059 :: The End of Summer

“The land knows you, even when you are lost.”
― Robin Wall Kimmerer

Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants

I only posted on Monday as a catch up post on the previous weeks so not that much to add.

I went for a nice walk yesterday, on what was probably the last warm sunny day of the year. Today the weather has turned and i can feel a draft coming in from our sash windows.

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It may mean that shortly we bite the bullet and ‘seal’ the window for the winter by jamming folded cardboard into the cracks. Amazons A4 shipping cardboard packets  opened up and cut in to strips works really well.

Also worth mentioning: I woke up from an intense dream the other morning:

I was an important peach taster. Some were confused messes of sweetness, others sang though with the pure taste of peach.

I don’t think I’ve ever tasted in a dream before.

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Episode 25 – The Loop 

The Loop is a phenomena emergent in the digital age.
What’s worse is it’s highly likely that whatever you were reading wasn’t worth reading in the first place.
I also thank Fiber Festival and announce my talk and panel discussion at unsound.pl next week. See you there!!

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The last two episodes (24/25) should be listened too back to back as they are all part of the same topic: Attention sovereignty. They also seem to be the most popular shows i’ve done so far in the half year or so I’ve been making the podcast – which is nice.

If you like ’em. please share as I’m pretty proud of the reaction they’ve been getting.

The topic is in the air right now. I Venkat’s newest breaking smart is also on a similar/adjacent subject.

Dipping the stacks

Finality  – New web comic from Warren Ellis – Love It

What’s Wrong With Jordan Peterson? (Floor Presses, Osho and Joe Rogan)

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Been working on my talk for unsound. Here’s the pitch:

Confusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Conspiratainment

In 1985 Postman wrote “People will come to adore the technologies that undo their capacities to think”.
What new kinds of mental models do we need in order to think with the current rise of fake news and questionable ‘truthiness’ in our present media environment. All in context of pervasive surveillance, secrecy, and increasing global complexity…

Im also going to be on a panel called Beyond Cyberpunk

Reading

I haven’t read anything this week to my shame, except for a few pages of the Paul Biography the other night.

But I did invest a lot of time catching up on Rogan podcasts. I really enjoy the nutrition debates.

Music

Been listening to the new Tim Hecker, a lot.

Remember kids:

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058 :: Catching Up

“The names of blockchain firms make Californian companies look humble – Gnosis, Ether, Kraken, Stellar …. Ontology” – Ben Cerveny

I missed a week last weeks blog entry. I thought it might feel like the weekly chain had been broken and everything comes tumbling down. But it doesn’t so there’s that. The week before last was really busy sorting out travel for events and writing talks, being social and also family stuff.

Today is Monday Oct 1. Yesterday I got back from Amsterdam which already feels like a blur. Meeting people I admire, 3 talks in 4 days, 2 day workshop, new faces and lots of good conversation, oh and tiny but cold Dutch beers, lots of them.

The main reason I was in Amsterdam was to speak at TerraFiction at Brakke Grond as part of Fiber Festivals Coded Matter(s) #15

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The talk went really well. I enjoyed it a lot. I spoke along side a fantastic lineup: Astronomer and writer Pippa Goldschmidt, the speculative fiction writer E. J. Swift, Maja & Nik from FOAM, Ivan Henriques presented his [Symbiotic Machines for Space Exploration] project, and Miha Turšič from Waag spoke on his new project with the ESA. What I was doing there talking about Land as Platform and Solarpunk remains a mystery.

I also gave a long presentation to interdisciplinary students doing an MA in worldbuilding. On (unsurprisingly) world building but more importantly reality hacking. And I spoke on solarpunk and they way it can be used to speculatively re-imagine civic space at Tolhuistuin.

In-between all that, I caught up with a friend I haven’t seen in ages, and attended a two day workshop at Waag on world building which was the third part of the same workshop I’d been in at Het Nieuwe Instituut earlier in the year.

My output was a short story about a baker in late 21st century Amsterdam who’s business partner is the yeast called (Hono) he uses to make all the bread. They work as a bio-coop. Also if there is such thing as Middle Ages High Catholic sci-fi that’d be his world view.

