Category Archives: Personal

At one point I was in the habit of writing and producing music on an almost-daily basis. It’s the closest I’ve ever gotten to regular religious worship. The lyrics of the second song are taken from an epigraph to this graphic novel.   “I knew two things to be true of your world here and there, […]

Wrote this song when I was 17 — still haven’t figured out how to play it the way it sounds in my head.

the plastic flowers of perception

Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche called psychedelics “plastic flowers for the mind,” meaning that they’re false prophets, insufficient for self-realization. Meanwhile, Anaïs Nin (a psychonaut if there ever was one) described her LSD experience beautifully in her diary, but came to a similar conclusion — its meaning is diminished because it’s fake. “Fake.” Of course acid trips are “unnatural.” They […]

the darkness of narrative

On the “theory/data” problem, the notion that more data diminishes the need for theorization. Let’s assume this is true for a second: now, instead of developing hypotheses and testing them à la the scientific method, we simply subject our curiosities to computational operations. Feeding more data into better algorithms equals better living (through science!). This vision […]


Since I’m not fond of WordPress (or using a CMS at all for that matter), I’m considering just killing this website and making my sole portfolio / blog site. For now, to anybody who might be visiting here, I would say is a better place to go… o-culus is a bit of a mess, and […]

absence makes the heart

“Naming the ‘things that are absent’ is breaking the spell of the things that are; moreover, it is the ingression of a different order of things into the established one — ‘le commencement d’un monde.’ For the expression of this other order, which is transcendence within the one world, the poetic language depends on the […]