I’ve finally managed to get in to the swing of work this week. It’s been an interesting week. I’ve pushed a whole bunch of things forward in various directions. But a lot more still to be done. I also found out something really cool about google sheets too. I’ll write it up my discovery at some point as people who are nerdy about spreadsheets (like me) love reading hints and tricks and new ways of solving problems.
This Solarpunk Book arrived. It’s in Italian but features pal Andrew Dana Hudson‘s Political Dimentions of solarpunk essay and his story Lighthouse Keeper in Translation. Going in the solarpunk archive I have.
I had a Transnasal Endoscopy on Tuesday 🙁
I’ve had a couple of scary moments where I haven’t been able to swallow properly with food stuck half way down my oesophagus since coming off my Crohn’s Disease meds after 17 years last July.
The results were not great. I have ulcers and all sorts. I’m waiting to hear back about the Biopsy results that should nail down exactly whats wrong. My bet is on EO (Eosinophilic Oesophagitis) after doing the deep dive on my report. But at least now the doc can do something about what they found!
The experience was somewhat traumatic in a disturbing kind of way tbh. Its really weird to have a camera inside you, via your nose. You see the tube at the bottom of the eye-line, but FEEL the other end moving in your stomach.
I don’t have that much of a gag reflex at all and I only retched once the whole time. After the procedure I was talking to the Nurse and the Endoscopist about how I can imagine some people must spend the whole time gagging and retching. They both nodded and said that when a patient is writhing and retching with tears streaming down their face it can be traumatic FOR THEM, let alone the person who is undergoing the procedure. Anyway. I’m glad they found all the things they found as it means can do something about it.
Here’s a nice sign from the Hospital. People used to laugh at an old job when I’d say taking the lift up 1/2 floors was a climate crime. (which was a sign that used to be stuck on the lift doors at the green peace offices many years ago)
Cronos vs Kairos. Garfield hates the eternal cyclical nature of Mondays. Early Christianity, the Eternal Eucharist, and Personal Narratives.
I was complaining on Thursday night that I didn’t know what I was going to do my podcast on. I started Friday morning with the intention to write about the Saints Valentine, but ended up articulating something thats very Important to me about time and narratives.
The Ministry Of My Own Labour
Been working on spreadsheets, Been advising on some gear a company want to make podcasts with, started a huge research project.
I’ve fallen in love with Notion.So (click the link to sign up with my code. You get $10 credit. I get $5) its basically: wiki, trello, a crm, slack all rolled into one. Very powerful software. Cheap and seem to be run by a great team. Really feels like the future of productivity platforms.
Since starting using i’ve asked around and it turns out a lot of my friends already use it! Many people using it single player like the guy in the video below:
But commonknowledge.coop use it extensively too. I’m going to blog about notions soon too.
Dipping the Stacks
I’ve read a lot of good content this week. So gonna share a double bill. Not 5 but 10 great links!
Experience tingles and techno-therapy
The world of ASMR is one of monetised affection, digital intimacy and a new emotional economy of care – the ultimate reaction to being always-online.
At 75, my mother decided to play through “Red Dead Redemption 2” and I am so pleased to share her essay about the experience with all of you. Please enjoy: “Unsung heroes: Reconceptualizing a video game as a work of art.” by Jessica Hoffmann Davis, EdD **
I’m finally reading Hyperfocus. It’s not as good as I was expecting. But this might be partly due to the fact that I’ve come to the same conclusions about the topics he’s talking about on my own. YMMV
One of my fav musicians SEVDALIZA has a new single out. I really dig it.
She was one of my favourite acts I saw at Sonar D. I saw her in the back stage bit I wish I’d said hello.