CJW: Here's me, overhauling the Bonus Archive to keep everything (Locked, Unlocked, and Lost) in the one place. Look upon our bonuses ye mighty and despair.
[UNLOCKED] MY DISCO, March 2nd at Geddes Lane Ballroom
3rd March, 2019 - CJW
Live music review of MY DISCO, purveyors of fine ambient industrial drone.
[UNLOCKED] 400 karma points earned
18th March, 2019 - CJW
On the problematic use of religious elements in the video game Far Cry 4.
[UNLOCKED] Bond vs the anti-Bourne: 4GW and the Collapse as a Survival Horror
31st March, 2019 - MKY
Exploring spycraft for surviving the collapse (or perhaps just an increasingly fascistic status quo) using Jason Bourne and Craig-era James Bond as a lens.
14th April, 2019 - AA
A personal essay on dead boys and beachside holidays.
18th April, 2019 - MJW & CJW
On passive suicide ideation. Content warnings for discussion of suicide, depression, etc.
[UNLOCKED] The Beasts and the Birthday
30th April, 2019 - MJW
A piece of short fiction from Marlee Jane Ward - a domestic take on a monstrous sort of post-apocalypse.
[LOCKED] This Bong Chills Fascists
11th May, 2019 - HB
Is it a recipe for making weed brownies or an essay on accelerationism and fascism? ¿Por qué no los dos?
[UNLOCKED] Field Notes from the proto-Invisibles Monastery: Introduction
26th May, 2019 - MKY
Part 1 of m1k3y’s exploration of, well, everything… Impossible to summarise this dense 34 page PDF.
[UNLOCKED] Cartoon Metaphysics
8th June, 2019 - AA
On the connection between neolithic cave art and cartoons, and their connection to The Now.
[UNLOCKED] The Creative Precariat
26th June, 2019 - MJW
On precarity for creatives (with a focus on writers because we be doing that).
[UNLOCKED] Lost and Found
7th July, 2019 - CJW
Lost futures and found futures, cyberpunk and nostalgia.
[UNLOCKED] A Psychogeographical Survey of the Future
20th July, 2019 - MKY
A great follow-up to the above - more on futures and futurisms.
[UNLOCKED] Social Media Ego Death Trip
4th August, 2019 - AA
A piece of “liminal journalism” inspired by installation art and experimental military technology.
[UNLOCKED] How to Jury-Rig a Podcast for Fun and (Not Much) Profit
21st August, 2019 - MJW
Exactly what it says on the tin.
1st September, 2019 - CJW
Part 1 of an irregular series I think of as Mundane Occultism, on podcasts as telepathy and being wary of what you let others put into your brain (with then-relevant podcast recs).
[UNLOCKED] A Gesamptkunstwerk for the Terminally Online
16th September, 2019 - AA
A look at Austin’s thinking and process leading up to planning for CREEPER 2, as well as his SLEEP AGENT audio project (which may find new life in a new form sometime soon. Keep watching the skis).
[UNLOCKED] Field Notes from the proto-Invisibles Monastery: Escaping the Empire / Life in the Churn
29th September, 2019 - MKY
Part 2 of MKY’s proto-Invisibles Monastery explorations.
[UNLOCKED] Am I just depressed or is the world ending?
13th October, 2019 - MJW
On depression and (mentally) surviving in “interesting times.”
[UNLOCKED] FitBit vs Do Easy
27th October, 2019 - CJW
Part 2 of my Mundane Occultism series (which I’ll get back to one of these days), on Burroughs’ DO EASY philosophy versus quantifiable metrics and gamification.
[UNLOCKED] The Worst Excuse
11th November, 2019 - AA
On nicotine addiction, reality tunnels, Ligotti’s Conspiracy Against the Human Race, Erik Satie, and more.
[UNLOCKED] Field Notes from the proto-Invisibles Monastery: on the Gods / on Wandering Towards the Restoration
24th November, 2019 - MKY
Part 3 of MKY’s proto-Invisibles Monastery series.
