NOT EVERYTHING FEELS LIKE SOMETHING ELSE
“we have too much of truth and that we are looking for the exact opposite, something unspeakable, essentially irreducible to the all-encircling semiotic of capital – a way out, a cloud of unknowing. Speaking in signs is all we can do; so we adorn ourselves with arcane sigils, weave myths of fallen gods, raise deconstructed chants to the beats of synthetic drums – anything to break free, but somehow we keep coming back, orbiting the same unbreakable truth, again and again, running in never-ending circles.”
“this tendency to turn everything into immateriality is really…an old trick of western patriarchy” - Sadie Plant.— Alexandra Chace (@necrosystems) February 14, 2020
Santu Mofokeng, Dove Lady #4, from the series Billboards, 2002
Believing things takes a lot of energy. You can measure the fragility of a system by the energy it takes to believe in it. Or alternately, how believable it is at non-striving slacker energy levels. Good systems are 80% believable at 2o% peak energy level.— Venkatesh Rao (@vgr) February 13, 2020
brb writing an AI to replace “AI” with “regex”— Nat Alison (@tesseralis) February 12, 2020
This all reminded me of https://t.co/Yo3WjO20B0 and prospect–refuge theory.— Charlie Loyd (@vruba) February 12, 2020
What if the Matrix, but fax machines.— Justin Pickard (@jcalpickard) February 12, 2020
“Why a rotary cellphone? Because in a finicky, annoying, touchscreen world of hyperconnected people using phones they have no control over or understanding of, I wanted something that would be entirely mine, personal, and absolutely tactile,while also giving me an excuse for not texting.”
Have you ever seen a clearer rebuttal to late capitalism’s insistence on private individuals changing their behavior to solve systemic ailments? https://t.co/O2Cex2mswW— 🦇 ⤵️🕳 (@xenogothic) February 11, 2020
Hauntology was not an ‘end of history’ concept, but a diagnosis of an economic, political dismantling of the ability for the future to be culturally produced. There is therefore a role for strategists to create new models of infrastructure to allow now possibilities— 𝘉𝘖𝘋𝘠 /// 𝘋𝘙𝘐𝘍𝘛 (@body_drift) February 11, 2020
I just emailed a tree at the Melbourne Urban Forest to let it know that one of its branches is falling off and is a danger to pedestrians.— (have-YER! Candeira) (@candeira) February 11, 2020
While this is neither the cyberpunk future I was promised nor the one I was threatened with, I’m ok with this particular development.
sorry but jordan peterson writing a book prescribing “rules for life” then almost dying in a russian hospital from benzo withdrawals and an insane all-beef diet not even two years later is one of the funniest things to ever happen— miller low life (@itwasthreezero) February 9, 2020
People love to criticize approaches to climate change, an unprecedented global issue, but rarely want to implement approaches themselves—because they expose themselves to criticism. If you’re going to do this work, you have to have an earnest desire to co-learn—& lots of humility— Christine Larivière (@cdlariviere) February 11, 2020
This could as well be the new dictum of Green Capitalism: “luxury sea travel without the usual environmental guilt”https://t.co/u3MfMew2GP— Srećko Horvat (@HorvatSrecko) February 10, 2020
This is a wireless antenna in California. Network coverage was disrupted by an Acorn woodpecker, a 3 ounce bird stashing an estimated 35-50 gallons/300lbs of acorns. pic.twitter.com/QYdp6ShxXZ— Science girl (@gunsnrosesgirl3) February 9, 2020
‘I derived all my knowledge of media from people like Flaubert and Rimbaud and Baudelaire.’— Julian Hanna (@julianisland) February 9, 2020
- Marshall McLuhan
Imagine instead of a winner take all political competition we decided on what each person can best contribute—their superpower—and made their role to do it.— Yaneer Bar-Yam (@yaneerbaryam) February 9, 2020
“No matter how the official narrative of this turns out, […] these are the places we should be looking, not in newspapers or television but at the margins, graffiti, uncontrolled utterances, bad dreamers who sleep in public and scream in their sleep” (Pynchon, BE 322).— Gregory Marks (@thewastedworld) February 9, 2020
A sea snake asks you to solve a riddle: Why is a cockroach like a pigeon?— Magic Realism Bot (@MagicRealismBot) February 7, 2020
No sniffers, no trackers, no GDPR, no ads, no cookies, no data collection, no marketing, no mailing list, no donation box, no scraping, no terms & conditions, no permission, no money. Who you are and what you do are no business of ours. #ubuweb— UbuWeb (@ubuweb) February 7, 2020
Today, I am pleased to announce a bold and ambitious commitment:— Ben Inskeep (@Ben_Inskeep) February 6, 2020
I change my diet to go 100% healthy food by 2050, and 45% healthy food by 2030 relative to my diet from 15 years ago when I was a college freshman.
