[NetBehaviour] The River is Flowing

Max Herman maxnmherman at hotmail.com
Sun Dec 27 20:02:03 CET 2020

This is great Edward!  It's one of my favorite of the 13 ways in the poem, for starters.  The sound and horizontal scrolling text, with the mirrored river's edge, captures nicely the appeal and axes of rivers.  There is an antique quality as well, in a positive sense, not unlike the tones and formatting of consumer print photographs from the 60's and 70's.

It's a bit strange that Flash, which was definitely a major medium for a long time, and definitely one which I still think of as "new," is just going away.  I don't know if I can think of a similar disappearance, but there must be some.  Technology giveth and taketh away and is never still.

An interesting metaphor I learned about just this month was Machiavelli's comparison of politics to the flowing river of "Fortuna," which could both be "woven" into canals for human use and also devastate those same creations by drought or deluge.  Since Leonardo was chief partner, as engineer, with Machiavelli, as politico, on the incredibly ambitious canal projects of the Medici, I am currently wondering if the Mona Lisa might not be L's democratic yet subtly patient rejoinder to his executively-oriented friend.

Flumen vestem texitur, or as Calvino took to be his motto, "festina lente."

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Dear all,

The River is Flowing

I’m in the process of transcribing some of my Flash animations to video, since Flash won’t work on any browsers after the end of 2020. This is the twelfth part of my 2007 adaptation of Wallace Stevens’ poem ‘Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird’.



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