078 :: Dispatches from a sick bed

I’ve been sick since last Wednesday Night/Thursday morning. chesty cough, fever sweats the whole she-bang. I haven’t been sick like this since we were traveling. A similar thing – but this time without the full on death rattle in my chest when trying to breath laying down.

As such, a bunch of things including important emails I was supposed to reply too were put on hold, and today (Monday) I’m trying to catch up on life. I did fulfil my social obligations at the weekend which I perhaps shouldn’t have done in order to make a more speedy recovery. But ah well!

Permanently Moved – NA

Didn’t make a podcast as i felt so crap on Friday. Had i made one, it would have been on Old Town Road’s music video and just how amazing it has been watching Lil Nas X meme the whole thing into existence.

Dipping the Stacks

On the Link Between Lyme Disease and Bioweapons | Literary Hub

The Cost of Misusing the Term ‘Emotional Labor’ – MEL Magazine

Rules and Rhythms – e-flux Architecture – e-flux

Features the good Mr Vickers talking on Unmonastery

Cosmic Church – Feather & Scale

The Ministry

I have a new talk to add to the list of talking i’m doing this year but can’t talk about it yet. Writing Land As Platform has gone out the window since the 16th and I’m not sure I’ll be able to catch up with the word count.

Reading

I read all of Adrian Tchaikovsky’s Children of Ruin from my sick bed over the weekend.

It is a fantastic sequel to his 2015 Children of Time.

Children of Ruin is a direct follow on from the previous book, using tricks and narrative devices to tell a new story in the same universe of a new world touched by humanity in the long distant past. It plays with cognition or even perhaps the idea of the soul in places. I highly recommend reading both the books if you haven’t started the series at all.

I did fine that because Children of Ruin is the sequel it didn’t blow me away as much as the first book, as many of the ideas that are the coolest are already introduced. However that being said, this allows Tchaikovsky to push them further and develop them in exciting ways. Can’t wait to wait 3/4 years until the next one comes out.

Music

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077 :: Cat In A Box

Had quite a sociable week last week. Spent one afternoon hanging out with my cousin and his wife in their place in Stoke Newington. Josh and I played a game of games workshops shadespire.

I played as Gloomspite Gitz the Night Goblins (All hail the Bad Moon). The game is quite fun. I really enjoyed playing my first game of it. The goblins had more complicated rules so it was a little slow going learning it. I think if I played as them again I’d do a bit better tactics wise.

Hung out with a few friends on Friday. They brought their Shiba to the pub. He’s a good boy but also a menace.

Maddox the menace.

The weekend was the Surbiton festival in the square outside my house. So 10 steps over the road all weekend was Beer, good vegan burgers etc. Its nice that after a decade or so Surbiton is forging a community via yearly events.

Permanently Moved – Never Tried To Put A Cat In A Box

“Mr Schrodinger I thought, had obviously never tried to put a Cat into a box before.”

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Dipping the Stacks

Good vibrations: I purified myself in a sound bath | The Outline

Locations Can Be Characters Too : Women Writers, Women’s Books

Whence comes nihilism, the uncanniest of all guests? | Aeon Ideas

What Happened After My 13-Year-Old Son Joined the Alt-Right

The Ministry

Still moving forward with the first draft of the book. Though i’m finding it difficult to hit the world count. Im not in a nanowrimo kind of mood with the sun shining outside. Instead i’ve reduced my daily target but also re-opened some old projects and i’m grinding them at 300 words a day. So making progress on multiple fronts.

I’m also happy to announce i’ll be speaking in The Hague at @Border_Sessions in early June. My talk is titled // Solarpunk And The Great Unfolding: Building Keystones Of Continuity

Reading

I’ve started re-reading ‘What is a dog’ by Lorna Coppinger and Raymond Coppinger

And Kenneth Olwig’s  new book also arrived which I’m excited to dig into.

Music

Holly’s new album is out and I’ve had it on repeat since it dropped on Friday. Also the new Tim Hecker album.

