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After six months of writing privately, I'm going to restart my blog. The current idea is to go for volume, but I'm also going to curate anything worthwhile into a newsletter.

Current interest is origins of the conscious self and origins of complexity, but there will be lots of other film/philosophy/literature stuff. Newsletter link if you're interested 🙂 bryankam.substack.com/p/coming

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Just realised that it's the year of the dagger. As in, the typographical dagger. U+2020 = †

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dagger_(

Yes, it was because I needed to type a dagger.

I did a 5-day silent meditation retreat last week (at home, over Zoom). It was taught by Stephen/Martine Batchelor and was in the Korean Zen tradition. Here's how it went... clerestory.netlify.app/retreat

I wrote against originality, with respect to Frank Lloyd Wright and the Tao, with mention at the end of Rimbaud, Malevich, and Schiele clerestory.netlify.app/space/

I gave some examples of thinking related to inability to know what you will learn in advance clerestory.netlify.app/advance

I wrote about how we get interested in things we don't know (Meno's paradox in Plato) clerestory.netlify.app/forekno and also about the extent to which we control what we say/write clerestory.netlify.app/output/

I wrote about how much inputs matter in my continued thinking on process vs outcomes clerestory.netlify.app/inputs/

I wrote about Taoism's take on the endless accumulation of knowledge, and one possible response clerestory.netlify.app/knowled

After six months of writing privately, I'm going to restart my blog. The current idea is to go for volume, but I'm also going to curate anything worthwhile into a newsletter.

Current interest is origins of the conscious self and origins of complexity, but there will be lots of other film/philosophy/literature stuff. Newsletter link if you're interested 🙂 bryankam.substack.com/p/coming

Best album for 2010s?

Discussing with some friends, Lorde's Melodrama (2017), St. Vincent's Masseduction (2017), Kate Tempest's Everybody Down (2014) came up. Might be recency but so did Billie Eilish (2019) and Taylor Swift's Lover (2019), and Lana Del Rey's Norman Fucking Rockwell (2019) which I haven't heard.

Interesting that it's literally all women? What are we missing? Oh, someone said Sufjan Stevens' Carrie & Lowell (2015).

What was your favourite? I'm looking for new stuff.

Well, brother's wedding cancelled, so that solves the stress about whether it's possible/a good idea to fly back for it... Feel pretty awful for them though.

A few Zettelkasten links... rossashby.info/journal/index.h looks awfully like the system I wrote about here clerestory.netlify.com/zk.

And Tiago Forte's piece on the topic is very good, previously I'd understood him to be somewhat against the ZK method. praxis.fortelabs.co/how-to-tak

I'm doing this Complice goal-crafting event which I've done twice before and found inspiring/useful.

Here's a promo link (I get a free month of Complice if you use it):
complice.co/event/plan2020?r=7

I've found Complice itself really useful as well.

I'm moving house for the first time in twelve years, and this is what I've mainly been thinking of:
poetryfoundation.org/poems/523

Seems to be much written in praise of polymaths these days, which makes me happy.

bbc.com/worklife/article/20191

During my undergrad I nominally studied literature but somehow got away with taking classes in 15 departments. I wound up working in Linux automation (though I never took a CS class). Any other aspiring polymaths out there?

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