2022 Feb 04


@February 4, 2022 7:39 AM (EDT)

winter olympics starting

@February 4, 2022 7:52 AM (EDT)

Adaptive preferences: learning to like whatever situation you are in

@February 4, 2022 7:53 AM (EDT)

A life in a boring suburb adds friction to certain city amenities, making it easier to focus

@February 4, 2022 8:28 AM (EDT)

Currently have 6 different messaging apps active.. that’s probably normal.. I used to use an aggregator like Shift - it could be worth trying out again. Ultimately, what really sucks is that each app has it’s own notification system. A shared protocol would be Dandy. I guess iOS solves some of that.. just need to re-assess this. A persistent notification hub would be helpful.

@February 4, 2022 8:38 AM (EDT)

Who is Jimmy Buffet?

@February 4, 2022 8:38 AM (EDT)

Even when you say “I’m going to focus on writing,” that one discipline fractures into so many types of writing:

  • 30 Imitations in Voice (a series I started on Twitter)
  • Mini-essay series (generating 2-3 starts per day accidentally)
  • Delirious Dean fiction (the most fun to write)
  • Writing for my website (to orient you through my work)
  • Memo-writing (for work, big-picture vision thinking)
  • logloglog jamming (small fragments throughout the day)
  • Tweet writing (haven’t even started this)
  • Journal summaries of each day

It’s a lot to keep track of. When you just say “I’m going to show and write,” it’s simple. But once you start adding constraints and goals to your writing, it becomes more important to have a stricter system of execution.

@February 4, 2022 8:46 AM (EDT)

Lmao, for a second I thought, “whoa jimmy buffet sounds pretty experimental and avant-garde in this song,” but I was just accidentally playing two songs at the same time, and they happened to line-up in a trippy way.

@February 4, 2022 8:50 AM (EDT)

The phrase mimetic rivalry: when two people are competing to coin the same language.

@February 4, 2022 9:03 AM (EDT)

20 minute “leak” in morning process because I sloppily took notes in a sketchbook instead of digitally

@February 4, 2022 9:32 AM (EDT)

A smart-contract today was hacked for $300+ million.. even though blockchains might be relatively safe, it’s crazy how much money is being sent through wallets, exchanges, and contracts that are very vulnerability-prone.

@February 4, 2022 9:33 AM (EDT)

Bitcoin =

  • Excel (ledger) +
  • public Dropbox (synced) +
  • a chaos generator (SHA-256) +
  • Chucky Cheese (tokens)

@February 4, 2022 11:24 AM (EDT)

“My life is a vast and insane legend reaching everywhere without beginning or ending...“ - Jack Kerouac

@February 4, 2022 2:25 PM (EDT)

Since I’ve been writing online, I’ve been intrigued by the question: “who were the first online writers?” How far back to do we go? Through some rabbit holes, I found a whole scene around self-publishing that developed between 1993-1998. This is before Xanga and LiveDiary. It’s a lost era of online writing. I’ve been obsessed with trying to triangulate these early writers and figure out what they believed in.

Turns out, a lot of their ethos goes back to the 1960’s counter-culture. Self-publishing was seen as a liberation movement. These writers were all-in on the “Personal” dimension of POP. Justin Hall’s blog was an undiscovered “On the Road” of the Internet age, where he’d document every detail of his life, holding back nothing. Similar to how Write of Passage has it’s own language, there was some shared language between the 60s and 90s, particularly, “find the others.”

Tim Leary’s meme took on a whole new dimension with the Internet. Back in the 60s, it was hard to find the others. You had to travel, know the anti-establishment places to hang out in, and keep an eye out for symbolic-triggers, like exotic fashion, music, or graffiti. But with the Internet, from your own room, you could make contact with others from anyone else who was online.

It’s crazy to think that there were writers in the 1990’s who were having the Write of Passage experience. I found a story from this era where Howard Rheingold walks through the front-door of a Silicon Valley, and realized that he doesn’t recognizing a single face in the crowd, yet, he knew the intimate details of everyone through what they’d written online. Back then, this kind of experience was reserved for the technophiles, the ones who could write in HTML and set up their own site. Remember, this was in an era where web-browsers themselves were cutting-edge.

I find it so odd that I grew up as a kid with the Internet (since I was 4 years old in the early 1990s), yet, I never used it as a way to “find the others.” I used the Internet to bridge distance. As a 5th grader, I used AIM to chat with my friends. But even through college, until 2 years ago really, I never approached it as a way to find the others: to cure intellectual and creative isolation.

Write of Passage is this strange, unknown oasis, like a hidden gem in a metropolis, that draws smart people who have a passion for ideas and writing. Each cohort I come across dozens (if not hundreds) of new faces, and it’s uncanny how in so many of the people I meet, I see a kind of mirror to myself. That kind of resonance with another human can be so rare to come across in the real-world, yet in Write of Passage, it sometimes feels like a routine interaction.

So being a mentor, and especially a “specialized” mentor (one focused on a specific side of the craft), is really an incredible opportunity. When students come in, they’re bounced around at random, and through enough exposure, they’ll find the others. But each mentor is like a light-house, broadcasting a signal, and attracting a whole tribe of others who are bound to share similar passions.

What really happens twice a year is an opportunity to spawn digital culture. That’s what’s happening when you look at it. So many mentor groups and organic writing groups maintain their Zoom meetings for months, sometimes years after the course.

I write all this just to share context, and to place what’s happening here within a larger historical movement (the still nascent growth of the Internet). From one angle, we’re just running a small 30-person group once a week. From another angle, we’re gatekeepers of the original vision of the Internet, one that is about connection, expression, and liberation.

@February 4, 2022 5:08 PM (EDT)

Look for marijuana writers.. not activism.. but on the affects on psyche, art, and creativity.. the endo-cannabanoid system is complex

@February 4, 2022 5:10 PM (EDT)

I wonder what role marijuana could have on voice modulation

@February 4, 2022 6:47 PM (EDT)

Ralph Waldo Emerson was poor in the 1840’s.. compare that with Internet intellectuals.. “Merit will be rewarded like never before.”

@February 4, 2022 7:18 PM (EDT)

Bob Dylan lyrics

@February 4, 2022 7:18 PM (EDT)

Bob Dylan, but also a jazz drummer

@February 4, 2022 7:31 PM (EDT)

The decline in the relevance of music:

@February 4, 2022 7:36 PM (EDT)

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