061 :: The Future Starts Today

“The universe is but a corpse puffing up.”
― Liu Cixin, Death’s End

Well, It seems that I forgot to hit publish on my blog post from last week so you get two posts in one. As I sat down to type this morning there was about 5 minutes of confusion. Where exactly did all the time go? But I just hit post on last weeks post, and now I’m sitting down to type this weeks missive/update.

I don’t know who many of you are even reading – let me know in the comments if you are – but i’m not particularly bothered. This is the first time I’ve ever kept a blog up for this long ever. Now i’m in the groove of things its nice to sit down every week and type.

Speaking of typing.. I suppose the biggest news in my life is that I’m typing this right now on my new mechanical keyboard :@)

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It is an AUKEY G3. The cheapest backlit mechanical keyboard on amazon. I got it for about 33 quid. (It was reduced – but I also had a £6 off web voucher that was going to expire at the end of the month). It was a great deal quite frankly. I already know what I’d look for if i was ever going to get a more expensive one.

I musty say tho. It is certainly strange typing on a proper keyboard again. After 9 years on a mac keyboard. A 105 key layout keyboard reminds me a lot of my old job working in spreadsheets. Which is something I quite enjoy.

It is also strange that sitting in front of a keyboard like this as it instantly feels more like business. It feels like ‘I am here here sitting in front of my laptop about to do something as opposed to clicking around wasting time’. Even the sound of the clicking the keys make, makes you feel a bit more like you are doing work, not just watching words appear on the screen in front of you.

In many ways this is what i was hoping for. I’m going to be spending November and December typing. Thats it basically: just typing. I think I have about 100k words (minimum) that I want to get out of my head before the end of the year. I’m not sure what I’m going to do with all those words, but it should form a core set of materials from which to build from next year. That’s my justification for buying this incredibly LOUD and obnoxious keyboard basically.

Eve told me within an hour of coming home from work and hearing me use it that she hated it LOL.

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Episode 27 – The Future Starts Today

This episode I talk about the MOD’s new Global Strategic Trends Report – 6th Ed.
Its called: The Future Starts Today and is really interesting (the report not the podcast).

Global Strategic Trends Report (Sixth Edition) assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/governme…n_1_.pdf

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Permanently moved is a personal podcast 301 seconds in length, written and recorded in one hour by @thejaymo

Dipping the stacks

5 Hour livestream of accelerationist experimental theory and politics. Well worth your time.

Decolonizers of the imaginary

The Ministry

I have a few ‘obligations’ coming up.

I’m in a bit of a holding patter to be honest, I cant give an excuse like I’m recovering form unsound or whatever.

But finally after a whole year of reconfiguring my life around things I want to do, things are finally starting to come together. I may not be talking about getting a job, but I do mean I’m about to move into a new phase of being me.

I’m about to do this huge push on writing. The podcast project (not permanently moved) has moved a few inches forward. And it’s looking increasingly likely that very soon in a few months or so, that I’m going to end up becoming a content production machine. With deadlines spread though-out the week etc. I’m looking forward to it. I’m actually thinking of doing the whole Patreon thing from day one. So I’m going to ride it and see where it goes.

Its always good to remember that old punk phrase i grew up with: “The reason you aren’t a sell out is because nobody is buying”

Reading

The Miracle Morning: The Not-So-Obvious Secret Guaranteed to Transform Your Life: Before 8AM is complete crap. Don’t bother reading it. Knock it out of the hands of people who are.

This week I sat down and read the whole of Death’s End. It took me about 5 days cover to cover. It’s about 600 pages – A beast. But I am really glad that I finally got round to reading it, but sad that the experience is all over.

Now I’m reading RED MOON Fuck Yeah

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I am about 1/4 of the way though so far. It’s really cool to be reading KSR in such a near future.

Music

I’ve been listening to a lot of late 70’s electro recently. Love this Teardrop Explodes B-Side live performance.

Remember kids:

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060 :: Next Up

UPDATE: 27 OCT – I FORGOT TO POST THIS LAST WEEK. IT’S BEEN SITTING IN MY DRAFTS. I FOUND IT THIS MORNING

“Our value system doesn’t allow us to enjoy anything without putting a price on it, we miss a great part of the beauty of life.” – Father Thomas Keating

(Open Mind, Open Heart: The Contemplative Dimension of the Gospel)

Unsound was great. Had an amazing time. Might write a follow up piece to this talking through my highlights as I saw a lot of great artists.

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SOPHIE

I got the chance to do a little bit of sightseeing. The hi-light of that afternoon was seeing the Stained Glasswork of Stanisław Wyspiański in St Francis of Assisi basilica in Krakow.

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“God the Father – Become!”

I mean just look at it. It depicts creation. Incredible. Also Krakow has a pinball museum. If i go back to unsound I’m going to spend more time there than just one pint.

I also bumped in to some very old friends who I have known since I was 13, but haven’t seen since 2011-ish? totally random. They were on holiday in Krakow. Fantastic stuff, smol world.

Permanently Moved

Episode 26 – One Foot Forward

This Episode contains a brief overview of Unsound Festival. A shout out to old friends and I talk about the Hexen 2.0 Tarot Reading I did this week.

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Dipping the stacks

I haven’t had time for the Internet this week.

The Ministry

I went to the kick off of DECAL (Decentralised Arts Lab) on Monday. Coming out of furtherfield, it’s an exciting project and I’m happy to be involved.

As I mentioned in this weeks podcast. I’ve switched to the Hexen 2.0 tarot as it seems to be my business these days. This card  shook me in the Celtic cross reading I did the other day as the heart of the situation.

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the only answer is er… yep.

Reading

I read inhabit: instructions for autonomy at the air port on my way home from poland. Jay Owens gave it to me at her birthday a few weeks back. Its a great book, dark green and inspiring. Worth it.

I just started reading The Miracle Morning: The Not-So-Obvious Secret Guaranteed to Transform Your Life: Before 8AM I’m struggling with it a little bit as it’s really badly edited and the exact same paragraphs in chapter one show up in later chapters. Plus there is a lot of shilling. Im only about an hour away from finishing it so i guess im committed.

Music

The new princess nokia album is great. This might be my fav track, but undecided at this point.

Remember kids:

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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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