Issue 45 of the Manufacturing Serendipity newsletter. Thoughts about feelings and vibes; not selling out; AI; lying; & how the James Webb telescope images are data visualisations – not photos.Read more "Learning is Lossy"
“She knows, now, absolutely, hearing the white noise that is London, that Damien’s theory of jet lag is correct: that her mortal soul is leagues behind her, being reeled in on some ghostly umbilical down the vanished wake of the plane that brought her here, hundreds of thousands of feet above the Atlantic. Souls can’t move that quickly, and are left behind, and must be awaited, upon arrival, like lost luggage.”~Pattern Recognition, William Gibson
Issue 44 of the Manufacturing Serendipity newsletter. UK politics; quirky street names; Reddit’s compound pejoratives; mortal soul delay; and more…Read more "The Shetland Pony of the Apocalypse"
Pretty soon it would all be happening at the speed of thought, before it could actually happen, so that nothing would ever have to happen again.
You’d only think things had happened, and if anything ever did happen, you wouldn’t know the difference.~Synners, Pat Cadigan
An excerpt from my 2022 MozCon talk: Myths, Misconceptions & Mistakes (lessons learned from a decade in Digital PR).Read more "Benchmarking the Performance of over 2,000 Digital PR pieces"
Virginity was a half-starved dog you were looking after, wanted to give away as quickly as possible so you could forget it ever existed~Fen, Daisy Johnson
“Think more strategically”, they said. But how on earth do you do that? (Issue 43 of the Manufacturing Serendipity newsletter)Read more "The Last da Vinci"
Did a place have to be palatable to white people to be considered civilized?~Why Are You Stranded? Nicole Zhao
Issue 42 of the Manufacturing Serendipity newsletter. Thoughts on the enduring popularity of a flawed fairy tale, Willie Cole’s upcycled musical instrument sculptures, and research that demonstrates that awards named after men are more likely to go to men (ugh).Read more "If there is a monster in Goldilocks, it’s Goldilocks herself"
Delight seems insubstantial; happiness feels more grounded; ecstasy is what I shoot for; satisfaction is hardest to attain.~The Sentence, Louise Erdrich