Hello, I’m Grimmware and I like to read books on magic and occultism and then translate those systems into code for Plan 9 from Bell Labs. I try to apply a rationalist credulity to magical and archetype systems, and I’m a big fan of using divination systems as a psychological prompt for learning and growing. I like operating systems, retro computers and digital electronics.

In my work life, I do defensive systems security and visibility.

@grimmware After I saw your profile I thought "Aha! That looks like something that was on the tip of my tongue," but then I haven't really found other people into a sort of magical technologist thing. Are there many other people you know of doing "Plan 9 Occultism" or similar? I've looked around, part of me thinks you might have coined that term, but it's also likely that I am just looking in the wrong places.

@badsirbrian ah shit just realised I never replied to this! Not that I’m aware of - I know a couple of people who’ve been using my software and who are kind of occult adjacent I guess but honestly I’m not fantastic at engaging with communities so there could actually be other people doing the same sort of thing, I just haven’t really met them.

@grimmware ahh no worries. i was hoping there was a whole group of people that are plan9 occultists xD

been reading your blog some, finding it inspiring. i've been really interested in the idea of "re-enchantment" of software, computers, technology, and just life in general. been using the term "software reenchantment" in my head. plan9 occultism fits in this idea really well, although i think it's more specific. i hope more people show up in this sphere!


@badsirbrian Yeah I think it's the idea of using a computer for something you actually care about rather than something that economics tells you is valuable - like artisinal computing, you know? The UXN community and retrocomputing enthusiasts are really good at this kind of thing I feel.

I also kind of want more people to make the internet weird again because the FAANG companies and adjacents have really pushed us all toward the middle of the bell curve, and it's pretty much just a cultural hegemony of capitalists who've colonized the internet and made it banal and mundane.

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