The Best Sentence of the Day

This blog is a cut-up of a dissertation in progress. Each day, I will post my favorite sentence that I have newly scribed. Everything out of context, but suggestive. I hope.

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Saturday, June 10, 2006

Best Sentence #78

My best sentences of today make a controversial claim; go ahead and debate me in the comments if you feel so inclined.

Everything can be gamed; there is no scenario that completely precludes play. It is simply a matter of being trained to perceive what is ludic about any given context or platform.

49 Comments:

Blogger JMW said...

Not sure why the argument represented by these sentences would be controversial. I suppose you can't say on this blog, since its format seems pretty strict. But if you can, fill us in -- who believes there are scenarios that completely preclude play?

Anyway, cool idea for a site. It makes me feel two things simultaneously: 1. You're probably writing a very compelling dissertation. 2. I'm very, very glad I don't have to write one.

4:18 PM  
Blogger Peter Matthes said...

What about a trip to the local colonic hydrotherapist?

7:07 PM  
Blogger JulieInIndy said...

Have you ever watched the movie "War Games"? Global Thermonuclear War was one option that comes to mind as a scenario that precludes play.

8:20 PM  
Blogger Adam said...

I see nothing controversial about this sentence. If it is a fact, it doesn't mean that we would, or should

8:25 PM  
Anonymous Stephanie said...

I enjoyed that sentence, and a lot of the other sentences you have throughout your blog!

8:37 PM  
Blogger paztor said...

Good sentence, excellent Blog !,

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9:27 PM  
Blogger *blonde bond* said...

wow. and i thought i could write. man this is impressive...i don't even know half of the vocabulary in that sentence. but then again i'm still young. i can learn. but now, i must ask, i just can't resist...wasn't that two sentences?
thanks for the mind work out!

9:57 PM  
Blogger The Lost Crow said...

Is life a game or something grander? if we cannot possibly percieve what is ludic about a system then how can we ascribe it the abstract properties of a game. We may make up senarios within life or set goals and assume games, but these are not congruent with such a thing as life, for they are merely passing moments in it. like in physics a fluid system creates chaos.

10:27 PM  
Blogger The Lone Beader said...

Interesting blog....Can we submit sentences??? If we could here's mine:

The sun never sets on rock stars. LOL!!

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Blogger timur said...

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Anonymous migimak said...

i dont get it

1:40 AM  
Blogger hyk said...

Your dissertation topic is super interesting and what a great idea for a blog. You have my complete empathy. I was in a similar situation last year with phd deadline, but life is sweet after the defense, so: bon courage!
Sunny greetings from London.

3:02 AM  
Anonymous sebastian said...

I think that Wittgenstein has some remarks in this line about the raise and use of language. And if you start that way in your mode of comunicating with others, why not in the whole of your conceptual frame by witch you judge the world?
I suppose that quinean pragmatism follow this line too; so I would look for the critics on papers like "on what there is" or maybe "two dogmas of empiricism". Just an idea :)
Well, nevertheless, you must know a lot more than me about all this stuff. Pardon me my mispelled english, I`m out of practice.

8:05 AM  
Blogger lattégirl said...

No debate here about the sentence, but the word "ludic" caught my eye. It is not a word you see every day, although the French use it regularly (ludique) and I tend to translate it as "playful" or "entertaining." Glad to see I can use it as is, although it will make half the population scratch their heads and open a dictionary.

Salutations de Montréal!

8:13 AM  
Blogger spitzer said...

That sounds like something that my mom told me before my first day of work, "just make a game out of any thing you do and your day will go by much faster." This leads to two ideas.
First, scraping crap out of fifty pounds of shrimp is not a game (a job I had as a prep-cook).
Second, is life so bad that we need to game everything? I realize the benefits of any visceral effect, but what are you really trying to escape in the end, is it all just another game?
p.s. there’s an idea for you, kinda “life aquatica,” a game about gaming, who can get the character with the best character?

2:55 AM  
Blogger samiranghosh said...

Well... i don't see any controversies in this sentense. But many of us might differ on the conotations. It obviously depends on which side of the coin you view from. Very innovative blog.
Sam

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Blogger Yousef T. Omar said...

efff, This is really smart

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Could we not create games that educate people about the real world.In personal finance, government corruption and dealing in personal relationships that are both fun and possible!
PB

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