Over at Langton, things were as alternative and progressive as ever: The Unconstitutional Convention, began by Tristan the previous month, was an event called together to talk about the government and the meeting split off into smaller groups to discuss solutions. After an hour or so we’d once again meet as a full group and talk about the solutions which ranged from the ridiculous “move all sociopaths to an island” to the logical “making APIs for all sections of government” to the invasive “if you’re a public servant, your finances should be public!” to the contentiously futuristic “humans have proven they can’t govern themselves – the best ultimate solution will be an AI government.” (the latter of course proposed by your truly..)
Every time I visit the Langton Labs crew it’s a fun surprise. After regaling them with recent tales from the road, they invariably retort with awesome stories of their own. This month’s installment included the home made brain scanning technology of Andreas Stadler. But of course this digital mastery had to be augmented by some old school activities: Agil and crew had recently slaughtered a lamb and Hannah was now proudly tanning the hide in the storage room
Of course, with Burning man approaching, it was time to start discussing the reality of creating a Burning man village with False Profit and Relaxomatic Plushatorium. Luckily, Mat Heitel of the Phage did a good job of drawing up a plan:
Kayton, Jane et al would soon be completing their wilderness first response trainging and in light of all the recent adventures, I called for a ‘Slide Luck’ at Langton: Me and South America, Peretz: Off Silk Roadin’, Galit: Antarctic adventures and Hanna’s trip to Libya. What a nice compliment to ‘make your own sushi creation’ night!
After an fantastic holiday Mindshare.LA (see pics), I went up to San Francisco for Christmas with the sweet mother! Soon after Christmas I attended my 3rd Vipassana retreat in North Fork, CA. It was yet again a superb experience and very tranquil way to enter the new year.. In fact I was asleep well before midnight 😉 More details notes to follow..