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September 21, 2020

The Internet is our soma

It’s not as if I didn’t know this already. We are, without a doubt, collectively addicted to the Internet. It doesn’t matter how many digital detoxes you go on, or how many times you delete all the social media apps from your phone (to include WhatsApp, Messenger, Telegram), you will...

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May 28, 2020

Look at me, I’m Gordon Gekko

Being everywhere at once is an appropriated style I adopted from the speed freaks of the Gordon Gekko generation. Everybody wants everything at once. I don’t have time, they chant. I’m busy, they say. Busy doing what? Everybody’s busy. Everybody is busy being busy. And if you’re not busy, you’re...

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May 26, 2020

Existence

Existence is suffering.Existence is painExistence is timeExistence is purposeExistence is immediateExistence is perfectExistence is reasonExistence is problematicExistence is exoticExistence is mysteriousExistence is meExistence is godExistence is beautifulExistence is mindExistence is unnecessaryExistence is lameExistence is resistanceExistence is futileExistence is eternalExistence is essenceExistence is temporaryExistence is struggleExistence is everythingExistence is ironicExistence is...

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May 23, 2020

Even monsters need to eat

Everybody keeps going on about returning back to normal as if we could carry on living our lives the same way before the pandemic struck. I don’t want to find my way back to normal. I was already tired of the ‘image is everything’ culture we’d been sold through the...

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May 18, 2020

When ignorance is wise

By changing the chemical and electrical activity in their large brains, they argued that as a species, they had fallen victim to evolutionary success. Others worried. They worried that besides the relentless pursuit of pleasure, they had forged sad habits and an ethos that would lead to a good life....

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May 15, 2020

Better to rule in Hell

Just in case you read this God, I don’t really mean that. I mean serving in Heaven has its appeal too. And one day my broken tooth will fall out and I’ll be able to eat meat again like a lion instead of gumming it to death like a toothless...

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May 14, 2020

Setting myself on fire

Uncertainty gives rise to anxiety, both intensify depending on how much time we spend dwelling in the future imagining, most likely, all of the things that could go wrong. The body, of course, responds as if those bad things are happening now, in the present. I’m infamous, amongst my friends,...

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May 7, 2020

VE Day 75

Yesterday I was knee deep in video editing. I’m working on a tribute video for VE Day which is this Friday.   This year is the 75th anniversary of VE Day – the moment the guns across Europe fell silent and the war with Nazi Germany ended. The official end...

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April 11, 2020

Clear on out the back

We watched The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly last night.  It’s one of the movies on the IMDB top 100 movies: Thought I’d spend some of my isolation time polishing off the IMDB Top 100 movies. The highlighted ones I’ve seen already. pic.twitter.com/qIHhshAZcM — Clay Lowe (@soulcruzer) April 1,...

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April 8, 2020

Noticing

Noticing. I noticed the cacophony of sounds coming through my bathroom window in the wee hours of the morning. I couldn’t resist stumbling out into the pre-dawn to see what all of the fuss was about. The romanticist in me would like to say the fuss over the low hanging...

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April 7, 2020

Snakes on the High Street

I don’t even want to count the days anymore. Counting only draws attention to the fact that we’re in this for the long haul. Three weeks is easily going to turn into six months, so I might as well get myself mentally prepared for that. Our face masks arrived yesterday....

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April 5, 2020

It’s just a fantasy

Late last night, I felt the urge to read some heroic fantasy or epic fantasy as it’s sometimes called. I’ve been gaming a lot these past couple of weeks, which inspired me to dip back into Ethan Gilsdon’s book, Fantasy Freaks and Gaming Geeks and that, in turn, led me...

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April 5, 2020

Cleaning Up

Hi Folks, Excuse the assault on your inbox today if you subscribe to this blog by email. As you can tell, I’m cleaning up a bit. Part of that clean-up and importing my March updates from soulcruzer.com. I decided this morning that it would be more sensible for me to...

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March 20, 2020

A zooma, zoom, zoom

Is there a company in the UK doing what Kinsa is doing in the U.S.? I read this on Dave Winer’s blog. What a great idea, a network of thermometers. Can they spot outbreaks of Coronavirus? You can read about it in the NYT. We’ve been here before. Read about how NYC survived the 1918...

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March 19, 2020

head down and hippies

Not much to report today, apart from the UK going further into lockdown. I did have I am Legend moment today. I was the only one home for most of the day and with the streets being empty in my town, I felt like I was the last human. I mostly had my...

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March 17, 2020

tangled world

The world is in a tangle indeed. When I walked into town this afternoon, it felt like I was in a post-apocalyptic movie. So few people. Empty shelves. People avoiding people. This is one of those events that feels surrealistic while you’re in it. History will shine a different light on...

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March 16, 2020

The world upside down and on fire

Things continue to intensify here in the UK as Boris Johnson outlined the government’s recommended course for its citizens. Social distancing is highly encouraged to include working from home where possible, no non-essential travel, no pubs, and clubs, or restaurants. I found myself musing about living through a crisis of...

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March 15, 2020

imagination

I don’t even remember why I went on to YouTube this morning, but I ended up cycling through clips from Seinfeld, which arguably for me, is the greatest sitcom ever. I’ve watched every episode at least a dozen times, easily more, and I never get tired of them, and I...

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March 14, 2020

it’s been a while

Inspired by this video (how to be a writing god) this morning, I decided to take Beth Dunn’s advice and get better at writing by writing every day. And as she explains in the video, to use a different metric for measuring my progress, which in this case is to...

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December 28, 2019

What is the ultimate goal of life?

Some say reality is broken because we lack a unifying goal to which all of our decisions and actions play towards. Once upon a time (and for a shrinking few) the ultimate goal was/is to get into Heaven or (if you’re an away from person) to avoid going to Hell....

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