love the absolute eldritch wierdness of the Nike air zoom viperfly, enhanced by the fact its already banned for use in Tokyo 2020 despite coming out this week, so v few will ever see retail. Lovecraftian form factor in order to get the vaporfly plate into a running spike shoe pic.twitter.com/Cz9mnrc10B— ཊལབསརངཧ (@David_Rudnick) February 6, 2020
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Senyawa @ The New Arts & Music Programme at Sutton House, London, 29th October 2019 by fabiolug (via https://flic.kr/p/2ioEwEm )
You’ll notice I am subtweeting basically everything. Thank you and good night.— dan hon 🔜 Interaction20 (@hondanhon) February 4, 2020
It’s true: We’ve written a book! How to Future is a practical guide to applied futuring for non-specialists, coming from Kogan Page this July. Sense, map, model and communicate new futures. Pre-order now, RT and stay tuned for more here, @howtofuture or https://t.co/Qk8PEPil3e pic.twitter.com/kcqGrHhG5z— Scott Smith (@changeist) February 3, 2020
Best ever basil grown through this apocalyptic summer. So in the 2050s I imagine it will be all caprese salad but with jellyfish instead of mozzarella 😘 #climatechange #canberra pic.twitter.com/sIoSPYg5Fr— Mitchell Whitelaw (@mtchl) February 3, 2020
the bishop of orlando is also the bishop of the moon, due to a canon law that says “any newly discovered territory would fall under the bishopric from whence the discovering expedition departed”. his is therefore the largest catholic diocese, at over 14,000,000 square miles— إليزابيث 🇻🇦 (@enchanteeq) February 2, 2020
*Coronavirus, Wuhan Pneumonia
High and Low | Akira Kurosawa | 1963
Yapping nixes nap so rue mad dog.— Greg Egan (@gregeganSF) February 2, 2020
Net some avid moody pool bard.
Pit rats flog time.
Wed live Emir.
Repel animal dual.
Spank tressed tinker.
Reknit dessert knaps.
Laud lamina leper.
Rime evil dew.
Emit golf star.
Tip drab loopy doom diva emos ten goddam euros.
Pan sexing nip pay.
99 smartphones are transported in a handcart to generate virtual traffic jam in Google Maps. Through this activity, it is possible to turn a green street red which has an impact in the physical world by navigating cars on another route! #googlemapshacks https://t.co/3gixMxopE6 pic.twitter.com/6KcMm1XgAF— Simon Weckert (@simon_deliver) February 1, 2020
“Go to bed, they’ll still be wrong in the morning.”— dan hon (@hondanhon) February 1, 2020
“Yes. That’s the problem.”
