I'm listening to the (excellent) Audible collection of Alistair Cooke: "Letter from America." Found this one quite moving: bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/

Exciting news for readers: US copyright freeze is about to end, meaning that every year going forward new classics will enter the public domain. nytimes.com/2018/12/29/books/c

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Enjoyed this (long) interview with Adam Curtis.

"They’re constantly playing back to you the ghosts of your own behaviour. We live in a modern ghost story. We are haunted by our past behaviour played back to us through the machines in its comparison to millions of other people’s behaviour. We are guided and nudged and shaped by that. It’s benign in a way and it’s an alternative to the old kind of politics."

economist.com/open-future/2018

"I could find it in my heart to wish that everyone who cut his coat by another man's pattern would find the result a crass failure. For originality does not lie down that road." — Dorothea Brande, Becoming a Writer, a beautiful writer herself

I wish I could write as beautifully as Elliott Smith, but I might have to settle for analysis of the military and maritime themes of Figure 8

Savannah shoulder raised a cheer
Coloring the sky with ash
Because they found some privateer
To sail across the sea of trash

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I wrote about the @redecentralize get together last night in London, with a great keynote from @shevski bit.ly/redecen

@russss Great to meet you man! Fun night. I got really into brewing several years ago but have let the habit slip.

At a get together in Bethnal Green. Great introduction to the history by @shevski!

Has anyone experimented with ultraworking? I tried it yesterday at an event and it worked insanely well. youtube.com/watch?v=JGBYycCWOD

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I wrote about MK Ultra, a collaboration between filmmaker Adam Curtis and choreographer Rosie Kay about conspiracy theories and mind control. bit.ly/2K24Yce

Thinking about this idea of explicitly splitting exploratory and focus phases, and whether I need to give myself a deadline to commit to a single project sometime soon forum.effectivealtruism.org/po

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Hi Friends, I've asked this before, but I'd love to hear more: What alternatives to Facebook, specifically for events, are folks using?

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Mastodon instance for attendees of Refactor Camp, and members of various online/offline groups that have grown out of it. Related local groups with varying levels of activity exist in the Bay Area, New York, Chicago, and Austin.

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