065 :: Little black box of banality

I’ve been back on the chalk again. Went down late on Wednesday night. Spent most of the day waiting around for my new pixel 3 to arrive (spoiler alert it is now Sunday morning and it still hasn’t arrived). When I arrived back home the extended family where there, My Aunty Heather, her boyfriend and my uncle Michael (who you may remember previously from the trip to the grave in Belgium).

The reason for the visit home was for the dentist. It might be a bit crazy that I travel over 100 miles to visit my dentist, but for a long long time the visit would always sync up with my visit to my gastroenterology consultant to check in on my crohn’s disease. Unfortunately due to (i think) being dropped from the list in margate this is no longer the case and to be honest hasn’t been so for the last couple of years. Anyway, the nice South African man has been looking in my mouth since I was about 10 and still continues to just nod and “say well done” about having no cavities. Despite the varying amounts of effort and diligence i’ve put in to the simple act of brushing my teeth during different sections of my life.

A part from the dentist I didn’t really have a lot on. I spent one evening replying to half the emails that I have backed up and will spend some point tomorrow doing the same. Mainly the last few days I’ve jumped in the car whenever mum and dad were going out somewhere and walked around the out of town shopping centre with them. The other day they got a dashcam installed on their car, which is quite cyberpunk if you ask me.

Whilst at home, I spent some time in front of the old nemesis the television. An odd experience i’ve always associated with going home since I was at university. It is however (in my opinion) far easier to Negotiate space with that little black box of banality in the corner than the black slab of glass that i keep in my pocket. Whilst watching Pointless and the One Show over dinner one night that television is far less vicious, threatening and stressful than anything available on the super small screen and there is something to be said for that. Different kinds of demons behind the glass.

It makes me feel yet again that a renegotiation needs to take place, not owning a television has always been one of the things in my life that i’ve enjoyed. But now i’m one of those people who can put their phones away – tho i think that I am a lot better this year than I have been in previous ones.

Permanently Moved

Nope no podcast this week either. I did sling my mic in my backpack but it didn’t occur to me to make it. I’ve really been enjoying making it this year, but after the episode 2 weeks ago, which was/felt like a long rant pouring out of me i’ve taken the last two weeks to reconsider what i want the podcast to be. I have favourite episodes etc ones that im pleased with how they sound, and others how i made them and i’m wondering how to make the show more like that in the long run.

I’ve been going back though the HowSound back catalogue and feel quite confident that i’ll be able to tighten things up and move towards something that i’m going to be even more happy with.

Dipping the stacks

I know i usually post links here without commentary, but this last one – On Paganism – is an important addition to/follow up on the ongoing conversation sparked by Sarah Anne Lawless in her Neopaganism for sale piece i linked to last week. There is a lot in this ongoing conversation that i think needs separating and teasing out but I’m glad that it is happening.

The Ministry

Yeah, life’s good work wise. As you know if you have been following along. I did a bunch of stuff last week that I’m still following up on.

Biggest news i suppose is I have a big event booked in for 2021 already which is a nice surprise. My dad was like ‘how do you know what you’ll be doing in May 2021 and I pointed at the email and said “This”. Hahaha. Well it made me laugh anyway. I also have a big conference to speak up next year already so i only really need to book something in stone for 2020 and i’ll begin to suspect that i may be getting somewhere with all this.

I’m looking forward to going away for 6 weeks in January, to reflect plan and build on ideas about what I want to do long term.

Reading

I’ve finally started listening to the new Odyssey translation by Emily Wilson on Audible. The narration is fantastic and i think i’m enjoying it more because i’m listening to the audio version than just reading it from a page. It IS meant to be be a performance after all.

I started picking at For a Left Populism by Chantal Mouffe over breakfast but i haven’t yet sunk my teeth into it yet.

Music

Last FM tells me that the i haven’t really listened to much this week, but i will say that i listened to Working Class Woman by French Canadian producer Marie Davidson. It’s her fourth album and i wouldn’t say that it is my favourite. But its certainly still her style. If you ever need to be reminded what it’s like to be in a claustrophobic techno club full of strangers at 3am in a foreign city. This is the album for you.