One team produced an *extremely* Adam Curtis video about their Accelerationist patchwork city:

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Also Ben Cerveny from The Foundation For Public Code and The New Normal took me and Sjef for a ride on his boat.

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Your attention is sovereign

1. You, personally, get to decide where you put your attention.
2. By acknowledging this fact you have to take full responsibility for where you have put your attention in the past, and where you will put it in the future.

Multitasking is mostly bollocks.

This is last weeks episode. Its had the most positive feedback of any show i’ve done so far. I’m really grateful for all the positive remarks.

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Don’t bother

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got a lot more on my pate. I need to write a talk on conspiracy theories for unsound.pl more on that next week.

Also super energised after all the conversations In the last week. Much to think on in terms of my own life and what I want from it.

Reading

I finished Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants on the plane on the way home. Incredible book.

Music

Remember kids:

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057 :: Use a cobra-snake for a necktie.

Love and a cough cannot be hid. – George Herbert

Been quite a nice week this week. Not very much to say about it tbh so today will be a short one.

Had lunchtime coffees with friends through out the week.

Spent a lot of time hanging out with eve which has been really nice.

It was one of my closest friends birthday bbq/party yesterday hence this post being a day late. Which means I got to spend the day with 4 of my really close friends.
Just 7 of us hanging out all day in the early September sunshine. Was really good to see everyone.

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For some reason this week I’m grumpy about the new Apple phones, Angry about action figures, call a man who drives a bulldozer a land artist and describe cut throat razor shaving as exhilarating and dangerous.

The dystopian lake filled by the world’s tech lust

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Dipping the stacks

Americans Are Shifting The Rest Of Their Identity To Match Their Politics

Fortress London: Urban regression and the end of terrorism-as-theatre

Truth, lies and stereotypes: when scientists ignore evidence

Getting Clean, the Tudor Way

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Working on my talks for Terra Fiction in Amsterdam. Im also speaking to some students and also another talk on solarpunk

Done some more writing

Hosted this months #solarpunkchat on twitter

Reading

I’m still reading Paul: A Biography

I did start listening to Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants its wonderful.
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Music

Been listening to Bo Diddly

The lyrics to this damn song. seriously.

Remember kids:

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056 :: Another week past

What you seek after (is) within you

Spent Tuesday evening with Mr Vickers, it was great to see him for the first time in ages. I find it is extremely grounding to hangout with one of ‘the others’. We talked about all sorts of things, an eclectic and erratic conversation. If you listened to my podcast a while back on the synesthesia I have – where conversations have shapes and ‘materiality’ then you’ll know that I had a wild ride, a good conversation with someone is extremely pleasurable.

I went up and down the river a few times this week in to K-town too. It’s amazing how fast the autumn is turning. But the old man looked truly lovely the other day, the sailing club were out on the river and it was just great. check it out:

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I had to get out the house as the folks who live upstairs have been having our hallway re-decorated and its been full of loud and erratic builders right outside the front door all week.

In other news Eve and I have been working on our big holiday trip plans for next year but were stuck a blow by Norwegian air cancelling the route we had booked our outbound flight on. So we might have to move/rebook the whole thing. Glad we didn’t buy the business class return flights from Perth already.

Also I’m sorting out my taxes. It sucks.

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Episode 22 – Handprints and Maps

This week I remind you all I’m speaking on Land As Platform at TERRA FICTION as part of codedmatters.nl on the 27 September 2018. Criticise blockchain thinking, then talk briefly about John Barrell’s notion of Circular Geography.

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Dipping the stacks

Ancient livestock dung heaps are now African wildlife hotspots

25 Years Ago I Coined the Phrase “Triple Bottom Line.” Here’s Why It’s Time to Rethink It.

HOW MY FATHER’S IDEAS HELPED THE KURDS CREATE A NEW DEMOCRACY

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I’ve been moving forward with some fiction writing this week. Came up with an idea around how people on UBI have to do jury service like work two weeks a year, in the case of the MC it’s a fintech exec working on the Thames Estuary picking up rubbish at low tide where an old rubbish dump is eroding into the sea. Next door is a frantic garbage mining operation trying to clear the 1980’s rubbish dump.

