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Fri, 16 Mar 2018 10:55:12 +0000

I’m not sure what they’re calling it these days. In my time you were “gouching”, “nodding out”; there’ll be some other name for it, no doubt, as language shifts its shape. But this malaise remains unchanged: that head-down slump betrays the use of morphine (or her daughters) like a shout for help in silence. Mud-caked … Continue reading Brownout

A new narrative for narratives

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 11:29:05 +0000

A few days back a colleague linked me to this editorial at Nature about the use of full narrative forms in critical/speculative foresight work, which they link back to the establishing work of Brian David Johnson, who was at Intel at the time but now splits his labour between Arizona State U, consulting, and a … Continue reading A new narrative for narratives

One discipline seeps into another

Mon, 12 Mar 2018 12:28:22 +0000

Rejecting the traditional Marxist idea that the working classes were the seedbed of change, [Deleuze and Guattari] wanted a broader umbrella under which to unite all marginalised groups. They claimed that those oppressed by patriarchy (women), racism (people of colour) and heteronormativity (what we’d now call the LGBT community) were all suffering thanks to the … Continue reading One discipline seeps into another

Feersum endjinn

Thu, 08 Mar 2018 14:49:41 +0000

Or “what I did on my mid-week day off”: The River Don Engine, now housed at Kelham Island Museum, Sheffield, UK. The largest working steam engine left in Britain, and quite possibly in the world. I was surprised by how quiet the engine itself was, though I imagine that’s partly down to it now being … Continue reading Feersum endjinn

Hard to start again

Tue, 06 Mar 2018 11:20:05 +0000

I’m not sure how many times I’ve tried (more or less performatively, depending on my prevailing level of insecurity) to restart the habit of regular blogging, and I don’t think counting them will make it any easier. Nonetheless I’m left with a lingering sense that it should be easy — because hey, there was a good … Continue reading Hard to start again