090 :: Back From Sonar(+D) – Mega Post

Wow, What a week. Still decompressing from the trip. Writing this post has helped me process it quite a bit.

I attended Sonar+D Last week to take part in a panel on ‘Tales of the Next Internet. I spoke alongside cybersecurity journalist Marta Peirano, researcher and activist Xenia Ermoshina, with the panel moderated by Ash Sarkar.

Me, Xenia, Marta, Ash

The panel went really well, and the topics covered were diverse but also coherent. I spoke on Long term thinking, and questioned wether we can even call the internet infrastructure (who ever heard of 100 year website or 1000 year internet), How software should make us feel, and finally on the upcoming proliferation of sensing devices and the urgency of climate change action. I finished my talk by reading “All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace” which might give you some idea by how off piste my talk was by the end.

Sonar+D is an amazing festival, bridging the delicate line between corporate sponsored event by leaving space open for more radical voices. I saw some amazing talks.

I saw Honor interview Noriko Taniguchi of team lab

Honor + Noriko Taniguchi

And Ash Interviewed Holly Herndon and Mat Dryhurst onstage for their voices of AI talk

Mat, Holly, Ash

Plus saw a bunch of fantastic art and other talks on building virtual worlds etc.

It was fun being a participant, being able to walk stright out of Sonar+D into the festival. I got to see a bunch of cool artists I Embedded a tumblr photo post below

I also drank a lot of absinthe and ate a lot of fantastic food. I also got to see and hang out with a bunch of other acquaintances and friends at the event. I was grateful for their company. Speaking to people you know when your social battery is low is so nice.

Total Babes, Corey, Huw + Colin (they finally met IRL for the first time)

A real highlight was staying with my good friend Huw Lemmey once my sonar hospitality ran out. On Saturday we hiked up Montserrat to Sant Jeroni peak. The view was incredible. And such a fun day, with lots of deep conversation and laughs here we are at the top.

“Two Hot And Sweaty Cool Dudes”
The view was worth it

Permanently Moved

S2E16

As time passes I am becoming more and more aware every time I interact with social media that I am complicit.

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A lot of folks I saw at sonar seem to be listening and gave me a lot inspiration and encouragement. It was also nice to see so many people give Huw’s Bad Gays podcast amazing feedback in real time and see how he reacted.

Dipping the Stacks

Honestly i spent no time on the internet but this is amazing

NEURAL NETWORK IN GLASS REQUIRES NO POWER, RECOGNIZES NUMBERS | Hackaday

The Ministry

It is so inspiring being around friends and other amazing people who ‘execute’. A few conversations about imposter syndrome came about but friends re-assured me that i was there because I am executing too.. Which made me feel nice (but that my have been the beer). I have a lot of things on the go which I hope to get out into the world soon.

“perfect is the enemy of good enough” is a thing I think musicians and creatives with background in classical training always fight. It was really nice to hear that I’m not the only person fighting this every single day.

I also had some great conversations at sonar. Some of which included the notion of doing some future work.

Reading

I finished listening to Slaves of Darkenss which means I’m 2 books away from finishing the 54 book series. and i thought DUNE was a long slog during my Asia trip! Then i roll straight in to book 1 of 6 book ‘Solar War’ series. It takes 54 books to cover 9 years of plot. And 6 books to cover a battle that lasts 85 days. (the first and last war for mankind – it never ends – Warhammer 40k is set 10k years later and the Galaxey is still aflame )

It’s been amazing tho. Absolutely everything my 10 year old self wanted back in 1994 when I first discovered Warhammer.

Music

Annie is a member of Hollys ensamble, we had breakfast one morning at the hotel. I listened to her EP that day and it’s Fantastic.

Remember kids:

This is a personal meme joke with regard to this guy.

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085 :: 5 Favourite Tracks of 2019 So Far

I am beginning to hate twitter threads with a passion. My pinboard bookmarks are full of them and its a little confusing despite diligent tagging. Why can’t folks just have a blog? I always think to myself, scrolling though an epic 50 post thread on a super interesting topic.

The question is rhetorical however as the answer is that the logics of Twitter demand that attention be kept inside the high walls of the network – but still. There are so many places on the internet to hangout.

I keep wondering if RSS readers are too much effort in 2019? or is that there are no decent free options? Rolling your own culture/internet is what it has always been here for …

Anyways I posted this list to Tumblr the other night. I had forgotten how rich Tumblr looks compared to Twitter. Despite being a heavy tumblr being an admin on solarpunks.net.

WordPress is obviously still the least worst option. But I like that I can just embed the whole post below. Perhaps I’m warming to Gutenberg … Perhaps.

076 :: Unfolding

More and more people seem to be drastically reducing or curtailing their social media usage.

My feeds are almost all useful links and information once again. Perhaps the fact that I don’t have retweets turned on that its so ‘clean’. By the same token I don’t expect anyone to RT my own stuff i post as I just assume no one is going to see it anyway.

I’ve seen a few people here and there bemoan the drop in social media use and the return to the private sphere ‘But I want to know whats going on in your life, we’re friends’. I really understand the sentiment which is why I’m so pleased about the uptick in personal blogging again. For example: A friend from home I haven’t seen in a long long time posted a blog update for the first time in about 5 years the other day. It turns out he now has a kid – but still retains his good taste in music.