I’m about 2.5k words in to an article on Blockchain project problems it’ll be up on medium once a friend has given it a once over.

Book recommendations mentioned last week are coming. Got side tracked by the blockchain article.

Reading

I’m still reading Paul: A Biography

In addition, I’ve been listening to NT writes Gifford lectures. Its 6 hours of content and worth you’re attention.

Music

Don’t know much about nelward but this track is GREAT

Remember kids:

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055 :: Do what you can

Fact:

Time spent on the mat is never wasted time. It’s important work.

There is so much utter nonsense going on in the world right now, it is difficult to fathom it all. But knowing that you have absolutely no idea what the fuck is going on is a great help.

I went to a party on Monday night and surprisingly (for me) the conversation rolled round to Brexit. The topic of conversation itself was short. Punctuated or elevated despair and outrage, followed by ‘theres nothing any of us in this room can do about it so whats the point in getting mad’. We moved on.

These two points combined are illustrative of ‘actual reality’ in many ways. Finally the veil of social democracy has fallen from many peoples eyes and reality it can be clearly seen from the POV of you as an individual.  EG: Not only do you not know what is going on, there really isn’t anything you can do about it either.

The best you can do is to make decisions with real tangible outcomes in your daily life about how you are going to surf the current chaos – or even survive it.

  • Call or (better) see your family more – it’s the only one you have.
  • Speak to your friends on the phone or (better) in person.
  • Cook for people.
  • Start a book club.
  • Try to speak honestly at all times.
  • Stock pile critical medications.
  • Lean a new skill. Knots, Knife sharpening, Gardening.
  • Throw some swiggles

I could turn this whole thing in to a medium post that would probably do pretty well, as I’d fill it with some upbeat harden your heart stoicism and then segue in to sails and kifes analogies. But I’m not going to – as most of you know all this already.

I went to Ham House in Richmond with Mum and Dad on Wednesday it was pretty interesting. Below is the oldest known english made ivory furniture. A weird totem.

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Speaking of Medium perviosuly

I got drunk with Other Jay/Owens on Thursday at the Whippet in Holborn. We talked about her newsletter Disturbances, Books, Life, Internet etc. It was good times.

Through the haze of strong IPA I promised her a current reading list. So I’ll be doing that this week. A huge list of books that are really interesting and should be read by all contemporary weirdos. I wonder how the gender balance is going to shape up at the end of it.

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Episode 21
It started off as a simple show about the great abolitionist Harriet Tubman, but unexpectedly spun out into occult left history, criticism of the awful the law of return, and a soft landing via peter greys rewilding witchcraft.

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Dipping the stacks

Captain Swing was here!

An Astrological Interlude: Brexit

Productivity is like a heat engine

These Cultural Treasures Are Made of Plastic. Now They’re Falling Apart.

When an Iowa Family Doctor Takes On the Opioid Epidemic

The Ministry

I’ve done a bit of writing but I’ve been super slack. I owe a bunch of people stuff its not even funny. The less said about all this the better. Move along.

Reading

My parents got me Paul: A Biography as a birthday present. But, I just got it Wednesday belatedly. I am only 100 or so pages in but He is alive in this book. The historical Paul is alive and well. Very much the same way the Theben Sorcerer was alive in the most recent PGM course over on runesoup. Its a remarkable book.

Its always been my belief that to understand Paul is to understand the modern world. This book is doing so in new ways.

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Music

Been listening to a lot of Baths this week. This track from last years Romaplasm has so much going on.

Remember Kids:

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Its K-pop actually, and i did not loose any money – but yeah.

054 :: Velocity

I’m still doing the ‘The Couch to 80k Writing Boot Camp‘. The first week was entirely writing lists, which was surprisingly enjoyable.

Now that summer is ending. we are moving in to my favourite season of the year, I can feel myself gaining more momentum and drive to complete a lot of thing things I have been noodling around with all summer – so thats exciting.

