In the beginning the labyrinth was not the center of Wanderverse. Believe it or not, in those days Wanderverse had no center at all. But the man who would give it one had already been born. | Continue reading | 1 day ago

Nanomancing, Commence!

You're about to enjoy the third installment of a CC0-licensed Wanderverse story written by Sam Wilson. But first! Read the previous chapters... A gnome, her assistant, and the Nanomancer's apprenticeDiversions AbroadChapter 7"What's that racket?" Dana shrugged her shoulders, but … | Continue reading | 16 days ago

Ideograph • Loop de links

Oh gosh oh boy it's NEWSLETTER time! Get hype. I'm hype, in case you can't tell. Let's take a stroll through the noosphere 🔮 First, I hope you saw the latest rhizomatic tendril of Wanderverse: A gnome, her assistant, and the Nanomancer’s apprenticeToday I’m pleased to pre … | Continue reading | 1 month ago

A gnome, her assistant, and the Nanomancer's apprentice

Today I'm pleased to present the first three chapters of a Wanderverse contribution by Sam Wilson, the researcher who painstakingly catalogued evidence that There Was An Extinction-Level Event In 2012: And We All Now Live In A Simulation. Find more of Sam's short and serialized f … | Continue reading | 1 month ago

Ideograph #1

Hello hello! The newsletter finally has a name: Ideograph. I came up with it by pondering the theme I hope to convey, which is roughly "the shape of ideas." Then I discovered that "ideograph" is an extant term of art: [...] a word frequently used in political discourse that uses … | Continue reading | 2 months ago

A Bunch of Links

See subject line. As usual, I'll start with the ones that involve me: Gift memberships are now available! I feel silly announcing this after Christmas rather than before, but so it goes. Maybe ur fave has a birthday coming up? Also, I updated the membership page for 2021.Timothy … | Continue reading | 3 months ago

Spelling [on magic]

Epistemic status: Making a stab at the ineffable. The ineffable dodges and I miss. Again, argh! It always does that. Oh well, gonna keep stabbing anyway. Hey kids, wassup. Wanna talk about magic? 'Course you do. First, a disclaimer: I don't advocate sorcery. Aleister Crowley et a … | Continue reading | 4 months ago


Hi friends! What a year, what a year. That's all I have to say about electoral politics. Seriously though, can you believe it's November already? Time to plan the holiday movie roster ❄️ Perhaps you'd enjoy a serene interlude. Visit the Wanderpath gazebo to contemplate "icicles w … | Continue reading | 5 months ago


the cool part of the world being enchanted is, well, it's enchanted. that's lovely! the downside is that demons want to eat your soul — 🎀 🤖 (@sonyasupposedly) August 22, 2020 I've been spending time in the fairy-tale realm lately, … | Continue reading | 6 months ago

Close to the Surface

Made with clip art by Arcanaofwales (who is also on Instagram) and OlgaSoi007, among various other materials. Looking out from my eyes is like staring upward through two inches of clear water. I'm on my back, floating but shallowly submerged. The barrier is transparent, and yet i … | Continue reading | 6 months ago

Modern Flow

Bunny chimera illustration by Celia Agnes of Sweet Omens, available as a print on Etsy. Guess what time it is? That's right, time for a NEWSLETTER! This is me getting myself hyped but hopefully it works on you too. Happy Monday. Btw, you may not be aware of the point | Continue reading | 6 months ago

Brutality of Life Reading List (12 Books)

Earlier this year I summed up the perpetual utilitarian lament: Despite nigh-inestimable progress, the world is pervaded by suffering. An unimaginable amount of suffering. Trying to comprehend it specifically and thoroughly makes me feel sick. It is stagger … | Continue reading | 7 months ago

Spiral Pacing

Previously Plumule found herself in a clearing marked by "the ridges and dips of a labyrinth that was dug into the meadow long ago." During a midnight trance, she watched a formidable owl fly the pattern of the labyrinth repeatedly, then perform an unknown ritual in the center be … | Continue reading | 7 months ago

VCBrags, Viciousness, and Pasquale D'Silva

I'm sure Pasquale won't mind serving as a case study, given his glee at the association: I’m HONORED / BLESSED that some of you Silicon Valley tech dweebs think that I was @vcbrags. To be honest, I’m so dumb about VC, half the jokes from the account flew over | Continue reading | 7 months ago


Hey there, I hope you're doing well despite 2020 continuing to 2020. Allow me to distract you, I guess? No new project installments yet, but I've got some interesting links that are basically unrelated to current events. Newsletter soundtrack: "The music of To Setto Setto is a cy … | Continue reading | 7 months ago

“Bon Voyage” and other outtakes

Happy Sunday! I wrote a blog post about books: Reading NotesFYI, this post contains Amazon affiliate links. Sundry reflections on the pleasures of books, inspired by Mason’s thread from last year []. (“The right pace to re … | Continue reading | 8 months ago

