050 :: Waypoint

It was my birthday this week gone. I turned 33. Happy to be alive.

The space weather is bad at this time for everyone – but especially for me. So I have been hunkering down, reflecting on the year so far. Thinking about short medium and longterm goals. Its nice having a birthday in the middle of the year-ish as it allows you a natural time in the year to review your new years goal list and tack towards the things that are achievable given the amount of year left.

A cypberpunk short story I wrote about teenagers growing DMT yoghurt and starting a cult in their high school got rejected. Two editors from the same anthology reviewed it and gave me vastly different feedback.

The good Paul Graham Raven gave me some supportive words over chat saying ‘If all else fails, try another editor; rejections are the author’s rite-of-passage scars.’ and it made me feel better. Adam @interdome once told me that you only get to call yourself a writer if you have been rejected as most people who want to write don’t even get that far.

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Beers and Blockchain talk by the river. Melting in 36 degree heat.

Eve’s sister was on homes under the hammer in her professional capacity. Here she is very professionally doing the property manager *look at the ceiling routine* I did more than one little laugh at her face it must be said.

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Permanently Moved

Episode 16

Post birthday reflections delivered whilst melting in my flat. I talk a bit about medium term goals and how I navigate my life towards them. I also talk about one of these past goals was back in 2012 running thoughtmenu.com/

I also talk about the event I’m speaking at on the 27th Sept in Amsterdam. Tickets available here: http://www.codedmatters.nl/event/terrafiction

I wanted to talk about magic in this post so bad but i’m still scared about speaking my mind/truth in public.

Dipping the stacks

Russia: Life After Trust

“Literally” a Communist?: Communism’s Ontology of Difference (Part 0) – Xenogothic

(Justin Murphy interviewed Xenogothic in a fascinating conversation on his youtube channel recently)

The Ministry

In the the process of applying for a job working for a major blockchain consortium (A surprise to me). Its a job role across a lot of responsibilities and from what i can gather if you get the job we’ll find a place for you and tighten the description up once you settle in to the role.

Maybe I’ll get to interview I dunno. I have about 80% of the skills and experience required.

Terra0’s Flowertokens trial went live. Really proud of all the work that team have done, its been a pleasure so far this year.

I like to think (and
the sooner the better!)
of a cybernetic meadow

I’m speaking at a citizen sci-fi event next week wednesday, I’ll be proposing full permaculture’d finsbury park of 2035, and also proposing working with local communities, schools and restaurants to develop new street food as part of the imaginary/exhibition.

Tickets for the ‘Terra Fiction – art and sci-fi in the new age of space colonisation’ event I am speaking at in Amsterdam in September went up heres my topic/thing from the press rlease Solarpunk researcher and technology theorist Jay Springett lays out the strategic narrative of land-as-platform which grafts the organisational logic of the digital ecologies back onto living soil – more soon

Reading

I just finished reading Exit, Voice, and Loyalty by Hirschman this week – fascinating.

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Taking a crack at NRX a basilisk now, but quite frankly the book is so full of snark it is almost unreadable. I’d rather just go read/listen to what the primary sources say.

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Still re-reading Scott Westerfield. I’m on to the last book in the series. I realise in the years between reading it when it came out and now I had forgotten a whole books plot

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Music

Remember Kids:

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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

The Ministry

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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032 :: Permanently Moved

Certainly there had been trouble coming. Anyone who had had any experience of wars would have seen it coming long before the afternoon that Mack ran down Morris the Florist.” 

Chapter 4, The Summer Before the War, The Pushcart War by Jean Merrill

Narrative

Well, it’s been a cool week. I’ve seen a bunch of friends I haven’t seen in a while.

I’ve also been super productive with writing and working on various projects. The reason I went to Berlin is chooching along too.

On Thursday I went for walk/dinner/drinks with Mr Stephen Fortune I had a great time catching up with him. We talked about: his QS work and the closing months of his PHD ahead, web3 technologies, the crypto bourgeoisie, our respective Crohn’s Disease and health, meditation / fasting, regnerative ag, warring AI’s betting on prediction markets over their climate change models. Land as Platform and the spirit world and rehaunting the west via Christianity. All in a days work to be honest with you. Fun times.

We also went for Japanese food and drank hibiscus cocktails

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Had a bit of a black mirror moment at the end of our meal when our waitress asked us to rate and review her personally on tripadvisor mentioning her by name. Immediately after that, the PDQ Terminal asked me a NPS question – Totally surreal.

The other thing that happened this week:

Warren posted The Short Things over on Morning.Computer . I thought about it over breakfast and decided “challenge excepted”.

So I give you the experiment:

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A podcast in 301 seconds.

I want to get a few more episodes/shows under my belt before I submit the feed to all the podcatchers etc. But the direct RSS can be grabbed here.

Please send feedback though either via DMs or email. I’ve already been told to go in the direction of ‘Crypto-agri Joe Frank’

I think that instead of starting one podcast (solarpunks) why not start two?

Dipping the stacks

  • People are mad at surveillance capitalism
  • Russia is still the boogie man
  • Idiot wing of the tory party made fools of themselves on a fishing boat

The Ministry

I threw for some futures earlier in the year when the space weather was good for me. One of those requests to the universe was to do more live speaking.

I thought I’d hit the Jackpot when I got asked in a back channel to speak at Re:Publica Berlin 18 well after the submission deadline had closed. This week I found out it wasn’t accepted but you can read that talk submission over on tumblr here.

I was pretty down about not being accepted to be honest with you, but within an hour of receiving the bad news the following happened.

I’d been asked to speak at peer to peer web berlin  in May the same weekend that Re:Publica is on, AND received and email to speak at/attend a 2 day workshop in Rotterdam (also) in May.

So yeah, thats how the universe works I suppose.

Reading

I ain’t read shit, don’t @ me.

Music

The new Titus Andronicus album A Productive Cough is absolutely awful. Don’t even bother with it.

What you should bother yourself with however is that Sevdaliza has a new single out called Human Nature I really like it

Her album ISON was a fav from last year. And the video for the single HUMAN is absolutely incredible

Remember kids:

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