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 💯

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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.

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052 :: Learn how to feel

I’ve be absolutely fascinated by various subcultural bloggers, thinkers and writers that are attempting to explain ‘what the fuck is going on’ recently. I’ve found myself pingponging around the occult blog world, conspiracy theory, nrx, accelerationism, anthropology and botany, to name a few places.

The most interesting of the writers have a number of things in common.

  1. They all come from outside of the academy.
  2. They operate from large macro discussions around society, history etc first.
  3. Some of them re-describe concepts from other subcultures and it isn’t clear that they have any cross pollination.
  4. Shady backchannel group telegrams, discords and slacks are full of women critiquing the loudest male voices in productive ways. (you will see many blogs that will say ‘I was talking with my friend X about something blah blah blah’)

A few friends have asked me to do a series as part of permanently moved called ‘Da Fuk’ where I attempt to summarise and compare various ideas across stuff I’ve been reading. I might just do that.

The first episode would begin with the most important element that almost all the writers and thinkers seem to hold in common. It relates to the fake news plague. But also questions of Truth in todays society and that I would summarise (and agree with) as:

You do not know what the fuck is going on.

Your job is to be absolutely certain that you have no idea what the fuck is going on.

And from that raw chaos, that raw uncertainty.. as a default state of being.

Learn how to feel.

How to move forward and act in the world

These are my words, but its also how I have lived my life for a while. Its interesting. No wonder why as a macro cultural trend theres a shift towards personal responsibility. Classical virtues, Ethics and Seneca etc

In other news I went for dinner with two of my old bosses, and it was AMAZING.

In other other news. Going to the pub in 2018 is Sci-fi as FUCK

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Thinking out loud about Genius Loci, Kitchens, Workshops, Desks, Mise en place and Knolling.

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Dipping the stacks

Fertilizer destroys plant microbiome’s ability to protect against disease

RADICAL MUNICIPALISM & TRANSLOCAL FUTURITY – PART 1: QUERYING THE LOCAL (1)

The politics of Listening

BUDDHIST FUTURES: THE BLACK HOLE OF POST-CAPITALISM

The Ministry

By the end of today a short story i’ve been writing with a *real* sci-fi writer should be finished. We have till Wednesday to submit it to the anthology. Its been eye opening working with someone who can actually write. I’m really happy that they wanted to co-write something with me. The benefits of some of the travel i’ve done this year.

A lot of story edits have been done as we have gone a long which i wasn’t expecting. Whole segments ripped out and moved to different characters etc. A sketched out 90 word plot at the top of the document has ballooned to the target 8k words since July 27th.

TFW you see your words get re-written doe. Co writing for me seems to be less harsh emotionally that overzealous editing but still.

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Reading

I finished re-reading all four Scott Westerfield books in less than two weeks. They are such an easy read. Well paced etc too. I remember i used to recommend it as a sci fi series to old greybeard sci-fi fans over a decade ago when I worked in a huge bookshop leading them up to the YA section. They would balk at the covers but eventually come in and buy the whole set.

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Finally reading How Forests Think: Toward an Anthropology Beyond the Human. I kinda already know what its going to say as its such a seminal text, but finally reading the source text. Every other paragraph is blowing my mind.

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Music

Man Child on repeat. All fucking week. Hang Up Your Hang Ups is one of the best tracks ever written. I sometimes take a break and listen to Head Hunters but the track Chameleon just gives me horrible flashbacks to being in an orchestra at secondary school and all the insufferable people who were in the Jazz band.

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051 :: Death to the Internet pls

Psychologically fraught week, full of turmoil.

Not sure i’m coping well.

People from my past popped by to say hello.

Long conversations about being a ship at sea with too many potential routes to follow.

I can make my own trade winds blow, I just need to check the stars.

Im sick of wasting time on social media i’m thinking of blocking twitter at the hosts level on my laptop.

I can’t delete twitter off my phone either because it came pre-installed.

I’d forgotten this and its made me extremely angry.

I’m not even posting. Just watching a stream of people being mad about bullshit.

I could just unfollow I suppose.

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Episode 17

Fragments, collaging. I’ve been doing some eclectic reading this week across a number of subjects. Some of it is presented here.

Dipping the stacks

This article about a professional Live Streamer 

Complicating the Narratives

The Ministry

Gave two talks this week. Both went pretty well the cults one was er. interesting company.

Branding right now seems to tie my google slides together.

Pretty searchable.

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I have so much unfinished stuff to sort out :(

Reading

Still reading NRX a basilisk in snippets on trains. I read a collection of 18C letters from a man who was on holiday in Margate. It was fantastic and really funny.

Music

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