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Oblique Strategies

Oblique Strategies
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oblique (o-blêk´, e-blêk´) adjective
Abbr. obl.
1.a. Having a slanting or sloping direction, course, or position; inclined. b. Mathematics. Designating geometric lines or planes that are neither parallel nor perpendicular.
2.Botany. Having sides of unequal length or form: an oblique leaf.
3.Anatomy. Situated in a slanting position; not transverse or longitudinal: oblique muscles or ligaments.
4.a. Indirect or evasive: oblique political maneuvers. b. Devious, misleading, or dishonest: gave oblique answers to the questions.
5.Not direct in descent; collateral.
6.Grammar. Designating any noun case except the nominative or the vocative.

1.An oblique thing, such as a line, direction, or muscle.
2.Nautical. The act of changing course by less than 90°.

adverb (o-blìk´, e-blìk´)
At an angle of 45°.

[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin oblìquus.]
- oblique´ly adverb
- oblique´ness noun

oblique (adjective)

oblique, inclined, bevel
tipsy, tilted, rakish
biased, askew, skewed, slant, aslant, out of
internal linktrue, off the straight
out of kilter, out of the perpendicular, battered, leaning
recumbent, stooping
cattycornered, kittycornered,
internal linkrhomboidal, angular
wry, awry, agley, crooked, squinting, cock-eyed, knock-kneed, distorted
diagonal, transverse, transversal
athwart, across, crossed
indirect, zigzag, herringbone, bent, curved
stepped, terraced, in echelon
divergent, nonparallel, deviating

Other Forms
unequal: askew, awry, oblique
unequal: listing, leaning, canting, heeling, oblique
low: unerect, not upright, crouched, crouching, stooping, slouching, bending, oblique
crossed: diagonal, transverse, cross-eyed, squinting, oblique
distorted: wry, awry, askew, crazy, crooked, cock-eyed, on one side, oblique
angular: staggered, crooked, zigzag, oblique
curved: flexed, bent, oblique
directed: axial, diagonal, oblique
deviating: indirect, crooked, zigzag, zigzagging, oblique
occult: indirect, crooked, oblique
dishonest: not straight, unstraight, indirect, bent, crooked, devious, oblique, tortuous, winding, labyrinthine


oblique (o-blêk') adjective
A style of text created by slanting a roman font to simulate italics when a true italic font doesn't exist on the computer or printer.

Cities and City Life

All that a city will ever allow you is an angle on it- an oblique, indirect sample of what it contains, or what passes through it; a point of view.
Peter Conrad (b. 1948), Australian critic, author. Independent on Sunday (London, 11 March 1990), said of New York.

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Aurora compilation CD on Merck (2000)

A deck of cards first published in 1975. It had its origins in the discovery by internal linkBrian Eno that both he and his friend Peter Schmidt (a British painter whose works grace  the cover of _Evening Star_ and whose watercolors decorated the back LP cover of Eno's _Before and After Science_ and also appeared as full-size prints in a small number of the original releases. They could also be acquired through EG records for a brief period of time, as well) tended to keep a set of basic working principles  which guided them through the kinds of internal linkmoments of pressure - either working through a heavy painting session or watching the clock tick while you're running up a  big buck studio bill. Both Schmidt and Eno realized that the pressures of internal linktime tended to steer them away from the ways of thinking they found most productive when the pressure was off. The Strategies were, then, a way to remind themselves of those habits of thinking - to jog the mind.  It seems clear that the deck was not conceived of as a set of "fixed" instructions, but rather a group of ideas to be added to or modified over time; each of the three decks included 4 or 5 blank cards, intended to be filled and used as needed.
Brian Eno


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film internal link_Slacker_ (vhs/ntsc)atomjacked inventory cache(1991) directed by Richard Linklater
Slacker - Teacup Sculptor, Having A Breakthrough Day, Cadillac Crook

D. Montgomery .... Having a Breakthrough Day
Mimi Vitetta  .... internal linkTeacup Sculpter
Susannah Simone  ....  Working on Same Painting

Having a Breakthrough Day  Hey man you want a card?  They're um... Oblique Strategies... no two cards are alike, you can think about whatever you want, and you take a card...

Cadillac Crook  Sure..

Having a Breakthrough Day  what did you get?

Cadillac Crook  it says uh... "withdrawing in disgust is not the same thing as apathy..."

Having a Breakthrough Day  I've had a total recalibration of my mind, you know. I mean, it's like, I've been banging my head against this 19th century type, um, what? Thought mode? Construct? Human construct? Well, the wall doesn't exist. It's not there, you know. I mean, they tell you, look for the internal linklight at the end of the internal linktunnel. Well, there is no tunnel. There's just no structure. The underlying order is internal linkchaosHail Eris!, man, I mean everything is in one big ball of fluctuating matter.  Constant state of change.  You know?  I mean, across that great internal linkquantum divide is this new consciousness and, you know, I don't know what it's gonna be like but I know that we're all part of it.. I mean it's new physics, you can't look at something without changing it... You know, anything... I mean, like that's almost beyond my internal linkimagination... It's just like that internal linkbutterfly flapping its wings in Galvaston, and somewhere down the road apace, it's gonna create a monsoon in China...

Working on Same Painting  Sorry I'm late.

Having a Breakthrough Day That's all right. internal linkTime doesn't exist.

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first mention of Oblique Strategies in internal linkUsenet:

From: David Elliott (dce@hammer.UUCP)
Subject: Eno - Working Backwards 1983-1973
Newsgroups: net.records
Date: 1983-11-27 12:41:11 PST

After going to the record store 4 times, I finally picked up my copy of the new Eno boxed set - "Working Backwards 1983-1973".

For those of you who, like me, don't have copies of all of the Eno solo albums, this is an interesting package. For those of you who have most of the albums, this may hurt.

The retail price of the box is $72.00 (US) and I paid $62.50 for mine.
(This is not a bad price for an import collection of this size.)

The box contains 9 previously released albums :

        Apollo, On Land, Music for Airports, Music for Films,
        Before and After Science, Discreet Music, Another Green World,
        Taking Tiger Mountain, Here Come the Warm Jets

also included are "Music for Films Volume II" and an EP called "Rarities" containing "Two early singles and some unfinished pieces". (That means you pay less than $6 for each record rather than $8-$10 each, and you get records that you can't get otherwise.)

Each record comes with the original cover, except for "Rarities", which comes in a plain white sleeve with a hole so you can read the label.

The box also includes a special prize -- one Oblique Strategies card (each box has a different card).

My box has four records that are not shrink-wrapped. I'm not sure if they all come this way since Tower Records is notorious for opening records and rewrapping them, but there was an outside label that was intact.

If there is enough interest, I'll be glad to review the new records. (Don't worry. I've gotten used to Eno changing every ten minutes, so I doubt I'll be disappointed as I was with the new XTC album.)


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