If it weren’t for the occasional Aeon Magazine article I half-grok & whatever-the-fuck Meta & the web3 bros are doing that seems like they’ve read dystopian scifi as a manual, I’d consider the show based William Gibson’s The Peripheral a nice distraction. Enjoying it in spite of that.

All the local broadcast weather reports I heard the past couple of days celebrated the 10 degrees (Fahrenheit) warmer than normal temperatures. Which was depressing. Currently put it in real context.

"Mapping the most influential Twitter accounts during COP26"

At a quick glance, this seems to imply a reinforcement of a disparity I’ve perceived my entire life across all convenings of power I’ve become aware of: the popular and factually correct voices are effectively paid lip service and empty tribute, if not entirely ignored, by a small set of people with even less popular influence but far more official power (and responsibility). Not feeling optimistic about COP27.

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We’ve not really figured out printing, calendaring or email… what makes anyone think we’ve got the rest of this figured out is beyond me.

Suffering the Ed Sullivans and still failing at recovering some lost productivity on a Sunday night. But my desk is clean now.

Monday gonna Monday.

The problem with … bullshit jobs

Gave The Problem With Jon Stewart another chance this week. The Taxes episode was a classic redux of a fairly fundamental (and dare I say, potentially very non-partisan) analysis of an unresponsive government and corruption. It also came off like a validation of David Graeber’s Bullshit Jobs.

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I keep placing my coffee mug on my wireless induction charging pad, as if it were a coaster. ☕️🪫

Low flying military helicopter over Capitol Hill, DC

Not the most artful shot, but an accurate representation of “a day in the life” common event — a low-flying military helicopter over Capitol Hill, Washington, DC. October 14, 08:56 ET.

Currently reading: The Dawn of Everything by David Graeber and David Wengrow 📚

I first encountered Graeber (¡Presente!) on an Indymedia livestream giving an interview or speaking at a teach-in during a convergence to protest WTO or WEF. Something like that. Pre-9/11 revolutionary optimism on my part.

Catching-up with The Handmaid’s Tale and the end of Season 4, where Zoom gets a mention. This, for me, only makes the current reality, still dominated by Zoom and its competitors, feel like a continued dystopia.