2021 Dec 16


@December 16, 2021 7:49 AM (EDT)

realizing how little feedback I've gotten on past websites ... now that I'm making the effort to build this, I realize that I should be sharing this daily, for like 2 weeks ... a site should be battle-tested, far more than an essay ... your site is the container of your work, the funnel IN to your writing

@December 16, 2021 8:56 AM (EDT)

Social media has turned into Andy Warhol's daydream. If you know what you're doing, and have the right touch, you can shape a shower thought and be famous for 15 minutes. You can do it over and over again, and you can stay on the stage for as long as you play the game. Fame is no longer reserved for the Beatles or Katy Perry. The psychology of fame is little understood by most (including me), but here's what I can say:

The intentional chase of Andy Warhol's daydream felt like a nightmare to me. What is much more fulfilling to me is to chase great work. I'll admit, I've been a lousy distributor. I'd like to change that. I'd like to share without expectations or strategy. Maybe I can be so prolific that optimization doesn't matter. Meaning, if you can produce high quality at high quantities, maybe having a niche is less important. Sure it might be a signal-scrambler and confuse half the Internet. But the other half might recognize what's going on as a unique phenomenon.

@December 16, 2021 9:10 AM (EDT)

Googling how to cut dog nails

@December 16, 2021 9:53 AM (EDT)

I played a game of VR pong with Dylan James Derby last night. It's been a while since either of us have played pong. Dylan has since switched to fatherhood, chess, and piano. It's incredible how natural pong feels in VR. Over the course of a conversation, you almost forget that your playing. Score is automatically kept, and there's no ball-chasing.

@December 16, 2021 9:54 AM (EDT)

Oculus Quest 2 observation: when I first put the headset on, my "hands" felt different. I'm in passthrough mode, but my real arms blend near perfectly into digital hands. These digital hands have a white border at the edges, so you know they're digital, but, they move exactly how your nervous system tells them to move. We might under-estimate how fast and accurately our bodies will be translated into digital space.

@December 16, 2021 11:37 AM (EDT)

defi-indie-go-go ... donations for X,Y,Z

@December 16, 2021 11:38 AM (EDT)

audience-first products speak to the importance to build social networks from scratch, regardless if your building software, writing essays, or performing music

@December 16, 2021 11:44 AM (EDT)

ability to inject meta-data into sentences & paragraphs - abstracts, storytelling, structure, character development, etc.

@December 16, 2021 11:48 AM (EDT)

The "release valve" season - in a time where you have no capacity to do something in full, what's the lowest effort way to keep something alive? in the month of December, I'm building systems for my newsletter, twitter, and website are in good shape for 2022. I'm less focused on crafting essays, but, this "logloglog" is a release vale. At the bare minimum, I'm getting ideas onto paper, and sharing them with whoever cares enough to sift through this.

@December 16, 2021 11:50 AM (EDT)

"Cold Start" - book by Andrew Chen Challenge of going 0>1 with no momentum Whether it's a social network or a stale habit

@December 16, 2021 11:58 AM (EDT)

generate a mosaic of ideas - pre-writing find a center of gravity - analysis, look for the "nucleus" pick the best supporting points - arrange & sequence your "electrons" (or, chisel the iceberg)

@December 16, 2021 11:59 AM (EDT)

"I don't make statues, I reveal them." - Michaelangelo

@December 16, 2021 12:16 PM (EDT)

The "reset theory" of emerging technologies:

Facebook's target audience for VR might be 8-18 year old kids in 2030. Meaning, they're only 1-9 years old today. This generation will never use Facebook's social network, nor will they know, care, or be able to comprehend their business model and data scandals.

I remember being a kid in 1996 or so, and I was completely enthralled with Yahoo, and the Internet, not knowing a thing about the battles against commercialization and advertising. I didn't know who Justin Hall was. I didn't know why an open-internet mattered. The "Meta" re-brand distances this next generation even further from the company's past.

With the resources Facebook is dedicating, they're going to have experiences that are borderline magic, pretty soon. They'll be years ahead of competitors and open-platforms (unfortunately). Kids will choose magic over politics, 100 times out of 100.

With technologies that will take decades to develop, companies are realizing that their target markets are yet to be born. It's an opportunity to reset. Their decisions seems random and pointless to grumps on a livestream, but they're basically reaching into the future and shaping the minds of the unborn.

