|Ahem. What is the
Abstract Concrete Works? No doubt you've already pondered
that. Don't worry about the anecdote of Fats Waller and the
Society Dame who asked him, "Mr. Waller, what is jazz,
exactly?" and to whom he replied, "Lady, if you hafta ask, you ain't never
gonna know!" That's relatively irrelevant here.
AbstractConcreteWorks.com is a very
long domain name (when I registered it you couldn't get a
longer one), and I tried for
nearly a year to stop thinking of it, but it kept popping back into my
head, so finally
I gave in and registered it.
Abstract Concrete Works.
it: Is "Abstract" a noun, a verb, or an adjective? Yes--all
three. Is "Concrete" a noun? Yes. (But it may also be
a verb. Or an adjective.) And "Works"--is it a noun or a
verb? Uh-huh. Put them all back together again and you
have--well, you can't just state it in a simple declarative sentence.
Whatever Abstract Concrete Works is,
it does appear at first to be self-contradictory. But I don't
think it's an oxymoron. It's more an enactment of "synergy" and
something like what Bucky Fuller had in mind with his term
"dymaxion." Here's a definition of sorts. (By the way,
Fuller once declared, "I seem to be a verb." I won't trouble you
with a parsing of that--what "seem" means, and all, which would
have to include an explication of what Hamlet says to his mommie:
"Seem, lady, nay, I know not seem," and why.)
Does that help? Just put it
all into the right side of your brain, let it go for a while, and then
what oozes over to the left side, where the language stuff is.
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you got here is attributed
to Henry VIII of England. Play it
again if you like. It should
sound like a