I’m starting to treat social media use as a form of impro and it’s made it so much easier for me to have thoughts there—or even conceive of having them there. Especially when I keep in mind classic Keith Johnstone advice like, “be more boring”.

AFK, kinda Show more

Two particularly thought-provoking posts I read today.

The first is by Joe Norman and says that “In living systems,
the whole generates the parts.
The parts do not exist a priori.”

thesideview.co/articles/genera

The second is by David Collins and takes a look at the history of “mindfulness”. This actually persuaded me to try focusing on concentration-orientated meditation for a while (all I’ve ever done is awareness/vipissanna practice).

thesideview.co/articles/decons

With the poles of “abstract” and “concrete” in mind... Is humanity better at analysis or synthesis?

Do we handle big concepts like love and hate better or worse than we handle specific, contextual mechanisms that lead to those things?

aliens: holy fucking shit
humans: I know, first contact right?
aliens: no you dipshits we're talking about whales
humans: ooh yeah, whales are pretty cool
aliens: literally the most amazing thing in the entire galaxy
humans: did you know you can boil them down into lamp oil?

Stories, post-abolition Show more

@tasshin would love your comments on my latest post. It’s about my switch to eyes open during meditation practice. swellandcut.com/2019/01/06/eye Have you any preference between the two?

Eyes open Show more

Authorial intent Show more

The reclamation project Show more

Setting all the apps I can to a completely black theme, this is amazing

Environment-Thought Loop Show more

Getting to intimate Show more

IQ Hoohah Show more

A new kind of overclocking Show more

To feel, to swim Show more

Oxygen, not coffee Show more

Writing is a non-linear activity. Composing a coherent and effective 5,000 word piece is more than ten times as hard as stringing together 500 words with a similar collective quality.

Solutions to the problem of life Show more

Proust, Before and After Show more

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