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Alex Van Camp @VanCamp Chicago, IL

anti-racist, anti-fascist. he/him. 29.

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Joined Twitter 3/12/09


I've always found this song curiously joyful and uplifting, even though it still feels serious: https://t.co/zKzwbKPtAtYou can review prior art, seek new perspectives, really do research! Find a set of tools that inspires you, and the… https://t.co/twSDYdCb5nI mean I can tell you firsthand: being an engineer working with a passionate designer who is bursting with ideas ca… https://t.co/OpvF3SRkXCIn my opinion, the essence of this talk it: science needs to keep advancing art, so art can continue to inspire sci… https://t.co/mEO0nlBlWWI don't think I've linked this before! It's one of my favorite talks ever. I admit I don't know Mick Gordon's statu… https://t.co/1DHbRZ3w2LOh! Further expanding on dancing: I think dancing, even just a little, like in your chair, helps you absorb music m… https://t.co/ev2jFeIUbN @froyoweeb @JohnathanCena7 Understand, not under, lol. Phone keyboard @froyoweeb @JohnathanCena7 Hm, I unfortunately don't get it. I'm sorry. If there's something you want me to under, I'll need some more help.No joke, Dalai Lama's "Inner World" is like super calming and helps make the world feel real when mental illness st… https://t.co/PMBTwnv6op @VodBox_IO My reading only, just based on feeling. Could easily be my own projection onto them! I don't know. I've… https://t.co/ik6vHi9IxW @JohnathanCena7 Y'know I can honestly never tell if one-word tweets like this are sincere or not, but I am going to… https://t.co/9pZM6iouZNDamn y'all I have new respect for Daft Punk's music as a serious explanation of their own mental health. The masks… https://t.co/aMr9aI7y3qSo, yeah, I guess if you wanna try to do some of the stuff I did, maybe my two EPs on YouTube will help. They are 1… https://t.co/v89WBNgsgvIt finally feels like I made some real progress on my understanding of all this, and that makes me happy: https://t.co/YcI5VJkI32So yeah, it all comes back to conscious defiance of these patterns. Effort. Work. Let yourself be vulnerable. Calm… https://t.co/xwcqSWZJcSSo like if you're really determined, you can still punch through that shit, and stuff like art, therapy, social act… https://t.co/upCWj5ynn1And I think my assessment about trauma being able to completely remove free will is at best misleading. I think in… https://t.co/PLNdRXNqbKAnd people's patterns come out in art, regardless of if the person is consciously trying to do so or not. Which is… https://t.co/avALFpHv1IWhen people's brains are dominated by a single pattern, they see it everywhere, regardless of how well the stimuli… https://t.co/ku75q3eWVsOur government is a doomsday cult. Everything unknown is a threat and must die. Our economy is slavery. Everything… https://t.co/0zap6pBGLRI mean think about it. Violence on this scale doesn't just happen for no reason. Our economy & government didn't ju… https://t.co/WB8VJn4bFfWho knew the game "Psychonauts" would have been so relevant lol. Damn the last few months have been fucking wild y'allAnd no, I was not taking psychadelics. I was just going through some really intense mental shit, and consuming larg… https://t.co/UvUIvh7YVCThis is just one hypothesis into one possible mechanic of the brain which I have little more than anecdotal evidenc… https://t.co/Kwxo5RtQhoBut another solution is to simply strengthen whatever mechanism it is that breaks up these "stuck" patterns. Like,… https://t.co/p4hApuOUdRSo I think one solution here is to just fully enmesh the pattern matcher -- link every neuron in one of these thing… https://t.co/rtA3UN3nydI think that the signal source of these rings is our sense organs, which provide that "analog" sensory input which… https://t.co/6hu9Jj0XtEBiologically, I think this boils down to a ring(s?) of neurons in the brain, and the sustained links between them.… https://t.co/EpDVU79eecYou just have to let yourself be vulnerable, ask for help, seek advice, learn new things, and listen when people sa… https://t.co/Y2kT9o5NVUBut, now we see this pattern, and it no longer has control over us. The patterns of capitalism and fascism are so a… https://t.co/w5EtetYJu9This fractal polyrhythm took some unknown amount of time to resolve. I'm assuming a LOT of years but I truly have n… https://t.co/h1CrzBPPdlOkay, actual thesis time: Our genes and our collective trauma created a (fractal?) polyrhythm, where occasionally… https://t.co/7TTsg1BtbOSo, we can't just get rid of fear entirely -- some things are actually dangerous, like COVID-19! We need to have a… https://t.co/TnYK75bYPwAh, and this is where observation/analysis/art critique come in. If you see something unfamiliar, you have to see w… https://t.co/KEOO7EO7KC