this is a real low blow pic.twitter.com/WnIpfQxp9Z— 胡子哥 (@SanNuvola) February 1, 2020
Douglas Rushkoff: “"I was deeply resentful of Wired for repackaging the Mondo universe as this kind of NASDAQ business story. And it was just obvious to me what they were doing. And the extent to which they either explicitly or implicitly discredited the real cyber movement…”— MONDO 2000 (@2000_mondo) February 1, 2020
Hypocritical Theory: critical of everything but itself— Gordon Wells (@gordonwells) February 1, 2020
I’m gonna talk with world religion leaders with the Vatican real soon, and my wish is we make a document that radically alters what “apocalypse” means. Basically,— Tim Morton (@the_eco_thought) January 31, 2020
i asked some trees how they’d manage the massive and rapid transition away from fossil fuels in a just and equitable way and they just stood there https://t.co/N2Zm6g8OCg— Kate Marvel (@DrKateMarvel) January 28, 2020
I liken it to a “we care TOO much thing” - kind of like how the immune systems “cares too much” in an autoimmune disorder.— Katie Hinde (@Mammals_Suck) January 27, 2020
What I’m saying is, it’s nice to have a god who is more like you than not.— Michelle Belanger (@sethanikeem) January 29, 2020
Rock it like no face pic.twitter.com/oJuBOeEGKB— Mitchell Whitelaw (@mtchl) January 29, 2020
Speculative Design: the present is boring and predictable. The past is complex and a burden. Fiction is comfortable and cool, a temporary place to seek shelter. Over and over again.— Modes of Criticism (@modescriticism) January 28, 2020
WHO Scientists: Climate Change is one of world’s most urgent health threats & will impact our survival— Belinda Barnet (@manjusrii) January 29, 2020
Australia: *slow chewing* yeah, nah
WHO Scientists: There’s a coronavirus variation in China. It’s not global emergency. If you’ve travelled to…
Australia: OH MY %%#! GOD
Jains for nothup gruman is galaxy level cognitve dissonance…..— Omega Red (@pacifistHULK) January 28, 2020
Note: You probably don’t know enough about telecommunications infrastructure, investment regulation, internet security, cyber-intelligence, and the 5 Eyes intelligence sharing network to hold as strong an opinion as you’re currently considering putting forth.— Dmitry Grozoubinski (@DmitryOpines) January 28, 2020
Designing for more-than-human worlds, according to The Flintstones pic.twitter.com/V133wOnEVv— 🐑 anne 🐑 (@annegalloway) January 27, 2020
This is an amazing realization: all online multiplayer first person shooters are “just conferences calls with occasional shooting” and now I see WebEx completely differently https://t.co/Hr66KKxBT0— dan hon (@hondanhon) January 28, 2020
Today’s card is: A non business card
If you believe Australians will change their attitude because of the catastrophe, read first Ian Kirshaw “The End” on the last year of the war 1945: everyone knows the Reich is doomed, yet they stick to the regime until the 1st US tanks enter their town. Except this time, no US!— BrunoLatour (@BrunoLatourAIME) January 26, 2020
1. Email is the worst monitoring and alerting mechanism except for all the others.— Jan Schaumann (@jschauma) January 25, 2020
2. Absence of a signal is itself a signal.
3. The severity of an incident is measured by the number of rules broken in resolving it.
Large-scale physics experiments, or “sites that are incredibly evocative, religious in their belief that an unseen world is capable of revelation, but scientific in their insistence that this unveiling will be achieved through technological means.” https://t.co/xWOvzb8Lv9 pic.twitter.com/14soyNTpXD— Geoff Manaugh (@geoffmanaugh) January 25, 2020
2094: Scientists discover that Trout Mask Replica, Neutral Milk Hotel, Tokyo Anal Dynamite are deeply embedded What3Words coordinates to portals through which the Pilgrims will ascend to the hell planes. It begins.— 🦇 ⤵️🕳 (@xenogothic) January 25, 2020
People thought they were building Star Trek’s computer but didn’t realize they were building Douglas Adams’ Sirius Cybernetics computers, because he accurately observed that the Marketing Department exists— dan hon (@hondanhon) January 24, 2020
Yeah, I am perfectly comfortable with the nature of sandwichness being ephemeral and contingent, rather than fixed and immutable.— Deb Chachra (@debcha) January 24, 2020
“We don’t play music in order to get somewhere. I mean, if the objective of music were to arrive at a point, say the last bar, the final great crashing pause of the symphony, well than all we’d do we’d be just hurry up it’s playing, play it as fast as possible so as to get to the culmination as soon as possible. Or, just cut out the whole symphony and play only the last bars.”
— Alan Watts
“There is no longer a spectacle to contemplate from the security provided by the interior of a (magical) circle; now, the natural and the supernatural come together in a no - place, an environment, an atmosphere in which the characters immerse themselves, a sinister ether of unknown dimensions. The centre of the circle is already everywhere, and its circumference is nowhere.”
— Eugene Thacker, In the dust of this planet.
can you like, fucking not pic.twitter.com/9OWDz4dD9c— dan hett (@danhett) January 22, 2020
Not entirely implausible:— dan hon (@hondanhon) January 22, 2020
“Because of its extensive work in anti-cheating software, Fortnite became the first online location for e-voting certified by the Federal government.”
