Friday, February 8, 2008

314J: A Course in Flatland

So call me captain obvious, but did anyone else notice something oddly familiar when they opened the book? Ok, maybe some of you aren't like me and actually looked at the book before we started reading it, but I'm not that ambitious I guess. Anyway, the blog design is strangely familiar to that of the book, from the little "blog" tab to the typeface of the headings and then that trippy little gathering of red squares. Of course, this must all be purely coincidence. Sorry, just wanted to point that out. I have no idea if it is of any significance.

Did anyone get any mental images of a square and a circle mating, perhaps akin to the "square peg in a round hole" lesson we all learned as tykes? I'm not really sure where I'm going with this or where the book is going with this as I think it's too early to really know. But I am definitely interested to see what happens and what comes of it. Also, could Tomasula be using the properties of a square (straight lines, right angles, equal sides, etc.) to say something about men in general and likewise the properties of a circle (no angles, infinite symmetry, etc.) to say something about women in general? Again, I don't think I'm in any position to make assumptions on any of these, but I will keep them in mind as I read and just wanted to know if anyone else had some thoughts. Hopefully our next readings will reveal some answers to us.



Kyle Caffey said...

I doubt that the design of the blog is a coincidence. Like in Vas, the type-faces and lines mark the multiple strings of thought that flow as the plot moves. Our thoughts are recorded in the blog as the "plot" of the class moves forward.

Chris K. said...

I definitely think that the fact that the females are closed curves, and the men are regular polygons is no coincidence. To me it reflects not just male and female physiognomy, but also the emotion versus logic dichotomy.

Blackout said...

I actually didn't notice that the blog was anything like VAS until reading this post but now I do sort of see the similarity.