In the absence of willpower the most complete collection of virtues and talents is wholly worthless. – Uncle Al
Had an enjoyable week.
I went in a fucking helicopter with Eve and my Dad. We flew from Thanet to Dover along the coast. Eve flew it and hahaha they gave her a pilots log book so she can work towards he licence.
Went to a lake and had a picnic with Eve, Jenny and Mr Chit.
Went to see Vickers in conversation with James Bridle at the goethe institut london. Got him to sign my (read) copy of the book because I’m a sucker for friends publishing things and putting their names on/in them. I’m also hugely grateful for being listed in the acknowledgements – thanks James!
Went for a walk yesterday after finishing up the last episode of the expanse with Mr Chit and then went to an old colleagues leaving doo. Saw so many old colleagues – I don’t know what it is about office workers and leaving doos but I boarded the Jaeger train with much reticence.
Crypto drinks tonight at secert location in London. Got keep fairly straight as we’re going hiking in the surrey hills tomorrow and 30 degree hangover hike doesn’t really sound like fun.
My first attempt at a book review of sorts. A review of James Bridle’s new book New Dark Age: Technology and the End of the Future and the event I attended at Londons Goethe Institut last night – James was in conversation with Mr Ben Vickers.
I also quote from Jaya Klara Brekke’s newest publication: I Saw the Blockchain at the End of the World, Turned Around, and Walked Back.
An embrace of indeterminacy seems to be in the air.
Dipping the stacks
The Paul Kingsnorth stuff earlier this week was interesting to watch unfold.
I’ve done a bunch of writing this week. Spoke to a wonder woman from the US about solarpunk which I’m excited to see what happens next.
I spent all day one day this week looking in to the various Etherum non fungible token stacking protocol proposals. Exciting things could be built in the next 18 months or so.
I read James’ book in less than two days. See my podcast for a review.
Im also about 2/3 of the way though Utopia for Realists: And How We Can Get There.
Spoiler: Its not a very good book.
I’ve got really into The Lower Lights this week. There version of “Working on a building” is groovy and dark. Love It