Steve Dye

Who are you?

Steve Dye, pronounced as one word or two.

What is your tie to h2so4?

I often wear a bow tie, but am drawn more and more to a simple narrow silk tie (black).

What is funny?

Chris Rock.

What is not funny?

Malice, intentional cruelty, ignorance.

What book should I read?

Should is such an odd word. It has the connotation of guilt somehow, or of a sense of obligation. I would never want you to read something that you didn't want to actually read. I personally would love to read something with bright colors in it, or even sounds from wild animals, or a book that had diffuse lighting and smells and sounds from underwater.

Why do you (on occasion) work for no money?

I ask myself that same question. I think it has something to do with rewards not measurable in money, i don't believe that I was that influenced by the presidents call for more volunteerism, but I do believe that action can create a better space for myself and others.

What is your favorite movie? Or would you prefer to call it a "film"?

The one I am working on right now!!

Your favorite quote from Evany Thomas:


Your favorite quote from elsewhere:

g(ab)=8 pi k t(ab)

Where k is Newton's gravitational constant

What piece of writing has most influenced your life?

Perhaps Gutenberg's bible, though I have never read it.

What person has most changed your life ("famous" or non-)?


So tell me, what would a person be surprised to find out about you?

I like to play violent shootem up video games. I've done coke and played with shotguns.

What band would you have play at your next party (yes, historically open)?

Fela Kuti

Does not the war perpetuate that which it is called to make disappear, and consecrate war and its virile virtues in good conscience?

It is my understanding that war is used as a tool, along with sophisticated propaganda, to enforce power and control. I do not think that its true function is to make anything disappear. Since Clausewitz, war has developed like mass production. Killing and death harvested by machine with greater efficiency.

Among "native" or "indigenous" peoples, or smaller units of people (gangs, sports teams) for example, battle and conflict is governed by strict rules of conduct, and codes of honor. Loss of life is limited, and not on a mass scale. Native people in the americas had developed the notion of "counting coup" whereby one achieved stature and standing not by how many one had slain, but by the number of times one was able to enter conflict, and get close enough to an opponent to touch that opponent in the confusion of battle with an incredibly soft fabric or animal skin, and exit battle unharmed.

As for consecrating and virile virtues and all, we still have the notion of the hero, standing up against insurmountable odds. It is convienient to purpetuate this ideology, thereby adding "glory" (and recruits) to the process of war.

To what are you addicted? what is addiction?

The moving image, though I prefer the term "absorbed."

Do you, too, love Abraham Lincoln? why? why not?

Awesome lawyer, brother had style with that big ole hat, and ghetto tough scar!

How does the cameraman compare with the painter?

The cameraman uses an apparatus to arrange light onto a variety of media thereby creating an image, often an image in motion. the painter uses various pigment in binder technologies to arrange said pigments or other material into an image. both can facilitate or help to create an "object" in which is framed the results of a specific set of circumstances. both also have an annoying mythology or a romanticized view of misunderstood artist, underappreciated by the society in which they find themselves.

Authentic being-one's-self takes the definite form of an existentiell modification of the "they"; and this modification must be defined existentially. What does this modification imply, and what are the ontological conditions for its possibility?

Hooey !

Is everything popular a debasement of what it would otherwise be? Are we really looking for a salvation or meaning that only a few can access, with difficulty?

Many things that are popular in a materialist capitalist society are often the result of sophisticated marketing, focus groups, committee decisions and end up appealing to the lowest common denominator. meaning can be found in large groups of people, but can that be said to be popular?

The question is what is meant by popular, how is the populace defined. If a majority of people are excited, or support a specific concept, person, or action, is that bad? How is debasement defined, who is making the judgment that the actions or prejudices of an other are greater or lesser than. Such a measure can only be subjective.

Salvation and meaning ultimately can only be found within, access to that can often be difficult, but is ultimately obtainable by all. It has also been shown that this meaning can be found anywhere.

Anything you would like to add?

Some garlic, perhaps some roasted poblano peppers. I just like saying the word poblano.

The people thank you.

I thank the people.

Steve Dye