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to edit........an email sent to Leanne, Wednesday August 3
345TIR (“for wiki”)

I decided to follow Paul’s rules more strictly using the Magpie RAG. I took the first outcome typed by the birds, 345TIR, and started working with that. I thought it sounded like a car number plate, but maybe there would be a hint in the TIR as an acronym…..so I googled it and found an some interesting lists on TIR. There was Total Internal Reflection -http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Total_Internal_Reflection - which relates to vision, but I wanted to be “given” further instruction. In the Magpie RAG you can see that the first thing typed is “3” which is held for a while, then it goes on to add “4” and “5”. I added these numbers together and got “12” and added those digits together and got “3”. So I looked at the Wikipedia page for TIR - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TIR - and took the third entry down which is “Occasional spelling of the Old Norse theonym Tyr”. (This entry had also caught my eye on my first look through the internet pages for an acronym.) So I went to Tyr - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tyr - and read with great interest and astonishment.

Tyr “is the god of single combat, victory and heroic glory in Norse mythology, portrayed as a one-handed man. In the late Icelandic Eddas, Tyr is portrayed, alternately, as the son of Odin (Prose Edda) or of Hymir (Poetic Edda), while the origins of his name and his possible relationship to Tuisto (see Tacitus' Germania) suggest he was once considered the father of the gods and head of the pantheon.”

Now, this is the bit that got me in…….
North Germanic Tyr
“According to the Poetic Edda and Prose Edda, at one stage the gods decided to shackle the Fenris wolf (Fenrir - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fenrir), but the beast broke every chain they put upon him. Eventually they had the dwarves make them a magical ribbon called Gleipnir - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gleipnir . It appeared to be only a silken ribbon but was made of six wondrous ingredients:
the sound of a cat's footfall
the beard of a woman
the roots of a mountain
bear's sinews (meaning nerves, sensibility)
fish's breath
bird's spittle.
The creation of Gleipnir is said to be the reason why none of the above exist.Fenrir sensed the gods' deceit and refused to be bound with it unless one of them put his hand in the wolf's mouth.
Tyr, known for his great wisdom and courage, agreed, and the other gods bound the wolf. After Fenrir had been bound by the gods, he struggled to try and break the rope. When the gods saw that Fenrir was bound they all rejoiced, except Tyr, who had his right hand bitten off by the wolf. Fenrir will remain bound until the day of Ragnarök. As a result of this deed, Tyr is called the "Leavings of the Wolf"; which is to be understood as a poetic kenning for glory.
According to the Prose version of Ragnarok, Tyr is destined to kill and be killed by Garm, the guard dog of Hel. However, in the two poetic versions of Ragnarok, he goes unmentioned; unless one believes that he is the "Mighty One".

Now, you may have noticed some connections in this……
Wolf– I made the animations “Blackdog” in 2010 and we discussed it in emails yesterday.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SDEEZeE_jrQ
Bird’s Spittle – my “Lunchbox” performance last semester
Fish’s Breath – what you get from eating Fish Pie (or Ragpie as we call it)
Bear’s sinews (sensibility - an acute perception of or responsiveness toward something, such as the emotions of another – the opposite of the dog chasing the car) – I therefore relate that to the Dog Pour video
The beard of a woman – those “witches’ hairs I pluck from my chin regularly (also a fear of mine from childhood, as Julie means “downy bearded”)
The sound of a cat’s footfall – I relate this to the Lift/Stair interest. There is no sound of any footfall in a lift, or on jelly stairs
The roots of a mountain - I had to imagine creating a mountain by digging a hole and making a pile of earth next to it……then amplify it to create the mountain – the hole is also amplified to create a sea. And we have “Jelly Sea”.

Magical Ribbon (Gleipnir) – this seems to me to be the magical stream of code that is our videos, writings, images and all things digital we send to the Wiki and over the internet. You may remember that Paul Thomas said that these codes do eventually break down over time, and suggested that in 20 years they will start to deteriorate. You may also remember that I have had trouble breaking it….maybe there’s something in that. And that “the creation of this is the reason that none of the above (the six ingredients for the ribbon) exists. (Well, they do don’t they – and only as a “magical ribbon”).

NB: To ensure that the magical ribbon remains intact and the wolf remains bound, continue creating wondrous ingredients?

Next I looked at Ragnarok……R A G narok – R A G reversed Koran. So I went to my copy of the Koran and just opened at the bookmark – I can’t remember when I last looked at this book, but the few pages I read from the bookmark on where very anti- Jew and anti-Christian. (I will go back to this later and read the Koran from the bookmark back.)
I googled Ragnarok this morning -http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ragnar%C3%B6k- and find that it is “a series of future events, including a great battle foretold to ultimately result in the death of a number of major figures (including the gods Odin, Thor, Týr, Freyr, Heimdall, and Loki), the occurrence of various natural disasters, and the subsequent submersion of the world in water. Afterward, the world will resurface anew and fertile, the surviving and reborn gods will meet, and the world will be repopulated by two human survivors.”

Kenning – this is what we do all the time with words and our current artworks - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kenning


So, there is some interesting serendipity!.......the bird spittle really got me hooked to go!

The Lunch Box from Julie Anne Shea on Vimeo.

Lunchbox, April 2011 for COFA0927