Meeting 31 AGENDA for 12 MARCH meeting (Adoxist)
AGENDA Meeting 30 AGENDA meeting 30
Adoxist board (council)
meeting JANUARY 8th: MINUTES Meeting 30 (Jan 8)
meeting FEBRUARY 12th: MINUTES Meeting 31 (Feb 12)
Safeguarding Amerasian Kids from Bigotry - Korea Herald Story
About the newspaper: ABOUT "THE UPDATE"
About Master of the Keys: WHO (OR WHAT) IS MASTER OF THE KEYS?

CH 1 Chapter Council (management) agenda

CHAPTER ONE

AGENDA of the Chapter One meeting no 6, 9:45am -10:15 Fri. 14/January/2004 (postponed from Fri. 17/December/2004)

1) confirm minutes of meeting 5 (see MINUTES, below)

2) evaluate schedule as required to be set by secretary (see WEEKLY SCHEDULE, below)

3) election of new books to schedule (C1/2/3) (see LIST, below)

4) review the overall reading list; approval is assumed if the list is not discussed (see LIST, below)

5) January bookclub timetable: (two meetings, one morning, one afternoon?)

6)treasurer's address and update on treasury

7) that a field trip for Chapter One be discussed

8) look at rules of fines for group, possibility of different system if members elect not to read

9) re-examine rule Adox 6/10, about the non-reading fees schedule

10) (discussion) pantheonic council of the dead

11) (motion) that a Pantheonic Council of those Having Passed is hereby created, and that said council is to become populated by members whom of which each and several have been selected by due process by this Chapter council convened hereby, and that said pantheonic council is constituted also withpurpose to act as an upper chamber for this Chapter with powers of veto over anystatutes passed in any properly constituted session herein, and has extraordinary powers in reserve to exercise veto by rendering any such statutes inoperable by way of destruction of the whole world or the whole universe, amongst other options at its disposal

12) (discussion) the name of Chapter One

13) (discussion) rule on point allocation for new members

14)new business; additional items with leave of committee members

MINUTES of the Chapter One meeting no 5, 9:45am -10:15 Fri. 3/December/2004
Smith, Newman, Schwartz, and Seeley present.
A moment of silence was held in honour of Pierre Berton.

1) minutes of meeting 4 confirmed
2) schedule evaluated
3) elected book(s) onto schedule (11: "Politics and the English Language" by George Orwell)
4) overall reading list reviewed and approved as in The Update of November 30
5) treasurer's address and update on treasury
6) a field trip for Chapter One was discussed, that Saturday, December 11 is chosen with final location (and veto) reserved by members
7) forwarded a look at rules of fines for group, possibility of different system if members elect not to read
8) the creation of a "pantheonic council of the dead" was discussed
MUSIC: Sonny Rollins: A Night at the Village Vanguard

ㅇWeekly schedule:
(subject to change; all chapters listed are inclusive)

DATE DISCUSSION TOPIC / REQUIRED READING

PREVIOUS: Fri 7/Jan/05 Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham (up to and incl. Ch.4)
¤·book discussion at 10: 15 am and at 1PM: Newman(both), Smith(both), Seeley(both), and Schwartz (1PM) present, invitees Maebh Long (10:15) and amysterious young lady (1PM) also present.
NEXT: Fri 14/Jan/05 Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham (ch. 5 to end)
Fri 21/Jan/05 Hitchhikers' Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams (all)
Fri 28/Jan/05 Sophie’s World by Jostein Gaarder (p.188 - 246: “TheRennaisance”, “The Baroque”, “Descartes”)
Fri 4/Feb/05 The Order of Things: An Archaeology of the Human Sciences by Michel Foucault (to Part I: 2 “The prose of the world”)
Fri 11/Feb/05 “Boys’ Weeklies” (chapter) Selected Essays by George Orwell
“Politics and the English Language” (chapter) Selected Essays by George Orwell
Fri 18/Feb/05 NO SESSION
Fri 25/Feb/05 Sophie’s World by Jostein Gaarder (p.247-281: “Spinoza”,“Locke”, “Hume”)
Fri 4/Mar/05 The Order of Things: An Archaeology of the Human Sciences by Michel Foucault (Part I: 3 “Representing” to 6 “Exchanging”)
Fri 11/Mar/05 Under the Volcano by Malcolm Lowry
Fri 18/Mar/05 Sophie’s World by Jostein Gaarder (p. 282-321: “Berkeley”,“Bjerkely”, “The Enlightenment”)
Fri 25/Mar/05 The Order of Things: An Archaeology of the Human Sciences byMichel Foucault (Part II: all)
Fri 1/Apr/05 Sophie’s World by Jostein Gaarder (p.322-371: “Kant”,“Romanticism”, “Hegel”)
Fri 8/Apr/05 Sophie’s World by Jostein Gaarder (p.372-428: “Kierkegaard”,“Marx”, “Darwin”)


