net life achievement measured in excrement

Thanks to the internet and morbid curiousity I have just calculated that I have so far produced ~ 6000kg of excrement in my life.

Imagine 1000 people who weigh 60kg sort of lumped together into a giant flesh pile.

Now imagine it is poop, not people.

This is my legacy, to date.

stay of execution

This will be of interest to the three people who see it.

So I renewed the domain for a year. I was paranoid it would screw something up on my other site, as their WordPress installs are linked. (At least I am no longer hosted on GoDaddy. Fuck those guys.)

Maybe there will be more posting.

the moose dances offstage

I am probably going to let this website subside. Over a decade of various musings, and many stages, but I’m not really using it any more. If there is any content you want to nab for posterity, or revisit something or other, get on it. The site will probably vanish at the end of the month.

Thanks for reading and commenting across the years.

I figure anyone who is still reading is probably a pretty interesting person. 🙂

back online, batman


Have finished the hand-written redraft of Mosaic, so will be a bit more online again. (Though frankly the less online life has its appeals.)

Won’t know what I have got until I type it up and read it, but my sense of it is that the story is all there now, and hopefully from here it will be shaping and polishing and going deeper rather than construction and surgery. So, progress in the process, which is ongoing.


In other news, just looked through the Film Festival guide. Much awesomeness therein.


The new Batman film is interesting. Nolan consistently manages to make films with content capable of many readings within the confines of blockbusters. Makes me want to rewatch the films as a trilogy to evaluate its moral perspective as a unit.

My non spoilery tip would be remind yourself thoroughly of Batman Begins before seeing Dark Night Rises.


going offline

Righto. It is time once again to refocus energy and attention on writing, and cut away distractions.

I will be basically offline for the next however long while writing the new draft of Mosaic.

What this means:

  • I am not reading your blog
  • I am not checking facebook or twitter
  • I may blog occasionally, and do an hour of mutants trawling.
  • I will check email occasionally.
  • If you want me to know something, tell me. Txt or direct email.
  • I will actually be available in meatspace to interact. Just not online.



back from the beach

it was most excellent.

anything happen the last couple of months I should know about?

merry christmas, etc.

parting grab-bag

It has been really interesting to see the facial expressions and colours people turn when I say I am going to go live at the beach and have *no internet*. 🙂

Anyway. Here are some random things I encountered on the internet in the last months that didn’t quite get passed on.

This is possibly the greatest political speech ever. Makes some interesting points about the plight of the minority in a democracy, while being impressively mad.

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Via Hamo, and just to mess with nonwrestler‘s head, mind altering parasites. Just creepy and wrong. Thanks, nature.

William Burroughs article on Led Zepellin
, and sort of interview with Jimmy Page, from 1975.

Performance artist Marina Abramovic is more interesting than most people.

Breakdown of the 17 million US graduates in menial jobs.

And just cos why not: Aliens have deactivated British and US nuclear missiles, say US military pilots.

Aaaaand, that’s all for a while, folks.

to the beach

This weekend I am moving to the beach for 6 weeks or so. The bach has no internet. Thus there will probably be no blogging, or keeping track of the online world.

I will probably check email once a week or so. Anything important get me via cell. I may pop back to town if anything particularly amazing is happening.


(may squeeze out a couple of lingering posts before I go, may not.)


For Halloween, I went to McDonalds and ate a burger.

Also watched a very entertaining Hammer horror film, The Devil Rides Out.

Sunday Mutants

Introducing what may well become a regular feature: Sunday Mutants.

Twitter makes most sense to me as a feed of what interesting people are thinking about, rather than a conversation/social thing (which I think only really makes sense for people working office jobs at the same time.) It is really quite amazing that you can sit on these people’s shoulders in this way and see what they are looking at, so to speak. Still, it is too much information, and most of it I don’t have time to engage with.

I have several twitter lists, making it functional. One for locals, one for thinkers, one for feeds. And one for mutants.

The mutants list is reserved for people who are way ahead of the curve in whatever field they are in. High grade information. Premium crack.

So the Sunday Mutants posts will probably be a linkfest from the far reaches, as, once a week or so, I read and curate the mutants tweets, tracking the bleeding edge of transformation underway in the world. (And throw in any extra stuff that otherwise will lag behind blogging.)

This is a couple of week’s worth.


* For starters, this Foreign Policy article is one of the most interesting things I have read in ages: Beyond City Limits. Basically arguing that megacities evolving into relatively independent city-states is where we are heading.

* Increasing trend that the TV and the landline telephone are no longer perceived as necessities of life by the public. (More detail emerges in the demographics.)

* Ray Kurzweil does not understand the brain. Pretty sharply pointed argument that transhumanist/downloading consciousness arguments are based on woeful understanding/abstractions of how the brain works.
[EDIT: Kurzweil’s response. Cheers, Steve.]

* More on the conscious distortion of our social filters on reality: pro Israel groups offering courses in Zionist editing for wikipedia. (Interesting in the wake of a conservative cabal voting down stories it doesn’t like on Digg based on ideology that I blogged last week.)

* Wired interview with Steve Jobs from ten years ago.

Q: Then how will the Web impact our society?

We live in an information economy, but I don’t believe we live in an information society. People are thinking less than they used to. It’s primarily because of television. People are reading less and they’re certainly thinking less. So, I don’t see most people using the Web to get more information. We’re already in information overload. No matter how much information the Web can dish out, most people get far more information than they can assimilate anyway.

Q: The problem is television?

When you’re young, you look at television and think, There’s a conspiracy. The networks have conspired to dumb us down. But when you get a little older, you realize that’s not true. The networks are in business to give people exactly what they want. That’s a far more depressing thought. Conspiracy is optimistic! You can shoot the bastards! We can have a revolution! But the networks are really in business to give people what they want. It’s the truth.

There is actually tonnes of interesting stuff in this.

* Oh yeah. All this e-book, e-reader stuff? All that matters is what the kids learn to read on. Obvious when pointed out. The long game is over.

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