Twitter cuts (#6)

A self-referential cry for help (in case anyone out there has some philosophical house-breaking skills):

UF Restoration

Getting Urban Future onto a stable platform has been a task roughly comparable to the modernization of the Qing Dynasty. I’ve lost count of the upheavals, but there’s been some definite signs of a positive trend … and this time …

So UF 2.1 has been on reliable WordPress software for a while, and has now finally shifted to a host that has demonstrated blog-support capability. With my credibility in the trash, I won’t waste everyone’s time insisting upon how confident I am about the new foundations (but FWIW it’s looking good from this end).

Apologies for the erratic delivery. (Onwards!)


Moving Home

The latest wave of infuriating technical problems with this blog have reached breaking point — even post updates have become impossible due to hosting issues. To resolve these, it’s going to be necessary to switch over to a reliable server, which will inevitably mean some disruption. I’m hoping this can be limited, and that after dealing with the move updates, images, and all kinds of other perfectly normal stuff will become possible. Apologies for the time out.

Acceleration Resources

A set of links to online accelerationist writings is under assembly at the top of this blog. It’s going to thicken up slowly — probably just a new link or two each day — but if there’s anything worthy that you think I’m going to miss, let me know and it will be included eventually.

Putting this up is a vote of confidence from my end that this topic has legs. If it’s going to peak, it won’t be for a while — and even then it will be back. There’s still plenty of theoretical work (and argument) up ahead.


Goodbye to the Snake

UF has been especially quiet recently, because I’m in Cambodia, drifting through flaky connectivity. Trying to maintain Internet activity through a tablet — which seems to disdain even elementary cursor control (no links, no cut-and-paste, nightmare editing) — exacerbates the problem. Right now I’m hogging a real computer at the lodge where I’m staying, and it’s possible to appreciate how wired Cambodia has already become.

Cambodia is an extraordinarily attractive country, and the perfect place to say goodbye to the year of the snake. It has an abundance of (highly venomous) reptiles, although they are unlikely to be encountered outside the rainy season (late summer). Also, and no doubt to some considerable extent consequentially, it has a remarkably rich serpent mythology, organized around the naga. Nagas saturate the glorious ruins of the ancient Angkor Kingdom, as temple guardians, narrative elements of bas reliefs, and hoods for (more recent) meditating Buddhas. The subtle but multifarious evocations of hooding suggest that cobras and nagas are involved in a complex exchange of associations. This is incontestably snake country.

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