I started cafebedouin.org after reading this bit of advice from Don Joyce, just after his death:

“‘Over The Edge‘ would never have achieved its present level of adeptness if it had not had years to develop. This aspect has allowed not only the perfection of techniques, but also evolving practices such as subtle but fruitful themes which would never occur as anyone’s first choice, returning casts of characters, regular ‘features’, a whole fictional network called The Universal Media Netweb, and countless interrelated ‘plots’ and fantasys which have developed over time. And just when all that becomes too familiar, we can pull a complete hoax and pretend to replace O.T.E. with some other show entirely. All this depends on the ability to play with regularity. (A key to understanding the effects of all transmission media.) Being somewhat interactive in unfamiliar ways, O.T.E. in particular, requires a regularly scheduled slot which listeners can become acquainted with and, over time, explore their own ways to develop a creative relationship with it. Such potentials are not always fulfilled, but they are important potentials to hold out, and there is always next week… I repeat: GET YOUR OWN SHOW.”

—Don Joyce, “GET YOUR OWN SHOW!Negativland.com. 1995. Accessed November 2016. http://www.negativland.com/archives/002getshow/

This is my show. It’s a blog as hupomnemata. At least once a day, I post quotes from articles, images, video and so forth that I think are interesting. Posts are stacked in next available slot, as I find them. Any commentary I wish to add is just added to a post if it short enough. Longer comments get added to the stack, like any other post. Most of my longer comments will be quick, off the cuff and written in a day. Sunday evenings are for music I’ve listened to recently.

Every year, I try a different focus.

  • In 2017: Established blog then moved it to an open source platform without advertising and started publishing something every day mid-year.
  • In 2018: I made it a goal to post every day for the full year.
  • In 2019: I posted twice a day, then added a noon post from my archive of photos mid-year.
  • In 2020: I plan on returning to posting once a day, with a focus more on quality.

My intent with this blog is to just go with the flow and see if any patterns or creative directions emerge. The tagline comes from a post from Austin Kleon, a reminder that regularity is key. Evolution requires iteration.

I didn’t imagine an audience for this blog beyond myself and perhaps a few friends. But, over the years, there seems to be some content that people like. If you have somehow stumbled upon cafebedouin.org, then welcome. Feel free to stir the swill bucket.

Year in Review: 2017 | 2018 | 2019


Reclaim Your Mind [Terence McKenna]

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  1. This is a most welcome discovery! I’ve been repeatedly checking your old site, which the internet has finally deemed dead beyond resuscitation. It’s a pleasure to see you are still around and thinking out loud. I look forward to following the blog.

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