Tag: weeknotes

  • weeknotes #11: leman locke

    i guess i write weeknotes on wednesdays now

    we’re on holiday this week

    we stayed two nights in this frickin, hotel:

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  • weeknotes #10: milton keynes

    i have nothing of substance to say about the war in Ukraine

    other than “fuck Putin”.

    chee puts it best:

    btw on world war 4, if you have the wikipedia page for ukraine open in another tab rn i do not need to hear from you

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  • weeknotes #9: fucken wimdy

    it fucken WIMDY

    Storm Eunice hit two days ago and it was actually kind of scary to be told by the Meteorological Office “hazard to life from flying debris”. we shut the cat in, charged our battery packs, made sure we had enough candles and butane and didn’t go outside.

    around the corner a row of houses’ garden walls fell down and are blocking the pavement. the vent on the boiler flue is still going ham rattling as i type.

    Storm Franklin is on the way, i hear.

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  • weeknotes #8: real things

    i went bouldering

    first time in six months; second time since march, twenty-twenty.

    everything hurts.

    that was sunday.

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  • weeknotes #7: surprise presentations

    new case who dis

    (sorry, this bit’s pretty nerdy, skip on if you don’t care)

    i built a new eurorack case. this one’s designed to be a portable live techno set in a box. it’s massively inspired by the mylarmelodies Suggested System video with the same premise, except:

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  • weeknotes #6: peace lily

    a year or so ago, when i still had a therapist, we worked out that i often lose habits because i felt guilty about not having done them, and that guilt transferred to the thought of starting back up again, and she gave me permission to not do that

    i have a studio space

    on trafalgar road, in greenwich, there’s an iceland. above the iceland is this 70’s pebbledash concrete box. i don’t know what it used to be, it’s a very odd building inside. now it is twenty-two small spaces, full of artists, makeup artists, florists, and me.

    i’ve put all my music gear (really just a midi keyboard and an ableton push) in there, and my big eurorack, and my soldering stuff and large collection of electronics parts, and a large peace lily, and i cycle there and make things. it’s really just an expensive way of tricking my brain into hyperfocusing but god damn does it work, i actually get stuff done there.

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  • weeknotes #5: varnish hotbox

    1. oops where did three months go

    holidays always throw my habits entirely out of the window. i also managed to gate posting my next weeknotes on having edited my photos from camping, which was a terrible thing to do to my brain.

    2. whistlestop tour

    1. went camping
    2. went and saw my parents in Yorkshire
    3. went and saw my in-laws in Cornwall
    4. went to the welsh borders and bathed in a hot tub watched by sheep
    5. went camping again but this time it was sort of a festival
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  • weeknotes #4: gaslit by apple maps

    1.hello from the surrey hills

    • we are camping and it is raining, a lot
    • i just barbecued some smoked mackerel fillets and oh my god. then they got rained on and we ate them in the car
    • last time we came here apple maps navigated us to a dead end seven miles away and then said “you have arrived”, very clearly nowhere near the pin on the map
      • imagine being gaslit by apple maps
      • this time we got it to give directions to the pub in the village
    • we put a kettle on and almost immediately ran out of butane. and then it got rained on
    • i love it here

    2. i sold a lens to a friend of a friend

    • i basically never sell anything apart from to CeX
    • the whole deal was struck via twitter dm, it was very civilised
    • i spent half an hour scouring the office for a box of the right size that i hoped might have been abandoned on March 12th 2020
      • eventually i found an amazon box for a logitech mouse. thanks gallal
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  • weeknotes #3: business horoscopes

    content warning: wild animal injury

    1. been watching the Fast & Furious films with friends

    • once a week, on a sunday afternoon
    • we sync up the films, hit play, and pretend we’re mst3k via Slack
    • they’re actually pretty good, even the bad ones
    • also i’m spotting how much of an influence they had on the Need For Speed franchise in the early 00s
    • speaking of which:

    2. i’ve been playing a lot of Need For Speed: Most Wanted (2005)

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  • weeknotes #2: a real burger made out of cow

    1. i went to the office, and it was normal

    • i went to the office, and it was normal?
    • i’ve gotten weirdly good at self-administering a lateral flow test
      • Kara Brightwell: skilled at scraping her own tonsils, and inserting things too far up her nostrils
      • imagine showing that my to myself eighteen months ago
      • she’d probably go “oh okay so, uh, ‘Kara’, i see, that’s a thing we did, okay. wanna make out”
    • i had a desk assigned to me, and it was by a window, and it was in a building that isn’t my flat, and i got to go there and not be in the same 46m² forever
    • i saw like. twenty people. in an office that has capacity for like fifteen hundred.
    • i had a burger, a real burger made out of cow, from a fast food restaurant, with cheesy fries
    • it was so normal!
    • this is genuinely the best thing i’ve been able to do for my mental health during the entire panettone
    • i’m going back like. twice a week now, fuck it

    2. trying not to burn out

    • even though i quit therapy a while ago it turns out i have a tiny simulated version of my therapist in my head now that says things like “be kind to yourself” and “what makes you say that” and “you don’t have to feel like this”
    • so last week when i wrote “holy shit i’m burning out” it turns out that wasn’t a self deprecating joke, and i actually need to do something about it?
    • which i noticed immediately after writing that post, and requested access to the office, and a bunch of fridays off
      • doing normal things, which i have not done in some time, is helping reset my brain
      • also taking time off and not giving myself pressure to achieve things(? what), good for my energy turns out?
    • and i’m going camping in two weeks now and not having any internet and cooking fish on charcoal
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