095 :: Half formed thoughts On ‘Ralphing’ and Compass Memes

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This week has been a week of difference influences swelling and receding like overlapping waves on the beach.

I’ve had on many hats for a few hours at a time this week.

I had a skype call with a narrative director of a large MMO about doing some work with them, which devolved into a conversation about Games Workshop finally listening to 40 years of customer complaints before we could really talk about the nature of the work. .

Can you tell when?

I was supposed to meet up for drinks with a ‘eerie ecology/film/geography/nonhuman art&research filmaker’. But had to move it to next week.

I also spoke to a VC briefly about maybe doing some strategy work with them, we’ll see how that goes too.

I also went to the Proms on Tuesday as the parents unfortunately couldn’t go themselves. Pretty standard week.

As I mentioned last week I’ve started making music again. This week I spent 2 evenings refreshing my memory on how to build synths from scratch using the principles of subtractive synthesis in Renoise

FUN

Permanently Moved

301 – 1920 – Episode 50 (Sprint Review)

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A nice round number seemed like a good time to review where I am at.

I discuss how the show has evolved, workflow, stats, “Perfectionism is the voice of the oppressor” and that making this weekly has done wonders for my psychological health.

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Can’t believe I’ve made 50 of these so far. Big thanks to Warren for the idle morning.computer thought which became the catalyst for me last year to start making it.

Dipping the Stacks

Electric Boats Could Be Floating Batteries For Island Microgrids – IEEE Spectrum

Workers Seize the Shipyard That Built the Titanic, Plan to Make Renewable Energy There – VICE

As a shepherd, I know we have not ‘sheepwrecked’ Britain’s landscape
This whole article is basically “as a lumberjack, I know we haven’t over cut” 

German Peasants’ Song – Die Gedanken Sind Frei | Three Acres And A Cow

The Ministry

I started writing the half sketched bones of an essay to clarify my own thoughts that wasn’t going anywhere. As per this weeks podcast about pushing more stuff out I thought I’d flesh it out a bit and post it here

On Compasses and Quadrants

This week feels like the week that the weird Accelerationist political 4×4 compass levelled up out of cave twitter and went into wider consciousness.

The first in the genre I ever saw was on a friends computer at the workspace for “blockchain and utopian conspiracy Trust Support when I was speaking at P2P Web Berlin early last year.

This ACCompass came from Insta about a month ago

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And this recent one is the one that has punched though.

I should note that Lilypatchwork is a “post left is the most left” internet figure. They themselves pointed out the pipeline to this sort of worldview in a recent tweet

post/ultra-left ==> left-leaning u/acc ==> problematic g/acc

Note: G/acc BTW for the un-initiated stands for Gender Accelerationsist (IE: using gender’s own process of decay to destroy the gender class system) It’s like xenofems black goo mirror universe form. Anyway I’m pretty deep in these circles quite a few people have read my conspiracy essay and stacktivism stuff but its not relevant or where I was going – Back to the compasses:

I know many in the Milieu love the 2×2 for reasons that Venkat neatly summed up way back in 2009

The quadrant diagram has achieved the status of an intellectual farce. If you, as a presenter, do not make an ironic joke when you throw one on the screen, you will automatically lose a lot of credibility.

How to Draw and Judge Quadrant Diagrams

I myself have my own contribution to the genre as part of the Cross-quadrant Working Group when I was writing about Conspiracy Theories, the value of entertaining them, and why everyone needs a bootstrapped postmodern hermeneutics of their own back in 2016

From my talk “Confusing ourselves to death” @ Unsound 2018

Anyways the good Ahmet A. Sabancı (in my head I always add the A. to his name) wrote the following in his most recent newsletter

Give Me More Compasses

Jay’s Twitter thread got me thinking about how we’re thinking about the future itself and how most of the mainstream conversation is stuck. Compasses over there names many different possibilities we might face or some of us even facing —maybe not as extreme as a sci-fi novel. I think one powerful side of compasses is the fact that it gives all options/possibilities at once, overloading the mind and forcing you to think about it.

I think that’s something we need more. Not always compasses but ways to push people to think about the futures we might face and start working on it. Although it might seem that all of those futures are far away but when you start thinking about it, you also understand that most of those possibilities are already here and rest is just 5 minutes bus ride away.