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076 :: Unfolding

More and more people seem to be drastically reducing or curtailing their social media usage.

My feeds are almost all useful links and information once again. Perhaps the fact that I don’t have retweets turned on that its so ‘clean’. By the same token I don’t expect anyone to RT my own stuff i post as I just assume no one is going to see it anyway.

I’ve seen a few people here and there bemoan the drop in social media use and the return to the private sphere ‘But I want to know whats going on in your life, we’re friends’. I really understand the sentiment which is why I’m so pleased about the uptick in personal blogging again. For example: A friend from home I haven’t seen in a long long time posted a blog update for the first time in about 5 years the other day. It turns out he now has a kid – but still retains his good taste in music.

On my part, I’ve now sustained the longest regular blogging even ever over here on this feed and it feels good even i’f its this semi news letter format – It works for me. If you ever wanted to know whats going on in my life then between this blog and my podcast they contain far more personal information than I would ever post to the socials. Even during the height of the millennial social media madness in the early days of Facebook in ’07ish.

I still don’t wish I was on whatsapp at all even tho its beginning to become a serious problem with regard to getting invited to things.

As folks also seem to drift away from facebook and instead create channels (groups?) for events in the green chat app i’m totally fucked (cut out). Eve as my long suffering social coordinator is starting to get to the end of her patience with it too – it is an open question about what I do. I’m hoping that Facebook ruins whatsapp with that integrated ID thing and everyone moves over to signal or telegram in the near future.

Permanently Moved – Unfolding


I struggle to articulate some of the ways that my mediation practice has made me go mad. “You don’t enter this world as a bright spark of consciousness – you emerge from it.”

Link to Episode 1805

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Speaking of personal information…

This episode is basically Experience Part 2. An update from last year. In it, I try to articulate what all the fucking meditation and prayer I’ve been doing has done to my mind. Sometimes you think that you are not getting any where at all apart from grinding away on the mat. But then you look back and suddenly realise that you now have a completely different view of time (of all things).

Unfolding is perhaps my western brain trying to reach for a word to describe the surface between manifest and non-manifest.

I’m not trying to brag or come across as special or whatever at all – that is totally not my intention. Im just trying to articulate things that are happening to be. Besides if you want spoilers about whats next its all in the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali written down about 1600 years ago.

Dipping the Stacks

Good vibrations: I purified myself in a sound bath | The Outline

Open letter on climate-related financial risks | Bank of England

Arab Futurism, Faith & Inclusivity Across the… – Secrets of Dune

My Marie Kondo fail – I really tried to throw things out – The Globe and Mail

I haven’t been commenting on these stacks links in a while but there are so many articles like this one: ‘Marie Kondo doesn’t work for me’ yet in the article they write “Snubbing the prescribed KonMari Method of decluttering clothing first, I purge my jumbled drawers and shelves” WTF ?? just follow the damn steps.

The Ministry

Crazy Mind Map Book

Reading

The only thing I’ve read this week was the new White Dwarf from Games Workshop LOL

Music

Obviously the only thing to link to this week is Holly’s newest single Frontier. Solarpunk Sacred Harp Alien Abduction Soundtrack.

Remember kids:

A joy that heals despair and grief.

075 :: Blam Blam

V. Enjoyable week.

Caught up with Mr Vickers on Tuesday. We ate pancakes at the relatively new Where the pancakes are in London Bridge round the corner from borough market.

Forest Berries

Hung out with Alex Fradera and his partner Kat (meeting for the first time) in Soho and then went to Clapham High Street to the launch of Huw Lemmey’s newest book RED TORY: My Corbyn Chemsex Hell

Continuing on from his first book Chubz: The Demonization of my Working Arse the book continues true to Huw’s form – outrageously pornographic political satire.

The book launch was at the oscar wilde temple. Totally wild time tbh.

