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slime (slìm) noun
1. A thick, sticky, slippery
2. A mucous substance secreted
by certain animals, such as fish or slugs.
3. Vile or disgusting matter.
slimed, sliming, slimes
1. To smear with slime.
2. To remove slime from
(fish to be canned, for example).
[Middle English, from Old
Thursday, September 28, 2000
Smart slime shows it has power to
Paris: Squidgy slime mould with just a single cell
to its name has the intelligence to find the shortest way around a maze, Japanese
Scientists from the Bio-Mimetic Control Research
Centre in Nagoya took a piece of Physarum polycephalum, an amoeba-like
organism, and placed it in a 30-square-centimetre maze consisting of a
path of smooth gel on which it could travel, and "walls" of dry plastic
film which it shunned.
The slime then spread out its network
of tube-like legs, called pseudopodia, to fill up all the available space
in the maze.
Enticing pieces of food, ground oat flakes, were
placed at separate exit points of the maze. There were four possible routes
between those two points.
Sensing the food, the slime withdrew from the dead
ends of the maze then stretched out its entire body along the shortest
possible route between the two piles of nutrients, effectively "solving"
"To maximise its foraging efficiency, and therefore
its chances of survival, the [slime] changes its shape in the maze to form
one thick tube covering the shortest distance between the food sources,"
"This remarkable process
of cellular computation implies that cellular materials can show a primitive
The study is published in _Nature_, the British
film _The Blob_ (1958) re: panspermian
slime mold from space carried by a meteorite - face: Steve McQueen
Physicist Nick Herbert likes
to point out that for life here in the mesosphere (i.e. between stars and quarks),
here where we actually live, juice and slime play an indispensable biospheric
morphic role. Juice and slime are the ultimate freeform connective and
penetrative tissues of living systems. Life clearly has no interest in
the antibiotic hermetism implied in such phrases as "boundary violations".
Life uses borders and life
violates borders and life constructs media of its own to fill up the extra
spaces. The amoeba
and the fertilized egg are both sacs of juice and slime -- one grows by
splitting itself, the other by being split. Viral-like DNA
is "freely exchanged" in gushes of juice and slime -- liquid with paradoxical
form -- the very liminality of form itself -- secret secretions -- the
viscous slippery in-betweeness of the organic -- the placental wetness
This is the region of boundary
violations -- border raids -- penetrations -- some pleasurable, others
catastrophic -- of cross-cultural
ritual brawls, everyday life raised ("sublimed") to a degree of intensity
approaching full presence, full embodiment -- and yet still indistinct,
romantic as a reverie, an erotic dream
of a utopian
landscape -- at once a wilderness and a "pleasaunce", a chaosand
a ritual space -- the democracy of the mingling of bodily fluids, of divine
invasions, of polymorphous sensuality -- sharing the break-down
of boundaries -- -- the infinitude
of Passion -- the shaping power of desire.
Bey - _Boundary Violations_
- "Emil saw a slime".
Blennophobia is the fear of slime.
Slime Mould has about thirteen sexes
track _Remember The Slime_ MP3
Wooden Men off of the _Trickster_
604 track _Monkey Slime_ by ECT & Mass
neo electro track _Slime Slurps City_ MP3 (192k)
by Third Electric
off of _Urstoff_ 12" on Electrocord (1995)
prog rock track _I'm The Slime_ MP3 (192k)
by Frank Zappa & The Mothers Of Invention off of _Over-Nite Sensation_
on Rykodisc (1973)
I am gross and perverted
I'm obsessed 'n deranged
I have existed for years
But very little had changed
I am the tool of the Government
And industry too
For I am destined to rule
And regulate you
I may be vile and pernicious
But you can't look away
I make you think I'm delicious
With the stuff that I say
I am the best you can get
Have you guessed me yet?
I am the slime oozin' out
From your TV set
You will obey me while I lead you
And eat the garbage that I feed you
Until the day that we don't need you
Don't go for help...no one will heed you
Your mind is totally controlled
It has been stuffed into my mold
And you will do as you are told
Until the rights to you are sold
That's right, folks.. Don't touch that dial
Well, I am the slime from your video
Oozin' along on your livingroom floor
I am the slime from your video
Can't stop the slime, people, lookit me go
German punk band Slime ca. 1978-1983
The earliest forms of life
were probably slimes on certain kinds of clays, self-replicating molecular
systems and then certain portions of this chemistry became light
sensitive and then there was the sense of the division of light and darkness
which generated the notion of here and there on some tremendously basic
level within these early organisms. Once you have the concept of here and
there, motility, the ability to move, the cilia that dot the surface of
protozans and stuff like this are elaborated and a new dimension
enters the picture, the dimension of time,
because notice that a journey from here to there is a journey from now
to then. And then, as more refined perceptual apparatus arose, and more
refined systems of moving animal bodies arose, a steady conquest of dimensionality
occurred. The movement of animals onto the land and so forth.
McKenna lecture on Alchemy