Sunday, 10 December 2017

Have You Come To Stay?

By Rory A.A. Hinton

Have you come to stay?
Yes, Sister, if you’ll have me. 
Solitude: the way
to die and to love again
while sitting doing nothing. 

Thursday, 30 November 2017

逆噴射 Haiku November 2017

By Rory A.A. Hinton

November 2017

Wednesday November 01, 2017
Java doc
Her code.
His mode

Thursday November 02, 2017
Virtual vision
Field glitch.
White world

Friday November 03, 2017
Buddha pest
Control bored.
Stiff back

Saturday November 04, 2017
Floor bored
Nails polish.
Jagged edge

Sunday November 05, 2017
Passenger seats
Changing greets.
Vanishing row

Monday November 06, 2017
Winter wind
Blowing in.
Side angle

Tuesday November 07, 2017
Give back
Track more.
Bliss fully

Wednesday November 08, 2017
Another one
Gone good.
Brief impact

Thursday November 09, 2017
Document method
Madness drama. 
Quietly delivered

Friday November 10, 2017
Facing fears
Cheers ears.
Word talking

Saturday November 11, 2017
Bow man
Ville chill.
Buds bloom

Sunday November 12, 2017
Lost pass
Word found.
Good eye

Monday November 13, 2017
Ad hoc
Key ring.
Bell tolls

Tuesday November 14, 2017
Silent adoration
Working humility.
Daily practice

Wednesday November 15, 2017
Sworn silent
Greetings off.
Leaving alone

Thursday November 16, 2017
New seeds
Sown now.
How timely

Friday November 17, 2017
Bald dragon
Den father.
This works

Saturday November 18, 2017
Build fortress
Around town.
Teen dreams

Sunday November 19, 2017
Shaved clean
Start again. 
Grow slow

Monday November 20, 2017
Stone cold
Temp drop.
Stop crop

Tuesday November 21, 2017
Drop hint
On point.
Stop shop

Wednesday November 22, 2017
Net worth
More gain.
Pain game

Thursday November 23, 2017
Virgin above
Viper below.
Know show

Friday November 24, 2017
Old friend
Birth day. 
In fashion

Saturday November 25, 2017
Solitary work
Week ends.
Inside job

Sunday November 26, 2017
Bright white
Light night. 
Thank you

Monday November 27, 2017
Home work
Out more.
Body mind

Tuesday November 28, 2017
Angel breaks
Free dome. 
Flat heaven

Wednesday November 29, 2017
Own worst
Enemy it.
Pass by

Thursday November 30, 2017
Entering into
Great Silence.
Night office

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

The Heidegger Files

By Rory A.A. Hinton

Sein Und Zeit - Signed First Edition

"It is rather the darkest of all." (Martin Heidegger)

I recently finished binge watching The X-Files on Netflix. It took me two weeks to get through it. Xbox Gold rewarded my obsessive effort with a virtual trophy. Nice. What started out as a way to spend some spare time ended up as a nostalgic indulgence.
     My late father introduced me to the show when it first aired twenty three years ago. Watching it was one of the few things we did together. He later confessed to me that his commitment to it had less to do with his interest in science fiction, and more to do with his love of Gillian Anderson. Like father, like son.



     He did, however, tell me that the X-Files were real files. I wanted to believe. So I did. Instilling in me the belief that the show was more science than fiction, that Mulder and Scully were actually dramatizing real events cataloged in top secret government files, has been the inspiration behind my ever evolving reconnaissance mission to seek the truth out there, wherever and whatever it might be: "Supposing truth is a woman - what then?" (Friedrich Nietzsche).
     The tenth episode of the seventh season of The X-Files is entitled "Sein Und Zeit" (Being And Time). It was written as the first of  a two-part segment that reveals what happened to Mulder's sister Samantha. It is one of many episodes that informs the narrative arch of the alien-conspiracy mythology.

