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Jared Kushner has that same blank creepy stare smile as Martin Shkreli. Just sayin’.

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Event in Prague coming ...!


symposium and workshop & Display Prague 25. - 26. 9. 2020

with Lidia Pereira, Christina Cochior, Dušan Barok, Liazon Wakest, John Hill, Nikola Brabcova, Hana Janeckova


So I’ve decided to avoid this modern side of the field as much as I can. For example, there will be no YT video channel to humblebrag. If I can’t describe it in a web article with a few figures, I won’t share it. And the ‘Almanossary’ (a web project in production) will not support brands, take ad money, or needlessly track visitors. If I can offer anything unique back from what I glean from this saturated special interest, it’s how to share without exploitation.

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As I learn about , I face the fact that this respectable industry, too, is filled with egotistical bros, celebrity personality syndrome, and happy enablers of surveillance capitalism. I guess every field and trade is soiled at this point. As I do my research from the classic literature, much of it French, it’s annoying to see the content marketing society make ridiculous claims like ‘I read and translated all of Roubo’s volumes’. Oh, really, bigshot? Where are those translations at?

That reminds me, I thought I read something in the last couple of years about how the world currently can’t afford the space to bury the numbers of humans alive today, especially as many belong to religions that forbid cremation. That seems like a problem not many want to hear or think about, but which will land in the laps of officials big time eventually.

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My wife and I took a long walk Saturday evening and inadvertently passed by the cemetery on the circle back. The size of the cemetery keeps creeping up the hill into the champ. We were shocked to see about 40 new graves up there with temporary wooden crosses. We’re just a smallish community like most in Alsace. That expansion normally doesn’t happen so fast. No mistaking what that was about. Made me realize another sector of industry, besides digital, that’s actually benefitting from it.

I have now acquired a few essential second-hand (vintage) hand tools via online sources, but I still need a couple decent saws and marking tools, and to make a few other things like clamps. I also need to restore and sharpen the old stuff I got for cheap (chisels, planes, drawknives, etc). That alone will be a good exercise. But then it’s just a matter of scrounging wood to get started on this growing list of things to build, not least of which will be a makeshift workbench.

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Since so much of the West is on fire now, many people are in crisis mode. Found this great doc on how climage change crisises can help us simultaneously DISMANTLE colonial systems, and build something even better.

The sky out there is hazy and some news people are saying that air quality in Oregon is currently worst on planet. Several towns have been almost entirely wiped out, and evacuees in the region are seeking food, clothes, shelter.

This is NOT a time to waste breath talking about money. Landlords and Realtors everywhere should be more generous than they have ever been in their refunds.

(Repost from something that @emsenn linked here a while back... and deleted. illustration by Pete Railand)

#MutualAid #Disaster #Relief

Just came across this old site of the CBC about North American native history. It's storytelling for the general public, but still interesting reading.

‘Trump calls for a delay in the US Elections’

Of course he did. Who didn’t see this coming.

And don’t be surprised if/when he tries to rig the law for a third term or more.

This is some seriously impressive diligence, and I could not be happier having found it; next best thing to having the actual volumes...

Someone has managed to photograph every page of the (), the original name of the ().

I've not scoured it closely, but it seems to be pieced together from the first fascicle volumes (1884–1928), plus Craigie and Onions' 1933 supplement!


Oh! The book about societal collapse by Pablo Servigne and Raphaël Stevens, ‘Comment tout peut s'effondrer’, is coming out in English, ‘How Everything Can Collapse: A Manual for our Times’.

Jem Bendell has written the forward for it.


If I'm not mistaken, this master's handling of wood twist is an example of 'line rule' measuring and layout. Rather than squaring up the timber first (i.e. edge rule), as modern woodworkers with no historical knowledge of line rule would do, line rule foresees a perfect timber inside the askew outer dimensions and works to it from a 'soul line' reference. Here, dados are angled so their unequal depths hit the 'inner perfect timber' dimension. Impressive!

The problem comes when pandemics, climate change stressors, and natural disasters (e.g. ‘the big one’) start doubling or tripling up on each other on a wide scale. Pandemics are hard (and covid-19 won’t be the last or worst one), but even harder when anthropogenic and natural disasters are happening at the same time.

What’s happening, in a sense, is nature fighting back against the destructive human disease. We don’t act like a symbiont on this planet, as other mammals; rather, a parasite.

The report that has most of the world in lockdown (called ) since this week, including the US.

It’s pretty nerve-wracking.

If this analysis is true, and governments stick to the suppression strategy (we’re currently in it in France, by force of fines), then we haven’t seen anything yet.

Some ‘discussion’ on it...

For the ‘spooky’ season.

Witchcraft & Black Magic In The United Kingdom

These ‘evocative experimental pieces’ are ‘inspired by the dark history of the persecution of ’.

'In Cummins v Bond, a psychic in a trance claimed to have written down what spirits told her, through a process of automatic writing. In court, she accepted that she was not the creative author of the writing. The creative input, had, presumably, come from the spirits. Nonetheless, the court held that she had exercised sufficient labour and skill in translating and transcribing what the spirits told her, so she had a copyright in the resulting literary work.'

This was completely off my radar. As if the threat of on production wasn’t already bad from temperature increases and droughts...

Global production, most of which goes to making , critical for , relies entirely on fossil energy (at least 1% of total global demand), releasing over 451 M tons of annually (that was in 2010).


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