A Text Renaissance
There is a renaissance underway in online text as a medium. The Four Horsemen
of this emerging Textopia are: Roam, a hypertext publishing platform best
understood as a medium for composing conspiracy theories and extended
universes. Substack, a careful and thorough ground-up neoclassical
reconstruction of the age-old email newsletter. Static websites, built out of
Worlds within the world: studio of Kiefer, mind of Vollmann
[ by Charles Cameron -- the worlds within this world are to be found in the
workshops of Anselm Kiefer and William Vollmann ] . Artist one of two: Anselm
Kiefer: Kiefer devoted himself to investigating the interwoven patterns of
German mythology and history and the way they contributed to the rise of
Fascism. He […]
Logicism and probabilism
David Hume: an empiricist. Nice hat, dude!
Classical epistemology distinguished “rationality” from “empiricism.”
Rationality derived new knowledge by deduction from existing knowledge, _or_
from intuition. Empiricism derived new knowledge from sensory experience.
Rationalism and empiricism were opposing theories, and different
Doing without, a new wave?
[ by Charles Cameron -- intuitive and counter-intuitive redefined, no
politicians, no borders, no traffic lights ]] . Consider these two titles,
both of which I ran across today: Sources: The Nation, What Would an Open-
Borders World Actually Look Like? New Yorker, Politics Without Politicians **
Consider: doing without traffic lights: The original example is […]
The Fractal Partition of Bangladesh / India
 . It's remarkable, from a geotheological point of view, the prayers within
prayers within orayers. But look at this excerpt from a Nation piece on a
world without borders: The so-called “Radcliffe line” separated a Hindu-
majority India in the center from Muslim-majority East and West Pakistan on
its wings, with a smattering of independent […]
Weirding Diary: 11
We're barely seven weeks into 2020, and it's already the weirdest year in my
living memory. We've been through: Australia on fire, a near-war between the
US and Iran, a sound-and-fury-signifying-nothing impeachment theater, a
primary election mess in the US caused by a Bad App, Actual Brexit,™ and now
we have the snowballing Covid-19/SARS-CoV-2/coronovirus crisis […]
You are accountable for reasonableness
> **_Elizabeth:_** Wait! You have to take me to shore. According to the Code
of the Order of the Brethren—
> **_Barbossa:_** First, your return to shore was not part of our
negotiations nor our agreement so I must do nothing. And secondly, you must be
a pirate for the pirate’s code to apply, and you’re not. And thirdly, the code
is more what you’d call “guidelines” than actual rules. Welcome aboard the
Inspired by Vinay Gupta's "fireside chat" with Collin Morris, I'm toying with
the idea of thinking on a planetary scale. During the chat, Gupta mentions how
he spent some time war-gaming responses to civilisation-level
catastrophes-e.g. an event that shuts down food supply chains worldwide or a
pandemic that obliterates a third of the human population. … [Continue reading
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A very interesting title from 2014, & a title match, 1972
[ by Charles Cameron -- a biker gang as alt-army, a chess board as Cold War
battlefield -- Night Wolves, and Fischer Spassky ] . I mentioned the Night
Wolves bikers in my post It’s how we / they roll in May 2015, and there have
been many reports of their activities elsewhere -- but […]
Edward Snowden's Permanent Record was interesting for a number of reasons, but
the one I want to mention here and now is this: early on in the book, Snowden
talks about ideas he expressed on the internet as a teen. He goes on to say
that we shouldn't be penalised in the present (or the … [Continue reading
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Domestic Cozy: 11
A couple of media mentions to kick off the new year for this blogchain. First,
TANK magazine decided to devote an entire issue to "cosy" vibes (damn the
brits and their weird spellings) in the zeitgeist, and I think I can claim
some inspiration credit. There's an extended interview with me in the issue,
tl;dr: If you follow this blog you’ve seen me experiment with iframe-based
citations; this post is about open-sourcing that tooling. Skip to demo,
implementation tutorial, and GitHub link.
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Knowledge tooling is happily becoming a hot topic again. With this trend is
coming revived interest in
hyperlinking, knowledge databases, visualizing knowledge graphs, and so ...
In Conversation: 2019 Recap, Book Stats, & Reader Questions
Matt & Adrian sit down for a chat looking back at 2019—which books ended up
being our favorites, which episodes did we like, and how did we do in terms of
diversity of authors, genres, and guests?
A big thanks to everyone who has stuck with us for two years now! Or who have
just begun listening—we hope you'll stick around.
In addition, we were asked by a listener on Twitter (@spectologypod...
I've been trying to make up the simplest, most banal definitions of concepts
that interest me lately, and seeing how far I can get with them. One I just
made up is: a narrative is a road in time, and a story is a particular journey
taken along that road. As an example, premium mediocre […]
Morality is best explored not in decontextualized thought experiments, but in
the heat of video game action.
December 1st, 1913: the world's first moving assembly line kicks into
operation, thanks to Henry Ford (et al.). The result was nothing less than the
transformation of automotive manufacturing, and soon after, the fabric of
society. Fast forward a hundred years and an innovation of similar magnitude
has taken place, all thanks to tools of … [Continue reading 10,377 DSB
Predictable, enormously surprising
[ by Charles Cameron -- read these in sequence and tremble -- with a brief
note on impeachment ] . Here: New Yorker, Citing climate change, BlackRock
will start moving away from fossil fuels New Yorker, Will Big Business Finally
reckon with the Climate Crisis? World Economic Forum, The Global Risks Report
2020 BlackRock, A […]
Predictable Identities 25: External Control
Our identities control us, and outsiders can control our identities.
A strange question: what is the square root of reality? After toying around
with the question in my notebook, I came up with a tentative answer:
existence. The simplest way for me to explain why this is so-aside from
trawling for an array of sources to provide confirmatory evidence-is to make a
statement: Those who … [Continue reading 10,373 DSB
23.1: The Ghost Network pre-read w/ Ben Roswell: Experimental Narratives, Storytelling Games, and Postmodern Literature
New month, new book, new guest! This week we welcome Ben Roswell
([@roswellwrites](https://twitter.com/roswellwrites) on Twitter) to discuss
_The Ghost Network_ by Catie Disabato (<https://amzn.to/2uXSeA2>). The novel
takes the form of a fictitious non-fiction book about the disappearance of a
young pop star & her entourage who trie...
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