Remember kids:

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064 :: Citizenships and Community

Note Im writing this blogpost in the new wordpress visual editor thing. It’s crap and laggy as hell. Missing a bunch of features. Just Awful. 

It’s been a busy week for me (in comparison to other weeks recently). 

Monday Eve passed her driving test in the morning so we were all very pleased about that. We all had a celebration obviously.  

Tuesday was extremely domestic with appointments in the morning and later on in the day in kingston and back in Surbiton in the evening.

Wednesday I battled South Western Railway’s consistently piss poor service to arrive *on time* for lunchtime/early afternoon at Furtherfield. To discuss both the previosuly mentioned citizen scifi project and also a futurescapes project. Graham from spiralseed was there – whilst we have met before, it was the first time we have interacted in any great length.

Also, Mr James Taylor (AKA @LondonPrmcultr) was also at the same meeting, we’ve been tracking each other online for years at this point i think and it was good to ‘meat’ him IRL as it were. The discussion about the projects was fruitful but the best bit was being in the 12 pins at 3pm with them both. It’s one of the first times i’ve been able to nerd out about permaculture with people who are so deep in the discipline they teach PDC’s etc.

Following those drinks relocated to meet Mr Goth: Proprietor and president of https://xenogothic.com in soho. I arrived half cut, but you always start as you mean to go on when you’re meeting people off the internet i suppose. We had fantastic conversation about the state of the L/U/R/ACC milieu including the tech world. We ended up in the phoenix just behind the old BHS building and had a nice chat with a property man

Thursday morning was spent moving quite slowly after the evening before. But then went into town for the evening to eat dinner at Lima in Fitzrovia. Im not going to say who I had dinner with but it was absolutely fucking fantastic. I wouldn’t go back to that place if given the choice.

Friday was the landscape citizenships symposium at Conway hall, initiated in part by the good Tim Waterman – another internet acquaintance I’ve met via Furtherfield. You may remember I spoke about Kennith Olwig and his concept of landscape in episode 3 of permanently moved way back in April. He closed out the symposium and went off on one hard about the philosophy of euclidean geometry and how it relates to maps in reference to every thing he’d heard during the day.

A real highlight for me to be honest!

It was also a pleasure to sit next to the previously mentioned Good Mr LondonPrmcultr at the venue and have him as conference buddy for the day. We had many good chats reacting to what was going on with the academic talks. After that we went for beers with Andy Goldring the Boss of the UK Permaculture Association. That whole conversation smoking outside in the misty streets of london was fantastic. Realy realy facianting.

Saturday I went to St Albans to see the extended fams. I ate a delicious mushroom burger.

But now it’s sunder and I’ve been feeling a bit under the weather since I got in last night.

Permanently Moved

I didn’t record a permanently moved this week. But I may record two next week. I have a few things to respond to having been at the landscape citizenships conference

Dipping the stacks

Hauntology, Lost Futures and 80s Nostalgia 

That “ethics in hamburger journalism” article but I forgot to bookmark it Im sure you know the article im talking about.

Understanding Platforms through Value Chain Maps

For Sale: Neopaganism “As Is”

Visions of Ether: How major narratives of Ethereum and $ETH have evolved over time.

The Ministry

It’s all going quite well actually.

Reading

I haven’t been reading much this week, I used quite a bit of time traveling on the train to catch up on podcasts.

This interview with Eza Kline is really interesting: Whitney Phillips explains how Trump controls the media. So is the interview between rogan and the swimmer guy

Music

Been a good week for music tbh. The news of the year has to be that there is a new mineral track – their first new song in 20 years.

I also finally got round to listening to Art Pop champion Kimbra’s new Album Primal Heart. It’s a mixed bag but there’s a bunch of amazing stand out tracks.

Remember kids: 

063 :: Excess Salt

So. It’s Saturday 10 November, I’m just sat on a train on my back to the chalk for a night.

