059 :: The End of Summer

“The land knows you, even when you are lost.”
― Robin Wall Kimmerer

Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants

I only posted on Monday as a catch up post on the previous weeks so not that much to add.

I went for a nice walk yesterday, on what was probably the last warm sunny day of the year. Today the weather has turned and i can feel a draft coming in from our sash windows.

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It may mean that shortly we bite the bullet and ‘seal’ the window for the winter by jamming folded cardboard into the cracks. Amazons A4 shipping cardboard packets  opened up and cut in to strips works really well.

Also worth mentioning: I woke up from an intense dream the other morning:

I was an important peach taster. Some were confused messes of sweetness, others sang though with the pure taste of peach.

I don’t think I’ve ever tasted in a dream before.

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Episode 25 – The Loop 

The Loop is a phenomena emergent in the digital age.
What’s worse is it’s highly likely that whatever you were reading wasn’t worth reading in the first place.
I also thank Fiber Festival and announce my talk and panel discussion at unsound.pl next week. See you there!!

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The last two episodes (24/25) should be listened too back to back as they are all part of the same topic: Attention sovereignty. They also seem to be the most popular shows i’ve done so far in the half year or so I’ve been making the podcast – which is nice.

If you like ’em. please share as I’m pretty proud of the reaction they’ve been getting.

The topic is in the air right now. I Venkat’s newest breaking smart is also on a similar/adjacent subject.

Dipping the stacks

Finality  – New web comic from Warren Ellis – Love It

What’s Wrong With Jordan Peterson? (Floor Presses, Osho and Joe Rogan)

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Been working on my talk for unsound. Here’s the pitch:

Confusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Conspiratainment

In 1985 Postman wrote “People will come to adore the technologies that undo their capacities to think”.
What new kinds of mental models do we need in order to think with the current rise of fake news and questionable ‘truthiness’ in our present media environment. All in context of pervasive surveillance, secrecy, and increasing global complexity…

Im also going to be on a panel called Beyond Cyberpunk

Reading

I haven’t read anything this week to my shame, except for a few pages of the Paul Biography the other night.

But I did invest a lot of time catching up on Rogan podcasts. I really enjoy the nutrition debates.

Music

Been listening to the new Tim Hecker, a lot.

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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.

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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

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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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056 :: Another week past

What you seek after (is) within you

Spent Tuesday evening with Mr Vickers, it was great to see him for the first time in ages. I find it is extremely grounding to hangout with one of ‘the others’. We talked about all sorts of things, an eclectic and erratic conversation. If you listened to my podcast a while back on the synesthesia I have – where conversations have shapes and ‘materiality’ then you’ll know that I had a wild ride, a good conversation with someone is extremely pleasurable.

I went up and down the river a few times this week in to K-town too. It’s amazing how fast the autumn is turning. But the old man looked truly lovely the other day, the sailing club were out on the river and it was just great. check it out:

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I had to get out the house as the folks who live upstairs have been having our hallway re-decorated and its been full of loud and erratic builders right outside the front door all week.

In other news Eve and I have been working on our big holiday trip plans for next year but were stuck a blow by Norwegian air cancelling the route we had booked our outbound flight on. So we might have to move/rebook the whole thing. Glad we didn’t buy the business class return flights from Perth already.

Also I’m sorting out my taxes. It sucks.

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Episode 22 – Handprints and Maps

This week I remind you all I’m speaking on Land As Platform at TERRA FICTION as part of codedmatters.nl on the 27 September 2018. Criticise blockchain thinking, then talk briefly about John Barrell’s notion of Circular Geography.

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Dipping the stacks

Ancient livestock dung heaps are now African wildlife hotspots

25 Years Ago I Coined the Phrase “Triple Bottom Line.” Here’s Why It’s Time to Rethink It.

HOW MY FATHER’S IDEAS HELPED THE KURDS CREATE A NEW DEMOCRACY

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I’ve been moving forward with some fiction writing this week. Came up with an idea around how people on UBI have to do jury service like work two weeks a year, in the case of the MC it’s a fintech exec working on the Thames Estuary picking up rubbish at low tide where an old rubbish dump is eroding into the sea. Next door is a frantic garbage mining operation trying to clear the 1980’s rubbish dump.

I’m about 2.5k words in to an article on Blockchain project problems it’ll be up on medium once a friend has given it a once over.

Book recommendations mentioned last week are coming. Got side tracked by the blockchain article.

Reading

I’m still reading Paul: A Biography

In addition, I’ve been listening to NT writes Gifford lectures. Its 6 hours of content and worth you’re attention.

Music

Don’t know much about nelward but this track is GREAT

Remember kids:

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054 :: Velocity

I’m still doing the ‘The Couch to 80k Writing Boot Camp‘. The first week was entirely writing lists, which was surprisingly enjoyable.

Now that summer is ending. we are moving in to my favourite season of the year, I can feel myself gaining more momentum and drive to complete a lot of thing things I have been noodling around with all summer – so thats exciting.