The LIST
Books or articles that CHAPTER ONE intend to examine (subject to modification:)
*1. Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham (on Fri. 7/Jan/05)
*2. Sophie's World by Jostein Gaarder (from Fri. 3/Dec/04)
*3. Hitchhikers' Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams (on Fri. 21/Jan/05)
*4. The Order of Things: An Archaeology of the Human Sciences by MichelFoucault (from Fri. 4/Feb/05)
*5. "Boys' Weeklies" (chapter) Selected Essays by George Orwell (on Fri. 11/Feb /04)
*6. Under the Volcano by Malcolm Lowry (on Fri. 11/ Mar /04)
*7. "Politics and the English Language" (chapter) Selected Essays by George Orwell
8. The Alchemist by Paulo Coehlo
9.Beyond Good and Evil by Friedrich Nietzsche
10. Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt
11.Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett
12. Mere Christianity by C. S. Lewis
13. The Philosophy of Branding: Great Philosophers Think Brands by Thomas Braun
14. The Art of War by Lao Tzu
15.Norwegian Wood by Murakami Haruki
16. "Japan, Darkly" (article) by Steve Brunias, Listener, May 29, 2004
17. "Burning Questions" (article) by Gordon Campbell, Listener, May 15, 2004
18. The Problems of Philosophy by Bertrand Russell
19. "Argument: Can't Get No" (article) by John F Schumaker, Listener, May 24,2003
20. I, Robot by Isaac Asimov (short story)
21. Crowds and Power by Elias Canetti
22. The Bible
23. The Q'oran
24. Trainspotting by Irvine Welsh
25. Please Kill Me by various, edited
26. The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism by Max Weber
27. The Third Man by Graham Greene
28. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
29. A Dwarf Launches a Little Ball by Cho Se-hui
30. Son of Oscar Wilde by Vyvian Holland
31. What Really Happened in the Thin Air by various
32. All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque
33. The Agony and the Ecstacy by Irving Stone
34. Journey to the Centre of the Earth by Jules Verne
35. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
36. The Secret Diary of Adrian MoleAge 13 3/4 by Sue Townsend
37. "An Outsider Teaches Japan About Itself" (article) by Howard W. French, Korea Herald, Feb 7, 2002
38. Foucault's Pendulum by Umberto Eco
39. Possession by A. S. Byatt
40. The Last Man by Mary Shelley
41. Shake Hands With the Devil by Lt. Romeo Delaire
42. The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde
43. Angels and Demons by Dan Brown
44. Lords and Ladies by Terry Pratchett (on Fri. 11/Feb/04)(titles denoted by * are currently scheduled to be read)

ELECTION STEPS:
(C1/2/3)
STEP ONE: a latest copy of "The List", the list of candidate books, as published in The Update, will be distributed amongst the assembled meeting
STEP TWO: it is to be decided how many new books/set readings are to go onto the reading schedule
STEP THREE: the assembled will vote by selecting among the numbered titles on the list, according to a voting method decided on the day or by a standing rule, which may include exhaustive balloting
STEP FOUR: the voting papers are handed to a returning officer who will countthe votes
STEP FIVE: unless exhaustive balloting is used, the book(s)/reading(s) with the highest total are considered selected to the schedule, and where there are several book(s)/reading(s) with the same total, those amongst them with the highest place on "The List" are considered selected
STEP SIX: after the meeting, the secretary will have responsibility for publishing an updated list, with the newly selected books placed appropriately on the list, as well as scheduling the readings; and is at liberty to adjust the schedule thereafter as considers necessary.
(C1/4/8) an adjustment to voting procedure in C1/2/3 step three: that in each round the titles with the largest number of votes that make up a majority go onto the next round, with all others eliminated

