William Basinski’s Lamentations is such a good album. I think maybe I like it even better than The Disintegration Loops albums, although those are still pretty great too.

So I’m sitting here watching the Artemis I launch from this morning and feeling pretty excited as the countdown reaches zero and the main engines ignite. Then NASA Mission Control announcer guy drops this line as the rocket begins to rise off the launchpad:

“We rise together! Back to the moon, and beyond!”

It was a small thing and entirely irrelevant to the success and meaning of the launch. Nonetheless, it kind of spoiled the whole thing for me.

I really miss the business-like, quietly competent NASA of years gone by. I guess they feel like they have to compete for mindshare with SpaceX and other companies now, but that phrase sounds like it was workshopped by some marketing team and handed to the announcer on a sheet of paper.

Finished reading: The Deceptions by Jill Bialosky 📚

This book was pretty good, although it definitely had an “I live in New York City and I’m going to tell you all about what it’s like living in New York City” vibe to it.

I feel like it’s been a while since I’ve seen anyone going on about how they wished Google Reader were still a thing. Maybe we have finally reached the point where people get that RSS was a lot more than just Google Reader? Or maybe my brain has just started tuning those gripes out when I run across them.

It is the first week of actually seasonal cold(ish) weather here in the Northeast and I am already looking forward to spring.

I just read the news about Kevin Conroy. What a bummer. He really was the best Batman.

Toward Disengagement:

Once services like Friendster or MySpace gave way to services like Twitter and Instagram which rely predominantly upon the notion of the social media feed, place went away in favor of a more amorphous and identity-flattening space. Profiles as they once existed truly defined and denoted our personhood, or at least our personahood, and chat rooms and bulletin boards felt like places to visit. The feed, though, did away with all (or at least most) of that.

Add in the rise of the smartphone which was far better suited to quick-hit, bite-sized, on-the-go consumption, and out go the blogs and discussion forums and real-time chats which were so intimately tied to larger, more fixed-in-place devices.

I like this framing.

In the early days of Web 2.0 and social network, there was more of a place-ness to it. We sat down at our computer and went to a website. Whether we were aware of it or not, this separation in time and space forced a context-switch upon us.

Social media is more like two spaces laid over and among one another, forcing us to move through both simultaneously.