1s and 0s

perhaps (to-do) lists (often seen as a sign/means to getting things done) are analogous to what compulsory curriculum has done to us as a people. like what Ellen writes about in mindfulness… that focus on goals (lists) can make us mindless. dead ish.

thinking esp in regard to app – [as i was reaching for a pad to jot down a couple of to dos so i wouldn’t forget – then remembering convo with Kyle about James‘s advice – that if it’s important enough – you’ll remember it. and we think we won’t – but that’s because we’re so clogged up with lists and dead ness – that currently in our toxicated state – maybe we do need lists.] so i was thinking – as i was reaching for a pad to jot down a couple of to dos – how cool for the app to do that. then i thought – but i don’t want a list to follow – i just want to capture ideas – like a rabbit hole i kind of want to go down – but not right now. so the app would curate whimsy – rather than lists (ie: curriculum, badges, 600,000 amazon books for 10/mo) – and just hold them with a tag – if you want to jog your memory later. but – with some app ish thing – they wouldn’t get in your way – make you feel obligated/guilty – and they wouldn’t take time to jot down. [again – reference to app as placebo – because perhaps that’s how we’re made – and we might just see – if we just had 1 yr to be 5 again. ness.]

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Benjamin Bratton ness – deep addressability – not so much to trap, but to compose:

what if that’s more what tech wants.. ie: app ness.. storage becomes abundant (so info is there if we need it.. but we mostly ignore the data/label/single story).. leaving us free to spend more time on being..

Each and every one of these could be given a real address so that real links between them could be clearly traced in different ways by different people for different purposes,  all of which in turn could also be addressed again.”

app facilitating individual/community brain(s) – in perpetual beta.. abundant storage/remix/update… access with simple search

Instead of the  popular term, “the internet of things,” which implies a network of physical objects, Bratton prefers the more esoteric sounding, “internet of haeccities” which would include objects, but also concepts and memes, addressable at the same level, but at multiple scales, through the same system.  “Scales blur and what seemed solid becomes fuzzy. Inevitably we see that any apparently solid scale is really only a temporary state of resolution.” The bottom line, says Bratton: “the inherent intelligence of the world could be more self-reflexive in new and important ways.”

hugely resonating..


The bottom line, says Bratton: “the inherent intelligence of the world could be more self-reflexive in new and important ways.”

ie: deep address – held/recorded/stored/ongoingly remixed/re-iterated by non-judgmental tech.. who’s only focus is the info.. the more stories.. rather than judging a single story/piece-of-data/person. leaving people free – in spaces of permission with nothing to prove – for eudaimonia ness..


devani (@thoughtsailor) tweeted at 5:43 PM on Sat, Nov 09, 2019:
they searched her house for hours. all they found was a big box of lists.


wear able ness