Ecology/Ontology [2014]

Shadowing my increasing appreciation towards an ‘ecological’ approach.


Narratives and Decision-Making [2014]

Mostly my own riffing on ideas I’ve alluded to before.


Centralized Systems [2014]

On authoritarianism and totalitarianism, from various angles.


Games/Games Studies [2014]

In early 2014, I provided notes and excerpts from some game studies texts, starting with the underappreciated anthropological approach.

I was/am compiling information for a possible series on this aspect of game studies. There are many other approaches that have been developed- there are a mass of practitioner texts. Game studies has taken off since the 90’s and the proliferation of the videogame, but I was interested in stepping back into older views of games in general because they are sometimes referred to but, I suspect, not widely read. It was this kind of exploration that I thought of when I rationalized why I was naming my blog after a lost/rediscovered nuclear weapons material.

DownWing Thought (and other Internet Politics) [Mostly late 2013]

Prereq: Upwing/Downwing and Etherealization

I’m fascinated by fringe politics, partly for the rhetorical/tribal functions that are easier to see in ecosystems I’m not a part of, and partly for their clarifying effect on the failings of more familiar political thought. (A little more on my rationalization of this obsession in “Why Weird Politics” here.)


Oswald Spengler and Decline of the West [Late 2013]

  1. Spengler’s Winter (an intro)
  2. Spengler’s Meaning of Numbers (on the first chapter of Decline of the West)
  3. Faustian Culture (Spengler’s preferred title for “Western” culture)
  4. Spengler on Pseudomorphosis (Cultures that clash)


“Apologetics” (Narratives that define groups) [Late 2013]


Minds [Late 2013]
Inspired by Ribbonfarm’s 2013 guests (mostly Mike Travers and Kevin Simler, although I liked all of the guest writers), I started looking into “Parliamentary Minds” and “Bicameral Mind” threads of thought, which I was mostly familiar with through Daniel Dennett and Douglass Hofstadter before.


Views of Human Organization [Late 2013]
Posts responsible for a lot of the vocabulary I use.


Numbers as Rhetoric [Late 2013]

[Late 2013]

The oldest thread in this blog was on a nonlinear view of history and technology.


Scrambled Notes [Late 2013]

There’s some idea development going on in short bursts here, based on readings I enjoyed.


Early Consolidations [Late 2013]

This is some longer stuff I tried my hand at earlier, but will probably be retreading soon because they were sloppy, too-early draft attempts.

The Weird and the Banal / Playing Everything