7/15
2020
The only answer is to tame your fear and figure out how to trust people. It will take time. It will probably be har… https://t.co/dVjRWvWzrrSo: capitalists have been trained to view poor people as failures. Fascists are trained to view all unfamiliar thin… https://t.co/JKsmWkV4KOBut you gotta do it out of love. Don't just humor them, ACTUALLY listen and engage them and hear what they have to… https://t.co/OPx2FDi6RRSo yeah, imagine how much good you can do by just... having a nice conversation with someone. Especially someone wh… https://t.co/pFWcTEZ33TThis literally only works if we all realize we don't actually hate each other lmao. We're just scared of a bunch of… https://t.co/SnDUFM7VeqSo only by experiencing new things, people, places, patterns, etc, can you truly strengthen your pattern matcher ag… https://t.co/F0JwIeI9wdTrust is based on your pattern matcher and your memories. If your patterns are too homogeneous, or if your life exp… https://t.co/JEyTsHG3FMOh. That's why this hurts so much. We are re-learning what trust is, or learning for the first time. We were train… https://t.co/7nzUhQ8VfIDo some folks just automatically assume I'm an undercover cop right now? That would explain a lot...Holy shit do people think my Bluetooth audio adapter and my headphones are a fucking wire lmaoPeople literally didn't know if they could trust me. I didn't match any patterns they had. Fuck that's why so many people pushed me awayOkay wow, so THAT'S what undoing brainwashing feels like. Fuck Yeah, glad I made music that was a clear map of whe… https://t.co/xt1I066IGV @ariekanarie yeah probably. @ariekanarie Y'know I did grow up with a moog theremin in my household lmao, and yes I love the screwdriver techniqueI mean the music itself obviously invokes a lot of feeling, but the printed art is much more abstract for me, despi… https://t.co/npb2PGRxfpbtw I've NEVER been able to figure out what the album/sleeve art means for this one: https://t.co/LC50MojbTZThis is one of the finest live performances ever recorded: https://t.co/o3kA1xtQLs
Retweeted by Alex Van Camp @Daedelus' newest album, "What Wands Won't Break", is a fascinating exploration of expertimental electronic composi… https://t.co/qeRM74jSiyI mean hey, super happy to be wrong about that! If this is just a communal response to extreme stress, then it is e… https://t.co/xQcV4XzAfARemember: GY!BE have stated that they do not believe in god. That is an important part of the lens you need to analyze their art.I mean you ever just realize that YOU'RE the eccentric loudmouth hacker of the group? Joking, but also not joking...Really wanna make sure people see this one: https://t.co/QCZFiJEHWnThere's a quote somewhere about how the purpose of GY!BE's music is to "stumble awkwardly in the general direction… https://t.co/hBAZV3XtpgAnd I mean this so genuinely and I know it must still sound unbelievable to some of you: the albums "Slow Riot for… https://t.co/HZrSal1BFgThings I am asking you to do: - take care of yourself - ask for help, please - take care of your neighbors - think… https://t.co/3Ok7Xmny0dAgain, I will link the Wikipedia article on COINTELPRO, and urge everyone to do independent research on it. We _kno… https://t.co/HqQ9R5RKin @nzDisco Oh THIS picture! I've seen lower-resolution versions of it online, and yeah it's very cozy to look at in a… https://t.co/r0CTIpT2guA nice live performance of one of my favorite songs: https://t.co/iYyRHNOubTSo if you find it strange that I am thinking in terms of combat tactics that the police will use, and how to predic… https://t.co/TkYzfPcWp0
