Degraded

that mock-Renaissance engraving of a man looking under the edge of the sky to peer at the marvellous wheels of the cosmos

When I was very young, perhaps four or five, I can remember imagining that the world was a flat slab of rock, and that the sky was a hemispherical dome suspended over it, and which somehow always managed to be centered on our car as it drove over the flat …

more ...

Eternal September or Dry July

The girl explaining something to a guy meme with text: ITS CALLED MASTODON AND ITS LIKE IF TWITTER WAS A BUNCH OF MINECRAFT SERVERS BUT THEYRE ALL CONNECTED WITH PORTALS BETWEEN THEM

It's been good to see people from Twitter coming onto the Fediverse, or reviving the accounts which they started in 2018, but I'm also getting worn out. Though not nearly as worn out as the admins and moderators, who have been doing an amazing job.

Hugh's essay captures a lot …

more ...





Looptober

A modular synth case with yellow, red and green patch cables. The modules on the left side are different shades of grey, the ones on the right are coloured cyan, blue and purple. The case has a label "NiftyCase" in a retro-modernist typeface

I am doing Looptober again this year. Last year I used it as an opportunity to clean up my SuperCollider toolkit. This year I've been trying to use the modular synths as much as possible but I'm still at the stage where getting started takes fifteen minutes of faffing around …

more ...

The Gnostics were wack

What system of ideas which you first encountered indirectly through artists you admired was the most disappointing when you got to actually know about it? For me it's Gnosticism.

Me, aged 21: Wow, Philip K Dick, Jorge Luis Borges, Thomas Pynchon, Octavio Paz and Sonic Youth are all into the …

more ...


The too hard basket

Today's a one-off national public holiday to mourn Queen Elizabeth II. Since I'm no longer on Twitter I feel a bit insulated from the usual wave of discourse which events like this set off: the nearest I've come to it is seeing someone pose in a bandana on Facebook with …

more ...