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Solarpunk

Tuesday, April 21st, 2020

I was introduced to the “Solarpunk” movement over the weekend via the Imaginary Worlds podcast. I’m big on Cyberpunk as an aesthetic and form of entertainment, however, the future it paints (and in most cases has already become a reality) is quite grim.

Solarpunk on the other hand…

Solarpunk is about finding ways to make life more wonderful for us right now, and more importantly for the generations that follow us – i.e., extending human life at the species level, rather than individually. Our future must involve repurposing and creating new things from what we already have (instead of 20th century “destroy it all and build something completely different” modernism). Our futurism is not nihilistic like cyberpunk and it avoids steampunk’s potentially quasi-reactionary tendencies: it is about ingenuity, generativity, independence, and community.

https://hieroglyph.asu.edu/2014/09/solarpunk-notes-toward-a-manifesto/

Reading in 2020

Thursday, April 16th, 2020

So far I’ve closed out four books! My aim is always fifty books.

  • The Broom of the System by David Foster Wallace (5/5)
  • Normal People by Sally Rooney (3/5)
  • The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger (5/5)
  • The Jungle by Upton Sinclair. (5/5)

If there was ever a time to revisit The Jungle, it’s now. Though, depressing as hell, it’s (sadly) still as relevant as ever. Having been published over 100 years ago (again, sad) it details the plight of the worker (a Lithuanian immigrant by the name of Jurgis) under the crush of capitalism, its unsustainable over-extraction and destruction on everything it touches (life, soul, the earth). With the pandemic, it’s definitely showing capitalisms unpreparedness, weakness and breaking point. The world cannot continue under these circumstances, I think COVID-19 is earth’s warning shot1.

  1. It’s a wonder the amount of infestation, disease and greed didn’t lead to our own downfall at the turn of the century in the stock yards of Chicago. []

Back to Normal?

Saturday, April 11th, 2020

“JAY: You know, Olaf Blentner once said to me, over tea, that when reality is unpleasant, realists tend to be unpopular.”

This quote from David Foster Wallace’s The Broom of the System kept popping into my head the other day. I’ve always been a realist (which is not so popular) but in these times I find I’m very unpopular.

As in, don’t look to me for affirmation that life will be “back to normal” by this summer or any time soon for that matter.

Unplug

Friday, April 10th, 2020

via shawnblanc.net on “If you work with your head, rest with your hands.”

I am spending hours each day, staring at a screen, having meetings, and making decisions about how to best navigate my business through this season. It is refreshing to step away from all of that and into the workshop, put on my gloves, and get to work.

My life’s dilemma is for both music and technology (sys admin, development, scripting). Making music is working with your hands (guitar, percussion, keyboard, modular synthesizers) though it’s remaining indoors moving from my work Mac to my studio Mac and continuing in front of a screen navigating software. There’s no escape.