Compasses —especially the ones like the one here— with their design and the information density is something perfect for our current social media madness. It interrupts the clickbait and will-be-forgotten-tomorrow news and never-ending outrages with its weirdness and pulls people out of it. Of course one needs to take another step after seeing this but if we’re stuck with the current situation for now, I think best we can do is to make it as weird as possible. So that we can lure people to blogs, newsletters and other dark sides of the internet where real conversation happens. To at least try to break that banality of the future.

The bold points are my own, but also key here and I think speak for them selves.

It is exactly the “all options/possibilities at once” which makes them such fascinating memetic objects. Far more so than the tired pedestrian chaotic alignment charts you see floating around. #ACCompasses are an uplifted version of the 2×2 grid that have ascended beyond intellectual farce into the world of illusion and imagination.

In my opinion, one of the interesting judo moves that the X/Acc scene has been developing the last few years is to use weirdness as a bait/hook for the real praxis (even if the praxis is further speculation for now).

In the Acc world things aren’t weird for weirdness sake. But weird because the weirdness interrupts the clickbait attention feed. FWIW I think Haraway’s “Cthulhuscene” attempted this move in the academic world but largely fell before finished. “Tentacular Thinking” however…. influenced this information/meme dynamic deeply.

I’m inclined to see these compasses as one of the first direct examples of “Accelerationsist Anti-praxis” propaganda.

Anti-praxis consists of two basic principles: making political action as impersonal as possible and intensifying the actually existing processes of liberation and emancipation, without situating our actions within/against capitalism, but following those political vectors which point directly towards a possible exit.

Applying Applied Ballardianism

Mr Bloggy himself AKA Mat of xenogothic.com wrote a good piece late last year on anti praxis

One of the things I think is clear about this form of compass media object is that they rapidly open up new cognitive territory. But they also seize and claim the new territory the moment that you realise that it has formed in your brain. Like laying tarot cards of a kind you have never seen before on the table, and before you can read the spread shouting SNAP and pulling them back.

In the meme theory back channels I frequent this is known as “Ralphing”

Each and every box in those x/Acc political compasses is Ralphing cognitive territory. If just for a moment.

Again some more Xenogoth on anti-praxis this time quoting Land

Here we find the anti-praxis of U/Acc emerging into view. As space-time disintegrates, you have to make yourself worthy of the process. Land concludes:

Any perspective that can actually be realized has already been localized by serial breakages. Nothing begins with the whole, unless as illusion. Today, we know this both empirically and transcendentally. Anything not done in pieces is not done in profound accordance with reality.

I’m running the risk of putting woke words into Land’s mouth here but I think the implications are far clearer here than they have ever been. Expect frequent referrals back to this post in the future.

DISINTEGRATIVE COSMIC ACCELERATIONISM

The ACCompass Meme is an illusion. A whole Ralph memetic object of weirdness that is the summation of its individual Ralphs. One so powerful as to pull you, even just for a moment from the day to day algorymic media madness.

Note for readers who feel they are hallucinating. I highly recommend Xenogoths U/ACC primer

Reading

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I started reading Atomic Habits by James Clear this week.

It’s not very good at all. I wouldn’t bother with it if you have ever thought about wanting to read it. The whole books reads like an advert for his blog which itself is a vehicle advertising James Clear.

I have of course been inhaling more warhammer 40k books. I read the BobbyG Primark series book, and started Spear of the Emperor but I’m only like 12% of the way in.

Music

I’ve been enjoying Pharmakon’s new track Spit It Out this week. It’s a claustrophobic noise hammer of epic proportions.

Pharmakon is the solo experimental music project of Margaret Chardiet. Her 2017 album Contact was fantastic.

I’ve also been listning to the new Album Collab Everything That Dies Someday Comes Back by Uniform & The Body ITS FANTASTIC

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094 :: One Step Forward Two Steps Back

Well, after talking how much better my mental health was last week. This week has been dark and terrible. I don’t want to talk about it.

Permanently Moved

From Blake’s London to Air to Surface Missiles

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The anatomy of an info binge.

Blake > Tennyson > 20th C Anglosphere Public Policy > Keplar > Lana de Terzi > Pearson’s Weekly

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Bit of a filler episode this week. Still liked making it which is the main thing.

Dipping the Stacks

Artificial tongue’s nanoscale “tastebuds” can sort real whisky from counterfeits more than 99% of the time / Boing Boing

The Tragedy of “The Tragedy of the Commons” – Scientific American Blog Network

“The Greatest Menace to the Writer is the Reader” and Other Advice from Shirley Jackson | Literary Hub

Magical thinking: the history of science, sorcery and the spiritual

The Ministry

A week of basically doing zero work which was a feedback loop.

