Several Notes on Lifecraft

I: Strategy is about identifying or creating advantageous asymmetries at particular times and places, mobilising the cusps of change and points of leverage that appear amidst chance and uncertainty. II: All humans are ecological engineers. We do not simply live in the world, passively reacting to events, but actively engage, continually restructuring the environment to… Continue reading Several Notes on Lifecraft

The Art of Hidden Opportunities

“I have a plan, sir.” “Really, Baldrick? A cunning and subtle one?” “Yes, sir.” “As cunning as a fox who’s just been appointed Professor of Cunning at Oxford University?” “Yes, sir.” — Blackadder Goes Forth On the surface there appears to be little affinity between the figure of the spy and that of the artist.… Continue reading The Art of Hidden Opportunities

The New Instrumentalists

The New Instrumentalists: The Modern Myth of the Life Hacker The idea of life hacking—the cultivation of techniques and stratagems to reduce the friction of everyday life—is not merely the adroit use of organising technologies for personal and professional advantage, but is tied to a larger field of practice in which adepts employ techniques and… Continue reading The New Instrumentalists