Retweeted by Alex Van Camphttps://t.co/RUe1tTtef9Third time linking this. Don't care. If it doesn't get you going idk wtf will: https://t.co/zOwUBsxp9s @plunkah I have one. We speak twice a week.The government has proven that they would rather kill us than even acknowledge problems. So, we just gotta fix the… https://t.co/KgvO1lBaQ0How can we survive a pandemic while our access to healthcare is still governed by the system of insurance? This gov… https://t.co/azXdPUfSs6To put this another way: in what world does waiting until January for a new president to be inaugurated (who will p… https://t.co/55GCIv10Uu @KPKaiza "boomer complacency" is a likely goal of US propaganda, I agree hahaThere are certainly a number of things I find very strange which I feel like some folks I know could explain to me if they really wanted.Also I'll be honest: I do not actually know the full scope of what is going on. I just know we are in the middle of… https://t.co/oZPfomB7BzIf you haven't gotten involved yet, or want to get involved more, here is a tangible thing you can support either o… https://t.co/pehenaqurQ @nzDisco Hm? I'm curiousOk this actually slaps https://t.co/IwSQbzeTbf @nzDisco Nice! I should snag one to hang on my wall as well @DDRBoxman Only a few minutes in so far, but this is tightAnd, yeah, apply that to what I say too. Don't trust me blindly, even if I say I love you. You might not really kno… https://t.co/GxggJSYNBxThis is a super intense video, but it talks about how fascists often just create conditions for "lone wolves" to em… https://t.co/LgNNIX3dunThis album is a spin-off from "Godspeed You! Black Emperor". It actually seems deliberately made to teach you somet… https://t.co/tzL5Nv9jSuWe actually cannot wait any longer to overthrow capitalism. People do not have money. People are dying in droves. E… https://t.co/5ga710wuNjI'm not trying to scare you into darkness. I'm trying to invigorate you to action. We HAVE TO overthrow our gover… https://t.co/JlW0YsgQ9NHere's something you can try: next time you're out walking, wear a mask and go out of your way to preserve that 6ft… https://t.co/zSAaqWgeIV
Retweeted by Alex Van CampLook, I know this sounds crazy, but I'm serious. If you feel yourself losing your grip on reality, try listening to… https://t.co/Z7VnzvfYTd @tempusrob I agree, easy to get lost. I genuinely find that I have to like, return to music, take walks, go witness reality. Pace myself.Remember: often all that is required for fascism to win is for good people to do nothing. How do you make good peo… https://t.co/o8pFjKcdsi
Retweeted by Alex Van CampDon't start feeling afraid because good things are happening. Tragedy is not guaranteed. We are smarter, stronger… https://t.co/93NFUguYbE
Retweeted by Alex Van CampWe already know that we don't understand the brain yet, and that it has vast complex mechanics which still lack for… https://t.co/HazSPYgvQw
Retweeted by Alex Van CampTo understand which stage you're in, you have to observe stimuli. If there was a loud noise, and you jumped, that'… https://t.co/wIXC40Glx7
Retweeted by Alex Van CampLike, y'all know those endless garbage videos on YouTube showing "crafts" and "hacks" that aren't actually real? A… https://t.co/puITD2fSar @vetos_ Yes it's a meme and yes I know people who started dissociating and going into a severe mental episode after… https://t.co/ucmiNPYg95Remember: we already know about the fireworks.Consider this: the endless torrent of "everything is cake" videos could be an organized effort by the government to… https://t.co/HF1zzPldmMhttps://t.co/x1yt15MwVvWoah, how'd I forget about Chaos in the CBD? The most inscrutable band name, but fantastic relaxing music: https://t.co/qXyz3dYg58This is a pretty good intro if you're new to some of this stuff: https://t.co/Q9KRxDwc7zBut this is almost certainly the funniest: https://t.co/9wnRKICO2lBtw if you're bored, these are some of my favorite programming talks of all time: https://t.co/quIEtHwSFC
7/14
2020
@ruwvc Yeahhhh I might know what you mean lmao @ruwvc Yeah it is legitimately scary :/, but at least one can learn to see through it
7/13
2020

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