MINUTE 22/4 of the ADOXIST SOCIETY
(motion) that the Adoxist Society is to be reformed so that
a) the society as it is now will split into two parts, 'The Adoxist Society' (the society) and 'Chapter One' ('C1')
b) the two parts will be separate entities in some certain respects, but a united entity in others
c) 'The Adoxist Society' will govern 'C1', along with other chapters (discussion or study groups) which become created within the society or affiliated with the society
d) committee meetings for 'The Adoxist Society' will alternate with committee meetings for 'C1', at least at the beginning
e) 'C1' and its leadership will deliberate upon and adjust the reading list and schedule for 'C1' according to established rules, and will be able to adjust those rules for its own chapter, but is ultimately bound by the society.
f) any additional chapters created within the society or affiliated with the society will be free to make and adjust their own rules, and their own decisions, but are ultimately bound by the society
g) the committee of 'The Adoxist Society' will discuss business relating to the society, and may from time to time discuss matters relating to the chapters
h) the membership of each committee (The Adoxist Society and C1) will be the same at the first instance, but is free to become different over time
i) the society can consider tax and tithing rules for all chapters
j) the membership, leadership and any committees of each chapter, and their personnel and form, become the responsibility of each individual chapter, and the selection or election of these is the concern of each chapter
k) the only requirement in terms of leadership for chapters is for each chapter to have a 'leader' who communicates with the Adoxist Society, in particular, to provide the secretary with lists of books and schedules
l) responsibility for scheduling and other discretionary matters, including interpretation of this motion, lies with the secretary, and ultimately the board.

MINUTES Meeting 30 (Jan 8)

MINUTES of the executive council (the board), meeting no 30, 1PM at Bennigan’s Downtown Sat. 8/January/2004
Newman, Smith, Seeley present.

1) minutes of meeting no. 29 confirmed

2) forwarded matters relating to selection of logo for seal, stamp and letterhead as delegated to Mr. Schwartz and any other member of the executive who wishes to talk to relevant people as necessary; includes possible interview with representatives from the graphics department, and that this item is to beplaced on the bottom of the agenda.

3) forwarded re-opened question of when to buy books, how to buy books and where to send them to, and that this item is to be placed on the bottom of the agenda.

4) reviewed the timetable for meetings of the adoxist board as in The Update of January 4

5) discussed and reviewed website (weblog) now in progress

6) postponed indefinitely the item of creating classes of invitees (audience and discussion invitees) perhaps with different charge scales, particularly since its relevance extends to members only.

7) discussed succession question

8) (motion passed) that the chair is authorised to write letters to enquire after orphan summer festival organisations, and ways to work in with them

9) forwarded treasurer’s address and update on treasury

10) (motion passed) that the Adoxist Society is to have a publishing house, to be named the Adoxist Society Press, and that the Keeper and Affixer of the Seal has discretion in affairs of management of the Press, and that the treasurer may lend any amount of funds to the manager of the Press for financing its operations

Monday, January 10, 2005

Writer Discussion: DOUGLAS ADAMS

Write any questions / comments about the author here.

THE HORROR OF HARVARD

from One L by Scott Turow (p. 74)
…Nicky Morris [one professor] often derided responses as “sentimental goo,”and Perini on more than one occasion quickly dispatched students who tried to argue by asserting supposedly irreducible principles.

Why, Perini asked one day, is the right to bargain and form contracts granted to all adults, rather than a select group within the society?

Because that was fundamental, one student suggested, basic: All persons are created equal.

“Oh, are they?” Perini asked. “Did you create them, Mr. Vivian? Have you taken a survey?”

“I believe it,” Vivian answered.

“Well, hooray,” said Perini, “that proves a great deal. How do you justify that, Mr. Vivian?”
- Scott Turow

See if you can find a solution to this question; and help Mr. Vivian along. Solutions, yours and ours, rather than Mr. Turow’s, will be in next week’s Update. This work is available in the Adoxist Library. Either take it out there, or buy it. It is a worthy read.

Sunday, January 09, 2005

If you like TELEVISION:

here's a cool website.
http://www.tvtome.com/

If you like The Avengers;
http://theavengers.tv/forever/default.htm

Please add any other cool websites.