Fox And Samantha


     The title of the episode intrigued me. I first read Martin Heidegger's Sein Und Zeit as an undergraduate philosophy major. It left its mark on me. Over the years I have come back to this book and read it through new eyes each time (these days they are decidedly pragmatic). Richard Rorty's summation of Heidegger's significance sums up my present attitude: "Heideggerese is Heidegger's gift to us, not Being's gift to Heidegger."
     This is a pragmatic way of saying that Heidegger's worth is in the language he has given us in Being And Time ("Heideggerese") to get things intentionally done in the world, rather than using "Platonese" to leave things ineffably undone (supposedly) elsewhere. So much the worse for Platonic onto-theology: "Christianity is Platonism for the masses." (Friedrich Nietzsche).
     One of the things I wanted to get done after I watched episode ten was to determine if (and how) Heidegger's philosophy in Sein Und Zeit influenced the writers'/producers' decision to call it what they did. I am not the first person to think about this. But all that I could find online was an acknowledgement by a serious X-Files fansite that the connection between Heidegger's book and the title of the episode was something left unanswered. At least it was asked.
     Heidegger's philosophy is a modern commentary on the ancient claim made by Heraclitus that "all is flux." What distinguishes Being And Time in the history of Western philosophy is the emphasis that it places on the word 'all'. To be in the world (being) is to continually become in a world of constant change, a world that is experienced as the indefinitely continued progress of events (time), and grounded in primordial temporality (history). So, to be in the world is to be in history (and no where else). This is true of all that is (without exception). Michel Foucault's important insight that we are all "historically condemned to history" is nothing but a footnote to Heidegger (who did not mind the condemnation).



     With this in mind, my guess about the title is that the key to understanding Mulder's "Closure" (the title of the second part of this segment) about Samantha is found in his recognition that her death is a tragic end, but that it does not occur through alien means. As he comes to terms with the recent death of his mother, this discovery about Samantha plays a central part of what it means for him to be in the world. He finds peace at this stage of the story by letting go of his conspiratorial quest for a more-than-natural answer to Samantha's human-all-too-human disappearance. Like Heidegger, he accepts his condemnation without complaint.
     "Heideggerese" has helped me gain descriptive closure over the death of my father. Writing this essay in his memory certainly makes this process easier. But such closure does not close the door on the mystery of being in the world (whether that includes the disappearance of your sister or the demise of your father). In the end we still must face the question of the Being of beings, the "darkest of all." This is the real X-File.

Albert Hinton (1934-2011)

Tuesday, 31 October 2017

逆噴射 Haiku October 2017

By Rory A.A. Hinton

October 2017

Sunday October 01, 2017
Dignified grave
Site preserved.
Protective shade

Monday October 02, 2017
Sun shine
Shot seen.
Hoop her

Tuesday October 03, 2017
Sitting still
Moving up.
Time being

Wednesday October 04, 2017
Dead on
Arrive all.
Flat line

Thursday October 05, 2017
Last call
Mall meal.
Table duty

Friday October 06, 2017
Bud wise
Her wisdom.
Con federate

Saturday October 07, 2017
Space time
Being station.
Strange image

Sunday October 08, 2017
Fire place
Trace light.
Entire night

Monday October 09, 2017
Nothing left
Over eating.
Boring cuisine

Tuesday October 10, 2017
Don’t fuck
Things up.
Stay down

Wednesday October 11, 2017
Six years
Ago today.
Daily grind

Thursday October 12, 2017
Savaged beauty
Secretly returns.
Fashionable life

Friday October 13, 2017
My physical
Death wish.
Be ready

Saturday October 14, 2017
Never knowing
You completely.
Knew suggestion

Sunday October 15, 2017
Bathurst hill
Battle weary.
Life cycles

Monday October 16, 2017
Final season
Ending race.
Eighty eight

Tuesday October 17, 2017
Bivalent effort
Less mess.
Still valiant

Wednesday October 18, 2017
Ex on
Her ate.
Me oui

Thursday October 19, 2017
Thank you
Too much.
Video booth

Friday October 20, 2017
Some times
Two love.
Strange her

Saturday October 21, 2017
Stranger things
Change places.
Best memories

Sunday October 22, 2017
Home base
Ball game.
Last season

Monday October 23, 2017
Sitting zazen
Reading Dogen.
Nothing more

Tuesday October 24, 2017
Body breaking
Down window.
Falling apart

Wednesday October 25, 2017
Amount two
Nothing much.
Cube tube

Thursday October 26, 2017
Bodhi dharma
Bum life.
Idle idling

Friday October 27, 2017
Do nothing
Burger king.
Brother bling

Saturday October 28, 2017
Only #poetry
Hash tag.
White flag

Sunday October, 29, 2017
Sharp pain
Dulls brain.
Can’t ignore

Monday October, 30, 2017
Virtual rain
Drops falling.
Movie music

Tuesday October, 31, 2017
Account ant
Man machine.
Tour ended.

Sunday, 22 October 2017

Spin On A Sonnet

By Rory A.A. Hinton

They also serve who only sit and sate.