On my part, I’ve now sustained the longest regular blogging even ever over here on this feed and it feels good even i’f its this semi news letter format – It works for me. If you ever wanted to know whats going on in my life then between this blog and my podcast they contain far more personal information than I would ever post to the socials. Even during the height of the millennial social media madness in the early days of Facebook in ’07ish.

I still don’t wish I was on whatsapp at all even tho its beginning to become a serious problem with regard to getting invited to things.

As folks also seem to drift away from facebook and instead create channels (groups?) for events in the green chat app i’m totally fucked (cut out). Eve as my long suffering social coordinator is starting to get to the end of her patience with it too – it is an open question about what I do. I’m hoping that Facebook ruins whatsapp with that integrated ID thing and everyone moves over to signal or telegram in the near future.

Permanently Moved – Unfolding


I struggle to articulate some of the ways that my mediation practice has made me go mad. “You don’t enter this world as a bright spark of consciousness – you emerge from it.”

Link to Episode 1805

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Speaking of personal information…

This episode is basically Experience Part 2. An update from last year. In it, I try to articulate what all the fucking meditation and prayer I’ve been doing has done to my mind. Sometimes you think that you are not getting any where at all apart from grinding away on the mat. But then you look back and suddenly realise that you now have a completely different view of time (of all things).

Unfolding is perhaps my western brain trying to reach for a word to describe the surface between manifest and non-manifest.

I’m not trying to brag or come across as special or whatever at all – that is totally not my intention. Im just trying to articulate things that are happening to be. Besides if you want spoilers about whats next its all in the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali written down about 1600 years ago.

Dipping the Stacks

Good vibrations: I purified myself in a sound bath | The Outline

Open letter on climate-related financial risks | Bank of England

Arab Futurism, Faith & Inclusivity Across the… – Secrets of Dune

My Marie Kondo fail – I really tried to throw things out – The Globe and Mail

I haven’t been commenting on these stacks links in a while but there are so many articles like this one: ‘Marie Kondo doesn’t work for me’ yet in the article they write “Snubbing the prescribed KonMari Method of decluttering clothing first, I purge my jumbled drawers and shelves” WTF ?? just follow the damn steps.

The Ministry

Crazy Mind Map Book

Reading

The only thing I’ve read this week was the new White Dwarf from Games Workshop LOL

Music

Obviously the only thing to link to this week is Holly’s newest single Frontier. Solarpunk Sacred Harp Alien Abduction Soundtrack.

Remember kids:

A joy that heals despair and grief.

068 :: Happy New Year!!

Its March but it feels like the new year.

We got back from our grand tour a little over a week and a half ago. Life is already back into full swing. It is nice to be approaching familiar tracks and paths with new eyes.

If you were close enough to me to be following along on instagram you know that Eve and I had a lovely time. Asia and Australia (especially Indonesia) are places that I never thought I’d go. So the whole trip had an added kind of surrealism wrapped around it.

I remember seeing a thing on Blue Peter once as a kid. About how the water goes down the plug hole in a different direction in the southern hemisphere – and it blew my mind. The first thing I did on arriving at the AirBnB in Indonesia was to turn the tap on and witness it for myself. A Miracle. A wonder of nature. It’s always the small things.

Permanently Moved

301 – 1901 – 1000mph club

This is literally just me talking about going away and getting back from my holiday. New year same old me. Trying to ease back in to making this.

Notes: Occulture Podcast – Solarpunk

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Dipping the stacks

The People Who Eat the Same Meal Every Day

(Literally me. I eat the same breakfast everyday for months sometimes years on end)

California family furious after hospital uses video call to tell grandfather he’s dying

Why It’s Important to Consider Whether Dune Is a White Savior Narrative

The Ministry

I’ve been encouraged by a few people I admire and value in private conversations since I got back to publish, publish everything, push all ALL the content.

It is apparently vital that I stop waiting for the threads of the future come to me and push out things to make the hustle of what i want to do with my life viable. With this in mind I’m going to do so.

I’ve been extremely worried – perhaps since the earliest stacktivism days – that publishing things that i think and believe on the internet is going to get me canceled. This is the main reason i haven’t ever just pushed out content at pace. The other reason is as an artsy person/under student the one thing that I feel university should have taught me (to ditch perfectionism) didn’t.

But its 2019 and I have so much to do and get done. The only option is to push stuff out and move on. Only Forward.

In other news I was on an episode of Occulture Podcast talking about SOLARPUNK with Gordon White from Runesoup recorded whilst staying with him in deepest darkest Tasmania in Feb.

Reading

I’ve read 16 Books so far this year. 5 Of them Dune Novels. I will also be writing a review of Thus Spoke The Plant v.soon. TLDR is its one of the best books i’ve read this side of the year 2000

My Goodreads profile is below:

Music

Holly just announced the release of her new album and released the newest single. I can’t wait for this. Holly, Mat and everyone else involved has been working on it for a long time. Can’t wait!


Pop Princess Kim Petras has two singles that came out since I last posted. One Featuring SOPHIE the other being a Power Pop Banger. Both embeded below:

Remember kids: