Today I got an email: “Please find attached a fold-your-own zine titled: Echo. Zine” Exciting! What would it be? I opened the attachment and followed the instructions. I pondered, I wondered, I got out my colour pencils. I coloured, I savoured the words. I pondered, I remembered Steller. I did not remember my password! Eventually I got access. I played for a while. Time to stop dithering. I publish. I did not add a description. You can imagine it is […]
Sitting, pen in hand, with blank paper in front of me, I chastise my past self. I shout at her for being lazy, for not writing more, so that I would need to write less. But my past self was not ready to write: she didn’t know what I know now. Her thoughts had not crystallised, she had not read what I had read.I need to stop blaming past-me for what she did not doAnd start thanking her for what […]
I write to understand I write to create new worlds I write to remember. I write to relax I write to grieve I write to forget.
Image by author CC-NC-SA I was asked this week how I write. Quickly, I said – in odd moments snatched whenever I can find them. I try not to think too much about what I’m writing – I scribble words on scraps of paper, I doodle on the scribbles and scribble some more. I try not to worry about choosing perfect words and phrases – I often use square brackets to remind myself that parts need polishing – that the […]
Are you – Nobody – too? Then there’s a pair of us! Until recently, I considered myself a selfie-queen. I would post pictures of myself daily on my social media feeds. The pictures made me feel confident and made me see myself as pretty. Despite the confidence I’m sometimes told I project, I’m actually quite self-conscious about my appearance. Growing up my skin was too pale and my nose too big and my freckles too blotchy and my teeth too […]
“We are paying for everything right now. The currency we’re trading is data.” ~ Anne-Marie Scott So, this week the polar vortex finally descended upon us and swallowed us whole in a show of might that only emphasized how insignificant we are– Actually, class just got snowed out cause global warming is a thing and it’s screwing with the weather. What are you gonna do??? Pass Ocasi0-Cortez’s Green Deal??? Anyway, despite this week’s unfortunate weather, some of us were still able […]
Welcome back to hell~ This week, we dove deeper into the darkness of the web and the practices of those who use the web as a tool for mass surveillance. Topics in this week’s discussion include 1) data tracking, 2) digital redlining, and 3) surveillance capitalism. Light stuff, I know. Anyway, I suggest you grab a drink of your choice and strap in for my *hot take* on some of these issues~ Data Tracking, Digital Redlining, & Surveillance Capitalism Oh My! […]
So…. this past week was a bit of a mess. I experienced some major and hella expensive car issues that made me wish for a self-driving car for the first time ever despite their numerous, reported issues. Anyway, enough about my ever-growing list of issues. Let’s dive into the Internet’s f*ckery~ The Dark Substance of the Internet This week, discussion started off light enough with an introductory reading on alchemy and the creation and nature of this ancient magic’s digital form. This reading was also […]
How my FBI agent probably looks most of the time~ I’ve missed you over the shutdown T_T Anyway…. I’m back and better than ever. Hope you haven’t missed me too much I’ll try to make up for lost time and get right into the snarky commentary~ Big Brother is Watching You “How do we know who, what to trust online anymore?…What keeps you up at night or worried about your own internet activity?” I see we’re starting off light this semester. Anyway, […]
Busy days – holidays ending, a conference to prepare for. Not enough space to write. Still, I watch the conversations from the sidelines. Words constrain, words are constrained. How many words are pictures worth? Nick’s post inspires me. I look over at my bookshelves to see if I still have a dictionary. I do, and am amused to see Nick’s book next to it. Serendipity again. Sorry, Wendy – I don’t feel like making a word salad today.
There’s so much emphasis at the moment in active learning, often accompanied with the (implicit) belief that this needs to be a collaborative activity. I think both are important, and also enjoyable – but sometimes peace and solitude are just as productive, if not more. Today I have spent time in my kitchen away from social media – chopping fruit and veg for relish, stirring together chocolate and nuts for fudge, churning yogurt and vanilla for ice cream and then […]
We’re all thinking about dots. Sheri reminds us that this is not a new conversation. Terry responds and starts teasing out the metaphor. Dots and lines, or overlapping circles? Maybe both, maybe more. We don’t have the words to represent to ourselves this complex conceptual scheme. (A recurring memory: in a philosophy of science lecture we are described as three dimensional slices of four dimensional space-time worms.) Wendy sees pictures in poems. I see pictures in my head – pictures I […]
Mashing together two prompts today: Wendy’s post for #MoDigiWri and the Daily Create also for today. I visited the Dotsies site and grabbed the bookmarklet up to my tool bar, then headed over to Wendy’s blog and applied it, screen shot the result and pasted the image into Paint to crop it. The resulting image, here on the left, is her poem translated into dots. Wendy’s post is reminding me of Bertrand Russell’s distinction between surface grammar and depth grammar. Is […]
Feature image: Oddly serendipitous journal entry from this morning~ Sharif Ezzat’s Like Stars in a Clear Night Sky is a Flash hypertext poem, whose simple interface asks readers to navigate the space one star at a time. The work is designed to look like a starry night sky, several of the stars acting as nodes that link to free-verse, narrative poems. The title of each poem is a reference to a line in a poem that is read in Arabic (with English […]
There are many stories in the Valley Judy Malloy’s Uncle Roger is a work of hypertext fiction that explores the nature of love, relationships, family, business, class, and, ultimately, storytelling in a disjointed but compellingly, collage-like way. Uncle Roger consists of three different story files, A Party in Woodside, The Blue Notebook, and Terminals. This small collection of storie revolves around the early days of the Silicon Valley tech industry and people involved in the burgeoning industry. For this review, I explored A Party in Woodside. This story file is […]