To all those who have noticed that Crypto-Current has yet to emerge from its lair, your interest is appreciated. The amount of broken promises attending the publication schedule of this work can be considered a practical lesson in trustlessness.
Presently aiming to keep it to under 100,000 words (without huge confidence).
Beside the theoretical reconstruction of distributed crypto-systems as implementations of critique, several demanding philosophical tasks are imposing themselves. Of these, the most substantial include:
1) An adequate formulation of diagonal argument as the principle of critique.
2) A transcendental deduction of money (as that which makes price possible), from which its traditionally-accepted qualities acquire categorical order.
3) A philosophical re-foundation of the concept of property, on a cryptographic basis.
Realistically, I suspect a mid-year deadline is doable. If things seem to be working out by the end of March, I’ll harden this up to a firm commitment (please don’t laugh). I want the damn thing to be done even more than you do, and most probably, a lot more.
So back to the workface …
The Electric Philosopher reviews Phyl-Undhu (with promise of a Chasm review rashly added).
ADDED: As promised, and faster than could reasonably be expected …
Finished Chasm an hour ago. Still needs a final sift through, and some work on the appendices. It’s going up on Amazon tonight — which means it will be available within a few days. I’ll add an announcement when that happens.
It’s something over 26,000 words (with another couples of thousand extra in the ‘apparatus’). Genre is hyper-formulaic abstract horror.
Crypto-Current is tantalizingly close to completion (but no cigar). North of 80,000 words, at this point, with far more hacking into philosophical jungles than anticipated. Given my record over over-promising on schedules, to date, I’m tempted to go conservative, and say end February for completion, since Winter interruptions are now going to slow things down. Apologies for the sluggish delivery.
This is where Chasm is drawn.
Video of James Cameron’s Challenger Deep dive. Night Life.
A deviously intelligent review of Ccru: Writings 1997-2003 at Flash Art.
Chris Shambaugh reviews CCRU: Writings 1997-2003 at &&&.
Promised for June, then for July, this is being re-scheduled for (everything that’s crossable, crossed) September. The project has grown under its own intrinsic momentum from a 20,000 word philosophical novella, through a 30-40,000 book (when the last promises were made), to a 50,000 word — “please, by all that is holy and unholy, make it stop!” — and still swelling entity, but the lid is being pushed down on it quite firmly now. Structure:
Chapter-1: Cryptocurrency as Critique
Chapter-2: Bitcoin and its Doubles
Chapter-3: State of Play
Chapter-4: Cash Machines
Chapter-5: The Open Secret
+ three appendices (Bitcoin paper; Technonomics, Dracoin)
++ more than 5,000 words of endnotes
+++ elaborate apparatus (timeline, people, institutions, coins, glossary, references …)
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June July (Machine Philosophy, ~ 50,000 words)
August (Abstract Horror, ~ 20,000 words)
September (Abstract Horror, ~ 35,000 words)