8th December, 2019 - MJW
Original short fiction from Marlee Jane Ward. I’d say it’s an example of sex work sci-fi, of which I would love to see more, though Marlee might label it a different way.
[UNLOCKED] Refused Are Fucking (Un)dead
22nd December, 2019 - CJW
Tracking the rise and fall of the band Refused, ending on a review of War Music.
24th December, 2019 - MJW
Marlee’s Christmas-themed story Reconstituted, originally published at Apex Magazine.
[LOCKED] nothing here but a podcast experiment
5th of January, 2020 - AA & CJW
This one isn’t locked so much as dead, because Substack supported podcast posts, but Buttondown doesn’t.
[UNLOCKED] I saw someone die tonight
18th January, 2020 - CJW
This could have been another review of a MY DISCO live show, but instead I saw someone die.
[UNLOCKED] Field Notes from the proto-Invisibles Monastary 4 - on Dataism and the Stacks
2nd February, 2020 - MKY
Part 4 of MKY’s proto-Invisibles Monastery series.
[UNLOCKED] The Husband In Your Head
16th February, 2020 - MJW
Original sci-fi from MJW - looking at domestic violence and misogyny (and breaking free).
[UNLOCKED] The Ones Who Stay
1st March, 2020 - CJW
On Ursula Le Guin’s The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelasand our own complicity in systems of capitalist imperialism and control.
[UNLOCKED] Bingewatching the end of Civilisation
29th March, 2020 - MKY
Exactly what it says on the tin. Bingewatching as early pandemic survival strategy.
[UNLOCKED] Tom COVID's The Division
15th April, 2020 - CJW
On playing Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 during the pandemic and drawing parallels between the world of the game and the world of the early pandemic.
27th April, 2020 - MJW
On writing a drug addiction and sex work memoir and outing yourself during a pandemic when people are too busy surviving for there to be much stigma.
[UNLOCKED] Pixels, Pandemics, & The Protestant Work Ethic or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love World of Warcraft (Again)
15th May, 2020 - DCH
Looking at the protestant work ethic and/during the pandemic through the lens of WoW.
[UNLOCKED] Field Notes from the proto-Invisibles Monastery 5 - on Galactic Citizenry and the Breakaway Civ
24th May, 2020 - MKY
The 5th (and final?) part of MKY’s proto-Invisibles Monastery explorations.
[UNLOCKED] a shadow of the rage I once had for God
7th June, 2020 - CJW
Part 1 of my (again very irregular) series exploring Simulation Theory.
[UNLOCKED] 'You're Wrong About': A Love Letter
21st June, 2020 - MJW
A love letter to/for the podcast You’re Wrong About, and on struggling to survive lockdown.
[UNLOCKED] NIGHTMARES OF THE FUTURE: The Ghosts of War
20th July, 2020 - MKY
A review/deconstruction of the film Spectral. Or, Part 37 of the ongoing series “MKY teases out interesting thoughts and ideas from a film/TV show CJW found too mediocre to give a second thought to”. It’s a catchy title, I know.
[UNLOCKED] Bad Ideas
2nd August, 2020 - CJW
A bunch of story ideas, free to good home. Or, just see how my brain works when it comes to fiction writing, if that tickles your fancy.
[LOCKED] In League With the Devil - Excerpt
18th August, 2020 - AA & CJW
Excerpt from a collab gonzo, psychedelic spy-fi novel Austin and I wrote a few years back.
[UNLOCKED] Big tech enslaves and murders Muslim minorities
3rd September, 2020 - DCH
On the complicity of Google, Amazon, Facebook, Apple, and other companies in the use of forced labor, as well as Facebook’s role in the promotion of genocide.
[UNLOCKED] Walking and Things
15th September, 2020 - MJW
On walking, writing, pain, and related topics.
[UNLOCKED] SUCCESSION: What strange beast of the global entertainment industry is this?
