Author: D. S.C.

FALL 2018


It’s Autumn.
September has come and gone. We’re rushing up on samhain, that cusp between light and darkness, when the spirit time becomes longer and peril reaches into our lives. Life is OK, my love is strong, and the general effort of trying to remove the major chords from my music making is almost getting there. My nephew’s predilection for obscure computer tunes is possibly having an influence.

But things aren’t great in the world. The British exit from the EU is one case. That it will be decided by the one political group that refused to countenance peace in the north of Ireland, the DUP, is terrifying but inevitable when you look at how the government of the UK has tumbled in the last two years. Theresa May is the fall guy – whoever told her to come out dancing at the conference was a subscriber to some dark 4Chan shit. Johnson, Gove, Rees-Mogg and Davis are simply posh cunts you wouldn’t trust to look after your mower let alone provide any care for your family.

Why am I so worried? Because they have no idea what they’re doing or what is going to happen. The UK government notices of advice are suggesting companies with headquarters outside the UK contact the governments abroad for legal advice – and that maybe they should consider incorporating in those countries before the exit. The overall message is clear – don’t seek advice from the UK government.

"Negotiations are progressing well..." How things change.

“A scenario in which the UK leaves the EU without agreement (a ‘no deal’ scenario) remains unlikely given the mutual interests of the UK and the EU in securing a negotiated outcome.” September 2018.

These notices, published a month ago, are also woefully out of date. In September we were told “A scenario in which the UK leaves the EU without agreement (a ‘no deal’ scenario) remains unlikely given the mutual interests of the UK and the EU in securing a negotiated outcome” and “Negotiations are progressing well…”! This is obviously outdated, and while the passport situation, especially with Ireland, isn’t currently terrible, the page itself shows how much nonsense and falsehood this whole procedure is constructed of.

The “Brexit” vote highlighted a few interesting things in the UK, beyond the stupidity and hunger of politicians. The power of the media to shape people’s views of reality was especially interesting – Boris Johnson’s nonsensical attacks on the EU over the past decade in the press shaped a lot of non-telegraph readers’ views on it, the effect of Russia Today providing an unofficial lectern for certain far right figures to push anti-immigration views was also curious. For UK readers, you may have noticed the number of RT video articles spreading around through Facebook has substantially decreased since 2017.

If there are any Leave voters reading this, I’d be grateful if you could reach out to me and explain what’s going on, preferably via Twitter. Because when you voted Leave, were you aware that you were voting to end the Belfast Agreement and allow a party not involved in its negotiation to put the peace accord in jeopardy? And if you answer yes to that, how did you foresee the future so fucking well, a year before May had to rely on 10 MPs from Northern Ireland to give the Conservatives power?

So, when we return to the brightness, the sunshine and soft rain in springtime, the world will have changed again. The United States will have voted again, the European Union, designed to maintain peace across the continent, will have lost one of its founding nations, NATO will be weakened further and hopefully aliens will have set up home in each of our brains removing the ability to be cynical cunts.

Until then, peace X.

Damnit! MUSIC


In the post earlier for 2017 I mentioned that I was making music and trying not to make it sound like it was made by a 7 year old. The music I have made that sounds like it might have been made by a 7 year old is here, and will be replaced and removed on the 23rd of February and never bought again until a hideous compilation of past embarrassments is created in 2028.

It’s only €4 from Bandcamp as a digital thing, something like a tenner or 9 quid for the physical CD which has had loads of effort put into manufacturing, and it’ll be deleted soon. Fuck up the world cos it can only get better.

2017


IN WITH A KICK AND A BANG

Welcome to 2017. A new year of possibility. The possibilities are terrifying on so many levels. The 45th president of the United States was sworn in last week. The British exit from Europe has been slowed a fraction as the High Court points out the illegality of just wiping out 40 years of laws without actually having any parliamentary discussion, but the manufacturers of that exit from the most successful peaceful union of nations have been given media and political jobs and had their voices amplified again.

In Ireland the Irish Times is providing a voice to racists and eugenicists, telling us how to refer to unemployed black criminals and that the Irish should only be breeding with “Irish” people (assuming that there has been no interbreeding in the last 900 years, that the Vikings, when they weren’t being set up for attacking monasteries, never stopped to get langered and have a party).

And I’m working away, trying to make music that doesn’t sound like it was made by a 7 year old, and trying to survive on an income the unemployed here would laugh at but massive chunks of the world’s population would envy. I read or heard somewhere that if you have a dollar, or a euro, or a pound, you have more wealth than a massive amount of the world’s poor. If you have a roof, you should look after it and try as hard as possible to keep it.

