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I have a not very grand plan to start curating thoughts on this site again. Moving from country to country, city to city, has reminded me how I should be spending my time and effort collecting memories, and not things, as these things will often remain behind in a box in storage, somewhere. This little online space is now approaching its fifth year of being and although very thin in content, has documented some key milestones in the last half decade. I am happy for that. I do hope to use this space as a means to force myself to write and chart out ideas, as well as to keep you updated about life on this side of the pond. The motivation for this restart is also due in part to the subject of my PhD topic which concerns the social organisation and networks of individuals who build their livelihoods in and on digital creative worlds. As Harvey Molotch argued in his essay “Going Out” and which I earlier quoted from in a post about Howard Becker’s chapter on Imagery,

“Without knowledge based on firsthand experience to correct our imagery, we not only don’t know where to look for the interesting stuff, we also don’t know what doesn’t need extensive investigation and proof”.

Here’s a start to staying out and about this 2014.

Now in Sweden

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The last six months, of summer.

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The moment

“We never keep to the present. We recall the past; we anticipate the future as if we found it too slow in coming and were trying to hurry it up, or we recall the past as if to stay its too rapid flight. We are so unwise that we wander about in times that do not belong to us, and do not think of the only one that does; so vain that we dream of times that are not and blindly flee the only one that is. The fact is that the present usually hurts. We thrust it out of sight because it distresses us, and if we find it enjoyable, we are sorry to see it slip away. We try to give it the support of the future, and think how we are going to arrange things over which we have no control for a time we can never be sure of reaching. Let each of us examine his thoughts; he will find them wholly concerned with the past or the future. We almost never think of the present, and if we do think of it, it is only to see what light it throws on our plans for the future. The present is never our end. The past and the present are our means, the future alone our end. Thus we never actually live, but hope to live, and since we are always planning how to be happy, it is inevitable that we should never be so.”

Blaise Pascal

Like a hacker

Looking through the lens of Paul Graham’s life, we can see a clear application of the new model of self-apprenticeship. It goes like this: You want to learn as many skills as possible, following the direction that circumstances lead you to, but only if they are related to your deepest interests. Like a hacker, you value the process of self-discovery and making things that are of the highest quality. You avoid the trap of following one set career path. You are not sure where this will all lead, but you are taking full advantage of the openness of information, all of the knowledge about skills now at our disposal. You see what kind of work suits you and what you want to avoid at all cost. You move by trial and error. This is how you pass your twenties. You are the programmer of this wide-ranging apprenticeship, within the loose constraints of your personal interests.

Read Robert Greene’s full article here

… one’s relationship to one’s trajectory always implies a relationship to the starting point of the path.

- Bourdieu, The State Nobility

Sigur Rós at Fort Canning

Iceland air. Iceland magic.

 

There is dignity in work only when it is work freely accepted.

Camus

Coming home

Happy to be home. New season, new rhythm. In the past four weeks, there’s been a lot of doing, a lot of attending, to both functions, and oft-repeated questions. I haven’t had the time to become nostalgic about the places I left behind, but photos remind me of the colour, sights, scents, flavours – and that’s powerful enough to bring me back to those sites.

How will you (not) want to remember your time in GB?

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