Did make some cool grooves tho

Reading

I might be getting to the end of my Warhammer binge. Im kinda getting a bit sick of it. 50 books or something tho… thats quite a binge.

Music

I’ve been LOVING this Blanck Mass track all week.

I’ve also been listening to lots of 80’s style modern synth pop. A mate and I are considering making some music together. Heres some examples

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093 :: Profiles and Radio

I’ve been in the media the last week:

Can Science fiction save the planet?

I was profiled/interviewed by French online magazine ulyces.co

The piece is in French but as you can see in the screenshot above, Google Translate does a very good job with it.

The interview covers Solarpunk, My Sonar+D talk, Stacktivism work and more. Really happy with it.

Siglo21 – Interview (Radio 3)

I was also on Spanish Radio this week! It’s one of the interviews I did at Sonar+D. I’m dubbed into Spanish and sound very handsome.

I speak about Solarpunk, Infrastructure and Deeptime.

You can listen to it here ~40mins in: http://www.rtve.es/alacarta/audios/siglo-21/siglo-21-angel-olsen-01-08-19/5359463/

092 :: Micronutrients

I’ve had the lurgy again this week. Maybe I picked it up some of whatever eve had last week but fought it off. Its been a whole week of feeling around 80% and then doing something like walking into town and having to abort the mission to go home back to bed and sleep it off.

However I slept like 12 hours last night and now feel really good today – apart from the grogginess of having slept for 12 hours.

I’ve was sleeping a lot earlier this year, it was really bad. I thought maybe it was my Anemia – A consequence of my Crohn’s disease. But even after taking my regular injection It didn’t help at all.

Holland & Barrett Magnesium with Zinc Tablets

I have been a notorious asshole in the first 10mins of waking up for most of my life. Manifesting as a period of rage that I don’t remember at all. A small window of the day where I would say the most outrageous things which were unkind and spiteful.

But then I started supplimenting magnesium and zinc about two months ago.

I’ve been taking Holland Barrett’s combined supplement as it was easy to buy. I take the full two tablets a day. Which gives you the following %NRV

  • Magnesium 266mg 71%
  • Zinc 10mg 100%

The effects were almost immediate. Within a few days of starting I was a much nicer person when I first woke up. To the point Eve mentioned it straight away. I feel way less groggy when I wake up and I’m also sleeping better (and far deeper) than I have for a long time .

Last year the NHS said that people aged 20-29 in the uk had serious deficiencies in zinc (8.6%) and Magnesium (14%) and the numbers are far higher for a slight deficiency and increase as you go though the population by age.

I’m now a magnesium and zine evangelist telling everyone that I’ve been taking it and feel much much better. 100% recommendation.

Micronutrients

It’s interesting that these are both micronutrients and the effect that supplimenting them have had on me has been so large.

One of the biggest criticisms of indoor farming (under lights or hydroponics) is that there is the lack of micronutrients they contain. When you bring this up to people who are gun ho about it being a solution to fresh fruits and vegetables in cities they dismiss it. But its a real problem. Vegitables should really be gown in the ground powered by the sun.

But even then there’s still a problem. Take this quote from Scientific American:

University of Texas (UT) at Austin’s Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry was published in December 2004 in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition. They studied U.S. Department of Agriculture nutritional data from both 1950 and 1999 for 43 different vegetables and fruits, finding “reliable declines” in the amount of protein, calcium, phosphorus, iron, riboflavin (vitamin B2) and vitamin C over the past half century. 

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/soil-depletion-and-nutrition-loss/

Further more:

A similar study of British nutrient data from 1930 to 1980, published in the British Food Journal,found that in 20 vegetables the average calcium content had declined 19 percent; iron 22 percent; and potassium 14 percent. Yet another study concluded that one would have to eat eight oranges today to derive the same amount of Vitamin A as our grandparents would have gotten from one.

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/soil-depletion-and-nutrition-loss/

Organic food really is the best food for us. There needs to be an explosion in small scale market gardening to bring the price down.

Permanently Moved

Fortnite World Cup Explained (For Boomers)

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This week I try to explain (for Boomers):

The Fortnite World Cup

The Size of the Video Games Market
The Upcoming Live Streaming Platform Battle

Notes:

Follow @louiscenter on twitter. He is good people

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This weeks episode was super fun to make. I feel like it’s full of power.

It’s the first time I’ve done research whilst making it. Googling for numbers figures and facts whilst making the script. It took a little longer maybe 15mins instead of 10 but is all the better for it.

