Back 2 It

Got back from Portugal late Tuesday and have spent the week getting back into things. Winding back up to full speed this week. Back 2 It I was in Lisbon to speak about Solarpunk at the Architecture Triennale. I put some photos / screenshots of the event on my Tumblr. It was a full house…

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Got back from Portugal late Tuesday and have spent the week getting back into things.

Winding back up to full speed this week.


Back 2 It

I was in Lisbon to speak about Solarpunk at the Architecture Triennale. I put some photos / screenshots of the event on my Tumblr.

It was a full house and there were so many super interesting and inspiring people in the audience!

The audio of the talk was recorded so I’ll post about that when it’s released.

Eve came with me. Despite being together for so long, it was the first time she has ever seen me speak at an event. She said the experience was annoying in the same way as having a boyfriend in a band was as a teenager 🀣.

After my talk we had one full day in the city and decided to get the train out to Sintra and visit the gardens which was super nice. We ate some amazing food had a great time.

It was the 3rd time I’ve been in Lisbon in the last 18 months and I do love that city. I think it might be my favourite city in Europe. At the end of the week we got the train across country to the Algarve and stayed at a hotel / resort before flying home from Faro.

We went to the same hotel that we’d been to before back in 2017 – in fact i used it in the blog header image of this post when I started blogging in earnest again in 2018.

The trip was relaxing and returning to the hotel we visited 7 years ago when I was in the midst of work burn out/breakdown felt like a bookend to a very crazy period of my life.

Time to move on.


I was going to make an episode of 301 this week and had full intentions to do so, but I realised that I want 2 weeks off not 1 in between seasons and I think thats fine.

Photo 365

154/365/2024

Went to see the Lagan headline the same festival my band played. Local Irish punks. They closed the set with their Kingston anthem ‘Same shite, different night’ and brought the house down.

UP THE FUCKING LAGAN

The Ministry Of My Own Labour

  • Weird cyberpunk week
  • Couple of calls
  • Follow up activity post talk in Lisbon

This is a big week coming up lots to do.

Terminal Access

Emily Segal was on Reality Studies Pod. Really worth a listen.

β€œIn 2008 when the stock market was crashing, I remember looking at the New York Times website…and there were tons of typos.”

Dipping the Stacks

Moving Between World(views) with Database Narratives β€” Pop Junctions

With that said, I find sekaikan legitimately useful, because it does point to something that is not quite captured by its English and German equivalents (worldview and Weltanschauung, respectively). Sekaikan is not just a set of beliefs about a world, but also how a world is portrayed in a piece of media.

The “Hope Labor” Economy – by drew millard

If I’d spent my twenties being a mechanic or something, I’d have probably cranked out four books by now instead of one. Instead, I channeled my creative energies into something that was, more often than not, never fully mine.

Workers, Not Technocrats, Can Secure a Sustainable Planet

As French demonstrators declared during last summer’s pension reform protests, β€œFin du monde, fin du mois, mΓͺme combat.” The end of the world and the end of the month are the same fight.

The OSR is Much, Much Bigger Than You Think

I find it fascinating that the humble elfgame fare that we collectively vomit forth into the collective subconscious is actually, barring the big exceptions that make the publishing companies their actual money, more lucrative than the vast swathe of contemporary literary fiction. On the one hand, this says something depressing about the state of mainstream publishing and its ability to produce things that inspire people to read them. But on the other, it says something quite extraor…

The Great Teen Babysitter Shortage – by Anne Helen Petersen

There’s a teen babysitter supply problem, but there’s also a teen babysitter demand problem. Frankly, I think it’s a loss for everyone involved β€” and I think most people, including most parents, would agree with me. And yet: we can’t seem to figure out how to take something we find valuable, something so many of us think was a better way, something we have warm nostalgia for, and implement it in our daily lives.

Reading

Well being on holiday I did manage to read a whole bunch. I finished a few books that have been on deck for a while, and then started some new ones which, being on kindle appear to be TOMES so am half way though a few of them. But I read/finished the following:

A Swim in a Pond in the Rain: In Which Four Russians Give a Master Class on Writing, Reading, and Life by George Saunders

The Middle Passage: From Misery to Meaning in Midlife by James Hollis

Otaku: Japan’s Database Animals by Hiroki Azuma

How Music Works by David Byrne

RM – ‘LOST!’

This is probably my favourite solo release from BTS band leader RM. He’s approaching 30 and its really interesting to see a global Megastar age and mature as an artist. Its a catch RnB pop banger thats for sure.

But the music video is absolutely amazing. I’m 100% sure I always call this out when ever I see it, but I love the fact the videos credits are baked into the video at the end. Need more of this everywhere.

I was going to write about the new Charli XCX album this week but I wanna listen to it more before I write about it.

Remember Kids:

Powerful microphones have recorded the cry of a butterfly as it emerges from its cocoon, and those expecting a shriek of pugnacity or joy have had to admit it sounds more like weary resignation.

Heart of the Original – Steve Aylett

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