052 :: Learn how to feel

I’ve be absolutely fascinated by various subcultural bloggers, thinkers and writers that are attempting to explain ‘what the fuck is going on’ recently. I’ve found myself pingponging around the occult blog world, conspiracy theory, nrx, accelerationism, anthropology and botany, to name a few places.

The most interesting of the writers have a number of things in common.

  1. They all come from outside of the academy.
  2. They operate from large macro discussions around society, history etc first.
  3. Some of them re-describe concepts from other subcultures and it isn’t clear that they have any cross pollination.
  4. Shady backchannel group telegrams, discords and slacks are full of women critiquing the loudest male voices in productive ways. (you will see many blogs that will say ‘I was talking with my friend X about something blah blah blah’)

A few friends have asked me to do a series as part of permanently moved called ‘Da Fuk’ where I attempt to summarise and compare various ideas across stuff I’ve been reading. I might just do that.

The first episode would begin with the most important element that almost all the writers and thinkers seem to hold in common. It relates to the fake news plague. But also questions of Truth in todays society and that I would summarise (and agree with) as:

You do not know what the fuck is going on.

Your job is to be absolutely certain that you have no idea what the fuck is going on.

And from that raw chaos, that raw uncertainty.. as a default state of being.

Learn how to feel.

How to move forward and act in the world

These are my words, but its also how I have lived my life for a while. Its interesting. No wonder why as a macro cultural trend theres a shift towards personal responsibility. Classical virtues, Ethics and Seneca etc

In other news I went for dinner with two of my old bosses, and it was AMAZING.

In other other news. Going to the pub in 2018 is Sci-fi as FUCK

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Dipping the stacks

Fertilizer destroys plant microbiome’s ability to protect against disease

RADICAL MUNICIPALISM & TRANSLOCAL FUTURITY – PART 1: QUERYING THE LOCAL (1)

The politics of Listening

BUDDHIST FUTURES: THE BLACK HOLE OF POST-CAPITALISM

The Ministry

By the end of today a short story i’ve been writing with a *real* sci-fi writer should be finished. We have till Wednesday to submit it to the anthology. Its been eye opening working with someone who can actually write. I’m really happy that they wanted to co-write something with me. The benefits of some of the travel i’ve done this year.

A lot of story edits have been done as we have gone a long which i wasn’t expecting. Whole segments ripped out and moved to different characters etc. A sketched out 90 word plot at the top of the document has ballooned to the target 8k words since July 27th.

TFW you see your words get re-written doe. Co writing for me seems to be less harsh emotionally that overzealous editing but still.

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Reading

I finished re-reading all four Scott Westerfield books in less than two weeks. They are such an easy read. Well paced etc too. I remember i used to recommend it as a sci fi series to old greybeard sci-fi fans over a decade ago when I worked in a huge bookshop leading them up to the YA section. They would balk at the covers but eventually come in and buy the whole set.

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Finally reading How Forests Think: Toward an Anthropology Beyond the Human. I kinda already know what its going to say as its such a seminal text, but finally reading the source text. Every other paragraph is blowing my mind.

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Music

Man Child on repeat. All fucking week. Hang Up Your Hang Ups is one of the best tracks ever written. I sometimes take a break and listen to Head Hunters but the track Chameleon just gives me horrible flashbacks to being in an orchestra at secondary school and all the insufferable people who were in the Jazz band.

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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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049 :: Cult thinking

1. A cult is a group of people using a replicable process have a similar/shared praeternatural experience.
2. The group is not a sanctioned ‘religion’ or group identity under law.

More to come on this. Long form.

Its my birthday on Wednesday so today i’m having a bbq at a friends house. got to get ready so this weeks blog is pretty short.

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Episode 15 Suffering Wangdoodles!

This episode is about the radio adventure show that first aired in 1937. This was definitely the most ambitions episode i’ve tried to make since I’ve started and I can’t believe that I managed to get it done in an hour. I wish I had time to talk about all the crazy gadgets in it! Speed Gibson is one of my favourite all time radio adventure stories – I hope it’s now yours too!

Dipping the stacks

Three hour interview with nick land

Same interviewer talking to a gender accelerationist and Lesbian Neoractionary  – think alt right response to xenofeminism.

The Ministry

I had an amazing call this week with a firm who does whole systems investment. Fascinating.

Reading

I started re-reading some YA fiction. I’m re-reading Scott Westerfield’s Uglies super fast to get a feel for the prose.

Music

K-pop Collabo group H Triple H have a new EP coming out the title is Retro Future. This lead single has a weird 80’s instagram aesthetic.