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'Blackboxing' is the way scientific and technical work is made invisible by its own success. When a machine runs efficiently, when a matter of fact is settled, one need focus only on its inputs and outputs and not on its internal complexity. Thus, paradoxically, the more science and technology succeed, the more opaque and obscure they become. > Bruno Latour

Write to the nth power, the n – 1 power, write with slogans: Make rhizomes, not roots, never plant ! Don’t sow, grow offshoots ! Don’t be one or multiple, be multiplicities ! Run lines, never plot a point ! Speed turns the point into a line ! Be quick, even when standing still ! Line of chance, line of hips, line of flight. Don’t bring out the General in you ! Don’t have just ideas, just have an idea (Godard). Have short-term ideas. Make maps, not photos or drawings. Be the Pink Panther and your loves will be like the wasp and the orchid, the cat and the baboon. As they say about old man river:

He don’t plant ‘tatos
Don’t plant cotton
Them that plants them is soon forgotten
But old man river he just keeps rollin’ along

A rhizome has no beginning or end; it is always in the middle, between things, interbeing, intermezzo. The tree is filiation, but the rhizome is alliance, uniquely alliance. The tree imposes the verb “to be” but the fabric of the rhizome is the conjunction, “and… and… and…”This conjunction carries enough force to shake and uproot the verb “to be.” Where are you going ? Where are you coming from ? What are you heading for ? These are totally useless questions.

> Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari. A Thousand Plateaus