044 :: It’s good to talk

“Half of the skill in magick consists of identifying probabilities worth enhancing.”
― Peter J. Carroll, Psybermagick: Advanced Ideas in Chaos Magick

Narrative

So my friends British Doom Folk Band have a new album out. I think I may already mentioned it.

Its been getting really good reviews and it seems to be selling well on CD. But what is selling extremely well is the Green Rock River Brew! Its already been nominated for an award!

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Extremely Hangover Friendly

They now have a beer from Langham Brewery that whenever they play a show is now on tap at the pub, I think that is extremely 2018 folk band merchandise.

Listen to, and maybe buy the album if you haven’t already its really good.

Permanently Moved

This week I bring back Tech Support to talk about some browser extensions I’ve been trying for dealing with my social media problems.

I highly recommend installing the apps I mention in the show if you are sick of social media the way its currently designed.

Dipping the stacks

I blocked the terms. Football and WorldCup and World Cup

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I’ve had even more calls this week than last week. It kinda feels like I’ve been chained to my desk but thats ok TBH. Instead of complaining about needing to get more productive, post holiday I’ve just decided to get on with it. I am the sort of person who reacts really well to routine and chains. My longest unbroken chain is 1000+ days of daily meditation – so i’ve been trying to add daily tasks of writing 350 words minimum, working on one non fiction article a week. (im about to take the ribbon farm longform writing course )

Expect more.

Reading

Nothing. The time i set aside for reading has been taken up by completing Doom 2016 on the Switch, and now I’m sucked into fallout shelter that came out for the switch during E3. I’m so into it.

Music

new #ye produced album obviously

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043 :: In the summer mix

Basic human needs are an infrastructure problem – – HappyHorseSkull

Narrative

This week has been a huge mix of stuff really.

Settling back in after being away / in and out of the country all last month. But its nice as im falling back in to a routine. Im just about to pull the trigger on buying Scrivener on the recommendation of Alex.  Mainly for editing reasons than writtng.

So I spent all day on Tuesday with a controversial voice/twitter/youtube personality which resulted in extremely ‘good’ conversation – maybe stimulating is a better word over good tbh. It forced me to take another look at all my views and decide whats script and whats my own position on things, which can only be a good thing amongst the madness of the current contemporary situation. I also note that Apostates and pariahs are free.

Spent quite a lot of time out in my garden. Tidying up and sorting things out. If we stay here through 2019 there is a bunch more urban permaculture stuff I want to get into place.

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Our Roses and next doors Jasmine is KICKING

I’ve also been drunk quite a bit :) Its summer and its been nice to have that ‘one more beer’ out in the sun as its been setting over the Thames. I’ve started going to a pub that used to be kinda too expensive about 10 years ago when i used to work just down the road from it. But it seems all the hipster craft beer places I drink at – their prices have crept up to meet it. So I’d rather see the sunset than look at a microbrewery’s pipes and extractor fans.

Also, I think I hate iMovie more now than I did before when I used to use it a lot in like 2012ish. BUT an old colleague who was the marketing manager at a company I worked at has started a daily vlog and its really good. Its funny, he is way more interesting day-to-day on film than IRL

I’m going to regent’s park later today as one of my oldest friends (who is a priest) is moving to America to take over the position of high school chaplain in Texas. I’m thinking of popping to the fancy dress shop before hand to buy him a big hat to wear in the park.

Permanently Moved

Made a show about the 100th anniversary of my great grandads death. The whole family went out to Lijssenthoek military cemetery and paid our respects. There are photos up on the show website here.

Dipping the stacks

Twitter is now a marketing tool again for me. Pls stand by for even further disengagement.

The Ministry

Had so many calls this week. Some of the work I’ve been helping a few people with has finished and it seems like they liked my coaching style and where they ended up so hopefully I should get some more work out of that. A VC is kind of interested in speaking to me too.

I also had a call with a super cool data scientist and AI specialist, we talked a lot about deep sensing, ecological restoration.

The audio from my talk in Rotterdam finally went online, so I cut my slides to the audio. Its on cyberpunk, solarpunk and land as platform. I think it’s one of the best talks I’ve given.

Reading

I’m still reading The Songlines by Bruce Chatwin.I think Ill finish it on the train into central later today.

