Patrick

Obsessively curious. Assembling ideas for sentiers.media, @e180 and @thealpinereview. Collaborating with clients as Thought Partner.

Sentiers No.16

Blockchain and a low waste society. Toxic entitlement. Working less. CCTV in China. Journalism.

I’m not planning on talking about Bitcoin/blockchain all the time but the current price and worries around energy consumption are also surfacing interesting discussions. So, more blockchain in this issue with Vinay Gupta and some pretty mind blowing ideas. There’s an “Updates” section at the bottom with news on topics covered previously. Finally, the next two issues would normally […]

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Sentiers No.15

Commons (and a dying internet), strength, history, scifi, Bitcoin, Eudamonia machine

No real intro this week because, oops, after the shortest issue ever here’s the longest. ✕ The Commons To Oppose The Churn Q&A: Yochai Benkler on the Benefits of an Open Source Economic System The brilliant Benkler on the potential of the commons as a way to organize our world, the only real option to […]

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Sentiers No.14

Ku, Mesopotamia, utopian dreams, books, pivoting to readers, and slaughterbots

This issue randomly ended up as more focused on physical and/or the past, with great threads of historical topics, a Media section, and a Print section with books and bookstores. It’s also a bit shorter, do hit reply and tell me what you think. ✕ MUJI’s design philosophy is emptiness, not minimalism Ku is not a poverty or absence of ideas […]

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Sentiers No.13

Harassment, green communism, net neutrality, an ice apocalypse, and a ‘spaceship’

Apologies if you are getting this on (your) Monday, I finished up this issue just before dinner on Sunday my time. Nothing much else to say in lieu of intro except that my new favorite expression is Irony poisoning. ✕ Rebecca Traister on #MeToo, female rage, and Anita Hill’s legacy (Audio) Very, very highly recommended. You’ll be thinking […]

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Sentiers No.12

China and aliens, new institutes, Amazon, and destroying all the things

I held a lunch & learn last week on the topic of Personal Knowledge Mastery (PKM), based in part on Harold Jarche’s Seek, Sense, Share framework. Preparing the slides (with Deckset, you should check it out) made me realize that, other than this here newsletter I recently started, the Sense(making) and Sharing parts of my habits were […]

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Sentiers No.11

Impakt, commons, broken systems, the internet zucks and biomimicry

You’re getting this a bit later than usual. Sorry about that, I spent a good chunk of the afternoon finally watching Blade Runner 2049. Found it pretty great but I sure hope the objectification of women changes quicker than that in the actual future. ✕ Lets start on a positive note with this list from the STEPS […]

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Sentiers No.10

Stack monopoly, adversarial objects, giant boring machines, gutter biomes, and an epistemic crisis

Issue ten already, and just in time for the 📱 X! So far I’m having fun writing this, although still struggling a bit with finding the time. ✕ Overflow Things that were much praised elsewhere but are by now getting a bit oldish. Since I haven’t gotten to them yet, might as well include this week: Who […]

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Sentiers No.9

O’Reilly, Bell, Autonomy, D&D, Cities, China and misc churnings

It’s starting to feel like some recurring categories and groupings are settling down while keeping things flexible with numerous one offs. OH this week: “I’m in my filter bubble and I’m enjoying it.” ✕ Why is anyone listening to Tim O’Reilly? It wasn’t as thorough an evisceration as many tweets led me to believe but still, […]

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Sentiers No.8

Intelligence Reconsidered, go, utopias, Twitter, UBI

This week is the longest Sentiers so far, although still at a manageable length I think. I got some great feedback this week from readers randomly bumped into in town but do hit reply and tell me what you like, what’s less likeable or annoying and what you think of the format. ✕ Intelligence Reconsidered Fascinating […]

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Sentiers No.7

Costa Rica, Books, Zuck, Work & a Festering Pustule

Writing this up in a cafe on a Sunday morning but I’ll have to finish a bit later on since there’s a piano here with a guy playing classical music loudly and beautifully, and it’s hard to concentrate. Nice problem to have, I know. Unintended consequence; the time I spend on writing this newsletter is […]

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Sentiers No.6

Commons, AI, China, Netflix and Megastuff

Welcome to all the new subscribers sent this way by the brilliant Warren Ellis, I hope you enjoy what you find and I’m looking forward to your feedback. Probably a bit of a ‘duh!’ comment but as I’m writing this, ignoring Holywood pervs, dotards, and “gun printing” bores, I’m coming to realize a newsletter is as […]

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Sentiers No.5

Virtual assistants, Gibson, the two-tier economy, sustainability and colonialism

This week feels mildly Berlinish thanks to Sight & Sound, an event held in Montréal’s Eastern Bloc and Never Apart venues. It feels like this because, as I said on Twitter, the lineup is exactly what I see in Europe, always wondering and bemoaning why we don’t have this kind of program here. Well, we do this week. Be sure to […]

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Sentiers No.4

Unaccountability, access, drones, suburbs and octopuses

Issue 4 already, almost a month gone by. Thanks for joining and for the good comments. There are no real analytics on this platform so I don’t know what you click, hit reply for feedback but also for what’s especially interesting or useless. Do forward to friends when you enjoy the newsletter. If you are […]

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Les ponts

Deux ans (!!) plus tard, je relance l’idée d’organiser des petites rencontres informelles pour discuter de sujets divers. On en avait fait 2-3 et, après une pause estivale, je n’ai jamais reparti la machine. La dernière fois j’avais appelé ça les Cafés socio-tech pour discuter du point d’intersection entre la société et la technologie. Cette […]

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Sentiers No.3

Cassini, a magazine, lots of tech, the future of cars and loads of plastic

Completely unrelated slice of life: back in 2009 when we spent a few months in Berlin, I was impressed and jealous about how many people were flying in and out of the city, “I’m off to Portugal for five days,” “we’re going to London for the weekend,” “I’m in town for a conference.” etc. etc. […]

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