Saturday, 30 September 2017

逆噴射 Haiku September 2017

By Rory A.A. Hinton

September 2017

Friday September 01, 2017
Name space
Trace brand.
Band width

Saturday September 02, 2017
Soul mates
Know more. 
Sour taste

Sunday September 03, 2017
Black house
Mother shady.
Lady blues

Monday September 04, 2017
One weak
Taking off.
Estate cash

Tuesday September 05, 2017
Movie scooter
Away drama.
Irony man

Wednesday September 06, 2017
Funeral plan
Ahead again.
Father blues

Thursday September 07, 2017
Stay put
Down up.
Own man

Friday September 08, 2017
Sorry bad
Boy shame.
Renew IT

Saturday September 09, 2017
Freedom 55
Alive again. 
Two more

Sunday September 10, 2017
Daily double
Down dose.
Dear diary

Monday September 11, 2017
Due date
Time again.
Hey baby

Tuesday September 12, 2017
Better late
Never mind.
Empty work

Wednesday September 13, 2017
Delicate sounding
On alignment. 
Secret relation

Thursday September 14, 2017
Make most
Moist cake.
Eating it

Friday September 15, 2017
Death poem
Recited well.
Wit man

Saturday September 16, 2017
Winter beard
Grows cold. 
Froze zen

Sunday September 17, 2017
Father earth
Mothers birth.
Rose merry

Monday September 18, 2017
Mountain Merton
Manner Matterhorn.
Model mensch

Tuesday September 19, 2017
Seven teen
Town e11even.
Father hood

Wednesday September 20, 2017
Still uneasy
Sense her.
Backing off

Thursday September 21, 2017
Last minute
Man handle.
Willingly able

Friday September 22, 2017
Pat trick
Tail back.
Rebel tunes

Saturday September 23, 2017
White wall
Zen power.
Urge purge

Sunday September 24, 2017
Ode irony
Bored stiff.
Care man

Monday September 25, 2017
Walk away
Way allay.
Turn out

Tuesday September 26, 2017
Reconstruct on
Point rationally.
Logically positive

Wednesday September 27, 2017
Bye polar
Ice queen.
Be loving

Thursday September 28, 2017
Better bye
Now never.
Memory lost

Friday September 29, 2017
Old stock
Car crash.
Die hard

Saturday September 30, 2017
Prime number
Three time.
Dream driving

Thursday, 31 August 2017

逆噴射 Haiku August 2017

By Rory A.A. Hinton

August 2017

Tuesday August 01, 2017
Machine joy
Division men.
Style guides

Wednesday August 02, 2017
Shrine fall
Off center.
Low down

Thursday August 03, 2017
Beaded blood
Brother bond.
Two doctors

Friday August 04, 2017
Parking lot
Flat fee.
Worth it

Saturday August 05, 2017
Musical festival
Drop offspring.
Dairy king

Sunday August 06, 2017
Father son
Running on.
Both ways

Monday August 07, 2017
Costly living
Space race.
Empty form

Tuesday August 08, 2017
Grounded sitting
Inspiration man.
Heir jordan

Wednesday August 09, 2017
Seclusion clue
Clouseau knows.
Curious cloister

Thursday August 10, 2017
Music garden
Park bench.
Homage her

Friday August 11, 2017
Four days
Late score.
Bore dumb

Saturday August 12, 2017
Season one
Two together.
Third time

Sunday August 13, 2017
White wind
Zen again.
Ever open

Monday August 14, 2017
Struck deaf
Dumb blind.
Sound seen

Tuesday August 15, 2017
Kind words
Woo kindred.
Healing him

Wednesday August 16, 2017
Drop dead
Head rolls.
Bell rings

Thursday August 17, 2017
Mixed tears
Tearing heart.
Finally home

Friday August 18, 2017
Home sweet
Heart suite.
All together

Saturday August 19, 2017
Karma cancer
Man woman.
Checked out

Sunday August 20, 2017
Deep inner
Pain again.
Gain relief

Monday August 21, 2017
Past harmful
Karma reality.
Fully avow

Tuesday August 22, 2017
Zoom boom
Boom lights.
Out bound

Wednesday August 23, 2017
Closed blind
Man walking.
Tall hero

Thursday August 24, 2017
Pain pain
Pain pain.
Pain pain

Friday August 25, 2017
Rain rain
Rain rain.
Rain rain.

Saturday August 26, 2017
Gain gain
Gain gain.
Gain gain

Sunday August 27, 2017
Subtly simple
Silence sings.
Songs myself

Monday August 28, 2017
Corpus christi
Rocked port.
Sent concern

Tuesday August 29, 2017
Down pour
Water town.
Back canuck

Wednesday August 30, 2017
Weak weary
Worn weather.
Wither wilson

Thursday August 31, 2017
Final release
Date finished.
Piece meals