Book discussion: The ORDER of THINGS: An Archaeology of the Human Sciences by Michel Foucault (up to and incl. Part I: 2 “The prose of the world”)

TALK IN GENERAL ABOUT THIS SEGMENT OF THE BOOK HERE.("Discussion Questions" are specifically for the Friday discussions.)

WAX LYRICAL

Here's a fun, or at least a slightly odd, idea.
Some of our members are into performing music live... so let's write them a song.
One line at a time. I'll put the first line down, and the next person can follow up with the next line, etc.

The fabulous city

CONTENT GUIDE

THE ADOXIST SOCIETY
about it: WHAT IS THE ADOXIST SOCIETY?
structure: ADOXIST SOCIETY - The structure

The Adoxist Society: AGENDA meeting 30
AGENDA meeting 30
Adoxist board (council) meeting JANUARY 8th
MINUTES Meeting 30 (Jan 8)
Safeguarding Amerasian Kids from Bigotry - Korea Herald Story




INTRODUCTION:
test to see if your post works: test
dialogue (you can introduce yourself here): CHINWAG

BOOKS:
DAY of the TRIFFIDS
Book Discussion: The DAY of the TRIFFIDS (Chaps 5-end)
Book Discussion: The DAY of the TRIFFIDS (Chaps 1-4)
Writer Discussion: JOHN WYNDHAM
Discussion Questions: The DAY of the TRIFFIDS


BOOKS:
HITCHHIKERS GUIDE to the GALAXY
Book Discussion: HITCHHIKERS GUIDE to the GALAXY(all)
Writer Discussion: DOUGLAS ADAMS

Discussion Questions: The HITCHHIKERS GUIDE to the GALAXY

OTHER BOOKS and READINGS:

SOPHIE'S WORLD

The ORDER of THINGS

Book discussion: The ORDER of THINGS: An Archaeology of the Human Sciences by Michel Foucault (up to and incl. Part I: 2 “The prose of the world”)

TELEVISION:

If you like TELEVISION: have a look here!

GENERAL DISCUSSION TOPICS:

Safeguarding Amerasian Kids from Bigotry - Korea Herald Story

FUN STUFF:

songwriting for dummies: WAX LYRICAL

some legal fun: THE HORROR OF HARVARD

CHAPTER ONE: GENERAL

book candidate list: List of Candidates for vote: Friday, January 14
book candidates: Book Candidates: ANGELA'S ASHES
voting point allocation: CALIBRATION OF BOOK-VOTING POINTS FOR FRIDAYS' MEETING (JANUARY 14th)

readings schedule: Chapter One: New (Jan 3) Reading List
past readings: Chapter One: A Reading History Jan '04 - Jan '05


Archives
December 2004
January 2005






Thursday, January 06, 2005

List of Candidates for vote: Friday, January 14

NUMBER: TITLE: AUTHOR:
8. The Alchemist by Paulo Coehlo
9.Beyond Good and Evil by Friedrich Nietzsche
10. Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt
11.Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett
12. Mere Christianity by C. S. Lewis
13. The Philosophy of Branding: Great Philosophers Think Brands by Thomas Braun
14. The Art of War by Lao Tzu
15.Norwegian Wood by Murakami Haruki
16. Japan, Darkly (article) by Steve Brunias, Listener, May 29, 2004
17. Burning Questions (article) by Gordon Campbell, Listener, May 15, 2004
18. The Problems of Philosophy by Bertrand Russell
19. Argument: Can't Get No (article) by John F Schumaker, Listener, May 24,2003
20. I, Robot by Isaac Asimov
21. Crowds and Power by Elias Canetti
22. The Bible
23. The Q'oran
24. Trainspotting by Irvine Welsh
25. Please Kill Me by various, edited
26. The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism by Max Weber
27. The Third Man by Graham Greene
28. ThePicture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
29. A Dwarf Launches a Little Ball by Cho Se-hui
30. Son of Oscar Wilde by Vyvian Holland
31. What Really Happened in the Thin Air by various
32. All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque
33. The Agony and the Ecstacy by Irving Stone
34. Journey to the Centre of the Earth by Jules Verne
35. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
36. The Secret Diary of Adrian MoleAge 13 by Sue Townsend
37. An Outsider Teaches Japan About Itself (article) by Howard W. French,Korea Herald, Feb 7, 2002
38. Foucault's Pendulum by Umberto Eco
39. Possession by A. S. Byatt
40. The Last Man by Mary Shelley
41. Shake Hands With the Devil by Lt. Romeo Delaire
42. The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde
43. Angels and Demons by Dan Brown
44. Lords and Ladies by Terry Pratchett