The 45th president of the United States, a loathsome individual who has been accused of multiple sex crimes, has been called before court innumerable times more often than even me, may alter the shape of modern society – he will cause fear, that’s his aim. He wants to put fear in his enemies, and make his accomplices feel valued – until the moment when he needs them to fear him too. He will court the neo-nazis over the world because they will cause strife – this is simple marketing for him – weaken the foreign markets, strengthen the US. Any weakness abroad is a good thing for Trump’s America, and threatening the destruction of Europe is one way to create it.

America First

One of Dr Seuss’ many cartoons about America First and it’s links with the Nazi Party.

And it’s not overdoing it to say he is courting neo-nazis. He’s a good friend of this man for a start. He’s used the phrase “America First” – I can imagine Nigel sitting with him saying “Well, we wanted to get the old National Front, the Britain First supporters, you know, the racists and…” “What? Britain First…? That’s catchy. I like it. Got smarts. We wanna be first.” “But Donald, it’s not really, they’re racist and a member killed a liberal MP earlier in the year, maybe it’ll work for you, but…” “America First. It’s got a ring to it. I’ll use that. Steve, you got that? America First. We use that.”

Steve Bannon will have checked the name. He’s not that stupid to use a title or phrase and he knows that people will see the reference to the 1940s movement that was wholeheartedly in support of Hitler. The cartoon to the left is a hint at where things have gone – the comment about the “mightiest minds” can refer to institutional education (heavily dismissed by the right wing in the UK, and leered at by neo-fascists in Ireland and the US) or the press – that it is a source of conversation and that is all.

No, it’s not just a source of conversation. It’s something that should be decried, yelled at and if necessary smothered and suffocated. Assault is not a good thing. Drowning out their voices and not giving them oxygen is the key.

Good luck this year, and next – if we stand together, support each other and fuck up the world we can actually make it better.

Culture


(All statements made are solely my opinion – if there is a definitive used, please preface it with “this cock’s opinion”.)

Limerick, (National) City of Culture 2014. Well, that was a good year for Limerick. It’s a curious city. I don’t know the detail, but until last year Limerick City and Limerick County were two completely opposed governances.

The County controlled planning permission for what people outside the City limits thought of as much of the City. This would appear to have led to fuck loads of shopping centres. Childers Road, The Crescent, The Other One, The One On The Tipp Road, That Other One, and of course The New One To The West. I’m sure I’ve missed a couple. For a city of less than 200,000 people, that would seem to be enough. Too many even? Let’s not go that far.

These pits of consumerism draw in people from the county, possibly even from as far as Cork or Tipperary. This is a good thing!

The bad thing is that when you walk in these cavernous enclaves, you’re in a cultural vacuum. You’re not only missing out on seeing a massive chunk of the population, the weather and the variety of the city but also the colour, the noise and the danger that life should bring into your life.

When you step into a walled off, sealed and artificially lit shopping centre the first thing that should strike you is the change in sound. Not the lack of bird song – I mean, you’re in the middle of an industrial estate on the verge of major roads – but the echoes of footsteps on ceramic, the distant chatter of tills and sparking card readers. The culture of these places is not one that you can influence – by definition, it is not culture if you cannot feed into and influence and change it. The only way to effect mall culture, massive shopping centre culture, is to avoid it and not use it.

Dupe – An “Explanation”


The reason for starting this website was to have a place to put things I’ve made that would not be appropriate for the business site. I’d been looking at Archive.Org and reminiscing over the “blog” I kept on and off for 15 years at crespo.demon.co.uk and then nusense.co.uk. The aim of those sites was to experiment with layouts, write things that were on my mind, put silly pictures up and use the server space for my Fark Photoshop competition entries.

Gradually the amount of time and inclination to update declined and it went stagnant from about 2005 on. Those archives are now hosted here, or as much of them as I have backed up – the problem with the Wayback Machine’s versions is that I’d been very harsh with my robots.txt file to prevent searches within image directories, so this version actually has most of the original images. There are around 1200 files in that directory – typing in random variations of index_*.html may get you one of them.

So, while building this site I wanted a sense of randomness. The page title at ErisianLib, the heading and the content are all vaguely random entries – hopefully people will get different versions each time they visit. But it’s not a website yet – it’s more a hole in the internet. To be a “web”, it needs structure and links. Traditionally (since 1992) that’s meant being able to access all of a site’s content easily. Not by hitting refresh. So the question is, is a chaotic website possible?

Replies to @erisianlib. Fucked if I’m going to delete pages of spam from this thing every day.

A log of things


So how do I change that title? Damnit. Writing a website is time consuming. Thinking of content is time consuming. Thinking is time consuming. And I’ve a full time job. (ahahaha)