Friday, September 29, 2017 | RECENT NOTES

Product truth: postmodern epistemology

I have excerpted the following from an article in The Guardian today that concerns a scandal in a meat factory where, apparently, Lidl’s returns ended up as Tesco “exclusive” Willow Farm products. The “product truth” remained undented though.


Lidl Shark 5: the experiment

In the Spring my electric razor gave up for reasons that irritated me greatly. I looked around for an alternative and decided to try one of the new, flash-looking Gillette razors: one of the Fusion models. I ended up buying a Lidl Shark 5 instead, and have never regretted it.

Today I have started an experiment. I have loaded a new blade into it, and I will keep shaving with it until my skin tells me it can take no more. I want to see how long one blade actually lasts.


Monday, October 16, 2017 | THE TIME OF DAY


Saturday, February 18, 2012 | ESSAYS

Urban No-Mind: a phenomenological diary

This essay exists because I needed to test some ideas in practice; ideas concerning the different ways one’s mind works in different circumstances, and particularly in extreme circumstances where it does not receive much if any external input. I need to test these ideas as part of a larger project, which in turn forms the cornerstone of my doctoral research.

For some years I have been exploring the ways in which certain kinds of synthetic (or “virtual”) worlds may be used for self-exploration and self-learning. When we “enter” a synthetic world we switch our attention from external reality to a carefully constructed pseudo-reality in which the ebb and flow of narrative obeys very different rules.