Anyone got any good recommednations for books/sources concerning the formation of clandestine digital groups?
(Asking because I just read the Digital Maginot Line piece on Ribbonfarm and for fiction research.)
On the origins of “Odinnic” sacrifice. https://norse-mythology.org/tales/odins-discovery-of-the-runes/
Don’t believe the hype. Writing, both fiction and non-fiction, is far from a chore. It’s fun.
Imagine if high culture weren't entirely inaccessible
Imagine if operas and ballets were like $20 and you could go in jeans
Imagine if these sorts of shows were properly advertised
Personal offensive manoeuvres Show more
I’ve been lucky enough to work and have many conversations with John Romkey,
someone who knows what it means to be online and who understands the risks and
advantages of such a position. Amongst the many things I have learnt from him,
there is one that, lately, I’ve been coming back to: the different types …
[Continue reading Personal offensive manoeuvres
Maybe meditation is a bit like running. It's not for everyone but if you don't like it, it doesn't mean you can just not exercise at all and expect to be fit. You don't need to buy into Buddhism, but you do need deliberate periods of contemplation, concentration, reflection, introspection, if you want to be mentally healthy.
To die or not to die? Show more
If I consult the raw data of my existence and begin to look for patterns, a
few emerge, one of which is my consistent effort to up the ante. When I worked
in bars and restaurants, I didn’t want to work for normal bars and
restaurants. I wanted to work for the best one in … [Continue reading To die
or not to die? ->](https://swellandcut.com/2018/11/28/to-die-or-not-to-die/)
Somebody tell me something positive about Brexit. Please.
The toxic triangle of modernity Show more
I said to a correspondent recently that it feels like I am perpetually walking
on ice—whenever I seem to have found a philosophical, spiritual, psychological
or epistemological safe spot, I take a few more steps and fall into the
freezing waters of uncertainty and doubt once again. And because my
intellectual awakening was brought on … [Continue reading The toxic triangle
of modernity ->](https://swellandcut.com/2018/11/25...
@msweet Partially relevant example: millenial living arrangements. Group houses, polyamory, housing-as-service, etc.
These things are less capitalism-legible than traditional families because tax codes, child custody laws, and inheritance laws still assume traditional families as norm.
New ideas have to survive at least a full generation, birth to grave, to prove they have full life-cycle compatibility. While fitting in yesterday's world, and being mined for cheap jokes by everyone.
The problem with Lindy Show more
Lindy is all that which remains in the good graces of Mother and Father Time.
As Nassim Taleb put it in An Expert Called Lindy: “The idea of fragility
helped put some rigor around the notion that the only effective judge of
things is time –by things we mean ideas, people, intellectual productions, car
models, … [Continue reading The problem with Lindy
Word processors are shitty and too complex for most people’s needs. Long live the boring old .txt file and notepad.
Ooo it was. Actually thinking about it makes it seem like a really bizarre set up 🤔
It’s too early for me to begin to evaluate this. Someone else might find it useful, though... https://medium.com/anomalous-engineering/seeing-through-the-debris-a4185eb12cd0
The Lord of the Gap Show more
I may not be a tech-bro but even I can see the pointlessness of write-only
memory, something which can be written to but never read. Yet, when I learnt
of it I was reminded of something I do have some familiarity with:
mindfulness. Consider this excerpt from Bhante Gunartana’s Beyond Mindfulness
in Plain English (which … [Continue reading The Lord of the Gap
A taxonomy of travel Show more
Our last holiday was booked through a travel agent. After it had been arranged
I was informed—by my partner—of some of the preparatory errands that needed to
be ran, one of which was the acquisition of suitcases. “We don’t have any, so
we need to borrow some.” “No, you need to borrow a suitcase.” It … [Continue
reading A taxonomy of travel
What does hedonism mean to you? If it’s something akin to blind pursuit of pleasure, then I’d probably disagree. If it’s more like openness to experiences or doing things out of joy then I’d agree and file this idea way for reference as I get older :)
Unreliable narrator. Rhizome traveller. Wannabe timelord.
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