Music

I’ve been listening to a lot of Jaden Smith this week. The Nicky Jam Remix of Icon is really good.

Remember Kids:

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042 :: Back

“I shall return with the tide.”
― Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet

Narrative

Yup. I went away for a week.

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5* Hotel in Croatia. We were half board so 5 round breakfasts and 5 round dinners occurred. Plus, even hotel prices the cocktails were cheaper than London so we didnt think there was anything wrong at drinking a mojito at 10am. Plus it was hot.. very hot.

I didn’t make a podcast that week or this week. Even tho I said I was going to try, and I did try, but a bad workman blames his tools and I am a bad workman.

I got back on Tuesday and then went to Kent and then Belgium the next morning.

It was the 100th aniversaray of my great grandads death. The whole family went out to Lijssenthoek military cemetery and paid our respects. The podcast this week will probably be on the trip.

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Permanently Moved

Permanently Late, amirite?

Dipping the stacks

I have so many keywords blocked at this point that i think i’m missing whole swathes of news. My rss reader is far more interesting.

The Ministry

TBD

Reading

I re-read two solarpunk anthologies whilst i was away. I also finished re-reading The Red Goddess. Im currently reading The Songlines by Bruce Chatwin

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loving it so far.

Music

new #ye obviosuly

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041 :: Beersmiles

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

Narrative

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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.

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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

Narrative

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

Narrative

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.

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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

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038 :: The Dithering

Narrative

Been a good week since list time we spoke. Got most of my veggies out in the garden last weekend and i’m about to go outside and get a bunch of salad seeds in trays.

Seen a bunch of friends including Alex Fradera (who has just compiled the last decades of blogs into one place and started blogging again), had a few beers with Mr Benedict Singleton, and also local friends yesterday and I’m a bit fluffy today.

I also had a bunch of calls with people catching up. Its so much nicer to speak to someone on video chat you haven’t spoke with in a long time for 20mins than spend a couple of hours chatting to them over text.

So today we found out ABBA are back together. This is awful news.

Can you imagine the world being over joyed in 1972 that a band from 1926 had got back together? No I cant either. Fuck Abba. The best wedding reception I’ve ever been to was the one where it played drum and bass all night.

The ABBA news further strengthens my opinions about the stagnation of popular culture around us. Im not sure historians will look back and call this era ‘The Long Emergency’ it’s probably more like ‘The Dithering”. Maybe Fukuyama was right. Even Black Panther is from 1966. Anyway its 2018, K-pop is reaching the cultural zenith of perfected pop. Who needs ABBA when you’ve got Red Velvet ? I also BET that K-pop bands will still put up bigger numbers on their newest MVs than ABBA will.

I’m also secretly hoping that the new ABBA will be only slightly better than shit, and boomers will have a Ghostbusters/Starwars “you’ve ruined my childhood” backlash moment.

Permanently Moved

Episode 6. A quick chat about how I’ve been making this thing, My up coming talks in Berlin May 5 and Rotterdam May 10-11 , GoogleDocs Dictation Feature and thats about it.

There’s about 50 people listening to it now which is a reall nice surprise thank for you listening if you are.

My close friends think I’m mad and haven’t listen to it but hey they speak to me IRL all the time.

Dipping the stacks

KANYE 2024

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peer to peer web Berlin walk is done, i just have to make a few slides better but i’m happy with it and i suppose i should practice it.

Rotterdam talk is about half done i know where its going but i think i’ve pulled to much material from the Uber deck/book plan to fit into 25 mins so i need to rethink that.

Got a few work calls next week before I head off, and also need to catch up on a few things that I’ve let drop off the radar.

Work wise things really are getting more tangible in terms of what I want to do this year and routes to getting it done. Which is good because we are 1/3 of the way though. I’ve also been throwing the dice on the medium term in my mind a lot this week as a result. I wonder how its all going to work out.

Im thinking of getting a rescue time app as i’m still wasting way to much time on youtube and its depressing.

Reading

Still reading Retrosuburbia its massive.

Music

Not new, but new to me:

Twice have catchy new single out, if your following along with the K-POP thing. The video is full of easter eggs for the TWICE fandom.

Remember Kids:

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