I think the overall quality of the show recently has reached where I imagined it would be in my head when I started with episode 1 last year. Maybe other people would have given up by now but I dunno. I

It’s slowly slowly starting to break out of the bounds of my personal media sphere now and thats been very cool to see. (thanks Ahmet for mentioning it your newsletter!) Maybe that is because the quality is more consistent or just inevitable side effect of just having a how thats run for nearly 50 episodes.

Dipping the Stacks

Orion Magazine | Beyond Hope

McKinsey & Company: Capital’s Willing Executioners | Current Affairs

Why So Many Former Emos Are Now K-Pop Fans – VICE (SO SEEN)

BBC – Future – How to build something that lasts 10,000 years

The Ministry

I’ve written about 13k words this week including a surprise 2k words of fan fiction which came from nowhere. But it think it could possibly be a novel.

I haven’t edited anything this week as my head was stuffy and couldn’t concentrate. I NEED to get this first zine out.

Reading

Feeling ill has basically meant I’ve read loads and played Nintendo Switch A lot. I’m still on the Warhammer 40k kick. But instead of moving on to the final Seige of TerrA books I’ve read the following:

Three books in One week is reaching new levels of Aspergers binge Tendancies. Don’t think it’s been this bad for years. Plus its really nice not to be anywhere near Land As Platform related content whilst I’m writing the book.

Music

I’d like to direct you towards this extremely well written piece in the MEL magazine

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091 :: Birthday!

Another fairly wild week. Recovering from Sonar lurgy – Which I’ve given to Eve but it seems she’s got a bronchitis upgrade.

It was my birthday this week. I spent the day melting in the record breaking heat. Eve got me the Folio Society edition of Dune. It’s wonderful.

I went to hospital to see my consultant and got told that after 17 Years I can finally come off my immunosuppressant I take for my Crohn’s Disease. Its weird already not taking them along side the others. Every day of my adult life I’ve taken them. Spent just as long taking them as I lived before i was diagnosed. So FUCK YEAH! May my health continue to improve.

I got taken to Claridge’s for Lunch Yesterday. I’d never been. They gave me a cake.

Today was supposed to house party day. But the rain and eves crushing sickness has put paid to that. Curry house table for 10 and then pub it is.

Permanently Moved

What Would Your Teenaged Self Think Of You?

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Post Birthday 2019.

Stopping my autoimmune medication for Crohn’s disease after 17 years. 

Stick to the three point plan.

Notes:

What Would Your Teenaged Self Think of You? – Human Parts – Medium

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Todays Episode it probably the single most personal thing i’ve ever posted to the internet. Hope you like it.

Dipping the Stacks

The Healing Power of Sound as Meditation | Psychology Today

What does anthropology say about the emotional lives of others? | Aeon Essays

Environment: Teens tackle 300 acres in Brecon Beacons – BBC News

Don’t Scoff at Influencers. They’re Taking Over the World. – The New York Times

The Ministry

Book got another 10k words added to it this week.

Had a few meetings with mentors and friends this week too. I think I’ll know the shape of my life soon enough.

Reading

I’m on to the Buried Dagger. Book 54 and the LAST book in the series. It might also be one of my fav’s. It humanises one of the main character’s in the series The Primarch of the Death Guard Legion Mortarion. He even cracks a few jokes.

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Music

I’ve basically been listening to CALIGULA by LINGUA IGNOTA big thanks to Warren for pointing out that it had come out. It’s a triumph! Incredible album.

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090 :: Back From Sonar(+D) – Mega Post

Wow, What a week. Still decompressing from the trip. Writing this post has helped me process it quite a bit.

I attended Sonar+D Last week to take part in a panel on ‘Tales of the Next Internet. I spoke alongside cybersecurity journalist Marta Peirano, researcher and activist Xenia Ermoshina, with the panel moderated by Ash Sarkar.

Me, Xenia, Marta, Ash

The panel went really well, and the topics covered were diverse but also coherent. I spoke on Long term thinking, and questioned wether we can even call the internet infrastructure (who ever heard of 100 year website or 1000 year internet), How software should make us feel, and finally on the upcoming proliferation of sensing devices and the urgency of climate change action. I finished my talk by reading “All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace” which might give you some idea by how off piste my talk was by the end.

Sonar+D is an amazing festival, bridging the delicate line between corporate sponsored event by leaving space open for more radical voices. I saw some amazing talks.

