041 :: Beersmiles

Dare to declare who you are – St. Hildegard of Bingen 

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A Drunk Face Walking though East London

Got drunk in east with that cutie Huw Lemmey on Friday, and walked back though the city down to Temple in an attempt to try and sober up before the next drinking engagement. I had an ice cream as it was a really lovely sunny day. Because I have been trying to spend less and less time ‘Plugged in’ I wasn’t listening to music or an audiobook/podcast. It was really nice, reminded me of being a teenager somehow. The 3 beers in the middle of the afternoon probably had something to do with that too.

I’ve been meditating a lot in the last 2 weeks on top of my usual practice and i’m really feeling it. Im hoping to get some sun rise and sun set practice in whilst I’m away next week.

The weather has been lovely this week and my tomatoes are nearly in need of staking up. Importantly we have a friend coming over to water the garden when we are on holiday next week.

Permanently Moved

Episode 8. Fast and incoherent.

I actually tried to see how fast I could record and edit this week considering how I now have my workflow kinda down. The whole thing was done in 45mins, could be better but I now know what 15mins worth of *better* sounds like vs some of the older episodes.

The idea of doing 30 episodes in 30days I think is a good one, it’ll be like forced evolution and rapid prototyping.

Dipping the stacks

I ready do wish there was a shipping forecast for London twitter drama.

Since I installed twitter de-metricisor the month has been some what surreal but i’m really enjoying it.

The Ministry

Big news coming soon.

Reading

I’m still reading The Contemplative Journey by Thomas Keating Fr. Thomas Keating, also Retrosuburbia. But I also started re-reading Peter Greys The Red Goddess on the train as I need to get a handle on a few things.

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Music

I’ve been listening to the expanded re release of Why?’s Moh Lhean album this week.

Remember Kids:

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040 :: Late Again

To whom it may concern: It is springtime.

– Kurt Vonnegut

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Yup. Late again because I was travelling/working. I really think I should probably double down on the schedule and stick to it regardless of what I’m doing. I didn’t even do the podcast last week. as I was on a plane and traveling around. Thats said, I don’t think that I couldn’t have made one on the go.. I own a tiny mono-mic that plugs into my phone so… yeah. My Bad.

I was having a great time wandering around Amsterdam in the morning on Thursday and then Rotterdam before I spoke at Het Nieuwe Instituut in the evening.  The talk was well attended for a (bank holiday) and it went well:

Title: Solarpunk: A grand dress rehearsal in remaking our present and future history.

Blurb: Right now, across disparate fields, a future is being built. But the future does not passively ‘arrive’ fully formed from the aether, we must first meet it the way humanity has always done: though dreams, stories and song. This talk will explore narrative strategies and strategic narratives such as RetroSuburbia and Land as Platform to make life more wonderful for us right now, and more importantly for the generations that follow.

I’m not sure how the talk will be posted online but I’ll find out. If its not documented in full I might ask for the audio from the board and slap the slides over the top and post it to medium or something.

After the event we drank tiny beers and I finally met Mx from Terra0.org and a bunch of people from Fiber Festival and also Boarder Sessions, plus its funny that Bratton’s New Normal Crew are everywhere in the circles I move in. It was really worth while.

On the Friday there was a workshop that was about living along side DAOS etc. Definitely hints of the European creative scene are goldilocksing their way to re-enchanting the world, but Calvinism has run a real number on the Dutch thats for sure especially the atheist ones.

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I’m grateful to IAS Associate Sjef for his hospitality and also the link up to the Nieuwe Instituut in the first place.

Permanently Moved

Permanently late more like amiright?

Dipping the stacks

Who the fuck cares anymore about social media? Since i installed Twitter Demetricator and put my phone in black and white I definitely have spent less time on it.

The Ministry

Well apart from all the stuff above I have a new laundry list of things I need to work on. And I need to plough though them as quickly as possible as i’m away again for 10 days at the end of May.

Wish me luck.

Reading

I’ve started reading The Contemplative Journey by Thomas Keating Fr. Thomas Keating, is a Trappist monk and priest, known as one of the architects of Centering Prayer, a contemporary method of contemplative prayer, that emerged from St. Joseph’s Abbey, Spencer, Massachusetts, in 1975. It’s fascinating to read so soon after St Teresa of Ávila’s The Interior Castle.

Music

Some of my best buds in the whole wide world have a new album out. If you are interested where the state of the UK’s Country/Folk Scene is this album is the Shonky Tonk British Doom Folk album for you

Remember Kids:

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039 :: Unspool

Wizard Prang was threatened by toast. He knew that he was supposed to eat breakfast. It was good for him. But eating was exactly what he did not want to do early in the morning.

Chronicles of Wizard Prang by Stafford Beer

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This post is three days late. It did briefly cross my mind about 8am on Saturday that I needed to post something but i was A. too tired (no one seems to sleep in berlin?) B. too busy and had to run out the door for a breakfast engagement, followed by brunch, then get to Trust for my p2pWeb talk, then after that was drinks, dinner, then more drinks.

So in short it was kinda busy.

I’m frantically preparing for my next round of being away from home due in Rotterdam on Thursday. Conversations I took away with me from Berlin have caused it to pivot some what a a major re-write is in process.

It is now Tuesday and it’s nearly 30 degrees so i don’t want to spend all day inside either.

Permanently Moved

Episode 7: Eugh what a drag to get this done today! Thanks for listening everyone! Please stick with me, really not feeling this one today.

Dipping the stacks

I don’t want to talk about it.

The Ministry

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Reading

I finished invention of nature.

Music

TarLung had an album out last year and i missed it. Sludgy Doom FTW

Remember Kids:

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