#introduction I’m Matt. I write a daily blog about mastery, strategy and practical philosophy at SwellandCut.com and recently had the essay “Near-Deathness” published on Ribbonfarm.
I do some editorial work on the side and I’m currently in the research phase for a novel. Three significant elements of the latter are the virtues of the Third Reich, ubiquitous tech and alternative systems of education.
It still offends me. A lot. That everybody still has phone numbers. And for more than just interfacing with legacy POTS land lines. It bugs me that a mobile phone isn't a mobile computer with a world-routable IPv6 address and that voice communication isn't just a special case application that runs on top of this.
It's even more annoying that programs that run over IP and don't use the non-IP parts of the mobile network still insist you have a 'phone number'.
The one nice thing about this whole surveillance capitalism thing is that I can ask Google "when does the post office close" is that it doesn't have to ask which post office I mean, it just gets the nearest one and tells me.
Someday, we'll get all that AND we'll all own our own data.
What have you read (or watched or listened to) recently that made you hopeful for the future?
My answer would be Bucky Fuller’s Operating Manual for Spaceship Earth. But that was a few months ago and I’m in need of an antidote to the cultural despair currently circulating through my feeds.
If you ever doubt the usefulness of your efforts, remember that a substantial amount of trees are planted by squirrels hiding nuts and then forgetting where they put 'em
Do you write what you think or write in order to think? To confirm and clarify or to explore?
Recently, I’m finding that when I try to write something I’m relatively sure about I lose momentum. The only way I can regain it is to deliberately try to undermine my thought.
And I’m at my most energetic when I’m in the process of having a thought or connecting dots.
The future of thought Show more
In Filters Against Folly, Garrett Hardin suggests that are three modes of
thought. Literacy, numeracy and ecology. Thinking in words, thinking in
numbers, and thinking in relationships, scale and higher order effects.
Historically, the developments in abstract thought have come in the order
listed above. First, we thought in and communicated with words. Initially,
orally, … [Continue reading The future of thought
Someone write John McAfee’s biography. Please.
Books Show more
The Red Men is a scary book. I thought I was past tech progress scare mongering. Nope. It’s still terrifying, and I’m not even halfway.
H/t to whoever recommended it—I can’t remember but I’m grateful. And while we’re at it, The Windup Girl, Exit West and The Quantum Thief were also fantastic.
Whenever we talk about [insert ultra-wealthy person’s name here] we should go out of our way to remember that their name is shorthand for 1000s of people’s contributions.
History is opaque enough. Let’s not further propagate the idea that one person can take full responsibility for a mammoth undertaking.
Why? Because it leads us to some dark places.
Going long: an announcement Show more
For a while, writing and publishing daily has felt like an obligation. That’s
not to say it hasn’t been enjoyable, just that it has felt like Something I
Have to Do. My strategy for dealing with this feeling has been one of
avoidance and delay—I acknowledged it and then refused to do anything about
it. … [Continue reading Going long: an announcement
stilll more narrative musings Show more
I keep on thinking that it'll be possible to find a truly rhizomatic hypertext narrative—by truly rhizomatic I mean, like, the purpose of every edge is just to point out an association between otherwise "free-standing" nodes. but everything I've looked at that even approximates this (closest that is freely available is http://unknownhypertext.com/) still uses links to elaborate on a topic or show causal/temporal connections
Who is the modern-day equivalent of Bob Ross?
I know a lot of people who are trying to grow by cutting themselves off from dependence on others and I am trying to grow by admitting how much I need others instead. But it's not a dependence exactly? Just a strength in collaboration in response to things that might divide us