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focus (fo´kes) noun
plural focuses or foci (-sì´, -kì´)
1.a. A point at which rays of light or other radiation converge or from which they appear to diverge, as after refraction or reflection in an optical system: the focus of a lens. Also called focal point. b. focal length.
2.a. The distinctness or clarity of an image rendered by an optical system. b. The state of maximum distinctness or clarity of such an image: in focus; out of focus. c. An apparatus used to adjust the focal length of an optical system in order to make an image distinct or clear: a camera with automatic focus.
3.A center of interest or activity. synonyms at center.
4.Close or narrow attention; concentration: "He was forever taken aback by [New York's] pervasive atmosphere of purposefulness- the tight focus of its drivers, the brisk intensity of its pedestrians" (Anne Tyler).
5.A condition in which something can be clearly apprehended or perceived: couldn't get the problem into focus.
6.Pathology. The region of a localized bodily infection or disease.
7.Geology. The point of origin of an earthquake.
8.Mathematics. A fixed point whose relationship with a directrix determines a conic section.
focused or focussed
focusing or focussing focuses or focusses verb, transitive
1.To cause (light rays, for example) to converge on or toward a central point; concentrate.
2.a. To render (an object or image) in clear outline or sharp detail by adjustment of one's vision or an optical device; bring into focus. b. To adjust (a lens, for example) to produce a clear image.
3.To direct toward a particular point or purpose: focused all their attention on finding a solution to the problem.
1.To converge on or toward a central point of focus; be focused.
2.To adjust one's vision or an optical device so as to render a clear, distinct image.
3.To concentrate attention or energy: a campaign that focused on economic issues.
- fo´cuser noun
focus (fo'kus, F`O-C-U-S')
In television and raster-scan displays, to make an electron beam converge at a single point on the inner surface of the screen.
Abstract relations: Order:
Focus: place of meeting
focus, focal point, point
of convergence, junction, town center, city center, convergence, center
switchboard, exchange, nerve center
hub, nub, core, heart, kernel, middle
hall, civic center, community center, town hall, town square
resort, retreat, haunt, hangout, stamping ground
club, bar, pub, watering hole, tavern
headquarters, HQ, depot
rallying point, standard
rendezvous, trysting place, meeting place
nest, home ground, home
cynosure, center of attraction, attraction
place of pilgrimage, Mecca, Lourdes, Rome, Zion, promised land, goal, objective
essential part: focus, gist, nub, nitty-gritty, nucleus, chief thing
union: confluence, meeting-point, rendezvous, meeting house, meeting-place, focus
assemblage: rallying point, focus
place: center, meeting place, rendez-vous, focus
locality: meeting place, venue, haunt, focus
abode: headquarters, base, seat, focus
meeting place: piazza, quadrangle, quad, campus, village green, town square, focus
center: center of activity, focal point, focus
convergence: centering, focalization, zeroing in, focus
objective: place of pilgrimage, Mecca, focus
society: private society, club, focus
arena: forum, marketplace, focus
market: marketplace, forum, agora, focus
social round: meeting place, bar, singles bar, club, pub, focus
Abstract relations: Order:
Focus: place of meeting
focus, center on, converge
centralize, concentrate, focus upon, zero in on
come to a point, point to, focus attention on
adjust: focus, synchronize
bring together: bring into focus, focus, center
centralize: centralize, center, focus, bring to a focus, zero in on, center upon
converge: concentrate, focus, bring into focus
gaze: focus, rivet one's eyes, fix one's gaze
"What you focus on, you become." ~Rama
track _Flux_ MP3 (256k) by Young American Primitive off of s/t CD on Zoemagik (1993)
"By its structure Omega, in its ultimate principle, can only be a distinct Center radiating at the core of a system of centers; a grouping in which the personalization of the All and personalizations of the elements reach their maximum, simultaneously and without merging, under the influence of a supremely autonomous focus of union."
the role of the performer
you can spot this trend as the decades pass: the performer is a strange attractor. it is the initial focus, but really it is an excuse to gather. the gathering is the real primal reason we are interested in the concept of "entertainment". but those that want a profit in this exercise make it really safe for you to do this, sort of like "recommended photo spot" at Disneyland. it's okay to gather in bars, drinking highly addictive substances, encouraging mating rituals, because well, it's useful to propagate - more people, more taxes. when the concept of a free gathering in nature is found, it is deemed "dangerous".
this trend - of breaking down boundries - anyone can form a band, play, and get rich, get laid, and be stars. but a truer nature of such things can be found one layer beneath. when you go to a concert, do you really go to evaluate the performance of a band or performer in contrast to the recording? some do, i'm sure. but the real reason is to either hear it on a big system (something you can't do at home), and also be social. knowing a common interest will give you a better chance at the act of bonding.
if we strip away all the pretenses, we simply want this: we want to meet people, hang with friends, feel like part of a community. the geographical model is clumsy. the network makes it easier to find like minds. when we meet in the flesh, it means something. this is what they don't want.
the idea that a performer is the cause of a gathering is fine, but it's going to be outdated. rock bands can pack 'em in, but do you really want to be there? after awhile, it's going to be obvious that they are too far away, the sound way too distorted. you just want to experience something mediated with your friends, and meet new people, and hang out.
testosterone fueled boys go for the slamming and the crowd surfing.
the party concept strips away one element. there is no stage to watch, no performer to dissect, no massaging the length of goatees to appear intellectual and superior.. but we have fun anyway. because we get loaded, dance, and feel free for a few hours in a setting of un-urban, unmediated scenes..
let's take the next step. the sound is the strange attractor. the dj is a barometer, but even that could be stripped away. i envision a gathering where minds activate sound spontaneously according to movement and mood. when the dancers reach a peak, so does the music right along with it, in real time feedback. that's what i'd like to see. a party with no dj's.
because as time goes on, it's just a pattern of dissolving boundaries. entertainment used to be big, grand, complex and operatic. it took huge amounts of wealth and effort to pull it off. for what? for art? maybe... but i think there's more to it than displaying talent. i think talent is fine but i think experience is more important. ego motivates the need to display talent and be acknowledged for it. i question this. i question the need for talent. i feel that expression if far more important, because everybody needs to do it, and not everybody has talent or skill. who cares if you don't have skill or talent? i do... because they are usually the most interesting (and humble) people...
the focus is being evenly distributed. there is no more "hierarchy of talent". we go to experience each other. this seems to be the primal mind. - @Om* 4/7/02