057 :: Use a cobra-snake for a necktie.

Love and a cough cannot be hid. – George Herbert

Been quite a nice week this week. Not very much to say about it tbh so today will be a short one.

Had lunchtime coffees with friends through out the week.

Spent a lot of time hanging out with eve which has been really nice.

It was one of my closest friends birthday bbq/party yesterday hence this post being a day late. Which means I got to spend the day with 4 of my really close friends.
Just 7 of us hanging out all day in the early September sunshine. Was really good to see everyone.

Permanently Moved

For some reason this week I’m grumpy about the new Apple phones, Angry about action figures, call a man who drives a bulldozer a land artist and describe cut throat razor shaving as exhilarating and dangerous.

The dystopian lake filled by the world’s tech lust

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Dipping the stacks

Americans Are Shifting The Rest Of Their Identity To Match Their Politics

Fortress London: Urban regression and the end of terrorism-as-theatre

Truth, lies and stereotypes: when scientists ignore evidence

Getting Clean, the Tudor Way

The Ministry

Working on my talks for Terra Fiction in Amsterdam. Im also speaking to some students and also another talk on solarpunk

Done some more writing

Hosted this months #solarpunkchat on twitter

Reading

I’m still reading Paul: A Biography

I did start listening to Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants its wonderful.
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Music

Been listening to Bo Diddly

The lyrics to this damn song. seriously.

Remember kids:

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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

Remember Kids:

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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.

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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.

The Ministry

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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036 :: Technical Support

“Lack of proper planning does not constitute an emergency” – Ancient Project Manager Saying

Narrative

Been a super fun week. Went drinking with Dr Kane Bidwell last night so I am feeling a little slow today. I need to get back up to full speed by later as we have friends coming over for more drinking. Its a nice life.

The weather is going to be gorgeous for the next week up to 23 degrees on Wednesday so i’m planning on going for a lot of walks by the thames and in Richmond park and will just spend the time thinking about my upcoming talks for May. I usually write/give the whole thing in my head over and over and then sit down and make the supporting slides. I’m hoping to have draft 1 of both talks complete by this time next week.

I bought some EZY Jeans from uniqlo and have been telling absolutly everyone how amazing they are. They have literally become my favourite item of clothing – maybe ever. I’m wearing them right now. A friend texted me saying “The EZY Jean comfort community welcomes you” lol.

Eve has started renting a counselling / therapy room in Kingston, I’m not sure if i’ve mentioned it by we have been running around the last 2 weeks getting everything ready for that. its looks great, she had her first client in it Sunday, and two other councillors are interested in renting the room already so that is 100% great! So proud of her.

Permanently Moved

Episode 4 has come around quickly. In this episode I address some feedback, moan about the neighbours, make a few announcements, and begin a new (hopefully) recurring segment called tech support.

It’s also now available in all your favourite pod catchers! (iTunes is still in review tho)

Peer to peer web Berlin: peer-to-peer-web.com/berlin/2018-05-05

Solarpunks podcast signup form eepurl.com/dqHO-9

Dipping the stacks

I don’t even know why people are so mad. This narrative has been 3 years in the making.

The Ministry

I’m speaking at peer to peer web Berlin on May the 5th!

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I’m speaking at het nieuwe instituut in Rotterdam on May the 10th and there will be a workshop on the 11th

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My talk title for Rotterdam:

Solarpunk: A grand dress rehearsal in remaking our present and future history.

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.

If you have a Runesoup subscription and are so inclined you can hear me talk with Gordon about solarpunk for over an hour in the bonus member material.

I’ve been writing a lot of fiction recently (500 words a day) and I’ve resurrected my hard sci-fi solarpunk novella which is a sci-fi novel where the world building is all technologies that exist today. Super solarpunk tbh.

Elvia Wilk wrote a long post over on e-flux about solarpunk: Is Ornamenting Solar Panels a Crime?

Reading

I’m still reading Improbable Botany And   The Invention of Nature by Andrea Wulf.

I also would like to point your attention to this long read on solar orientated cities

Music

Junglepussy has new music.

 

 

Remember Kids:

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024 :: Well, fuck them. Make it personal

Oh so sick, just mark the middle of our door with a red cross a foot long. I’m writing this with an extremely light head.

Narrative

Jay Springett, uno de los principales paladines del solarpunk como movimiento, el objetivo es responder a la gran pregunta: “¿qué aspecto tiene una civilización sostenible y cómo podemos llegar a ella?”

