The jellyfish is a remarkable organism because for the most part, it’s not there. They consist of an invisibly thin web of digestive tissue and an “acellular” matrix known as mesoglea to capture and manipulate the water which makes up 98% of their bodies, if bodies they be.
Reading lists are always a reductive process. Most reviews only serve to make me realize how little I liked the book I was about to recommend. This collection is basically the half-way point of Battle Royale, a mix of killer instinct and dumb luck.
“We find our friends in dead libraries.” - Rohit Gupta
2011 was actually a rough year for me and the printed word. Most of the books I picked up were hardcover editions that made loud, satisfying sounds when I pitched them against the fucking wall. Needless to say, I had a lot of other stuff going on at the time and none of it matters today.
I did, however, manage to recover something absurdly appropriate as an opening ritual for Brainsturbator’s 2012 season. I found a real deal lost reading list that I laid out on January 17th, 2011 and immediately forgot about. I found it an a notebook I brought back to Vermont this summer and I have been ordering books from it ever since. It turned out to be an excellent roadmap and it feels like I’m catching up on a year that never was.
I have dozens of projects and I neglect them all. This year, my biggest victim has been Brainsturbator, once the focus of my daily life, now mostly a museum to who I was four years ago. I am many things to many people, but there’s one constant: I read a couple hundred pages a day, minimum. So as we approach to end of 2010, I wanted to share some of my very highest reading recommendations with you fine folks…
“What has been done is the greatest achievement of organized science in history.”
--Harry S. Truman, 1945 statement on the bombing of Hiroshima
The Age of Horus offers ample employment opportunities in the field of demolition. The entire Enlightenment and the great edifice of Science Herself are more of an obstacle than a foundation for us now. Allowing our outdated paradigms, social systems and vested interests to crumble into decay is dangerous to pedestrians. We need to take them out in a systematic way, pretty much ASAP.
I’m publishing this to clear out 2008. Like my 10 Ways article, this was written for Key 64 although it never got published. With the ESP Bootcamp coming up, and ambient synchronicity going off the charts, I figured right now is a great time to re-examine the psychic potential of human beings. This material is also relevant to the work/play I’m doing with Tim Boucher to develop MandalaOS and several other biocomputing systems for Omnivate LLC. I’ve quietly started up a Brainsturbator Tumblr account—BRNSTRBTR—and my notes on Living Interfaces might be of interest to the curious future mutants among you.
Rebooted for 2008. A curated collection of documents, open questions, and new material for R. Buckminster Fuller’s original “World Game.”
This was one of the very first Brainsturbator articles I wrote: I’ve totalled it today and built something better. I think now is a good time to be talking about Bucky’s vision of a World Game. We have the technology to do this and a new administration could easily provide the funding. I don’t think any of this material is Utopian or far out, but if you do, let me know why.
In the face of a global economic catastrophe, I’m not paying much attention to the news. “Our leaders” are lying like always. Sure, there’s Big Changes ahead—but scaremongering and cynicism are a waste of precious life. I’m actually more optimistic these days than I’ve ever been, and it’s all because of Africa. The most innovative solutions and inspirational success stories I’ve found are coming from the Mother Continent, and I can’t imagine a better remedy for American Fear than this. No matter what kind of nightmare collapse scenario you can imagine for the United States, Africa has already been there and back.
Probably the biggest lesson I learned in 2008 is this: don’t make announcements about a project until that project is done. I apologize for the false alarms and empty hype, but finally, Brainsturbator is back. This year I’ve moved across the country, started a business and lost my mind at least three times. I’ve also been busy over-extending myself on dozens of projects, but I think that was a nescessary mistake.
Now I’m back and more focused than ever. Brainsturbator is The One Project that’s worth sticking with, so this article is a summary of everything else I’ve been up to.
- 2012 Reading List: Year of the Jellyfish
- The Brainsturbator 2011 Reading List
- The 2010 Brainsturbator Reading List
- The Greatest Achievement of Organized Science
- Tracing Our Own Constellations
- Psychic Warfare from 1981-2008
- Bucky Fuller & his World Game: Intro to Saving Planets
- Saving the World Starts in Africa
- The 2008 Brainsturbator Update: Back to School
- The Mind of Tony Smith: A Guided Tour
- "Minds to Pay Attention To" via Sean McBride
- lol, I found brainsturbator in the lulzsec irc leaks
- DARPA Contest: The Logistics Getting Humans to Alpha Centauri
- The Very, Very Strange Properties of REM Sleep
- The Deep Structure of Our Internets
- Feeding the World: Global, Urban, Individual
- From Spam Factory to Time Capsule
- The Red Book (Jung)
- Brainsturbator Tumblr is up and running again
- Sonofusion is the Superforce
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Aikido Activist Anarchy
- The Mind of Tony Smith: A Guided Tour
- Networks, Bacteria, and the Illusion of Control
- The Quest for the Elusive Chronon
- Our Fractal Universe: A Sneak Peek at the New Cosmology
- More Chronon Theory: Jacques Vallee’s “Associative Universe”
- Get In Tune With Chronobiology: Part One
- “Sense of Wonder” Maintenance, Round 2
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