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Building the Insanity In: Ex Machina

This is not a movie review. This is me thinking about empathy. Last night, lonely little ol’ me sat in a hotel room in Laramie, Wyomig (inauspiciously named for Jacques LaRamie, a French or French-Canadian trapper who disappeared in the Laramie Mountains in the late 1810s and was never heard from again–nice choice, Laramie). I […]

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It Plays You: Mingus on Electric Instruments

Selections from a Charles Mingus interview from February 1972, in Mingus Speaks, by John F. Goodman. I think it’s time that good musicians get rid of electric instruments, because a good musician can’t play an electronic instrument; it plays you. For instance, if you want to bend a note, you’ve got to push a button […]

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The Chaos of Monoculture

I hope you had a nice Father’s Day. Mine was blessed with the gift of multiple cheeses…what more can you want besides perhaps beer? I’ve been thinking a bit more about “the mind of god/mind of man” issue that has been bouncing around in my head due to discussions about Louis Agassiz and perhaps Transcendentalism. […]

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Eliminating Randomness

You know I’ve written against Minecraft in the near-past (and I promise I was being gentle in presenting my argument) and what follows, though only notes toward something, builds a bit upon it. First, I’ll propose that the only thing unique about the human animal is its language (and what that language “constructs”).  Next, we […]

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The Manufactured Ant

The hominid is not an ant. The Machine is modeled on Ants.  Coded directions. Social organization requires hierarchy. Culture instructs us, directs us to pattern life “appropriately.” Managing the massive polis requires NOT democracy but instead predictability. The machine is predictable because it is prescribed in its actions. As an example simply imagine driving a […]

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The Binary Whole?

The militarization of life requires a binary mind, one prepared by ignorance for fascism. Black and white. Good and Evil. Us and Them. Terrorism and Patriotism Mine (Not Yours). This is the mind grown thoughtless via the Image. This is devotion. This is technology.* This is nations. This is possession. Possession is 9/10 of the […]

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Glorifying War Shall Not Grow Old

Concerning War Movies (prompted by a conversation about Peter Jackson’s movie They Shall Not Grow Old). In J. D. Salinger’s […]

Cutting Down the Clouds

This winter they are cutting down our woods more seriously than ever,—Fair Haven Hill, Walden, Linnaea Borealis Wood, etc. etc. […]

Representative Texts from Hawthorne to Dickinson

In your daily busyness you are pressed for time to think and often choose instead anesthetization – watching any number […]

Between Hope and Defeat, History and Heaven

“God himself culminates in the present moment.” (Thoreau) What is “now” for? What if you “know” the future? Fairy tales […]

Absolute Solutions Necessary

Only two things to do: 1. zero out carbon emissions 2. exception: all technological and scientific labor exploring new solutions […]

Rachel Carson’s book had no real effect

Facing Global Climate Disruption and the End of Everything All At Once… David Wallace-Wells’ The Uninhabitable Earth tries very hard […]