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Polynesian Stick Charts
The Nonist on stickcharts:

"The Polynesians, scattered as they were over 1,000 islands across the central and southern Pacific Ocean, were master navigators who tracked their way over a huge expanses of ocean without any of the complex mechanical aids we associate with sea fairing. They didn’t have the astrolabe or the sextant, the compass or the chronometer. They did however have aids of a sort, which though seemingly humble, were in fact the repositories of an extremely complex kind of knowledge. Called Rebbelibs, Medos. and Mattangs, today we call them simply “Stick Charts.”

There are three kinds of stick charts. …"
marshallislands  micronesia  nonist  mapping  oceanography  geometry  history  maps  geography  cartography  stickcharts 
november 2012 by robertogreco
a nonist public service pamphlet: What everyone should know about blog depression
"we here at the nonist have spoken before about the “blog life crisis" which is a natural part of any blog’s life-span. what we turn our attention to now, however, is the more insidious, prolonged strain of dissatisfaction which stays with a blogger, right below the surface, throughout a blog’s lifetime. the diligent and self aware blogger can resist this destructive undercurrent, make changes, adapt, rationalize, but for many, untreated, it can cause much needless suffering in the form of full fledged blog depression.

below you will find a 6 page pamphlet meant as a public service to help educate bloggers about this growing problem. feel free to download the complete pdf and disseminate this work to those you know and love. otherwise click each to see the larger version. “the more you know...”"
blogging  addiction  humor  depression  satire  burnout  productivity  psychology  nonist 
april 2008 by robertogreco
Subjectivity And The Subjugated
"Regardless of exactly the nature of what his photographs evoke, they are evocative, and very often beautiful, which is possibly the best one can say about a photograph from the artist’s standpoint. Not from a documentarian’s, or an ethnologist’s standpoint certainly, but from an artist’s."
costumes  ethnography  glvo  masks  nativeamerican  pacificnorthwest  cascadia  photography  history  comments  truth  nonist 
april 2008 by robertogreco
Putting The Base Back In Baseball
"What makes this particular document so fantastic is that in issuing these “Special Instructions To Players,” warning against foul language on the field, Major League baseball decided to reprint some of the offensive language verbatim. Hilarious."
baseball  history  swearing  language  humor  trashtalk  nonist 
february 2008 by robertogreco
the nonist - Long Duration Love Affair
[Wayback: http://web.archive.org/web/20130216141615/http://thenonist.com/index.php/thenonist/permalink/long_distance_love_affair/ ]

"That cylindrical object you see pictured above is a roughly school-bus sized structure which was deployed into space in 1984. It orbited the Earth for five and a half years with nothing expected of it other than to float there, getting battered about by whatever the great black yonder saw fit to throw at it. You see, every inch of its outside surface was covered with Science. 57 separate experiments, mounted in 86 trays, involving the participation of “more than 200 principal investigators from 33 private companies, 21 universities, seven NASA centers, nine Department of Defense laboratories and eight foreign countries.” Its purpose was to study the effects of space on a multitude of materials. Its name is the Long Duration Exposure Facility (LDEF) and I am deeply in love with it."

[Permalink: http://thenonist.com/index.php/thenonist/permalink/long_distance_love_affair/ ]
science  space  nasa  nostalgia  exposure  engineering  design  art  time  wear  research  materials  beausage  patina  nonist 
january 2008 by robertogreco
about the nonist
[Wayback: http://web.archive.org/web/20130321020446/http://thenonist.com/index.php/thenonist/faq/ ]

"Someone who believed "isms" were simply too rigid to ever accommodate a constantly evolving human life, and thus, though interesting as intellectual exercise, proved totally useless in practice, well, they might be called a "nonist" as well. …

n. \'nä "ni-z&m\ An unwillingness to bind your world view to any ideology; to embody an objective view point, assuming little, guided by reason."

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"What is a nonist? / Where did the title come from?

The term "nonist" has its roots planted firmly in the visual arts, or rather my application of it does. During late night bullshit sessions with some buddies of mine the term came about as a reaction to the perceived prerequisite the art world places on its members to adhere to some marketable category or "ism."

It was my feeling that "isms" were extraneous bullshit, that the shadow of art history ought not dissuade one from exploring any avenue, even those well travelled, and that turning, stylistically, 180 degrees from one project to the next is an artist's prerogative.

Only later did it occur to me that in many ways the term "nonist" might apply outside of art, as a reflection of a world view.

Someone who is tired of the endless parade of opinions, beliefs, superstitions, and biases aggressively propped up as Truth might be a "nonist" for instance.

Someone who believed "isms" were simply too rigid to ever accommodate a constantly evolving human life, and thus, though interesting as intellectual exercise, proved totally useless in practice, well, they might be called a "nonist" as well.

Someone who found the tendency toward easily digestible categorization of the world around them, no matter how oversimplified or glaringly false, comically insufficient and more than a little annoying, might be called a "nonist."

It was with an eye toward these realizations I called this site The Nonist. Later a proper definition was offered by a friend. It lays out as follows:

Nonism
n. \'nä "ni-z&m\ An unwillingness to bind your world view to any ideology; to embody an objective view point, assuming little, guided by reason.

I still happen to find that definition applicable and pleasing. It's as good and cogent a definition as any so let's just leave it at that."
art  books  words  ideology  nonist  nonism 
january 2008 by robertogreco

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