@December 16, 2021 1:26 PM (EDT)

the website of a starting writer should look very different than someone 3-5 years in the game. professional looking websites have a high bar and standard to maintain. very easy to fall off the wagon in 3 months if your Squarespace can't incorporate your shower thoughts ... a formal website feels very much like an art gallery that the whole world will see and evaluate you for, meaning, you won't publish to it unless it hits your quality bar ... homework assignments in the MET

@December 16, 2021 1:28 PM (EDT)

i need to write an essay on the failure map I laid out in Miro. i did one for my whole career, and one specifically for writing. in both cases, it shows how I attempted something, failed according to several metrics, but succeeded in one little way. that one small success opened a new door. in stepping through it, I tragically failed again, but a silver lining appeared. i'm on my 4th or 5th phase since Write of Passage 5 (July 2020). [persistence x talent] affects the rate & scale of your phase acceleration.

@December 16, 2021 1:31 PM (EDT)

if Pessoa had the Internet = 75 twitter alts if Kerouac had the Internet = log, log, log if Vonnegut had the Internet = Delirious Dean short stories

@December 16, 2021 1:35 PM (EDT)

Automatic idea retrieval = someone slipping notes under the door - David Lynch

@December 16, 2021 2:21 PM (EDT)

therapy & coaching seem like two different skillsets. one is about listening and reflecting. the other is about forming experiments and harnessing momentum. combining both are powerful. i'm considering trying it, and I'm embarking on an experiment with it. in a weird way, I always knew I wanted to be in creative psychology, for the last 13 years. never saw a practical route to getting there. just another example of the baffling serendipity of the Internet. if you show up, meet people, have an open mind, and put in the effort, the Internet will reflect your forgotten passions back to yourself in frighteningly pragmatic ways.

@December 16, 2021 2:28 PM (EDT)

what's the next literary movement on the Internet? i write this at the risk of sounding nostalgic, romantic, and political, but whatever. in addition to solo-bloggers accelerating their lives and transforming careers (which is amazing BTW), how could writers of a similar ethic band together?

what that ethic is, I don't know. it could be around radical transparency (process), identity fluidity (voice), or institutional reform (subject matter). who knows. these reactions aren't even novel. what good did the beats or any literary movement ever do? maybe literary movements are hopeless. especially in the face of tiktok.

but it just feels like our cultural "now" is so historically weird, and keeping with the "mold of mimesis" just doesn't make sense. novelty is in full-on eruption mode. we need to be genuine and fearless. it's okay to come out and say what you mean now, we're in meltdown mode anyway. a bigger meltdown than in the 1960s. psychedelic culture seemed to pierce old barriers of conformity. the overall mission was a failure, but there were reverberations. it's almost like the raw rate of acceleration and chaos, the turbulence of progress, is forcing a level-2-meltdown. it's not drug-induced, and that might make it even more terrifying. it's persistent. the 2030 tsunami will be nuts. i saw some podcast title last week about "the internet turning schizophrenic." if not schizophrenic, definitely fractured. the others are there, but drowned out in noise. not sure where I'm landing with this...

basically, I think it could be neat for writers to band together, have some shared topics they cover within a year, and then put out a publication. if not daring writers free from influence, i don't know who else would better make sense of weird times. regardless if a publication ever does or changes anything, i don't think that's the point. i'd rather my friends and I be at the center of a conspiracy, thinking our words are shifting tides. i'd rather be lost in a delusional dream with all cylinders firing than get stampeded in slippers by the leisure parade.

@December 16, 2021 6:31 PM (EDT)

"Vintage internet" - thanks Simone for the term. I did go through a phase where I was obsessed with Justin Hall and Gus Mueller recently (90s bloggers). "logloglog" has a Xanga feel. You can't click into individual posts. It's just an endless reverse-chrono feed, and includes writing of different lengths, styles, topics, etc.

@December 16, 2021 6:33 PM (EDT)

What's nice about "logloglog" is the complete lack of expectations. It's in no way confused for an essay. It's understood that maybe I proof read and post, and maybe I don't. The permission to do anything leads me to oversharing, which leads to accidental essays. It's like the perfect release valve.

@December 16, 2021 6:36 PM (EDT)

Two nights ago, I wrote out my before-bed home-cleaning routine. It involves cleaning to a rhythmic song, and stopping when it's done. A friend reached out, and now her house is clean. The power of the Internet.

@December 16, 2021 11:16 PM (EDT)

Officially changed the name of this experiment to "Stream." I think it's more self-evident. RIP "logloglog." If anyone protests this name change, I'd consider changing back.

@December 17, 2021 12:08 AM (EDT)

The Fugs - Dirty Old Man - 1966 still can’t believe this exists a raunchy punk march fused with pop goes the weasel