I’m going to the remembrance day service tomorrow to close out the book on my great grandfather (who you will remember) i went to his grave in Belgium earlier this year and made a little podcast about it.

Also this week I caught up with some friends who i haven’t seen in a while, and also with my brother who is about to start a grand year long adventure abroad. I’ll see he leaves about Christmas, but in the mean time he’s all over the uk in Manchester, Edinburgh etc having a nice time.

Permanently Moved

Episode 29 – Remove Excess Salt

It’s just an angry rant about having an opinion on gammons. You don’t have to bother listening to this episode – I’m not pleased with it.

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I really am not very happy with the podcast this week. Both with its content and execution. I didn’t have a hook or a topic when I started which hasn’t been the case since i started marking like 25 weeks ago – ish.

It is an interesting that this week I experienced the feeling of ‘knowing you can put something out and not like it at all’ but nevertheless you hit publish and it’s out there in the world.’

I actually feel really good about the fact i did that, even if the episode itself i think its meh. I’m going to be really focusing some reflection time in on this for the week.

Dipping the stacks

Meet the Plantfluencers – The New York Times

Nick Land’s Philosophy of Capital is Anti-Capitalist (3: Value Questions) – DI Research Zone 22

Steve Reich Talks About His First Orchestral Work in 30 Years – The New York Times

The Ministry

I watched this video by one of the elder statesman of the youtubes this week:

What he is describing in the episode is something I have actively been resisting for the last year or so. Turning my life in to a job, or perhaps turning my whole life into executing on a mission. I know i could do it and that scares me – a lot.

This isn’t about going freelance etc, it’s about turning my life into one long execution schedule. If i wanted to, I could flip the mind set switch and just do it i suppose. Combine everything i want to do with my life into one driven experience of my life, unfolding in the direction i want it to head in.

One of the reasons i have been nervous about this i think is because i have always kept work/job seperate from life/liberty. Being able to say ‘it’s just a job’ is something that has given me enormous amounts of consolation throughout my career. Taking this distinction away petrifies me.

On the other hand. One of the other mental hoops i like to jump myself though is im doing X in order to execute on Y. So X is obviously worth it. Running events, skill acquisition etc.

Time is running out on if i want keep work separate and go back to the ‘day job’ or embrace the mission and start a ‘job day’

Reading

I started reading Thin Air the new richard k morgan book but put it down again as the time isn’t right for me to read it yet i don’t think. Especially not during Nanowrimo where my head is full of other things.

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I did however pre-order the new version of the Odyssey by Emily Wilson on Audible and that should auto download in the middle of next week. Im looking forward to listening to it tbh.

Music

I’ve been listening to the new album Traversa by Goetic. Goetic is a side project of Wiesenfeld from Baths (Rotosplasum which came out at the end of 2017 is probably coming close to album of the year 2018 for me). Anyway if you like upbeat ambient with lots of colour and texture, this might be an album for you.

Remember kids:

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062 :: Dystopias Now

I’m under the weather today. Thought I had a cold coming, but it has moved in to my head instead so I’ve been sleepy all day so this post is short.

Went to the launch of Ignota Books‘ first publication Spells on Halloween.

The Nigredo Ritual that opened the night was the real deal. Exciting times ahead I think.

Last night i went to see the Green Rock River Band  at the south bank centre

then went on a nice Friday night dinner date with Eve afterwards :)

Permanently Moved

Episode 28 – General Ludd

Thinking about the Luddites this week, what are the wide frames of today? which bits of the stack need a visit at midnight?

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Dipping the stacks

Dystopias Now

The Ministry

Nanowrimo began…. I’m typing

Went for dinner with someone from tactical tech it was super interesting.

Reading

I finished RED MOON . I have thoughts on it.

Music

I’ve been listening to A LOT of Australian neoclassical ambient doom duo Divide and Dissolve’s new album Abomination this week. Its awesome. Play it fucking loud.

Remember kids:

Always take selfies

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