28th September, 2020 - MKY
A review of the TV show Succession.
[UNLOCKED] Our Centaur Futures
11th October, 2020 - CJW
On AI and human cooperation.
[UNLOCKED] The high cost of convenience
25th October, 2020 - DCH
On Amazon’s bodycount and related unethical behaviours.
[UNLOCKED] Wandering the Icelandic States of America
8th November, 2020 - CJW
A write-up on Death Stranding, with (unsurprisingly) a Leftist skew.
25th November, 2020 - CJW
Personal essay on model kits and (then) modern warfare.
6th December, 2020 - MJW
The smell of old books being tainted as a child by predatory old men.
[UNLOCKED] Prometheus: a Christmas Carol
21st December, 2020 - CJW, MKY, MJW
We watched Prometheus as a Christmas movie and had fun going deep down that particular rabbit hole.
[UNLOCKED] The Zombie Guide to Understanding 2020
3rd January, 2021 - MKY
Fictional zombies and plagues helping to make sense of reality.
[UNLOCKED] The Secret of the Ancestor Simulation
17th January, 2021 - CJW
Part 2 of my (very, very irregular) series on Simulation Theory. Expect Part 3 in late 2022, early 2023?
[UNLOCKED] A primer on propaganda in the 21st century
31st January, 2021 - DCH
Exactly what it says on the tin.
[LOCKED] The Forgetting Navigations, Chapters 1 & 2
14th February, 2021 - MJW
The opening 2 chapters of a new sci-fi novella from Marlee Jane Ward.
[UNLOCKED] Can't Get You Out of My Head
28th February, 2021 - CJW, DCH, MKY
We watch Adam Curtis’ latest series, Can’t Get You Out of My Head, and tease out interesting bits and pieces from and related to the series.
[UNLOCKED] Australia's ecosystems are f---
14th March, 2021 - MKY
Depressingly, exactly what it says on the tin.
28th March, 2021 - CJW
Personal essay on the life and death of a beloved family dog.
[UNLOCKED] A Eulogy for Micajahala
11th April, 2021 - DCH
A eulogy for Dan’s mum.
[UNLOCKED] Cancelling Deleuze
27th April, 2021 - CJW
Some thoughts spurred on by reading Deleuze’s On the Superiority of Anglo-American Literaturefor the Buddies without Organs podcast.
9th May, 2021 - CJW
On becoming, and figuring one’s self out.
[LOCKED] Experiments in Expectation (On GPT-3)
23rd May, 2021 - CJW
Experimenting with GPT-3
[LOCKED] August Movie August - The Selection
1st August, 2021
In which Corey watches a lotof movies in one month and writes about them.
[LOCKED] August Movie August - First Batch
[LOCKED] August Movie August - It’s Over!
[LOCKED] And I Feel Fine
26th September, 2021
On nihilism as a coping mechanism.
[LOCKED] Couch to Hero
24th October, 2021
A MKY training montage, now in text form!
[LOCKED] Your Body is Perfect, And Other Lies
21st November, 2021
Some new SW memoir writing from MJW, including illustrations.
[LOCKED] Batman Returns: A Bativity Scene
19th December, 2021
Another Christmas Special, this time featuring commentary from CJW, MJW, MKY, and DCH.
[LOCKED] A Timeline of QAnon Crime
16th January, 2022
DCH providing a breakdown of crime associated with QAnon believers. It might sound like it could be funny or quirky, but it’s more tragic than anything else.
[LOCKED] Olavo de Carvalho is Dead
13th February, 2022
LZ on celebrating someone’s death when they’re an absolute piece of shit. Fuck politeness.
[LOCKED] Red Panda
13th March, 2022
Fresh sci-fi coming from the brain of MKY.
[LOCKED] Blood Eclectic
10th April, 2022
A piece of short sci-fi from CJW based on Tom Waits’ Romeo is Bleeding.
[LOCKED] The Farm
8th May, 2022
A first look at a new autofiction project from MJW.