06:40:24

if we're going to start banning technologies that are already in wide use, how bout we start with airplanes

πŸ—¨οΈ 0 β™Ί 0 🀍 0


06:54:57

oH nO tHe eViL RuSkIeS sToLe a VaCcIne

πŸ—¨οΈ 0 β™Ί 0 🀍 0


07:26:47

I have functionally stopped writing my newsletter, though I have not told anyone that it is over

πŸ—¨οΈ 3 β™Ί 0 🀍 4


07:34:13

why is this? because podcasting is easier than writing? because covid apocalypse makes apocalypse newsletter obsolete? because I'm not confident enough in my worldview to share anymore?

πŸ—¨οΈ 1 β™Ί 0 🀍 0


07:36:32

I've begin to kind of hate newsletters, perhaps. I get a lot of them, was tipped off early to Republic of Newsletters. there are too many, now, and the vibe has changed

πŸ—¨οΈ 2 β™Ί 0 🀍 3


07:42:23

One long-time writer, has turned his formerly-interesting letter into an occasional screed blasting everyone who's not as woke. He's not wrong, even. Just... angry, and long-winded, and self-righteous. I'm afraid SCIOPS has gone the same way. I don't want to be that guy

πŸ—¨οΈ 1 β™Ί 0 🀍 2


07:50:10

When I started writing it, I wanted to be an expert. It's hilarious, looking back, because the style was so unsophisticated. This is why "Medium posts" are so cheesy: they're the enthusiastic raving of the neophyte.

πŸ—¨οΈ 1 β™Ί 0 🀍 1


07:52:38

I wanted to be Your Guide to the Cyberpunk Apocalypse. How absurd: can you imagine how annoying that person would be? The guy who keeps pointing out "that's an advertisement, see, they control your mind through the pattern of lights and sounds, they're targeting you by your data"

πŸ—¨οΈ 1 β™Ί 0 🀍 2


07:59:32

then for a while I was trying to keep up with the News Cycle. trying to ride the cryptocurrency wave the right way (take the money and the good ideas and run) instead of getting caught in the tulip bubble. it worked for me, although not in a big enough way to last πŸ™„

πŸ—¨οΈ 1 β™Ί 0 🀍 2


08:11:58

finally it settled into a monologue, bouncing between sermon and comedy, following my erratic mood. I felt a pattern emerge: 1000 words is enough to give an introduction to a topic, but not enough to dive deep. yet how can I expect someone to read an email longer than that?

πŸ—¨οΈ 2 β™Ί 0 🀍 1


09:18:52

I don't have the mad-dog vigor of the investigative journalist. I don't have the STS degree or the SV friends to demand academic respect for my thoughts. I'm just another internet weirdo trying to make sense of the world. basically a street maniac with End of Days sign

πŸ—¨οΈ 1 β™Ί 0 🀍 2


09:42:11

I don't want to be an expert, actually. I don't want to be a preacher. I barely want to be a writer -- such a limited bandwidth medium! (he said, on Twitter) I do have a useful worldview. I want to share it. but it works because I'm still learning. "a foolish consistency"...

πŸ—¨οΈ 1 β™Ί 0 🀍 1


09:46:14

I think the topical nature of the "newsletter" is the culprit. "a newsletter? what's it about?" substack exacerbated this by commoditizing the newsletter. the decision to subscribe was based no longer on "who are you?" but "what does your product do for me?"

πŸ—¨οΈ 1 β™Ί 0 🀍 1


09:48:25

on Twitter you follow *people*, not topics. the topics arise from the interaction of the people. not that I'm a huge fan of Discourse. but it's certainly more rewarding than writing an essay, putting a stamp on it, then dropping it into a sinkhole and waiting for a response

πŸ—¨οΈ 2 β™Ί 0 🀍 0


09:50:22

more immediately rewarding, anyway. obviously a heap of essays is more satisfying to look back on than a bunch of replies and threads and snarky QTs

πŸ—¨οΈ 1 β™Ί 0 🀍 0


10:12:54

alternative explanations abound, though. Twitter has me locked in a dopamine loop, maybe, and I can't get long form thoughts together without the instant boost of hitting "send" on each paragraph

πŸ—¨οΈ 1 β™Ί 0 🀍 0


10:14:18

maybe it's just because I have a steady, healthy relationship with someone who will listen to me rant and joke and sermonize all day. a conspiracy to stop my writing, orchestrated by Big GF

πŸ—¨οΈ 1 β™Ί 0 🀍 2


10:20:18

or the topic of SCIOPS (namely, psyops) is now actually the content of psyops produced by actual PSYOPS teams. infectious conspiracy brain is a tool of the conspiracies of control, to make it seem as if they're more powerful than they are, and to muddy the waters on other ops

πŸ—¨οΈ 1 β™Ί 0 🀍 0


10:20:52

a conspiracy against me, manufactured by Big Conspiracy

πŸ—¨οΈ 1 β™Ί 0 🀍 0


10:21:05

conspiracy-industrial complex

πŸ—¨οΈ 1 β™Ί 1 🀍 0


10:27:56

because SCIOPS is about dark wizards fucking with your mind, and because so many minds are infected with different exotoxic memes, I end up having to talk vaguely about the mental atmosphere, rather than digging into specific brainworms https://t.co/qiCUQrLW8x

πŸ—¨οΈ 1 β™Ί 0 🀍 0


10:32:30

and because SCIOPS is "about something", i have refrained from writhing the things that it's not about. like the last two years I spent founding a bookstore in my hometown. or the bizarre code experiments I cook up on the weekends. I should have been documenting those

πŸ—¨οΈ 0 β™Ί 0 🀍 2


13:17:09

(sitting in my van, hundred degrees out, eating grocery store sushi and wiping my hands on old junk mail): I should be a thought leader on Twitter dot com

πŸ—¨οΈ 0 β™Ί 0 🀍 1


13:26:26

help. how do I call upon witchtok? this is clearly magical assault

πŸ—¨οΈ 1 β™Ί 1 🀍 2


13:28:03

excuse me, sorry. apparently it's called "CAPTology" (Computers as Pseud Technologies)

πŸ—¨οΈ 0 β™Ί 0 🀍 0


13:35:34

is this a deliberate misunderstanding? it's not wage theft per se, though that is the biggest form of theft in the country by far. it's arbitrage between the value of labor and the exchange price of goods I run a business, ftr

πŸ—¨οΈ 0 β™Ί 0 🀍 2


16:17:34

if you think GPT-3 writes good text, that says more about your reading level than the machine's writing level

πŸ—¨οΈ 0 β™Ί 1 🀍 4


16:20:02

thank you, bird site, for the blue dots. I love the instant feedback, even if it's terrible replies I didn't want to see. send me dots

πŸ—¨οΈ 1 β™Ί 0 🀍 1


16:37:08

don't know why I thought mass action was going to be the answer, people can't even agree on the definitions of words. oh well. back to "super empowered individuals" plan I guess

πŸ—¨οΈ 1 β™Ί 0 🀍 2


17:01:16

it me https://t.co/QPNe6Qk3vj

image from twitter

πŸ—¨οΈ 0 β™Ί 0 🀍 1


17:25:53

she has the same kind of phone charger as me she's The One

πŸ—¨οΈ 0 β™Ί 0 🀍 0


20:23:49

"you guys are going to love this place. it's got everything new modern. carpeted ceiling. carpeted kitchen. carpeted toilet"

πŸ—¨οΈ 0 β™Ί 0 🀍 2


20:53:45

sick

πŸ—¨οΈ 0 β™Ί 0 🀍 1