This creeping feeling also coincided with the end of Jupiter Ret. As the planet of wisdom, it’s no wonder that Jupiter’s retrogrades are often viewed as learning opportunities. Whatever my personal lesson was/is I’m sure it will become clear evetually.

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Episode 20
The internet broke this week and we had a whole day without it – It was nice. From those beginnings I end up talking a little bit about social media being an enemy.
Warrens, Plazas and the Edge of Legibility

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Dipping the stacks

TAMAR GROW LOCAL A Local Food Ecosystem of Opportunity

First randomised-controlled trial of an employee “Wellness Programme” suggests they are a waste of money

Ongoing patchwork debates in my RSS

Patchwork is not a Model

ENACTING PATCHWORK (1): SOME THEORETICAL AND TECHNICAL CONCERNS

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At least  Better than an outright rejection! If you want to support the Kickstarter and maybe get my first short story about a group of solarpunk anarchist drug manufactures into print (maybe) its embedded below:

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1537879721/resist-fascism-an-sff-call-to-action

I haven’t done any work this week really tbh.

Reading

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I’m still reading How Forests Think: Toward an Anthropology Beyond the Human. Finished  Hybrid Geographies: Natures Cultures Spaces by Sarah Whatmore. I Started For a Left Populism by Chantal Mouffe that Verso kindly sent me. So I thought I’d better read it!

Music

The new Twice music video is amazing:

Post apocalyptic? ✅
Ocean’s 8 ✅
Home Alone Style Shenanigans ✅
Cute CGI Sanriostyle Characters With Carebear Powers ✅
Love Song ✅
Extremely 2018 💯

Remember Kids:

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053 :: Absolutely Jammin’

Had a pretty fun week with all the various birthdays and stuff that happened, but I got rained on and now have an unshakable cough and a mystery cold. It’s been really annoying.

I started ‘The Couch to 80k Writing Boot Camp‘ this week. Had to go out and buy a notebook and pen as it suggests its better done by hand. so i went out and bought a new writing notebook the day after Andrew and I submitted the short story we wrote together to the anthology on Wednesday. I’m expecting another rejection – It’ll be my 5th one this year but ah well.

Another Solarpunk author asked what it was about in a mailing list, and this is what he got back:

“A group of solarpunk anarchist drug manufactures cook up contraceptives in a lab under a big box store set in a retrosuburban Boise Idaho.”

Not that I mind the rejections as each and every one makes me a better writer in various ways. I’ve probably written in excess of 150k words so far this year. None of it will probably see the light of day. But at least I’ve felt busy.

So i’m going to do this writers boot camp then roll straight into Nanowrimo if i still have the energy.

In other news my tomatoes are still absolutely Jammin’

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We made pasta with them all obviously.

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I think I’ll probably get another load of tomatoes before the end of the year about the same size. As long as the sun comes back out again here.

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Episode 19

Nostalgia? A folk festival, the Horizon, and a weeping virgin I have a cough and a cold.

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Dipping the stacks

If You Want to Survive this Election with Your Mental Health Intact, Turn Off the “News” and Social Media Now

Breaking the Chain: Building Worker Power under Monopoly Capitalism

Systems Seduction: The Aesthetics of Decentralisation

The Ministry

Thinking about applying for a full time job instead of working freelance so I noodled around in the hell documents known as CV and resume.

I’m going to East Asia + Australia for like 6 weeks next year so we’ll see if thats a problem. I’d be looking for something fairly senior in Operations or Strategy so maybe I could swing it. Dunno tho.

Reading

I’m still reading How Forests Think: Toward an Anthropology Beyond the Human.

Its still blowing my mind.

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I picked up Hybrid Geographies: Natures Cultures Spaces by Sarah Whatmore so i might read that next.

I also caught up on a bunch of podcasts this week. The newest episode of Londons Peaks with Alice Procter was quite good.

Music

I tweeted about it but here’s Aretha Franklin belting out Mariah’s Touch My Body live. Filmed back in 2008.

Remember Kids:

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051 :: Death to the Internet pls

Psychologically fraught week, full of turmoil.

Not sure i’m coping well.

People from my past popped by to say hello.

Long conversations about being a ship at sea with too many potential routes to follow.

I can make my own trade winds blow, I just need to check the stars.

Im sick of wasting time on social media i’m thinking of blocking twitter at the hosts level on my laptop.

I can’t delete twitter off my phone either because it came pre-installed.

I’d forgotten this and its made me extremely angry.

I’m not even posting. Just watching a stream of people being mad about bullshit.

I could just unfollow I suppose.

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Episode 17

Fragments, collaging. I’ve been doing some eclectic reading this week across a number of subjects. Some of it is presented here.

Dipping the stacks

This article about a professional Live Streamer 

Complicating the Narratives

The Ministry

Gave two talks this week. Both went pretty well the cults one was er. interesting company.

Branding right now seems to tie my google slides together.

Pretty searchable.

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I have so much unfinished stuff to sort out :(

Reading

Still reading NRX a basilisk in snippets on trains. I read a collection of 18C letters from a man who was on holiday in Margate. It was fantastic and really funny.

Music

Remember Kids:

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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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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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