Periodical — 1
This is a semi-daily check-in. Experimental; likely to not actually be daily. Regular and short.
The kids are in the bath, listening to the Yoto Daily, which aptly describes itself as a “morsel.” The host offers stray thoughts, short learnings, words of the day, fascinating sounds, all kinds of timeless bits.
There are many such things for grown-ups, though sadly most of them are not the sort of morsel I’m looking for. They get the shortness part, but not the timeless part.
The composition affords a peek into a modest kitchen of the early 1960s in the UK. Skillet, mugs, whiskey, rags, all within reach. The window situation is very appealing to me, and a bit of searching tells me that this is called a triangular oriel window. Can you blame Wilson for setting up shop right there on that window seat? Everything a mid-century philosopher needs is right there — sunlight pouring in, stacks of manuscript, telephone, and of course, the aforementioned whiskey. A very strong vibe.
I stumbled upon a website created by the team at Superflux in support of their project, Cascade Inquiry that “imagines worlds where positive climate action has been taken.” I love that it’s another solarsite:
“This website runs on a solar powered server located on the roof of King’s College London just above our spatial activation.
To power the server at night or on overcast days, Superflux built a battery pack from 3.7v 550mAh 13400 lithium ion batteries salvaged from disposable e-cigarettes. The pack is charged by a consumer PWM solar charge controller with 5v outputs.During periods of sustained bad weather this website may go offline.”
As it should be. Why not embrace cyclical up and down time — a techrise and techset, as it were. In addition to imagining the ways the physical world might be different after positive climate action, I’d love to imagine the ways culture — the lived world — might be different now that we’ve learned the pitfalls of a culture created in perpetual debt to nature.
Also, on a purely aesthetic level, I love the crispyness of a dithered image.
I’m reading The Extratempestrial Model, by Dr. Michael P. Masters, a bioanthropologist who is persuaded that UFOs are time machines and aliens are actually evolved humans from the distant future. I find his case fascinating, though not entirely persuasive (so far).