Mon August 25

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When I close my laptop, it goes to sleep. It’s a curiously domestic metaphor but it also implies that sleep in humans and other animals is just a kind of low-power standby mode. (Do computers dream of electric sleep?) Last year, Apple announced a twist on this idea: a new feature for the Mac operating system called “Power Nap”. Using Power Nap, your computer can do important things even while asleep, receiving updates and performing backups.

The name Power Nap comes from the term describing the thrusting executive’s purported ability to catch a restorative forty winks in 20 minutes but the functioning of Apple’s feature symbolically implies a yet more ultra-modern and frankly inhuman aspiration: to be “productive” even while dozing. It is the uncanny technological embodiment of the dream most blatantly sold to us by those work-from-home scams online, which promise that you can “make money even while you sleep”.

Sleep, indeed, is a standing affront to capitalism. That is the argument of Jonathan Crary’s provocative and fascinating essay, which takes “24/7” as a spectral umbrella term for round-the-clock consumption and production in today’s world. The human power nap is a macho response to what Crary notes is the alarming shrinkage of sleep in modernity. “The average North American adult now sleeps approximately six and a half hours a night,” he observes, which is “an erosion from eight hours a generation ago” and “ten hours in the early 20th century”.

Back in 1996, Stanley Coren’s book Sleep Thieves blamed insufficient rest for industrial disasters such as the Chernobyl meltdown. Crary is worried about the encroachment on sleep because it represents one of the last remaining zones of dissidence, of anti-productivity and even of solidarity. Isn’t it quite disgusting that, as he notices, public benches are now deliberately engineered to prevent human beings from sleeping on them?

While Apple-branded machines that take working Power Naps are figured as a more efficient species of people, people themselves are increasingly represented as apparatuses to be acted on by machines. Take the popular internet parlance of getting “eyeballs”, which means reaching an audience. “The term ‘eyeballs’ for the site of control,” Crary writes, “repositions human vision as a motor activity that can be subjected to external direction or stimuli … The eye is dislodged from the realm of optics and made into an intermediary element of a circuit whose end result is always a motor response of the body to electronic solicitation.”

You can’t get more “eyeballs” if the people to whose brains the eyeballs are physically connected are asleep. Hence the interest – currently military; before long surely commercial, too – in removing our need for sleep with drugs or other modifications. Then we would be more like efficient machines, able to “interact” with (or labour among) electronic media all day and all night. (It is strange, once you think about it, that the phrase “He’s a machine” is now supposed to be a compliment in the sporting arena and the workplace.)

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Sun August 24

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Mon August 18

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Fri August 15

lordexcess: Farmer plays Royals on trombone, cows gatherA Video (via lordexcess) - (vid)

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Wed August 13

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Tue August 12

wpbm: THE PLOT THICKENS ———- New pages of [my comic] White Pine Blue Moon. Two more coming tomorrow and then updates every Monday and Friday. [Read from the beginning]A Photoset (via housebuiltbyghosts) - (pic)

Sun August 10

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Sat August 2

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Tue July 22

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Mon July 21

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Sun July 20

housebuiltbyghosts: Heyyy so i got my biggest tattoo yet today! It’s flash-art-by-quyen-dinh ‘s design and I got it at Pearl Harbour Gift Shop in Toronto! It took about 4 hours total and my arm is hella swollen, but I’m very excited! Check out flash-art-by-quyen-dinh ‘s etsy store (where i bought the print as payment, and because it’s beautiful!) and check out Pearl Harbour Gift Shop if you’re in Toronto! [also my arm is so fucking swollen in this picture jesus]A Photoset (via housebuiltbyghosts) - (pic)

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