Modifying the Means To The End

  In the wake of efforts to create precipitation and combat the arid and drought-stricken landscape of the United Arab Emirates, legions of drones have been unleashed and tested this past July to usher in a novel deployment of cloud seeding. The drones distinguished from previous experiments that relied on dispersing silver iodine in the clouds are equipped with high-resolution sensors that measure temperature, humidity and release electrical charges that are designed to electrocute clouds in their effort to jolt droplets in the clouds which in effect trigger them to clump together and produce rain. 1

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Armand’s Glitchhead (2021) in the Rearview Mirror

Over the past few years, Louis Armand has been extremely prolific in his publications. The speed with which this Prague-based writer and academic has managed to write full-length novels and sprawling poetic texts is a point of interest in its own right, and his latest publication Glitchhead must be read as part of a sprawling palimpsest of concepts, themes, conceits and, in the most general sense, writing, which Armand has recently been publishing.

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Derivative Capitalism & Cryptonomics w/Jonathan Beller

An interview with Jonathan Beller regarding the evolution of the Attention Economy, the role of Cinema as a critical site and catalyst for aspects of Computation, and the possible emergence of a ‘Cryptocommons’.

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‘Social Derivatives & Convex Commons’ w/Economic Space Agency & Gerald Nestler

This is the video uploaded from the Diffractions Collective and their featured panel that hosted Economic Space Agency & Robin Hood ‘DAO’ to discuss the nature of Social Derivatives, DAOs, Gaming, and Convex Commons. Below is also accompanying notes from Gerald Nestler who unfortunately was not able to join us.

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Goldmen and Dogefathers

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As I run through each verse of Tolkien’s Dwarven Song of Old Wealth, popularized in Peter Jackson’s more recent film The Hobbit (2012), my mind is torn between prototypical myths of kings and mountain men. On the one hand, the Dwarven Song tells a tale of a mysterious King under the mountain who returns unto his hall. On the other, it’s the tale of an old powerful dwarf taken by madness after losing his mountain and his fathomless horde of gold. For me, the tale confounds and twists two popular mythical archetypes from very polar, yet both proto-Indo European cultures: the Old Man of the Mountain (or the Wildman, wodewose), and the King asleep in the Mountain who returns.

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Music and Language in Cultural Criticism: A Non-Philosophical Approach

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The essay investigates the instances of cultural criticism that involve both language and music. It argues that since there is an undeniable connection between philosophy and criticism, the latter acquires the characteristic features of philosophy, some of which can be problematic in the context of parallel discussion of music and language. The essay concentrates on the proliferation of binaries and hierarchies in both philosophy and criticism and attempts to counter them with the help of Laruellean non-philosophy.

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