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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055 :: Do what you can

Fact:

Time spent on the mat is never wasted time. It’s important work.

There is so much utter nonsense going on in the world right now, it is difficult to fathom it all. But knowing that you have absolutely no idea what the fuck is going on is a great help.

I went to a party on Monday night and surprisingly (for me) the conversation rolled round to Brexit. The topic of conversation itself was short. Punctuated or elevated despair and outrage, followed by ‘theres nothing any of us in this room can do about it so whats the point in getting mad’. We moved on.

These two points combined are illustrative of ‘actual reality’ in many ways. Finally the veil of social democracy has fallen from many peoples eyes and reality it can be clearly seen from the POV of you as an individual.  EG: Not only do you not know what is going on, there really isn’t anything you can do about it either.

The best you can do is to make decisions with real tangible outcomes in your daily life about how you are going to surf the current chaos – or even survive it.

  • Call or (better) see your family more – it’s the only one you have.
  • Speak to your friends on the phone or (better) in person.
  • Cook for people.
  • Start a book club.
  • Try to speak honestly at all times.
  • Stock pile critical medications.
  • Lean a new skill. Knots, Knife sharpening, Gardening.
  • Throw some swiggles

I could turn this whole thing in to a medium post that would probably do pretty well, as I’d fill it with some upbeat harden your heart stoicism and then segue in to sails and kifes analogies. But I’m not going to – as most of you know all this already.

I went to Ham House in Richmond with Mum and Dad on Wednesday it was pretty interesting. Below is the oldest known english made ivory furniture. A weird totem.

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Speaking of Medium perviosuly

I got drunk with Other Jay/Owens on Thursday at the Whippet in Holborn. We talked about her newsletter Disturbances, Books, Life, Internet etc. It was good times.

Through the haze of strong IPA I promised her a current reading list. So I’ll be doing that this week. A huge list of books that are really interesting and should be read by all contemporary weirdos. I wonder how the gender balance is going to shape up at the end of it.

Permanently Moved

Episode 21
It started off as a simple show about the great abolitionist Harriet Tubman, but unexpectedly spun out into occult left history, criticism of the awful the law of return, and a soft landing via peter greys rewilding witchcraft.

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Dipping the stacks

Captain Swing was here!

An Astrological Interlude: Brexit

Productivity is like a heat engine

These Cultural Treasures Are Made of Plastic. Now They’re Falling Apart.

When an Iowa Family Doctor Takes On the Opioid Epidemic

The Ministry

I’ve done a bit of writing but I’ve been super slack. I owe a bunch of people stuff its not even funny. The less said about all this the better. Move along.

Reading

My parents got me Paul: A Biography as a birthday present. But, I just got it Wednesday belatedly. I am only 100 or so pages in but He is alive in this book. The historical Paul is alive and well. Very much the same way the Theben Sorcerer was alive in the most recent PGM course over on runesoup. Its a remarkable book.

Its always been my belief that to understand Paul is to understand the modern world. This book is doing so in new ways.

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Music

Been listening to a lot of Baths this week. This track from last years Romaplasm has so much going on.

Remember Kids:

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Its K-pop actually, and i did not loose any money – but yeah.