*1. Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham (on Fri. 7/Jan/05)
*2. Sophie's World by Jostein Gaarder (from Fri. 3/Dec/04)
*3. Hitchhikers' Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams (on Fri. 21/Jan/05)
*4. The Order of Things: An Archaeology of the Human Sciences by MichelFoucault (from Fri. 4/Feb/05)
*5. Boys' Weeklies (chapter) Selected Essays by George Orwell (on Fri. 11/Feb /04)
*6. Under the Volcano by Malcolm Lowry (on Fri. 11/ Mar /04)
*7. Politics and the English Language (chapter) Selected Essays by GeorgeOrwell (on Fri. 11/Feb/04)
(titles denoted by * are currently scheduled to be read)

Book Candidates: ANGELA'S ASHES

I love this man's writing style. I know a lot of people don't. I might vote for it on Friday. What do y'all think? Will you dare to try to convince me otherwise?

CALIBRATION OF BOOK-VOTING POINTS FOR FRIDAYS' MEETING (JANUARY 14th)

(historico-numerical)

NEWMAN 10
SMITH 8
SCHWARTZ 4
SEELEY 4
MONKMAN 1
CAMERON 1
KANG 1*
LONG 1*
(*pending appointment)

ADOXIST SOCIETY - The structure

ADOXIST
SOCIETY
(board, exec.)

has several 'divisions':
- PUBLISHING
- CHAPTERS(reading, movies, etc)
- LIBRARY
- WEBSITE (blog)
- NEWSPAPER (The Update)

THE BOARD:
-is sovereign
-appoints the executive
-makes the rules and statutes of the society
-elects members to the board
-may have members of any nationality
-convenes no later than every six weeks

THE EXECUTIVE:
-has roles and responsibilities as determined by the board
-is collectively the CHAIR, SECRETARY, TREASURER, KEEPER AND AFFIXER OF THE SEAL, and MASTER OF THE KEYS, and any other position which may be created from time to time by the board.

CHAIR:
convenes meetings of the board together with secretary.

SECRETARY
prepares minutes and agenda of board meetings
can control up to three pages of 'the Update' in which must include:
-relevant notices of society information
-minutes and agenda of board meetings
-schedules of activity meetings and management meetings for chapters, as applicable

TREASURER
looks after and controls finances
releases funds according to statute or as approved/instructed by the board

KEEPER AND AFFIXER OF THE SEAL
keeps and affixes the seal in official business
manages and directs the publishing house of the society

MASTER OF THE KEYS
manages the property of the society
manages the archives of the society
manages the library


EDITOR OF THE "UPDATE"
is not an executive position (is independent of the board)
publishes the society bulletin/newspaper at regular intervals
has fairly broad discretion over the content of the paper
must give over up to three pages to secretary for society business and information


CHAPTER ONE:
CHAIR
SECRETARY
prepares agenda including vote
makes up the reading schedule (up to at least 10 weeks in advance)
TREASURER
K&A
MK
OPERATIONS&PROCUREMENT

Wednesday, January 05, 2005

Discussion Questions: The HITCHHIKERS GUIDE to the GALAXY


Create some discussion questions and topics for this novel for discussion HERE! (This is not for general discussion. That's below.)

CHINWAG

or TRANSACTIONS of the ADOXIST SOCIETY

In general, this space is for general talking about stuff in general, generally speaking.

The newest comments are at the bottom.

so...fine spot of weather...we've been, er, having lately...

Tuesday, January 04, 2005

Book Discussion: HITCHHIKERS GUIDE to the GALAXY(all)

TALK IN GENERAL ABOUT THIS BOOK HERE.
("Discussion Questions" are specifically for the Friday discussions.)

Book Discussion: The DAY of the TRIFFIDS (Chaps 5-end)

TALK ABOUT NEXT FRIDAY'S BOOK HERE.
("Discussion Questions" are specifically for Friday's discussion.)