Reading Notes

FYI, this post contains Amazon affiliate links. Sundry reflections on the pleasures of books, inspired by Mason's thread from last year. ("The right pace to read at is conversational." 😍) Also inspired by Marc Andreessen's May comments about his reading habits: [Sriram K … | Continue reading | 8 months ago

Multiplayer Psychosis

My friend Beau suggested that I reflect on cyberpunk again, do an issue of Exolymph for old time's sake. I've been pondering the prompt for a while now. The internet changed everything, that much is clear. Software changed everything. Computers changed everything — computing chan … | Continue reading | 8 months ago

In Which We Must Agree to Disagree

The website and blog of Sonya Mann. | Continue reading | 9 months ago


An exhortation in favor of vim, vigor, and verve. | Continue reading | 9 months ago

Making a Future

More advice — this will be a recurring feature of Sonya Supposedly, I can already tell. Look... what can I say, the bossiness comes naturally! Query me if you wish. Artwork by Mickey De Muis. I received three questions about, mas o menos, anomie — and the desire for life to feel | Continue reading | 9 months ago

Gathering Strength on the Horizon

One of my earliest job aspirations was advice columnist. The appeal remains, so I'm giving it a try. First question: The current political moment leaves me wanting to move to the mountains and buy lots of guns, but my partner doesn't see the specter of cleansing purges gathering … | Continue reading | 9 months ago

Ultra Simple To-Do List Template

Ironically I'm writing this post as procrastiwork, since I don't feel like doing anything that's actually on my to-do list. The template will probably seem obvious, but that's kinda the point. You don't need any fancy programs — currently I use Apple Notes; previously Google Docs … | Continue reading | 9 months ago

River Ripples

A few links, then some plans. In case you missed it, the last message was "Impossibility Space." I've penned one more screed since: Survivalist EpistemologyOn the existential politics of sorting through salience signals under uncertainty.Sonya MannSonya SupposedlyI compiled a "Be … | Continue reading | 10 months ago

Impossibility Space

You find yourself on the brink, the cusp, the verge — frozen at the edge of a sheer cliff, peering over it. How discomfiting, to regard that long fall! And yet vertigo beckons. The void is a vortex and its voice whooshes loudly as you tip, tip, then tip-tip-tip forward. Now | Continue reading | 10 months ago

All you can do is as much as you can

Continue reading | 10 months ago

Smoke from All Around

Watching livestreamed riots last night, fire and mayhem in fuzzy rectangles, I thought of Don Henley's 1985 hit: "Molotov cocktail, the local drink / And all she wants to do is dance, dance." I miss a dance floor. I miss the bodies, the sweat, big speakers blowing the bass throug … | Continue reading | 10 months ago

Pulling the Trigger

Reflections on quitting my day job. | Continue reading | 11 months ago

Notes on the Santa Fe Institute

An overview of complexity research enclave the Santa Fe Institute, frequented by luminaries ranging from Murray Gell-Mann to Cormac McCarthy. | Continue reading | 11 months ago

Unhinged Previous Drafts

Announcing that you quit your job during the early days of a pandemic-provoked recession (depression?) that is progressively pervading Pangaea — well, it takes some trial and error ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ The following texts coevolved but were abandoned at various points. Hence the details may … | Continue reading | 11 months ago

Civilizational Immune Systems

In a recent call to arms, software magnate Marc Andreessen remarked on widespread inability to respond swiftly, let alone appropriately, to the onset of pandemic: [...] the harsh reality is that it all failed — no Western country, or state, or city was prepared — and despite hard … | Continue reading | 12 months ago

Akshually, Reading the Comments Is Good

A defense of delving into the peanut gallery. | Continue reading | 1 year ago

Why Cryptocurrency Matters

Last July, I was talking about Zcash on Twitter, and Josh Grobe asked me this question: Q: what additional utility do cryptos like zcash have vs more traditional transactional methods (Credit Cards)? Interested in zcash, but often look into crypto marketplaces and think, "wh … | Continue reading | 1 year ago

Human Nature Applied Virtually

In November, I'll be leading an online writing workshop called Friends as ForceMultiplier [], hosted by semi-enigmaticconsultancy Other Internet []. FaFM will focus onunderstanding, navigating, and leveraging internet c … | Continue reading | 1 year ago

Z2zPM: Every Tongue, Every Press, Is a Power

→ what z2z Public Messages is ← [/z2z-public-messages/]Monday, October 28, 2019"'What gunpowder did for war, the printing press has done for the mind.' -Wendell Phillips"I looked up the quote. As a full sentence it's even morekick-ass:> What gunpowder did for war, the printing pr … | Continue reading | 1 year ago

Thoughts on Media Twitter

I like it when journalists tweet about their personal opinions and experiences. I want to know where people are coming from, why they care about the issues that concern them most, how they approach the world, and whether they seem like a thoughtful person in general. | Continue reading | 1 year ago