Back in Sept 2019 I posted Start Select Reset Zine issue #001 online. It’s had 15k downloads since being uploaded.
Just over a year go I wrote about ‘Deprogramming’
I’ve spent more than a decade being ‘Extremely Online’. Now I wish not to be.
In October last year I wrote about how I wanted to ‘check out’
This isn’t just me further railing against social media. More of a re orientation around the edges of ‘Normalcy’. It is my relationship to the entire meta layer of culture and media.
Checking Out for me, really means Checking In to other things.
The question is check in to what?
My 2019 post on why people should stop writing Twitter threads and start a blog frequently still shows up in my stats. It’s been read 80+ times in 2022 so far alone. I wonder how many of those great threads on Twitter directly after the 2019 election are still receiving views and impressions? (The half life of a tweet is 30mins)
This is all to say that… I’ve been thinking about how I engage with the internet for quite some time. It’s taken literal years, but I think I’ve figured it out.
Here’s where I am on the internet in 2022:
How I Use the Web, How and Where You Can Follow Me
The RSS feeds for each location are embedded below. The titles of each column are URLS to the RSS feeds if you wish to add them to you own feed reader.
I’ve included the post dates below so you can see how active/prolific I am in each of the three locations.
- The world’s largest beaver dam is not like human dams. It does not stopper a river, or even a stream or rivulet.
- Then in 1920, an Italian Orientalist named Carlo Conti Rossini published an article in the Journal Asiatique, claiming that, far from being a masterpiece of 17th-century Ethiopian thought, the Ḥatäta […]
- Digital culture and entertainment insights daily: Crimes Against Search: How search traffic gets redirectedThis corrosion of search-engine reliability isn’t the first instance of at-scale enshittification to threaten the crumbling walls of the internet's Library of Alexandria.
- Modern machine learning has subverted and bypassed the entire theoretical framework of Chomsky's approach
- “I didn’t know what I was supposed to do, but I’d made plenty of D&D campaigns so I knew how a dungeon worked,” he says. “I built levels with hidden […]
- December was supposed to be dedicated to working on/finishing up personal projects and putting out some things I'm sick of […]
- Photo-a-day for the month of November 2023 The post Nov 2023 | Photo 365 appeared first on thejaymo.
- Blogging is a 'form' and I want to find my own groove with it. The post Finding The Form appeared […]
- As is tradition, here are all the episodes that didn't get made in 2023, and a little note about Season […]
- In comparison to recent weeks things have been slower over here at thejaymo.net. I've even found some time to start […]
- Exploring blockchain's shift from finance to creating games in digital universes. A look at this tech's new role in gaming […]
- Until the other day I hadn't come across any obvious LLM written media. To have the first one I encounter […]
If you don’t currently use a RSS reader I implore and encourage you to use one.
Use web feeds to subscribe to websites and get the latest content in one place.
Feeds put you in control. It’s like subscribing to a podcast, or following a company on Facebook. You don’t need to pay or hand over your email address. You get the latest content without having to visit lots of sites, and without cluttering up your inbox. Had enough? Easy: unsubscribe from the feed.
You just need a special app called a newsreader.
This site explains how to get started.
Tom Critchlow recently posted about ‘Increasing the surface area of blogging‘ that gestures toward where things should probably go next with RSS. Worth checking out.
I migrated to Pinboard after Yahoo killed del.icio.us back in 2008. Pinboard is a bookmarking web service for storing, sharing, and discovering web bookmarks.
The UX is IMO ‘perfect’. 10/10 cannot be improved. Just look at it:
My oldest bookmark is from August 2006. So I have 16 years of things I’ve found interesting on the internet all saved/tagged/stored.
I am an absolutely prolific bookmarker Pinboard user – I save multiple things a day, every day. I’m so prolific that OG web aggregator Joe Jenett over at iwebthings listed me in his list of notable Pinboard users earlier this year.
Recently, I’ve been making the split second of extra effort to fill in the ‘notes’ section of Pinboard’s bookmark applet. This results in a description coming though along with the link in the RSS feed (I follow my own Pinboard RSS feed in my reader obviously).
This is my ‘microblog’ in the original sense of Twitter.
I’m sure there’s all sorts of things in the complete dragon hoard of my bookmarks that probably shouldn’t be public or one reason or another – its 16 years worth of history after all – but it is what it is.
Unlike most people I know, I never left Tumblr. I’ve been using it since April 2008.
Running solarpunks.net has since 2014 has been the main reason I stuck around. It has however, been (and still is) super fun.
I used to have a poetry Tumblr, and a really emo image macro Tumblr. I’ve run single topic image blogs, research tumblr’s, all sorts.
