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twitter.com/disquiet: Pottery, Watson, Berberian

From the past week

I do this manually each Saturday, usually in the morning over coffee: collating most of the tweets I made the past week at twitter.com/disquiet, which I think of as my public notebook. Some tweets pop up sooner in expanded form or otherwise on Disquiet.com. I’ve found it personally informative to revisit the previous week of thinking out loud. This isn’t a full accounting. Often there are, for example, conversations on Twitter that don’t really make as much sense out of the context of Twitter itself. And sometimes I tweak them a bit, given the additional space. And sometimes I re-order them just a bit.

▰ Re-watching old Great Pottery Throw Down episodes. Season 1, episode 2: large ceramic sinks. They don’t need to look to see if one held up in the kiln: just give a ping to see if it rings. (By coincidence or design, in the same episode they have the potters do a project blindfolded.)

▰ An IBM advertisement on Twitter for Watson AI services reads “No one likes hold music. Quickly solve customer problems.” It’s funny how in the world of AI-mediated customer service, hold music’s been replaced by that rapid processing noise meant to suggest a computer is thinking.

▰ 16th novel I’ve finished reading this year: Leviathan Falls by James S.A. Corey. Final novel in the 9-volume series. Has elements of my least favorite (the 3rd) but improves on them; lacks some favorite characters while almost balancing out with new/expanded ones. Loved the epilogue. Going to miss this universe a lot.

▰ I’m used to houseplants in photos/videos of music equipment, but seeing a Buddha Machine in a photo for an article about a phone is new to me engadget.com

▰ Wednesday, June 22, 2:34pm EDT: afternoon quartet for rain, passing airplane, washing machine, and suburban construction

▰ “I found that this color provides confidence in all things mechanical.” That’s Jason Sandberg, writing about the results of zinc chromate for the Color Code series at hilobrow.com, for which I recently did a piece on teal.

▰ “The offbeat satire follows the creative differences within a collective of ‘sonic caterers’—performance artists who generate soundscapes from the preparation and manipulation of food” (hyperallergic.com). Film screenwriter-director Peter Strickland (Berberian Sound Studio) is back with Flux Gourmet.

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twitter.com/disquiet: Morning Sounds, Drone Choir

From the past week

I do this manually each Saturday, usually in the morning over coffee: collating most of the tweets I made the past week at twitter.com/disquiet, which I think of as my public notebook. Some tweets pop up sooner in expanded form or otherwise on Disquiet.com. I’ve found it personally informative to revisit the previous week of thinking out loud. This isn’t a full accounting. Often there are, for example, conversations on Twitter that don’t really make as much sense out of the context of Twitter itself. And sometimes I tweak them a bit, given the additional space. And sometimes I re-order them just a bit.

▰ Morning sounds, 9:44am EDT: chatter several rooms away, an intense drone of nearby construction activity, creaking of an old house as the summer sun consumes the neighborhood, passing traffic, ears ringing from allergies

▰ Ain’t no drone choir like a multiple simultaneous suburban lawn mowers drone choir.

▰ Correction: There is a meaningful addition to the lawnmower drones when the HVAC kicks in as the day’s temperature works toward the currently expected 86º Fahrenheit. (On a positive note, that’s down from the previously expected 87º.)

▰ How it started: airborne toxic event

How it’s going: a lot of kids’ pee on plastic balls

This DALL-E is by twitter.com/byron_queen.

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Teal

For hilobrow.com

I read something long ago that Nicholson Baker wrote — I think it was in The Size of Thoughts — about how he didn’t change his mind; rather, he’d at some point realize that his mind had changed. It’s in that sense that I woke up one day not long ago and realized that I no longer hated the color teal. That is my #ColorCodeStory for HiLobrow. It begins:

I’m not saying that teal (or its adjacent tones, a highly concentrated array that I can’t quite distinguish between — I’m probably mistakenly including a solid band of cyan in my personal definition) is my new favorite color. I will say, though, that I disliked teal vehemently for the longest time, associating it to a degree with a certain aspect of Floridian kitsch (redundant?), and that I had a near-lifelong near-visceral negative reaction to teal — and yet recently something changed. And quite suddenly.

Here’s the full piece: hilobrow.com.

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twitter.com/disquiet: Ingram, Elvia, ADDAC

From the past week

I do this manually each Saturday, collating most of the tweets I made the past week at twitter.com/disquiet, which I think of as my public notebook. Some tweets pop up sooner in expanded form or otherwise on Disquiet.com. I’ve found it personally informative to revisit the previous week of thinking out loud. This isn’t a full accounting. Often there are, for example, conversations on Twitter that don’t really make as much sense out of the context of Twitter itself. And sometimes I tweak them a bit, given the additional space. And sometimes I re-order them just a bit.

▰ YouTube’s automated captions turned “one volt per octave” into “wonderful proactive” and I’m OK with that.

▰ I dug Oval, by Elvia Wilk, the 15th novel I’ve finished reading this year. When this book (about many things, among them corporations and philanthropy commingling in Berlin) pushes from club-hopping to unfettered environmental tinkering it gets invigorating and scary. Looming threat is only fully evident in the rear-view mirror.

▰ When driving over a long bridge triggers memories of early flight simulators

▰ OK, website, I’ll allow you one cookie: the cookie that tells you I don’t want you to use any cookies.

▰ Those are some serious cables.

▰ This but AI-generated short reviews of music sent by individuals who like to “just follow up” a half dozen or more times

Per twitter.com/nearcyan, via qDot.

▰ I’ve got a short piece coming up in the near future at hilobrow.com. Two, in fact. This one’s about a color.

▰ I interviewed Ingram Marshall last year around this time. We ended the call with plans to follow up down the road. That road has ended for him. He died this past week at age 80. I’ve thought of his music whenever I’ve heard the San Francisco Bay fog horns, and I always will.

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twitter.com/disquiet: “Bloggen ist Seven of Nine”

From the past week

I do this manually each Saturday, collating most of the tweets I made the past week at twitter.com/disquiet, which I think of as my public notebook. Some tweets pop up sooner in expanded form or otherwise on Disquiet.com. I’ve found it personally informative to revisit the previous week of thinking out loud. This isn’t a full accounting. Often there are, for example, conversations on Twitter that don’t really make as much sense out of the context of Twitter itself. And sometimes I tweak them a bit, given the additional space. And sometimes I re-order them just a bit.

▰ 14th novel I’ve finished reading in 2022: Hervé Le Tellier’s An Anomaly. Largely enjoyable high-concept scifi puzzle told in fragments of characters’ experiences. Varying degree of detail aligns with the story’s philosophical conundrum, but can feel cursory. Does, in the end, tie things together better than Lost did.

▰ My happy place is when Iannis Xenakis drawings look like Lebbeus Woods drawings.

▰ I usually keep autoplay turned off, but sometimes it turns back on. The Algorithm just decided to follow up the modern industrial music of Vladislav Delay’s forthcoming album (there’s an initial track up) with Chet Baker and Paul Bley playing “Every Time We Say Goodbye.”

▰ Seems appropriate that this actual-in-existence Miles Davis figurine from Funko Pop looks like a deer caught in the headlights. (Via Eugene Holley, Jr.)

▰ “Bloggen ist Seven of Nine, Social Media ist Borg.”

I didn’t need Google to translate that but I did need it to translate the rest of this great post in which someone dug into some of my 2019 thoughts on the 20th anniversary of the word “blog.”

▰ This one graffiti artist in the neighborhood is next level

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