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.

Permanently Moved

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)

The Ministry

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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Permanently Moved

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.

Dipping the stacks

Don’t bother

The Ministry

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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