I’ve just spent 30 minutes looking for that damned Nazi book theft book and it’s absolutely nowhere in the house. It’s fucking mystifying.
Simon Reynolds on Mark Fisher. In the past couple of weeks, I misplaced a great post in which someone collected many key pieces by Fisher. Still looking.
Life’s Building Blocks Found on Dwarf Planet Ceres. The Dawn mission has identified organic molecules that likely formed in reactions in hot water, likely related to its ice volcano. There could be subsurface fluids, and even more remotely possible… life.
Damien is recording again. The Missing Company Demos. His dead nun guitar sound is a good one. Only four songs so far. It’s unnerving to think that some of his recordings that seem “recent” to me compared to the songs I first heard are now twenty years old, and the first songs I heard of his were recorded about nine years before those.
Collapse of Aztec society linked to catastrophic salmonella outbreak. Cocoliztli. This isn’t the disease I would have expected, but it makes a lot more sense than haemorrhagic fever. It’s a strain of salmonella that is now rare, Salmonella Paratyphi C.
The One Russian Linking Putin, Erdogan and Trump. Alexander Dugin. His name is familiar but his ties to Turkey are new to me.
Review: ‘Homo Deus’ Foresees a Godlike Future. (Ignore the Techno-Overlords.) Dreadful. I’ve no intent to read it, but this is clearly the future Thiel, Musk, etc. dream of. We’re going to go extinct anyway. Uploading copies of our consciousness is silly.
Eyes bothering me this morning. The left eye has been losing its ability to focus on objects in the distance over time, but has degenerated to the point everything more than a few feet away is a blur. The right eye is now overworked. Waking up round 3:30 this morning, even reading comic books caused dizziness reading. Vision is better now, but it’s still work to focus on anything too long. As far as I can tell, this isn’t even the fucking glaucoma. Great.