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Yeah, I think the isolation + fringe opinions part is key. Lord knows there is a niche rabbit-hole for every bizarre desire and destructive emotion on the internet. Micro-communities can now easily form around fleeting ideas and phases of despair, giving them a place to take root and grow. Then add the intersection with gun culture and you're baking a cake.
I've had similar thoughts to mk in that what used to be suicides are now turned outward. I'm not sure that the hopelessness or despair have gone up though. I think it's more that those with that despair have access to networked micro-communities that celebrate taking others out with you, they see the media reward others who have, the constantly growing list of others who have done the same, all against a backdrop of a culture where the NRA add below is mainstream for large communities in our country:
I've been listening to working while Music for Installations by Brian Eno plays lately. I was burning some Mexican copal last Saturday while listening to The Ritan Bells (below) and working and had some really good flow going I must say.
They keep rolling out the new services...
Yes it's a terrible title. But it is quite fascinating. I was at a talk recently by the founder of Rigetti, who is building quantum computers. We are a LOT closer to a paradigm shift in processing power than I had thought.
The convergence of these technologies is going to be quite amazing.
Agree with that. The overarching theme of the piece I agree strongly with though. It's asking a lot of journalism these days unfortunately.
The 12 looks great with your setup! I had mine in storage for a bit but it's been out and in use since M and I have lived together. Shamefully I've never replaced the needle since the early 90's when I bought them. It sounds fine but I just feel like that's a huge no-no...