Book Paintings by Ekaterina Panikanova
very cool concept.
Ursula K. Le Guin (via planb-becomeapirate)
One of my favorite tracks of late. There is some great synth work here. New-wave goodness for all à la 2013.
Despite the modern spin on such words, the act in and of itself is a relic from the old-world. Journals (or diary’s for some) have existed for many decades - with some of the oldest records dating back to Middle Eastern and East Asian times around 2nd century AD. But a game-changer has entered. The internet.
Why is it, in our modern world, that journaling - a practice traditionally intended for purposes of privatised viewing, reflection, contemplation - has become a public event? What do we gain (or lose) by releasing our deepest and most secretive thoughts to a digital crowd of friends, strangers, and avatars? Is such a notion feeding the narcissistic beast which has grown since the great leveling (the collaborative web 2.0) arrived? (read: people were narcissistic before the Internet. Our connect world has, perhaps, been the enabler our predecessors only dreamed for).
This isn’t smoking out the rat. As someone who has a strong interest in the sociological and cognitive realm of the Internet culture (and it’s users) - and the impact it has on society at large - I’m after some insights here. What do people think?
a beautiful ambient remix of Moby’s ‘Isolate’
may this relax your mind after the day. This is best served with some tea and a book in hand.
Embrace learning as much as you can.
I’m currently reading Douglas Rushkoff’s Present Shock and, once again, my thoughts on technology, culture, and the digital world have been radically disrupted. This is a joy.
No matter how bad you want to watch that season of Game of Thrones, or ‘catch-up’ on that Facebook feed - find time to read a book (actually read - from beginning to end), watch a provocative documentary, or have an engaging conversation with a friend - in the flesh, between your adventures.
Find time to really understand what you’re doing online.
Why? Because you are the human; the master. Technology isn’t. Social experiences can occur without pictorial or mass-reaching evidence. A soul can survive a day without knowing what other people are doing.
Yet we often forget the above order. One day we may look back and regret not taking ownership sooner rather than later. Did we ever live in that moment? Or were we worried about too many other things other than the moment and therefore have no idea what it is we lived through?
There is a reality outside of this digital realm. It is rich, analogue, and ultimately more fulfilling than any binary platform we’ll ever create. I’ve been there, and I promise you that it’s a really good thing.
Hear me when I say this: technology is good. It saves lives and enables us to bridge the vastest of oceans. But an important and fantastic part of life exists outside it’s walls. Let it thrive. Go for a walk and embrace it’s endless possibilities. I may even join you :)
If we could only catch up with the wave of information, we feel, we would at last be in the now. This is a false goal. For not only have our devices outpaced us, they don’t even reflect a here and now that may constitute any legitimate sort of present tense. They are reports from the periphery, of things that happened moments ago. It seems as if to digest and comprehend them in their totality would amount to having reality on tap, as if from a fantastic media control room capable of monitoring everything, everywhere, all the time.
Douglas Rushkoff, Present Shock (page 77), 2013
Douglas Rushkoff, Present Shock (2013)
Grosvenor Place Building Steel Erector 1985. It was about a 3 floor drop to the slab below on the inside, and yes about 38 floors to the pavement below on the outside.
Canon A1 35-70mmF4 Kodachrome 100 Film
picture of the my work building when it was being constructed. I see the Four Seasons was still blocking (some of) the view back in 1985 as well.