[ "Avoir une araignée au plafond" / " To have a spider on
is the French equivalent to "having a bat in the belfry"]
This is the place where I can freely be : " a bit touched
You can not be troubled by what I write but only by your own
judgement about it.
Point of importance to me is not having what I write approved (or
Point is rather to make you stop for a moment, having shed all
pre-conceptions and having put
or heard' that you readily accepted without real examination.
thinking power in a critical
( intellectually that is, not affectively ) way.
To do that you will have to suspend all disbelief till having
finished reading a whole topic and then
read it again having this time
engaged you open and honest critical thinking.
Main point is having you, Reader, to go and shape your own personal
So again, please!, do not fall back on 'automated,
pre-digested, un-examined' response you have read
A much useful stance will be to be 'virginal' and think on
your own as if
you had never met the topic.
You are not sure there is a
that makes a difference ?
If by any chance it was not quite evident before it should be by now.
Knots are made using cordage ( we will by commodity put aside other
materials ) that are
following a "self avoiding walk".
Please take note that it is knots / bends / hitches and not splices
that are the point
Avoiding as in not 'truly intimately meeting' itself , not 'mixing'
Think about it like that :
- when a highway is 'crossing' another one there
no risk of a collision,
- when two streets intersect each other you better be careful,
- electric wires are crossing and not intersecting with other wires or
Another example :
if one day not made like the other days, in Paris, le Métro
were to go
intersecting La Seine
(fleuve) or if in London the Underground
were to go intersecting The Thames (river)
have a scuba gear in good working order handy.
Fortunately, till now, both underground
railways are crossing (either
under or over) their
respective body of water.
in a real knot there are crossings but in its planar projection,
its diagram on a sheet of paper
(more so on your PC/Mac screen ) these
crossings are represented by intersections. ( ink
can be admitted to be
everywhere on the same level and not going under or over, though
of the graphite layers left by the paper pencil as being on different
NOW SPLICES (in laid or in braided cordages) ARE
self-avoiding walk here for the cordage as a 'whole'
even if strands
are still avoiding each other and themselves.
In modern braided cordages splices are rather
a 'confluence' where the
cordage goes into
itself playing Orobouros.
( confluence : like a river meeting another river.)
By the way in English you seem to have only 'river', in French we have
'rivières' / river, that
is a body of running water meeting
another one and we have
for which you do not
have the equivalent or I do not know it : it is
for a river
that is ending in the sea