Nature is not natural and can never be naturalized — Graham Harman

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Even After I Die

My two small people quite surprised that I know "rap." I played this example. "Eternity is holding a rubik's cube..." wow.

Siddhartha Discovers an Entity

“Deep, peaceful, perfectly pure,
luminous, uncompounded, and like nectar
is the Dharma I have obtained.
Even if I were to teach it,
it could not be known by another.
Certainly, I must remain silent in the forest.”    

Lalitavistara Sutra

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Realist Magic on Film

In an essay by Amelia Ishmael. Very good seeming journal.

Think Tank

I think John Lydon sums up my feelings about think tanks in general, and this sets the seal on them.

Hypocrisy, Lameness, and Weakness

Cliff writes of that review: 

“It's kinda interesting that "hypocrisy, weakness and lameness" aren't taken seriously as a response to a global cataclysm. They're brushed aside in favor of some flavor of big science and big violence. These are the same sort of criticisms that Occupy faced, and yet they succeeded in changing the national dialogue on income inequality.”

Aha. You see I didn't actually read it...

I guess the only thing I'll say is that if I only had a dollar for every time someone asked, while I was presenting the hyperobjects, “what are we to do?”---a question whose implication was that I had gotten something terribly wrong...

I used to say that hesitation and puzzlement are things to do. They are of course. But now I also “have” “a” “politics” that arises from thinking hyperobjects, so I can talk about that. I can only be thankful to the people of Iceland for these new things to say, which are a great help. 

Monday, July 21, 2014

That Agrilogistics Description

Remember this?

Well I realized I should have added that the program creates a hyperobject: the first one, really, that is made by humans.

When The Onion Agrees with You know you're on to something

Look how it phrases things: 

“Even if every person decided to sit down at the exact same time, there would still be an adequate number of chairs to go around,” Clouse added. “As far as chairs go, we’re basically set.”

That's my line! Take a look at this. Marina Zurkow's new thing. I had to do the entry on plexiglass chairs! 

In case you haven't been following this, I'm a bit obsessed with chairs as they are a good way of thinking about how nonhuman nonsentient things have agency. A human is now a chair vector. After we go extinct there will be huge piles of chairs on whatever planets we have colonized. The first thing you design in Design 101 is...a chair. 

Making a chair comes from the age of agrilogistics. The conquering king sitting on his enemies etc. Then everyone had to have one: democracy! But they are no good for you. In effect they are literally a virus: an idea-virus and a chair-virus, and we seem hopelessly incapable to stop reproducing them. 

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Review of Hyperobjects

Thanks Graham for pointing this out. It is in Reviews in Cultural Theory, two words that could usefully be expanded to include nonhumans.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Your Time Is Up

It's quite clear you don't belong in the twentieth century, let alone the twenty-first.

Today Programme 1:29

BBC, why will there “always be a suspicion” that the Ukrainians shot the plane down? And how do you know this about eighteen hours later?

And why on Earth have you no reporters on the ground at all, anymore? Let alone investigative ones?

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Accelerationism Minus Earth

And this brings about the future how? It's straight out of 50s PR...It hasn't even heard of Rachel Carson.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Friday, July 11, 2014

Noodle Paradise

The small humans and I have visited for the fifth time what Simon loves to call "Noodle Paradise," Soto's Houston Penetrable. Tactile colored space. Playful, immersive, disorienting. Highly recommended if you're anywhere near.

Let Me Get This Straight

The GOP demanded that the “employer mandate” part of Obamacare be delayed. And now you're suing the President because he conceded that.