Friday, March 15, 2024

Bees the Collective

“The truth about intimate relationships is that they can never be any better than our relationship with ourselves. How we are related to ourselves determines not only the choice of the Other but the quality of the relationship… All relationships… are symptomatic of the state of our inner life, and no relationship can be any better than our relationship to our own unconscious.“

In the middle of the journey of our life I found myself within a dark woods where the straight way was lost,” Dante wrote in the 
Inferno. “The perilous time for the most highly gifted is not youth,” the visionary Elizabeth Peabody cautioned half a millennium later as she considered the art of self-renewal, “the perilous season is middle age.”

The Middle Passage: A Jungian Field Guide to Finding Meaning and Transformation in Midlife

THEY DON’T CALL IT A HIVE MIND FOR NOTHING:  Bees Reveal a Human-Like Collective Intelligence We Never Knew Existed.

 According to popular legend, there was once a female Pope – Pope Joan, who reigned for two years between 855 and 857 before coming to a very sticky end.

 If you’ve never heard of her, it’s hardly surprising as her existence has been questioned for centuries and her name wiped from official history. It seems however, that Pope Joan couldn’t be so easily buried and her legacy is still as ripe for the imagination as it was a millennia ago, inspiring novelists, historians and movie-makers. So is this story of a woman, clever and talented enough to infiltrate, deceive and rise to the top of the exclusively masculine club that is the Papacy, true? 

Or was it a fable created with the intention to ridicule and discredit the Catholic church by its enemies? Alternatively, could it merely have been a moral tale, warning all ambitious Medieval women to ‘know their place’?

The best non-alcoholic wines for 2024 that don’t taste like grape juice. In my experience, non-alcoholic whiskey and gin are execrable, and non-alcoholic beer can be quite good. This article supposedly identifies tasty wines, but as I say, I haven’t tried them.

The daylight almost gone

Faircamp is a Bandcamp replacement (via MeFi) – looks tricksy to use, but interesting labels are to be found there, e.g Tryptophonic Records / meanwhile, on Bandcamp: music by Solar Halos / Steve Hillage’s 1973 The Golden Vibe / a fine, in-depth look at the skewed quest for The Perfect Webpage, or ‘How the internet reshaped itself around Google’s search algorithms — and into a world where websites look the same’ (at The Verge) / Painting with plasticine, 1958 / the GENERAL DYNAMICS (Astronautics) SPACE CARDS (via Kottke), hosted by Unkee E, one of those richly curated Flickr streams that makes Instagram look insipid / ‘Forest City: Inside Malaysia’s Chinese-built ‘ghost city” / a collection of 152 Visual Phenomena & Optical Illusions / immersive art by Nike Savvas /, ‘the authorized portal for reliving classic Sierra On-Line adventure games’ / see also Web Adventures, which allows you to ‘play classic text adventure games online for free through your browser’ / a collection of Dachas / revisiting the Rats Trilogy, “the literary version of Anarchy im the U.K.”