Cutie Huw

Lastly I went clay pigeon shooting. I had a nice time and happy with how well I did.

A Rare Smile

Permanently Moved – Chernobyl

Reflecting on the 33rd anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster, and bullet pointing the things I remember from the visit I made to the site in 2011.

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Happy with this one. Still not sure about the EQ-ing but i think the audio quality continues to improve now I’ve set up some preset patches.

Dipping the Stacks

Hand dryers v paper towels: the surprisingly dirty fight for the right to dry your hands

Humour in the Nancy Cartoons by Olivia Jaimes – Slap Happy Larry

UFO sightings: U.S. Navy drafts guidelines to report – The Washington Post

After the Bust, Are Bitcoins More Like Tulip Mania or the Internet? – The New York Times

The Ministry

I began Land as Platform again from scratch this week. a daunting task but I am now writing a completely different book form the one i’ve spent the last year on so I’ve thrown away everything.

Reading

Wilding by Isabella Tree is fantastic 100% recommend it

Music

Sunn O))) Life Metal came out. Just been blasting that in my headphones. I’d like to go for dusk evening walks with the album this week and get inside it. ØØ Void is still my favourite Sunn O))) work. But very few things are going to the the same influence on you as an adult as the first EP you pre-ordered when you were 15. But Monoliths & Dimensions also needs a mention

Remember kids:

The length of your breath is the length of your life.

74 :: Lord of the Rings is better than Game Of Thrones

I’m currently writing this on Easter Sunday. Back on the chalk spending time with my family. My brother moved to Taiwan whilst i was traveling. It is i must admit a little strange not having him around.

The rents are currently packing to go away to morocco and they are giving me a lift back up to town. Which is nice.

The weather has be glorious. Not quite as warm as London but down here we get the added bonus of the sea, the horizon and the coast. the beach has been absolutely packed each day we’ve walked along the clifftop.

We also visited the family graves cleared them and said hello to the fam. A Lovely day.

Permanently Moved

Lord of the Rings is better than Game Of Thrones. The significance of sailing to ‘the west’ and its place in the modern collective unconscious

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After the disaster of last week. This episode redeems itself. I spoke with Mike Rugnetta on twitter for some advice and got some cool tips on improving the audio quality easily and I put them into action. Really quite happy with how this episode sounds.

The content of the episode has annoyed a bunch of people which was kind of the point. That said tho i think my argument about Tolkien installing mythic archetypes in to our collective unconscious is a novel reading of LOTR to be sure. And if I say so myself… A good one.

If you listen to it LMK what you think, or share it around.

Note: I’ve run out of space in my soundcloud to post any more episodes, so from now on I’m just gonna be posting the direct libsyn link *shrug*.

Dipping the Stacks

The Food of London’s East End Is Nearing Extinction – Eater London

Jung lovers: BTS delve into psychology on their album, Map Of The Soul – BBC News

Diego Garcia: The “Unsinkable Carrier” Springs A Leak | Zero Hedge

The Witch of Loddon and Changing Perceptions of Witchcraft in Victorian England | Inner Lives

The Ministry

Got a couple more rejections on trying to sell my first story co-written with Andrew Dana Hudson. But a story about a drug dealing queer solarpunk getting in to imperial entanglements with a Fash snapchat demagogue seems to be a hard sell… We’ll keep trying. The version of the story we have now is way better than we first wrote it. Im really happy with it. We’ll just have to keep trying.

Im thinking about submitting a talk to the London Science Fiction Research Community’s conference on crypto and solarpunk. But need a good angle. *puts on thinking hat*

Reading

I’m still reading Wounded By Love before bedtime. And I’m about 1/3 of the way though Wilding by Isabella Tree. I reckon i’ll break the back of it on easter Monday.

Music

Most of my train ride home on Thursday was spent listening to Aretha Franklin’s Young Gifted and Black album. Rock steady is such a tune

My old housemate and very good friend and collaborator Andrew Brown recentlymade me aware of Adult’s album holy pinto. It is extremely 2019 UK emo band of the best time. I’ve loving it.

