2022 Mar 01


@March 1, 2022 8:37 AM (EDT)

The “reference plane” is a 3D-modeling term that has parallels with awareness. Imagine you’re modeling a complex 3D object with all sorts of angles. A modeler continually shifts and rotates their 2D reference plane so that they’re working along the right axis.

This concept applies to existing within the Information Economy. Throughout the day, we’re effectively rotating our awareness to respond to information coming from all directions.

In 3D-modeling, there is a “reset plane” command, that re-centers your reference plane on the origin, in it’s original XYZ orientation. What is the information-equivalent of “returning to center?”

@March 1, 2022 9:42 AM (EDT)

A system of interlocking daily, weekly, and monthly systems, but as lo-fi as possible.

@March 1, 2022 9:46 AM (EDT)

By changing the way you look at an object, the mundane can suddenly burst with significance. Once you notice this once, then you see this opportunity everywhere in your life; on a commute, on a walk, in a conversation. Life is different when you see it through the lens of a writer.

@March 1, 2022 9:59 AM (EDT)

Good feedback doesn’t rewire words, it rewires synapses.

@March 1, 2022 10:35 AM (EDT)

Sasha Chapin on writing voice & vulnerability:

All the writing advice you usually hear is deletion-focused. Like, omit unnecessary words, be concise, don’t use adverbs, stuff like that. This is absolute nonsense, issued by gimlet-eyed vampires who want to sound authoritative at the cost of instructing you to strip all joy and character from your work. Sure, it sounds good: just pare stuff away and that’s how it’s done. There’s a clean simplicity to that. But taking concision as the absolute value results in blandness, or weird stilted put-on sobriety, like you’re trying to talk like a Mamet character who did a bunch of un-fun cocaine. That is the writing beloved by the algorithm and nobody else, the kind of shit that unfortunate souls have to churn out for affiliate marketing blogs. And this advice is suspiciously flattering to the tragic anxiety around exposure that we all bring to writing. What we don’t want to do, what we want to avoid at all costs, is expose ourselves, sound chaotic, be vulnerable, risk being misinterpreted, sound like we’re frothing at the mouth. If concision is the goal, how convenient is that! We’ve been instructed to avoid the very thing we’re generally most afraid of. But we should go in the opposite direction. Because the only single fucking thing I can think of that consistently makes writing memorable is human presence. The sense that we are encountering emissions from a real quivering consciousness somewhere out there. The way that a taste of someone’s genuine voice gives us a sense of their whole phenomenology, their condition, the temperature in their head and heart and flanks. If you need a star to steer by, that’s the one. People are starved for actual human presence. It is always in short supply.

@March 1, 2022 12:09 PM (EDT)

Attention doesn’t scale and memory leaks.

@March 1, 2022 12:42 PM (EDT)

Unbundle communication from execution.

@March 1, 2022 4:04 PM (EDT)

On a call with Jen

@March 1, 2022 7:49 PM (EDT)

About to embark on one of those late-night work binges reminiscent of the days in Education Hall. The difference is I'm on decaf, and doubt I'll make it past 1am. We will see, but I'll log thoughts here as I go to test the interface.

@March 1, 2022 8:10 PM (EDT)

Transfixed on the Russia/Ukraine situation again. It's hard to tell, without really knowing your history, if something is novel or a historical rhyme. The media presents everything as novel. In either case, it's different when your brother is in Russia and downplaying the whole situation. I still can't quite grasp what the long-term consequences of sanctions will be. I read another shock-headline today on 60% of Afghanistan starving, plus, the rise of a black-market for organs. So dire. Very different situations, which affect the efficacy of sanctions.. still, I can't gauge what will realistically unfold.

@March 1, 2022 8:43 PM (EDT)

Dark imaginings of the what the "flash" would feel and sound like from a distance.

@March 1, 2022 9:13 PM (EDT)

I don't understand the language of a "pre-meditated" attack by Putin. Are attacks typically decided the morning of on a whim?