– ‘Solarpunk’: así es la ciencia ficción optimista que contrasta con ‘Black Mirror’

I said last week that I wanted to re-read Altered Carbon by Richard K Morgan before the beginning of February and I have. The title of this blog post is a quip from one the main characters. In my mind Altered Carbon is probably the best cyberpunk novel ever written – I really do love it. The dramatic rights to the book were optioned pretty much from day one and I’ve always been optimistic about an adaption – until said adaption is upon me.

The plot (in short) is about Takeshi Kovacs, an off world super soldier ‘Envoy’ who by the technology of cortical stacks – the digitisation of personality, memories and consciousness – is ‘re-sleeved’ in a new body back on earth 250 years since he was last animate:  “Pull on the new flesh like borrowed gloves and burn your fingers once again”.

With the technology to transport consciousness from body to body, death has become less existential as part of the the day to day of human culture but real death the destruction of the stack/chip that sits in ones spine is feared beyond all measure. The main plot is driven by an impossibly rich and essentially immortal ‘Meth’ who’s backed up consciousness (in his replacement cloned body) can’t remember the last 48 hours of his life and refuses to believe the police ruling of death by suicide – Kovacs is sent to investigate.

The novel is somewhat of a meditation on samsara which brings me to my concerns about the Netflix series:

The noir element of the novel is its central conceit. I’d estimate that 3/4 of the novel takes place inside the main characters head – as monologue. The novel is tight with tensions around ‘otherness’. The character you are spending time with is culturally Japanese. An Envoy super soldier who before doing his duty in the human space empire grew up amongst Yakuza on a planet built by Eastern European labour, and politically leans towards neo-maoism (Quelleism). His character is completely defined by his conciseness. It’s all he has.

He is not a the middle aged white man’s body he is currently ‘sleeved’ into – who it’s clear from the trailer you will be seeing on screen for the majority of the show with the exception of flashback(?) scenes. I hope all this addressed in a creative way in the series. Because if not, then it results in another Hollywood white washing. Plus what the fuck is with all the explosions? I can’t say I have high hopes.

I must admit as a 32 cis white male who has a tattered copy of the first edition paperback, the books complicated relationship with race (and it’s treatment of women) is something that I have become more and more aware of as I have grown as a person, and as the novel has come along with me during that time. In 2003 whilst at university (I must be honest) I’m not sure I would have any concerns around a white guy playing the main character. However all these years years on (despite the major outrageous storyline changes evident even from the trailer – which are also terrible) the main character being played by a good looking white guy seems really wrong. I’m not even going to ‘wait and see on this’ and gonna call it now: I think its going to be a fantastic tv series but a terrible adaption from the source material. Seriously just read the book.

[UPDATE] Go read  Nerds of Color – Netflix’s Altered Carbon and Asian Consciousness in White Bodies from 2016

Dipping the stacks

  • There seems to be a lot less back slapping at Davos this year.
  • The death of Le Guin resonated across my feed far more deeply but with far less pubic mourning than other celebrity deaths.
  • My belief that ‘Media’ is a huge distraction machine continues to solidify.
  • Screw London snark.
  • #TheAssistance continues to go unchallenged I see.

The Ministry

I had an excellent call Sunday evening exposing exciting medium to long term possibilities.

The week started off well, with news reaching me that an organisation I have been coaching – their top candidate accepted the post. Tuesday, I had an excellent cocktail fuelled late lunch, followed by a beer filled evening with an old friend who now has a good job at a major tech company in Berlin – opportunities opening. Also I was also quoted in a major Spanish media outlets article on Solarpunk.

I also received a three pass editorial manuscript back from an editor who took a long look at a short piece of fiction I wrote last year. It was extremely helpful – it seems having an editor is just as important as having a good idea in the first place. I think working with them is going to make me a much better writer.

I was looking forward to attending DAOWO – Doing Good on the Blockchain at the Goethe Institut in London. …. But was struck down by dizzyness, headaches and wooziness. Mysteriously I have not developed the sore throat and full blown cold my partner Eve has – she is about two days a head of me – and I have literally done nothing this week except read Altered Carbon, Sleep and put about 15 more hours in to Zelda on the switch. Such is life.

Reading

See top of this blog post. No other reading. I am Dead.

Music

Yuri from The K-Pop band girls generation released this future bass genre banger this week:

I listened to a few times around the time I was having an intense lucid dream about being a Private Investigator who had “Cyber Professional” on my business card. I think maybe my life is a little bit too cyberpunk rn.

RIP Mark E Smith