This creeping feeling also coincided with the end of Jupiter Ret. As the planet of wisdom, it’s no wonder that Jupiter’s retrogrades are often viewed as learning opportunities. Whatever my personal lesson was/is I’m sure it will become clear evetually.

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Episode 20
The internet broke this week and we had a whole day without it – It was nice. From those beginnings I end up talking a little bit about social media being an enemy.
Warrens, Plazas and the Edge of Legibility

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Dipping the stacks

TAMAR GROW LOCAL A Local Food Ecosystem of Opportunity

First randomised-controlled trial of an employee “Wellness Programme” suggests they are a waste of money

Ongoing patchwork debates in my RSS

Patchwork is not a Model

ENACTING PATCHWORK (1): SOME THEORETICAL AND TECHNICAL CONCERNS

The Ministry

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At least  Better than an outright rejection! If you want to support the Kickstarter and maybe get my first short story about a group of solarpunk anarchist drug manufactures into print (maybe) its embedded below:

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1537879721/resist-fascism-an-sff-call-to-action

I haven’t done any work this week really tbh.

Reading

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I’m still reading How Forests Think: Toward an Anthropology Beyond the Human. Finished  Hybrid Geographies: Natures Cultures Spaces by Sarah Whatmore. I Started For a Left Populism by Chantal Mouffe that Verso kindly sent me. So I thought I’d better read it!

Music

The new Twice music video is amazing:

Post apocalyptic? ✅
Ocean’s 8 ✅
Home Alone Style Shenanigans ✅
Cute CGI Sanriostyle Characters With Carebear Powers ✅
Love Song ✅
Extremely 2018 💯

Remember Kids:

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053 :: Absolutely Jammin’

Had a pretty fun week with all the various birthdays and stuff that happened, but I got rained on and now have an unshakable cough and a mystery cold. It’s been really annoying.

I started ‘The Couch to 80k Writing Boot Camp‘ this week. Had to go out and buy a notebook and pen as it suggests its better done by hand. so i went out and bought a new writing notebook the day after Andrew and I submitted the short story we wrote together to the anthology on Wednesday. I’m expecting another rejection – It’ll be my 5th one this year but ah well.

Another Solarpunk author asked what it was about in a mailing list, and this is what he got back:

“A group of solarpunk anarchist drug manufactures cook up contraceptives in a lab under a big box store set in a retrosuburban Boise Idaho.”

Not that I mind the rejections as each and every one makes me a better writer in various ways. I’ve probably written in excess of 150k words so far this year. None of it will probably see the light of day. But at least I’ve felt busy.

So i’m going to do this writers boot camp then roll straight into Nanowrimo if i still have the energy.

In other news my tomatoes are still absolutely Jammin’

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We made pasta with them all obviously.

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I think I’ll probably get another load of tomatoes before the end of the year about the same size. As long as the sun comes back out again here.

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Episode 19

Nostalgia? A folk festival, the Horizon, and a weeping virgin I have a cough and a cold.

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Dipping the stacks

If You Want to Survive this Election with Your Mental Health Intact, Turn Off the “News” and Social Media Now

Breaking the Chain: Building Worker Power under Monopoly Capitalism

Systems Seduction: The Aesthetics of Decentralisation

The Ministry

Thinking about applying for a full time job instead of working freelance so I noodled around in the hell documents known as CV and resume.

I’m going to East Asia + Australia for like 6 weeks next year so we’ll see if thats a problem. I’d be looking for something fairly senior in Operations or Strategy so maybe I could swing it. Dunno tho.

Reading

I’m still reading How Forests Think: Toward an Anthropology Beyond the Human.

Its still blowing my mind.

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I picked up Hybrid Geographies: Natures Cultures Spaces by Sarah Whatmore so i might read that next.

I also caught up on a bunch of podcasts this week. The newest episode of Londons Peaks with Alice Procter was quite good.

Music

I tweeted about it but here’s Aretha Franklin belting out Mariah’s Touch My Body live. Filmed back in 2008.

Remember Kids:

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