Monday, January 03, 2005

WHAT IS THE ADOXIST SOCIETY?

Actually, we're really not all that sure ourselves. But in reaction to recent inquiries such as that above, we're having a go at describing it. The Adoxist Society began just over a year ago. It grew out of a reading group. That reading group still exists; it is called Chapter One, and is a subsidiary, if you like, to the society. More reading groups are in the process of being created.

The Society does more now than simply read and discuss things. It is a collection of people, mainly foreigners to Daegu, who are interested in books and finding out stuff. We have acquired a large collection of books through donation, which is ever expanding, and which has been recently arranged into a library. For a small fee, we lend the books out. We either buy more books with this money or use it for charitable purpose. Kind of like a book exchange, credit for future book sign-outs is given in return for donations. We have found that this is becoming a useful and increasingly popular service for internationals in Taegu; since their sojourn in Korea is not always a long one, and it spares them having to buy books and then the issue of whether to lug them away if they move on.

The society is always in need of new people. The society is an association, with a board and with a constitution, and is looking into acquiring charitable status.

Book Discussion: The DAY of the TRIFFIDS

TALK ABOUT THIS FRIDAY'S BOOK HERE.
("Discussion Questions" are specifically for Friday's discussion.)

Writer Discussion: JOHN WYNDHAM

John Wyndham has been described (somewhere, if I can find it) as a writer of pot-boilers for the middle-classes. Fairly or unfairly, some of his writings, Kraken and Triffids in particular, have been described as "cosy horror", where the protagonists swan around a decaying London (or somewhere else), swilling champagne.

Here's some infor about Mr Wyndham:

from http://www.fantasticfiction.co.uk/authors/John_Wyndham.htm
About John Wyndham

John Wyndham Parkes Lucas Benyon Harris was the son of a barrister. After trying a number of careers, including farming, law, commercial art and advertising, he started writing short stories in 1925. After serving in the civil Service and the Army during the war, he went back to writing. Adopting the name John Wyndham, he started writing a form of science fiction that he called 'logical fantasy. As well as The Day of the Triffids, he wrote The Kraken Wakes, The Chrysalids, The Midwich Cuckoos (filmed as Village of the Damned) and The Seeds of Time.

Novels
The Secret People (1935) (writing as John Beynon Harris)
Stowaway to Mars (1935) (writing as John Beynon) aka Planet Plane
The Day of the Triffids (1951) aka Revolt of the Triffids
The Kraken Wakes (1953) aka Out of the Deeps
Planet Plane (1953) aka Stowaway to Mars
The Chrysalids (1955) aka Re-Birth
The Midwich Cuckoos (1957)
Trouble with Lichen (1960)
The Outward Urge (1961) (writing as Lucas Parkes)
Chocky (1968)
Web (1979)

Chapter One: A Reading History Jan '04 - Jan '05

The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown (January 26 - February 19, 2004)
The Genealogy of Morals by Friedrich Nietszhe (March 5 - March 19, 2004)
"Reasons for the Fall of the Roman Empire" (article) (March 26, 2004)
The Elegant Universe by Brian Greene (April 2, 2004 - June 16, 2004)
"A Reader's Manifesto" by B. R. Myers (article) (April 16, 2004)
"Readers' Revenge" by Sage Stossel (article) (April 16, 2004)
King Lear by William Shakespeare (May 7, 2004 - June, 11, 2004)
"Argument: The Value of Nothing" by Dave Breuer (article) (May 14, 2004)
"Radical Thoughts on Our 160th Birthday: a Survey of Capitalism and Democracy" (article) (May 14, 2004 - May 21, 2004)
"Lear, Tolstoy and the Fool" by George Orwell (article) (June 25, 2004)
Stupid White Men by Mike Moore (July 2, 2004 - July 9, 2004)
"Myanmar" by Robert Young Pelton (article) (July 16, 2004)
"North Korea" by Robert Young Pelton (article) (July 16, 2004)
Our Language by Simeon Potter (July 30, 2004 - August 6, 2004)
Conquest of Happiness by Bertrand Russell (September 3, 2004 - September 10, 2004)
The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde (September 17, 2004 - September 24, 2004)
Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer (October 8, 2004)
Korea's Place in the Sun by Bruce Cummings (October 15, 2004 - November 19, 2004)
"The Clash of Civilisations?" by Samnuel P. Huntington (article) (November 5, 2004)
"Is Iraq Another Vietnam?" (article) (November 5, 2004)
"Ralph Nader and Democracy" (article) (November 5, 2004)
Sophie's World by Jostein Gaarder (December 3, 2004 - )
The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz (December 10, 2004)
Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham (January 7, 2005 - January 14, 2005)
Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams (January 21, 2005)