I deleted my poetry blogs around 2013/14 – an act I now regret. I sometimes still see my own JPG poems go past on my dash un-credited and know that some of my time/effort/creativity from that era still exists in the world.
Tumblr is fucking great. You should leave Twitter and get back on it immediately. In 2022 it’s just as full of goblins posting absolutely insane shit as it used to be. Only today its Zoomer insanity – unlike Millennial Insta/Twitter and Boomer Facebook.
Importantly: Tumblr is now owned by Automattic (the people who make wordpress). Internet hero and Automattic CEO Matt Mullenweg recently said on the Techcrunch found podcast that Tumblr’s code will be fully open sourced soon.
The idea that Tumblr is going to be the largest open source social network (and best/most active) in the world is mind blowing. Super cool. People who are on mastodon.social for ideological reasons or whatever should consider moving back to Tumblr.
Tumblr is for my light weight thoughts / and blogging. A little commentary from me along side the rich media, videos, images, link embeds it provides.
Obviously this blog is where I ‘blog-blog’. As I say in my websites meta description – this is where I ‘live’ on the internet. My first post was April 2010.
Thejaymo.net is my body of work/work of body. A place for longer form public thinking. A home for my podcast scripts, work updates. life announcements etc.
The home for my public face on the Internet.
Eventually I hope to break out these weeknotes and make it a standalone newsletter you can subscribe to, adding a 4th column on the list above.
I also make a physical zine. Published and posted 4 times a year to my paid supporters.
I’m starting a physical zine, a physical newsletter, in 2022 because I belive thats where I belive real value is.
As our culture moves / trends towards ever greater levels of abstraction, making and sending real things to real people is the way forward. The essay in issue #002 is all about this ‘real’.
I consider this as another place that you can follow me on the internet – if your so inclined.
Supporters Subscribed at £5 a Month
or £100 a Year will receive a hand made zine via snail mail seasonally.
I’ll admit, 3 RSS feeds and 1 physical newsletter seems all very annoying and unnecessary for people who are used to siloed and closed social media systems.
But my pre-emptive response to that is: RSS feeds can be followed/added to your own RSS reader. I’ll be all in one place, a single streamlined experience. Again: aboutfeeds.com.
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Pinball Wizard is the name for a 1970’s cyborg. People who merged with a world inside a machine and first ‘touched’ the metaverse.
The Ministry Of My Own Labour
- Smashed out a whole chapter of the metaverse book. Well, the bare bones of one.
- Meeting with the Settlement Team
- Saw all my radical friends!
- Working on issue 003 of the zine.
- Updated a bunch of bits and blogs around the bob. More to do before the big theme switch.
Dipping the Stacks
What’s really striking is the extent to which a disorder associated with garrulousness and substance abuse has been captured so utterly by nerds.
One of the godfathers of deep learning pulls together old ideas to sketch out a fresh path for AI, but raises as many questions as he answers.
‘I can’t remember anything’ is a common complaint these days. But is it because we rely so heavily on our smartphones? And do the endless alerts and distractions stop us forming new memories?
Cops are having panic attacks upon encountering fentanyl because they believe they are overdosing.
Nexon invented free-to-play games when it was preparing to remove one of its subscription titles because of a lack of players. The team decided to give the game away for free and sell some in-game items as an experiment. Shortly after, subscription membership skyrocketed.
I finished reading Sid Meier’s Memoir! on Monday. It’s a really great book. It begins with his first game and progresses sequentially throughout his career. Wonderful stories and anecdotes about the founding of MicroProse, his obsession with train timetables a a child, spending summers in Switzerland. Game by game.
If you are a Civ fan, or even just a fan of video games, it’s really worth checking out.
I read A Prayer for the Crown-Shy by Becky Chambers. Novella #2 in her #solarpunk monk and robot series. Its also really good. I think the periodical Novella publishing is a really rad model. There needs to be more of it. Because of its length Chambers pulls off the difficult second instalment niceley. Yes we already know the world, and its characters, so this new story doesn’t need to have a novels worths of ideas in it. Instead it has one or two ideas, that are explored fully.
After devouring Chamber’s book, I started listening to Eniac: The Triumphs and Tragedies of the World’s First Computer. As you can probably guess from its title. It’s about the first computer – the one that simulated the hydrogen bomb.
I finished it yesterday. It’s included free with audible membership if this book interests you. Well worth the listen.
thejaymo.net Spotify Playlist
Inspired by something I read recently, I’ve just been smashing though Terry Riley’s back catalogue. I’ve listened to quite a lot of his work over the years – since university, but going chronologically, though his work back to back, has been a creative revelation.
I found this interview with Terry Riley, conducted just before a 1977 performance of the album Shri Camel really cool.