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Last Build Date: Mon, 19 Jun 2017 11:08:59 +0000

 



The interface and the illusion of control

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 11:08:59 +0000

Most obviously, in using [smartphones] to navigate, we become reliant on access to the network to accomplish ordinary goals. In giving ourselves over to a way of knowing the world that relies completely on real-time access, we find ourselves at the mercy of something more contingent, more fallible and far more complicated than any paper … Continue reading The interface and the illusion of control



Tomorrow composts today

Tue, 13 Jun 2017 12:10:03 +0000

*The “better future” thing is jam-tomorrow and jam-yesterday talk, so it tends to become the enemy of jam today. You’re better off reading history, and realizing that public aspirations that do seem great, and that even meet with tremendous innovative success, can change the tenor of society and easily become curses a generation later. Not … Continue reading Tomorrow composts today



A kind of asynchronic overlay

Fri, 26 May 2017 11:02:00 +0000

I try to undo the distinction that’s usually made between “fiction” and “reality,” as though “fiction” were synonymous with fakery. I don’t think that’s the right layout to work with; I think there’s something else going on. […] I try to argue that “fiction” is best understood in terms of a gap or interim, a delay … Continue reading A kind of asynchronic overlay



Seven billion spiders

Sat, 20 May 2017 10:50:43 +0000

Here, then, is what makes all members of the species Homo sapiens cultural animals. They come into the world quite incomplete, and pick up what they need to know, and more, by learning from life, and in very large part from one another. As at the same time social animals (and for them the social … Continue reading Seven billion spiders



Fell on black days

Thu, 18 May 2017 08:08:00 +0000

Rest easy, man.