Remember kids:

Be this guy.

73 :: blah blah blah one take wonder.

Last week was super busy, not with work but personal stuff. We drove down to Dorset to attend a wedding and stay in an airbnb. Our little fiat 500 was packed to the gunnels: 3 suits, 1 dress, backpacks, food, booze, and 4 fully grown adults. It was quite a drive on the way down but we made it in on piece.

Deep Country

It was a lovely wedding and the miserable rain and wind from the day before cleared and they were blessed with glorious sunshine. It was the first wedding that our friendship group have attended with all the kids. there were a lot of em running around. It was cool.

On the way home we stopped off in the New Forest and saw the ponies

Permanently Moved

S02E05

Update on a few things going on in my life, A film recommendation and a comment on Dune. Total SNAFU’d when recording of this episode but never mind!  
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It’s funny. I massively fucked up this episode. I spoke way to fast. Ironically enough at the wedding I had a long conversation with a friend who works In local radio in Bristol about how i need to improve my ‘tracking’. Becuse the whole conceit is to write and record and edit in one hour i really don’t get that may takes (three at most for a sentence really) so i need to imporve my natural sounding speech when recording, I’m hoping this will come, as it will make and future forays in podcasting easier an more professional – blah blah blah one take wonder.

Dipping the Stacks

Black metal has a real Nazi problem | The Outline

Apoliteic music: Neo-Folk, Martial Industrial and ‘metapolitical fascism’ – A Blaze Ansuz: Antifascist Neofolk

Amazon Prime’s astrology “shopping horoscopes” are not amusing to real astrologers.

Traders Are Paying Close Attention As Farmers Live Stream – Bloomberg

The Ministry

I’ve begun work on a creative project that to be trendy I should probably give some code word to.

I’m also happy to announce ill be speaking at Sonar+D in Barcelona in July

Reading

I’m still reading Wounded By Love before bedtime. And I also burned thought the Warhammer 30k Garro Series in the Horus Heresy.
I’m just about to start reading Wilding by Isabella Tree. Its the story of the Knepp Estate (see video below)

Music

Wimbledon Championship Tennis Sega Mega Drive Genesis Complete Soundtrack OST

Im totally in it for the slap bass.

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072 :: Do it anyway

Nothing to add this week personally tbh. It is extremely galling to me that you spend your entire life trying to arrange it in such a way as to avoid doing things that you don’t want to do, and yet you still have to do them anyway.

That aside we are off to Dorset for a few days from tomorrow for a friends wedding. AirBNB in the middle of nowhere about 15mins drive from the venue kinda deal. Should be good!

Permanently Moved

S02E04 The life and times of the Priest Mermaid: Robert Stephen Hawker


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Dipping the Stacks

Battery Power’s Latest Plunge in Costs Threatens Coal, Gas | Bloomberg NEF

The Third Phase of Clean Energy Will Be the Most Disruptive Yet – Ramez Naam

The Rockefeller Foundation ends 100 Resilient Cities

The Ministry

Had a few meetings and a call. Saw some friend for drinks but I have been ‘Extremely Inside’ the last week or so.

Reading

I’m currently reading Wounded by Love: The Life and Wisdom of Saint Porphyrios

It is an absolutely fantastic book. A real eye opener. I never thought anyone could write this way tbh. He went to the Holy Mountain at a very young age, and it seems he never lost that child like wonder at the world. I’m very much looking forward to reading more.

Image result for Wounded by Love: The Life and Wisdom of Saint Porphyrios

I’ve also burned thought the first two books in Games Workshop’s Horus Heresy Series this week. Only like 52 more books to go to catch up. After reading *all* of dune earlier this year I thought I might as well start/try and do something new.

Music

New BlackPink single is litaf. The video has 128 MILLION views in 4 days! The size and scope of K-pop as an all conquering media force continues apace.

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