|Relationship Status:||In an Open Relationship|
|Current City:||Los Angeles, California|
|Bio:||Known on various sites as "Lulu of the Lotus-Eaters" or variations thereof that meet site-specific constraints for aliases.|
GPG pub key: 1024D/317262D2 2007-07-17
Key fingerprint = 93E2 5D5B EE88 295C 3977 6C94 BCCB 1E27 3172 62D2 (http://gnosis.cx/davidmertz.pubkey or use the keyservers)
|Favorite Quotations:||A commodity appears, at first sight, a very trivial thing, and easily understood. Its analysis shows that it is, in reality, a very queer thing, abounding in metaphysical subtleties and theological niceties. (Karl Marx, Capital)|
Just as the dominated classes' ideological structures determine their future political, economic, and moral situations; my own view of my position to my boss determines my relation to my boss. These thoughts in the sailor went round and round like hamsters strung out on dex. (Kathy Acker, Empire of the Senseless)
If once a man indulges himself in murder, very soon he comes to think little of robbing; and from robbing he comes next to drinking and Sabbath-breaking, and from that to incivility and procrastination. (Thomas de Quincey)
Ontology recapitulates philology. (Willard Van Orman Quine, Word and Object)
Only as a part of a social whole, only in and through a social class, does the human person become historically real and culturally productive. [...] Not a single action taken by a whole person, not a single concrete ideological formation (a thought, an artistic image, even the content of dreams) can be explained and understood without reference to socioeconomic factors. (Valentin Voloshinov, Freudianism)
Keeping medicines from the bloodstreams of the sick; food from the bellies of the hungry; books from the hands of the uneducated; technology from the underdeveloped; and putting advocates of freedom in prisons. Intellectual property is to the 21st century what the slave trade was to the 16th. (Lulu of the Lotus-Eaters)
|Employers:||SEIU 2009-01 - Present|
D. E. Shaw Research 2008-03 - Present
Writer / Programmer
New York, New York
Documenting world's fastest supercomputer, being developed for computational biochemistry.
IBM, developerWorks 2001-03 - Present
Interventions and articulations in so very many areas of computer/programming technologies. Python is my greatest love though.
Gnosis Software 1998-01 - Present
"We know stuff"
Madison Tyler, LLC 2006-09 - 2007-06
Secretary of Ontology
Senior Developer; computational linguistics; semantic analysis and clustering; text processing.
|Education:||University of Massachusetts Amherst - 1992|
University of Massachusetts Amherst - 1999
University of Colorado at Boulder - 1987
Fairview High School - 1982
|Activities:||Computer Programs, Leftie, Erudite, Graffiti, To Get Money, All Around Good Guy|
|Interests:||Tattoos, Theatre, Bodybuilding, Theory, Travel, Species, Leftist Politics, Law, Philosophy, Film, Geeky Stuff|
|Music:||Dr. Octojoculus, Cake music, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Tom Waits, Alice Donut, Buzzcocks, Lucinda Williams, Social Distortion, Rancid, Jonathan Richman, Bob Dylan, PJ Harvey, Pere Ubu, Bright Eyes, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Disposable Heroes Of Hiphoprisy, Gillian Welch, Wilco, New York Dolls, Iggy Pop, Velvet Underground, Iris DeMent|
|Books:||Blood and Guts in High School, Kapital, The Birth of Heroin and the Demonization of the Dope Fiend, Sublime Object of Ideology, Naked Lunch, Temporary Autonomous Zone|
|Movies:||Children of Heaven, Storytelling, Dreams, High and Low, Dead Man, EXistenZ, Dogville, City of Hope, STRONG!|
|Other:||Los Angeles, California, JOHN CAGE'S 4'33'' FOR CHRISTMAS NUMBER ONE 2010, Reinstate Matt Cornell to FB, WTF has Obama done so far?, Doctors Without Borders/ Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), Walter Benjamin, Jacques Lacan, Ubuntu, Boulder, Colorado, Gilles Deleuze, Monthly Review, Slavoj Žižek, Python, Culturekiosque, Museum of Jurassic Technology, Marriage Equality, We Want a Dislike Option|