OPOYUL~ PAGES 

DEVELOP AWARENESS


 

This page contains information and links that have been developed over the past 5-6 years or more in connection with the theory of OPOYUL~.  The idea of OPOYUL~ continues to be difficult and uncertain to me, and this site as a whole is intended to assist me in working out the theory in better detail or (at least) in a more communicable form.  The basic idea is that OPOYUL~ (pronounced "poyle") is a non-existent but conceptually useful substance that is the medium through which information and attempts at communication travel among humans.

 



  • There have been a couple of OPOYUL~ websites over the years, all now defunct. Much of what used to be posted at those websites is lost and forgotten. That which remains was translated into trading card form for distribution in art-o-mat machines. The trading cards are no longer being produced, but you can make a set for yourself by printing this document on card stock and cutting out the cards.  If you want me to make you some, I could probably do that and mail them to you.
  • OPOYUL~ has a pretend myspace.com profile, and might pretend to be "friends" with your pretend profile on myspace.com.  I check it every few months.
  • One of the best things you can do to develop your awareness of OPOYUL~ is to keep in mind the Four Stumbling Blocks to Truth Attributed to Fr. Roger Bacon, by Don Tarquino, Baron Corvo:
    • No. 1 - The Influence of Fragile or Unworthy Authority
    • No. 2 - Custom
    • No. 3 - The Imperfection of Undisciplined Senses
    • No. 4 - Concealment of Ignorance by Ostentation of Seeming Wisdom
  • Charcoal Briquettes are helpful to think about in relation to OPOYUL~.
    • Commentary-  
    • Once upon a time, I took high school physics with Mr. Lovell.  Scientific terms and concepts used in the class frequently ended up in the poems I would write instead of taking Newton seriously.  At some point that year, Mr. Lovell described the abstract concept of a "black body" that was useful for doing abstract physics calculation.  A black body, as I understood it, has perfectly efficient absorption of energy and is a perfectly efficient emitter of energy.  "So do they exist?" I asked.  Some back and forth followed - I was unwilling, at that time, to be told I was doing pretend math.  "No, they're just an idea - the closest thing we really have like a black body is charcoal briquettes."
    •  Later, I read the Tao of Pooh.  It talked about the "uncarved block" as a useful concept for understanding the mental state of Taoism.
    • Even later than that, I had been spending a couple of years thinking here and there about there being some real problem with moving information from one person's mind to another that I could only perceive by glimpses through advertising, propaganda, eavesdropping, art, euphemisms, poorly translated popular literature.  Also, reading a good bit of Pynchon and Nabokov.  Much of my thinking was occupied with the question of why, when friend A and friend B both wrote beautifully and creatively, did friend A's work fall flat and friend B's work knock me over.  What did B have that A did not?
    • At some point in the late 90's, I was in a Linens N Things (or possibly a Bed Bath & Beyond, both franchises have occupied that particular store location) and had something of an epiphany.  There was a sale on big colorful towels.  There was a big bin.  There were big colorful towels.  There was special sale signage with a picture of the big colorful towels.  There was a metal sign holder just right for the signage.  The special sale sign was in the holder, but the sign holder for the signage could NOT be attached to the big bin for the big colorful towels.  An employee had stood there with it all so close together, so close to being just what Corporate had decreed, holding the sale sign that matched but could not attach to the sale items in the sale bin - and eventually just rested the sign holder on its side on top of the towels.  For some reason, looking at this failed display of towels on sale resulted in a realization of how almost everything went exactly right across the whole franchise for this sale plan to go exactly wrong right in this store.  Somehow, that epiphany resulted in my learning to seek out OPOYUL~ and develop my awareness.
    • In the early 2000s, I realized that the charcoal briquette, which is sort of like a conceptual perfectly efficient absorber and emitter of energy, was an excellent mental image for the conceptual perfectly efficient absorber and emitter of information in the context of OPOYUL~ awareness.
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  • Books, among many other things, are helpful in developing OPOYUL~ Awareness.  Here is a list of books and/or authors I have considered recently:
    • Plato- The Republic - particularly the thing about the cave and, possibly, exiling all the poets.
    • Jorge Borges- Labyrinths
    • Stephen Millhauser- Edwin Mullhouse, The Life and Death of an American Writer, 1943-1954 by Jeffery Cartwright
    • Ursula K. LeGuin- The Left Hand of Darkness
    • Marcel Proust- Remembrance of Things Past / Searching for Lost Time- the proprietor read the first two volumes of "Remembrance of Things Past" four years ago and then stopped to rest; the new "Searching for Lost Time" translation is on the shopping list.
    • Samuel Beckett's essay on Proust
    • Emily Dickinson- particularly this one
    • Herman Melville- Moby Dick
    • Jacques Barzun- From Dawn to Decadence
    • Julien Benda- The Treason of the Intellectuals
    • Thomas Pynchon- uncertain, bits of several
    • Vladimir Nabokov- particularly Pale Fire
    • Roger Penrose- the Road to Reality
    • Stewart Shapiro- Thinking About Mathematics
    • Ezra Pound, the ABC of Reading; and relatedly, the articles about M. Agassiz in the recent issue of Cabinet.
    • William Shakespeare- A Winter's Tale, sonnet 138
    • Joe Milutis- Ether, the Nothing that Connects Everything (I have got this but not read it yet, worried my hopes might be too high that someone else on the planet is all unbeknownst to themselves thinking about OPOYUL)