I’m writing today in the kitchen, cause it isn’t as comfortable as the couch and there are fewer distractions, before I head to work. A makeshift playlist of Blockhead, the new Radiohead, and some Medeski, Martin & Wood is on the stereo via the MP3 player. I try to play tunes with very little or no singing, that way their concepts aren’t somehow bleeding through the air into my ears and brain and through my fingertips onto the page. For up here it’s actually really warm outside today — 35 Fahrenheit — so I may have to take a break for a smoke and a walk out there. The novel’s coming along but having almost an entire month off for maintenance on the laptop didn’t help the year-end quota. This means I’m really gonna have to dig in and up my words per day goal a little.
Required reading of the day is this simple but in-depth written analysis of the systems we’ve been living with since forever (perfected in the 20th Century)and how we can subvert those systems, in the wake of the uprisings in the Middle East. The author, dubbed “M1k3y”, should be taken seriously because a quick flip through his bibliography proves he knows his shit. The articles comes from the “tech site” (although that’s not really fair because it is so much more than that) Grinding.be which has been promoted on the Whitechapel board and elsewhere around the Net. It will be a trilogy of brain-dump in the end, the first two entries already up. Conceptually, you’ve got: chaos/control [systems] > hierarchies/networks >the most “powerful” man [men] in the world > the very notion of “They”. Here is Part I and Part II of “It’s not a war, it’s a rescue mission”.