Most (95%) are March 2020 releases, here and there some classics from BC. Works best if you play in shuffle mode. Enjoy!

Petervan Artwork ©2020 - The Real Virus Does Not Look That Nice
3D Sculpture in Putty 3D - Soundtrack

Seaside Tribe V1 cropped

Petervan Artwork ©2020 - Seaside Tribe - Acryl on canvas - 120x100cm


Bomen spreiden hun vingers uit

Hun handen wuiven van weerbarstigheid

Botten water zuigend

Uit zompige aarde

Onhoudbaar vitaal elan

Eieren van nieuwe stokken

Kikkers een verse dril

Mollen leven op hoop

Wolken schuiven de hemel open

De drang dreigt te verzuipen

In een tsunami van nieuw leven

Ik ruik nu al

De appeloogst van de boomgaard

De geur van vers gemaaid gras

Citroen op sla van albast

Er zit een kraai

Hoog in de populier

Een reservatie van een nest

Voor de zomer

Hoog in de boom

Zit ook ik

Ik geef me bloot

En durf te dromen

+++ rough translation +++


Trees spreading out their fingers

Unrelentless waving hands

Buds soaking water

From swampy soil

Untenable élan vital

Rebooted ovaries

And fresh frogspawn

Molehills of hope

Fluffy clouds slide open in heaven

The risk of drawing the vital urge

In a tsunami of renewed being

I smell now already

An orchard of the apple harvest

The tickle of freshly mowed grass

Citrus on a salad of alabaster

There is a crow

High in the poplar

A reservation for a nest

For the summer

High in that tree

I expose myself

And dare to dream


An irregular, unpredictable, incoherent, unfocused set of mind-sparks that got me thinking. Handpicked, no robots. Minimalism in curation. Enjoy!

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The “collapse of time” was an important meme in the Techonomy 2019 session on Super-Evolution, the idea that startups can now harness rapid prototyping and vast pools of data to develop radically new business models quickly and at scale (video here)


Super-Evolution is about creating more – dramatically more – options. Invented by AI, aka non-human logic. (see also Haydn Shaughnessy on the importance of maximizing options and radical adjacencies vs. core competency in innovation)

“Leave behind the myth of the grand plan and create the conditions for optionality and just-in-time strategy.”(Haydn Shaughnessy)

The first time I felt that sensation of collapsing time was when viewing Elon Musk’s Tesla 2019 update. I felt beaten by algorithms. The Tesla is now/then learning from (data) from human behavior and driving like a human, but ultimately will EXCEED their behavior” (at 01:48:15)

There you have it: gradually, but suddenly we have a singularity. Gradually but suddenly, all jobs are doomed. We are not going to stop this with an ethics council or with regulation. The train has left the station, the genie is out of the bottle.

“The fleet wakes up with an over the air update”

PR or product? The same question was asked some months later by Jean-Louis Gassée regarding the Cybertruck launch:

“Elon Musk forces us to be of two minds. On one side, we have Musk the Mountebank; on the other, a Captain of Industry.

I had the same feeling of time-space collapse and irrelevance when watching this awesome interview with Rahul Sonnad, CEO/Co-Founder of Tesloop, explaining how “Robo-Mobility is a hospitality service” and “Once cars are appliances”

Are we toast? And/or do we need to reboot, reskill, etc if we don’t want to become irrelevant? Venkatesh Rao gives his perspective when reflecting on Inventing Time, and playing on Alan Kay’s “It is easier to invent the future than to predict it” and William Gibson’s “The future is already here, it is just unevenly distributed.”

“Riding in a Tesla made the electric vehicle future seem utterly inevitable in a way that kinda killed the present for me. Suddenly I could no longer look at gasoline cars the same way. Driving in my own car felt different like I was stuck in the past, waiting for the price of the future to come down to the point where I could afford to live in it. So a Tesla creates the future in the sense of both the Alan Kay and William Gibson quotes. It makes the future real in a deep way that is like making time itself real. And you know this because the feel of the present feels different like you’re heading down a dead-end, a lame-duck future. You’ll have to either abandon it as soon as you can or end up dying with it.

Maps book

Around the same time, I was lurking in Simon Ferdinand’s Mapping Beyond Measure: Art, Cartography, and the Space of Global Modernity. He could have added the Time of Global Modernity, as he writes about spatial (spheres) and temporal (time collapse) ruptures.

“Often map artworks recapitulate the narratives of rupture (spatial as well as temporal) through which global modernity differentiates itself from inherited pasts and surroundings.


“Maps have proven integral… to the experience of “time-space compression”


It made me think of Peter Greenaway’s film ‘A walk through H: The Reincarnation of an Ornithologist’ (1978) and “A Walk through a Thousand Plateaus”, an homage to that film.

It is probably a sign of the times that in the preparation of his new book “Agency” also the great William Gibson lost a sense of how weird the world has become, up to the point of the present bypassing his future sci-fi scripts – “His future had to catch up with the present”and “stubs”: alternative timeline in which technologists (and, more tellingly, hobbyists) of the future are able to meddle.


Hobbyists and meddling, the right words probably for not getting alienated. I would call it “tinkering” by maximizing options that human logic not necessary can spot or generate in time.




An irregular, unpredictable, incoherent, unfocused set of mind-sparks that got me thinking. Irregular it is: just one week since the previous edition, but this week was, well… special. Handpicked, no robots. Minimalism in curation. Enjoy!

  • About doppelgänger and digital twins, urban glimpses and drawing data. The broader context of data about cities, models of cities, and understanding and visualizing cities.
  • About 2038, an international team of architects, artists, ecologists, economists, scientists, politicians, and writers, initiated in 2019, aiming to tell a (hi)story that today we call future > très spéciale 😉
  • About The Everything Manifesto, a thought experiment for the next billion seconds and an introduction to ‘The Weirdness of Interdependencies’
  • Venkatesh Rao freewheeling on narrative as a road in time, and stories as particular journeys taken along that road. Big fan.
  • Amber Case explains: what looks cool in a science fiction film is frequently frustrating, distracting, and convoluted to use in real life.

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