Listened to Instrumental 2

How do a few echoey, delayed guitars manage to evoke so much?  That floating lead really gets me.  Gives me a sublime feeling, this track.  In the true sense of the word.  Some glimpse of appreciation of the ludicrousness, the amazingness, the pointless, fleeting beauty of our short time in this incredible universe.  If I had to choose a closing song for my funeral, it would be this one, played out while my body is fired in a rocket into the sun.

Every now and then, I get a sublime moment, a flash of how things could be. Another world; a better place for us all to live. A little taste, if only in my head, and all too fleeting. Intoxicating, though. Thanks to all the peeps out there making those moments happen a bit more regularly.
Wow, I never played Sid Meier’s Alpha Centauri, but I wish I had.  It sounds absolutely epic.

Each faction excels at one or two important aspects of the game and follows a distinct philosophical belief, such as technological utopianism, Conclave Christianity, “free-market” capitalism, militarist survivalism, Chinese Legalism, U.N. Charter humanitarianism, or Environmentalist Gaia philosophy.

Didn’t know much about this, but there’s a pretty dark history to the origins of policing – intertwined with colonialism, slavery, and industrial capitalism.  And plenty of present issues, like the militarisation of the police force.  Like, for example, does the local police really need grenade launchers?
Read Newco Shift | Our Consumption Model Is Broken. Here’s How To Build A New One. (Newco Shift)

Imagining a better consumption model is key to a good future. On August 2, 2017, we started using more from nature than our planet can renew in the whole year. Every natural resource we used from t…


  • Our consumption patterns have huge environmental, social and health impacts.
  • Consumption is a corporate strategy.
  • We need a systemic change, not just tweaks to consumerism.


Good article, backed up by plenty of stats.  But it’s stronger on the “our consumption model is broken” part, a bit weak on “here’s how to build a new one.” The plan for system change doesn’t feel very fleshed out, with some loose suggestions, and not much as to how we actually achieve the suggestions.  Maybe that’s explored further elsewhere.

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Coming towards the end of The Dispossessed by Ursula K. Le Guin. Thoroughly enjoying it. It does a great job of presenting an alternative to our present, dominant system. From an outsider’s perspective. It shows how inconceivable some of its characteristics and excesses would seem if you hadn’t grown up immersed in them. Fantastically written, too.