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This weeks post comes to you from the Pret in Heathrow’s Terminal 5. Just why BA – the nations flagship carrier – made the decision to base its flagship operations at this terminal I don’t know.

I dislike the way its laid-out with the busy central hubs. The main Starbucks and Pret are always rammed and space that feels like it should be set aside for, I don’t know, quiet sitting down is filled with shops or pop-up concessions.

As you can probably tell, I’m not T5’s biggest fan. Super lucky to be flying anywhere tho tbh.

I did however make the trip here via the Elisabeth Line, which was very easy, direct and very pleasant. It’s funny to me that it takes the same amount of time to get to Heathrow, travelling via central from South London/Surrey, into Waterloo, getting a tube and then the new Elisabeth Line all the way back out to Heathrow – than it does to get the ‘Express’ Bus straight there. The reason for this is .. traffic.

I have a super busy week this week. Berlin and back again, meetings, calls, and I have to finish at least one big writing sprint this week.

Only Forward!


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Photo 365

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The Ministry Of My Own Labour

  • Meeting in central
  • Working on a deck for Berlin next week
  • Experience.computer interview!
  • Had a few catch up calls with folks
  • More work on my New Centre talk
  • I was supposed to join the boys on Agitator to talk about Altered Carbon but I bailed as they moved the start of the recording to… past my bed time. lol

Terminal Access

The Solarpunk videos from ETH Prague are up and Paul posted his talk ‘The Unbearable Lightness of Solarpunk

Huw posted an incredible piece about walking the Camino de Santiago from Barcalona. It’s a deeply personal text about anxiety, living with it, and his experience of out pacing it walking day after day. The title An Anxiety is a Negative Hope is synchronistic with the phrase ‘Worry is anti-prayer’ I heard recently.

I really think, speaking from my heart, that anxiety is the defining characteristic of my generation, and the immediate generations that follow. Once I saw it in myself, and saw my own fearful responses manifesting, I saw it in everyone else too. Yet the projection of a fear of something that may or may not happen is almost impossible to counter.

Dipping the Stacks

Fandom, purity culture, and the rise of the anti-fan – Vox

Once fans had been given the tools of social media harassment and the moral motivation of social justice, they waged war on each other β€” often for things that only nominally had to do with social justice and were instead about things like fandom shipping and character biases. These fights often obscured or further marginalized actual fans of color and queer fans, all in the name of fighting on their behalf.

Internet vs β€œinternet,” and non-internet things

how did anyone ever live without the Internet?
Then, there is the β€œinternet”- lower case, low quality junk. Noise masquerading as information. Swipes pretending to be infatuation. Passive misery making its rounds in the name of social awareness and disconnect fronting for social connection. And I am no longer on the β€œinternet.” I am no longer interested in who said what to whom and who didn’t, all the while life passes by nonchalantly; time is indifferent to your spending habits

Japan Goes All In: Copyright Doesn’t Apply To AI Training

Japan’s government recently reaffirmed that it will not enforce copyrights on data used in AI training. The policy allows AI to use any data β€œregardless of whether it is for non-profit or commercial purposes, whether it is an act other than reproduction, or whether it is content obtained from illegal sites or otherwise.”

That’s all there is – by John Phipps – Paintings!

It looks to me like a lot of us are increasingly unable to conceive of cultural artefacts – films, TV series, books, paintings or music – as definite, final entities. Instead, we think of artworks as instantiations of some infinitely iterable raw material, which fans and critics refer to as β€˜the world’ of the artwork, and which executives think of in legal terms as intellectual property law.

Forgetting How to Be Yourself

This phenomenon goes by many names β€” performance anxiety, stage fright, choking, the yips, cueitis (in snooker), and target panic (for archers) – and the world-class are not immune.

Reading

Struggling to finish or get to anything I’m reading I decided to just turn my brain off and consume some Warhammer whilst commuting this week. I’ve been reading Leviathan by Darius Hinks. Its the tie in lore/novel for the 10th edition of Warhammer that was released/went up for pre-order last weekend. It’s genre trope is 1950/60’s pulp alien invasion which hasn’t really been done all that often in the 40k universe and from what I’ve read so far it’s a set up that is really working for Hinks!

Music

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Julian Lage – View with a Room

I’ve been absolutely obsessed with the recent work ok of guitarist Julian Lage. He has to be, in my opinion, the best guitarist alive/in the world right now. I’ve never head anyone else get a tone and feeling from a guitar like Lage does. His touch is one of a kind.

In his hands, the guitar just feels/sounds like an extension of his soul. His music, especially the newest EP that opens with the song Tributary (below) .. moves me.

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