arfgrass,

content (primarily textual and symbolic) visibly leaking onto the surface of an arf body: random bits from more or less locally stored namespaces sampled, translated, extrapolated, free-associated with remotest knowledge echos, styled for display. Physically, arfgrass varies from flat or relief movable lettering on the surface, to grassy tendrils with linear writing, to ivy-like vineries of texty leaves; to, sometimes, whole codices budding from an arf wall, detachable from the mother substrate and readable like real books: distinctly crude, “dimly organic,” quickly dissolving. No need to teach arf to grow arfgrass; you can freeze or erase it (most easily in your own plant) and you can exclude specific sources from the surface ecology — but suppressing arfgrass completely is tricky. ■    Search engines, concordances, miscellanea columns in magazines have been cited as precursors of arfgrass dreamlike medley — the rhymed and rhythmed macaronic hodgepodge. Left alone, arfgrass slowly regenerates, reflecting the churn of the knowledge universe underneath; essentially a blur, superficial (literally) but suggestive, it tends to generalize more than specialize: lists, maps, abstracts, ontologies compile themselves endlessly and aimlessly. Consciousless, thoughtless, arfgrass is as personal as arf itself: it harvests whatever content is at hand, so texts being read and written by local Humans and Minds transpire most readily in the palimpsest. Not everyone enjoys the pestilence of “viscid cacophony” — but for many its perfectly relaxing to pet their “feral bookshelves,” garden the meaning forests of arfgrass: flatter and more fluid indoors, bushier and slower on the outside on their homes.

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