Good eatin’ pic.twitter.com/6CKx1qsjRG— potluck miscreant 🍲🍀👺 (@BinAnimals) January 21, 2020
Looking fwd to this “slithery philosophical filibuster and experiential scrum”, where @zzkt & I will share our oblique insights, animist techniques & occult ways of doing business @_foam (that helped us survive several tech bubbles, economic crises and other contingencies).— Maja Kuzmanovic (@deziluzija) January 22, 2020
20.02.2020 7pm @monamuseum The Thorny Question of Art and Economy: A C̷̢̺͕͇̅͝ó̸̱n̴̰̫͍̈̄̀̅̕v̸̞̬͛e̷̻͔̗̦͂̆͑͠r̷͗̆͐ͅṡ̴͙̠̰͠a̸̡̽̾̈́t̵̡̽į̵̧͆ô̵̠͌̕̕͝n̷̹͑͆̒ ̶̲̈P̷̢͉͖͆͊͋̎i̶̧͙̼̇́̅̀̾ȇ̵͕̱̾̓́̕ć̵̼͚̊͂̌̓ê̴̪̆ @Miss_Despoinas @_foam members @deziluzija Kate Rich #fMBA &…https://t.co/HtqQKsLxh4— Nancy Mauro-Flude (@sister0) January 22, 2020
‘The buildings and the instruments at Aragats remain, like ghost ships in the cosmic rain … [waiting] for news that could change the universe: a quantum bullet more powerful than humans can produce, or weirder than their tentative laws can explain.’ https://t.co/Yc6S01Hwmk— Justin Pickard (@jcalpickard) January 21, 2020
the most powerful land art piece of the decade pic.twitter.com/uR6SaGcOoX— 胡子哥 (@SanNuvola) January 21, 2020
When you get near 100% confident in a belief, you internalize it, which means it sinks into the unconscious. To hold a belief consciously is to hold it with non-trivial amounts of doubt. The doubt level of stuff you say tends to be matched. We rarely mix confidence levels.— Venkatesh Rao (@vgr) January 21, 2020
Here’s one weird trick for improving your life and your politics: whenever you’re ready to condemn or degrade someone, ask yourself, “What can I learn from them?”— Quinn Norton should be writing right now (@quinnnorton) January 20, 2020
Insurable = Habitable is an interesting civilisational metric.— ⚫ Your roots are in the infinite (@thejaymo) January 20, 2020
I keep coming back to the Challenger tragedy’s NASA/Norton safety/probability/risk vs political “must-launch” culture, and comparing it to Boeing’s safety/probability/risk vs cost-cutting “must-ship” culture— dan hon (@hondanhon) January 19, 2020
If you had ‘Bacterial Brutalism’ on your late 21st C bingo card, cover that square now. https://t.co/lxPsU9RhId— Scott Smith (@changeist) January 18, 2020
contemporary electronic music is an adversarial attack on beat tracking assumptions, with love.— jetpack cognition lab (@LabJetpack) January 17, 2020
Zoöp news, Feb 21st at @NieuweInstituut we will be running a new & improved version of our narrative-immersed workshop Zoönomic Futures, “an immersive training programme aimed at developing a practical ethics for a society that is no longer human-centric”: https://t.co/XIvsyL29cS— Sjef van Gaalen (@thesjef) January 17, 2020
Today in #writing: things which unclog the creative flow.— Nick Harkaway (@Harkaway) January 17, 2020
I create playlists for each book to set the mood. That’s more helpful than it sounds. It not only blocks street noise, it also becomes pavlovian - I hear the music and immediately feel ready to work.
“Absolute deterritorialization is not defined as a giant accelerator; its absoluteness does not hinge on how fast it goes. It is actually possible to reach the absolute by way of phenomena of relative slowness or delay” (Deleuze & Guattari, ATP 56).— Gregory Marks (@thewastedworld) January 17, 2020
Not sure what’s funnier (and more punk) - the fact that this high-tech clamp replacement was defeated by heated windows and a credit card, or that people then jacked its GPS function to get themselves free internet. https://t.co/4z0OUWFY7i— Io Black (@b_iologic) January 16, 2020
Cool, this will be a nice distraction: scientists create “Xenobots”, new lifeforms grown from living cells, “completely biological machines from the ground up”…— Simon Sellars (@simon_sellars) January 14, 2020
But wait, what’s this: “They can organise themselves spontaneously & collectively”… 😱https://t.co/jrhS3xImWe