I saw Honor interview Noriko Taniguchi of team lab

Honor + Noriko Taniguchi

And Ash Interviewed Holly Herndon and Mat Dryhurst onstage for their voices of AI talk

Mat, Holly, Ash

Plus saw a bunch of fantastic art and other talks on building virtual worlds etc.

It was fun being a participant, being able to walk stright out of Sonar+D into the festival. I got to see a bunch of cool artists I Embedded a tumblr photo post below

I also drank a lot of absinthe and ate a lot of fantastic food. I also got to see and hang out with a bunch of other acquaintances and friends at the event. I was grateful for their company. Speaking to people you know when your social battery is low is so nice.

Total Babes, Corey, Huw + Colin (they finally met IRL for the first time)

A real highlight was staying with my good friend Huw Lemmey once my sonar hospitality ran out. On Saturday we hiked up Montserrat to Sant Jeroni peak. The view was incredible. And such a fun day, with lots of deep conversation and laughs here we are at the top.

“Two Hot And Sweaty Cool Dudes”
The view was worth it

Permanently Moved

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As time passes I am becoming more and more aware every time I interact with social media that I am complicit.

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A lot of folks I saw at sonar seem to be listening and gave me a lot inspiration and encouragement. It was also nice to see so many people give Huw’s Bad Gays podcast amazing feedback in real time and see how he reacted.

Dipping the Stacks

Honestly i spent no time on the internet but this is amazing

NEURAL NETWORK IN GLASS REQUIRES NO POWER, RECOGNIZES NUMBERS | Hackaday

The Ministry

It is so inspiring being around friends and other amazing people who ‘execute’. A few conversations about imposter syndrome came about but friends re-assured me that i was there because I am executing too.. Which made me feel nice (but that my have been the beer). I have a lot of things on the go which I hope to get out into the world soon.

“perfect is the enemy of good enough” is a thing I think musicians and creatives with background in classical training always fight. It was really nice to hear that I’m not the only person fighting this every single day.

I also had some great conversations at sonar. Some of which included the notion of doing some future work.

Reading

I finished listening to Slaves of Darkenss which means I’m 2 books away from finishing the 54 book series. and i thought DUNE was a long slog during my Asia trip! Then i roll straight in to book 1 of 6 book ‘Solar War’ series. It takes 54 books to cover 9 years of plot. And 6 books to cover a battle that lasts 85 days. (the first and last war for mankind – it never ends – Warhammer 40k is set 10k years later and the Galaxey is still aflame )

It’s been amazing tho. Absolutely everything my 10 year old self wanted back in 1994 when I first discovered Warhammer.

Music

Annie is a member of Hollys ensamble, we had breakfast one morning at the hotel. I listened to her EP that day and it’s Fantastic.

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This is a personal meme joke with regard to this guy.

089 :: July Vibes

I met “systems artist, spatial-media designer, and composer” and all round cool guy Cullen Miller this week. We had lunch then wen’t on mad walks around central.

Regent’s Park was looking particularly lovely – tho we had to be careful not to get absolutely baked by the sun. He’s awesome. Real kindred spirit.

Booked a trip to Crete later this year with some friends. Im going to see ALL the history whilst they all layabout by the pool. So looking forward to that quite a bit.

Permanently Moved

S2E15

This week I discuss methods of increasing your ability to interact with the liminal and the imaginary.

Note: I set some homework.

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Already got some “You are a crazy man” feedback from a brief new unfollower on Twitter which is 100% what I’m there for at this point.

Dipping the Stacks

Water Is For Fighting | Current Affairs

Lessons from a genocide can prepare humanity for climate apocalypse – MIT Technology Review

The Reality Bubble’: Or Pretending Ourselves to Death | The Tyee

A New History of Arabia, Written in Stone | The New Yorker

The Ministry

I should point out because I got asked about it, that The Ministry stands for “Ministry of my own labour”

Been working on my opening statements of the panel on ‘the next internet’ I’m going to be on at SonarD next week. Its not finished yet but I’m i’m going for 1000 year internet vibes and ‘weird’.

I’m already freaking out about going to Barcelona for 5 nights, how busy it’s going to be. BUT I get to stay with Huw so that makes up for it.

Been working on the first PDF/Zine, i’ve been sprucing up the text to ‘Your attention is sovereign’ podcasts from last year.

Got a name and a domain for it. I just need to build the one page website for it when I get back from Spain.

Reading

Definitely not the news.

Music

My lil cousin dropped a new single and I’ve been listening to it A LOT.

I’ve also been getting really into Locust Toybox. Glitch Electronica

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