The Adoxist Society: AGENDA meeting 30

The Adoxist Society: AGENDA meeting 30

Discussion Questions: The DAY of the TRIFFIDS

Create some discussion questions and topics on Friday's novel for discussion HERE!

This is not for general discussion. See above.

Sunday, January 02, 2005

AGENDA meeting 30

AGENDA of the executive council (the board), meeting no 30, 9:45am – 10:15 Sat. 8/January/2005

1) confirm minutes of meeting no. 29

2) matters relating to selection of logo for seal, stamp and letterhead as delegated to Mr. Schwartz and any other member of the executive who wishes to talk to relevant people as necessary; includes possible interview with representatives from the graphics department

3) re-opened question of when to buy books, and where to send them to

4) the timetable for meetings of the Adoxist board

5) discuss and review website or message board or newsgroup (in particular for contact to be maintained between current and former adoxists)

6) creating classes of invitees (audience invitees and discussion invitees) perhaps with different charge scales

7) an impending possibility of succession crisis

8) donations and other societies to work with; the Pearl S. Buck organization, tsunami relief causes, other

9) treasurer’s address and update on treasury

10) new business; additional items with leave of committee members

SECRETARY

Chapter One: New (Jan 3) Reading List

¤·Weekly schedule: (subject to change; all chapters listed are inclusive)

DATE DISCUSSION TOPIC / REQUIRED READING

NEXT: Fri 7/Jan/05
Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham (up to and incl. ch. 4)
Fri 14/Jan/05
Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham (ch. 5 to end)
Fri 21/Jan/05
Hitchhikers' Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams (all)
Fri 28/Jan/05
Sophie’s World by Jostein Gaarder (p.188-246:“The Rennaisance”, “The Baroque”, “Descartes”)
Fri 4/Feb/05
The Order of Things: An Archaeology of the Human Sciences by Michel Foucault (up to and incl. Part I: 2 “The prose of the world”)
Fri 11/Feb/05
“Boys’ Weeklies” (chapter) Selected Essays by George Orwell
“Politics and the English Language” (chapter) Selected Essays by George Orwell
Fri 18/Feb/05
------------------------------NO SESSION----------------------------------------
Fri 25/Feb/05
Sophie’s World by Jostein Gaarder (p.247-281: “Spinoza”, “Locke”, “Hume”)
Fri 4/Mar/05
The Order of Things: An Archaeology of the Human Sciences by Michel Foucault (Part I: 3 “Representing” to 6 “Exchanging”)
Fri 11/Mar/05
Under the Volcano by Malcolm Lowry
Fri 18/Mar/05
Sophie’s World by Jostein Gaarder (to be decided)
Fri 25/Mar/05
The Order of Things: An Archaeology of the Human Sciences by Michel Foucault (Part II: all)
Fri 1/Apr/05
Sophie’s World by Jostein Gaarder (p.322-371: “Kant”, “Romanticism”,“Hegel”)
Fri 8/Apr/05
Sophie’s World by Jostein Gaarder (p.372-428: “Kierkegaard”, “Marx”, “Darwin”)

PREVIOUS:
Fri 17/Dec/04 Sophie’s World by Jostein Gaarder (p.140-147: “The Postcards”, “Two Cultures”, “The Middle Ages”)
¤·book discussion from 10: 15 am: Newman and Seeley present.

SECRETARY CHAPTER ONE

Adoxist board (council) meeting JANUARY 8th

The Adoxist board (council) meeting (no. 30) has been scheduled for 1PM on January 8...and that's this Saturday! We need three board members to open it. We also need to decide the venue.

Note that it may be moved by Chair and Secretary if not enough people can be there. This might seem likely.

Anyhow, the Agenda will be posted here as soon as prepared.

SECRETARY