our importance in this life is not how well we march
but how we dance

Maybe you have nothing to spend in common currency, but perhaps you have coins from other realms. Don’t squander them in the public exchanges that do not recognize their value

Note to self (ok, duh, that’s what this whole log is, but anyway): Reishi in almond milk and monkfruit tastes like crap. Just added some hot water to the extract and sipped it, much better. Amazing dreams followed last night.

As part of renewal month, have added 5-tibetans to morning practice. But the very first thing, after waking, to get a glass of ice water in a copper cup and do 5 minutes of freewriting. Then 5 tibetans, then meditation, then some yoga stretches.

cyberwar
is a war on systems
(cyber comes from cybernetics which is the study of how systems communicate)
—not just technology
cancer, for example, is cyberwar
bending information the system uses to distinguish the reality of a healthy cell
from one with its own agenda
nothing to see here cancer asserts, as it hacks the perception of the t-cell with an interference pattern of tendril chains of complex sugars
that distract from the real news of what’s happening
systems run on information
and while processes do the heavy lifting
it is information that directs process
one of the masters of adapting, subverting and re-purposing systems
are the mycelium
perhaps they can teach us something
both our technology and biology needs to learn
about signal and noise and agencies of action?
and perhaps the internet is teaching us as well
as communication mutates in interesting strains
and I wonder at the synergy and parallels
between mycelium
and our connected culture

I feel there are things I am on the verge of forgetting
things my brain has summarized
but in a way that misses their critical distinctions
purposefully, in favor of an easy slotting into a known cubby where weakened strains are punching bags for a psychic immunity
that fiercely maintains its perimeters
I need to brush back against them in their native fauna
to repopulate my neural diversity

It is difficult to retain what you have learned unless you practice it.

—Pliny the Younger