Day 2 of remote work. Pockets of mist on the way in. Reminds me of walking to school as a kid.

Library: Pagan Oceans / Devenir

Waiting for me when I got home from work. Tsone’s PAGAN OCEANS, on the left, is a three-CD set, which I’m looking forward to loading into the big five-disc CD player and disappearing into on Friday.

Devenir by EUS is a wonderful piece of drone music out of Costa Rica, strongly environmental but with the surging power of, say, Fuck Buttons circa “Olympians.”

Your internet may suck, but mine brings me music from everywhere.


1030am. Been in the back of a car for an hour, en route to production office in London where I live for the next couple of days. Reading the new Jack Reacher book and wishing for sleep or death


Been an admired of The Wyrding Module since THE WORD MADE FLESH, which is a regular replay out here on the Thames Delta. So when a new record popped up the other day, it was an immediate purchase. I mean, I didn’t need to hear it. I wanted a Wyrding Module piece in my library. And it doesn’t disappoint. A kosmische halloween trance.

Go straight to track 7 and drink it down, if you’re not familiar with the Module.

Remote Work Bag, Nov/Dec 2019

Yes, everything has gone horribly wrong in my life, and for the first time in thirty years I have a day job. Two days a week as a consultant on a thing that has a hefty NDA.

It’s a gear post. And a work in progress.

My newish X1 Carbon Thinkpad doesn’t fit in my usual go-bag, the Maxpedition Jumbo Versipack. I am very annoyed about this. (The X1 Carbon is replacing a Dell XPS 13 that was wonderfully small and slim and fit in the back sleeve of the Versipack perfectly but had an average keyboard and lousy wifi.)

SO I’m having to bust out the most ludricrously named piece of luggage I own. The Maxpedition¬†Aggressor Attache.

I swear to god I used to have a laptop bag. Maybe my kid filched it like she filched my FREAKANGELS-branded canvas field bags.

Anyway, the bag is, as you can see, a little more beastly than is really required. But I’ve had it for seven and a half years and it’s still as good as new. It just has an insane name.

Three of the most recent Field Notes subscription editions. SanDisk Extreme CZ80 64GB flash drive. Victorinox Forester knife in black. Pilot Frixion pen, Sharpie marker, Pigma Micron Pen 03 in 0.35mm. And an EE wifi hotspot device. Just in case.

Beard oil from Salix Moon. Unpictured, a Tom Ford deodorant stick because I think I left it in the other bag. I don’t want to stink evertyone else out of the room, after all. A Maxpedition small wallet, a small Anker battery, a Kindle Paperwhite, a large Anker battery, and a protein shaker. I use Vivo powders, which is only available in the UK. If you too are in the UK, I recommend the raw cacao protein and BCAA powder, and the blueberry & lucuma multinutrient superfood powder. Also unpictured, a water bottle, because I’m going to be spending a lot of time in the backs of cars.

I have The Fear — of early-for-me mornings and of missing the one tool I need that will be more than two hours’ drive away.

All set. I think. I hope.

STATUS: 1nov19

mornings are bullshit and i do not want them

i realise it’s not morning RIGHT NOW but it was when i took that

inbox: who the fuck knows


Screener season has officially begun. This is when WGA members get sent DVDs for the forthcoming awards cycle, which I have no idea how to vote in. Most of them won’t play on my DVD drive. It’s like receiving a long stream of custom coasters.

But they do send script books, too, and those are marvellous.

I am silently screening a beautifully bleak-looking old Ukrainian film called THE STONE CROSS with PAGAN OCEANS by Tsone playing over the top – I was going to cull and refix the Twitter lists I run on Tweetdeck on the big screen for news and stuff, but fuck it.

Am now into the writer-nerdery of picking the notebooks for a possible consulting gig. Maybe I should have gone full Midori Traveller like Julian Simpson.