Another Sunday, Another Naive Weekly — Observations From The Internet Wilderness.
As much as I’ve written about appreciating the beauty of all four seasons, I do have a strong inner desire to feel the warmth of the sun. I miss going out without the full Bernie. I miss the days where I can leave the extra layer and the clumsy gloves behind, and where we can eat pizza on a bench without freezing.
Fortunately, the days are already longer. The sun sets later and slower, so we have time to notice both dusk and dawn. It makes a difference when there are differences. It is no longer just day or night. But couldn’t it be summer for one day?
Stine Moisen produces beautiful visual narratives for companies like Sony, Adidas and Audi. She lives in Los Angeles, but is right now travelling around Denmark, which I very much enjoy, because her Instagram postcards are stunning.
K: What is progress to you?
Stine: Progress is growth; it’s something that I am constantly pursuing in every part of my life. When I was younger, progress only seemed true when it was large, visible and tangible both to me and the surrounding world. As I’m getting older, more grounded and the ego slowly dissipating, my thoughts on progress are changing. Now instead, I find it quite exhilarating that the things I do every day, no matter how mundane and small they might seem, are pushing me forward.
I contribute this to intention; most of the things that I spend my time on are intentional, whether it’s journaling, meditating, reading scripts, watching movies, going for a run, choosing the people I work with or spend time with family and friends. There are intentions behind everything that I do. I recently finished The Artist’s Way and at one point in the book, Julia Cameron says “Large changes occur in tiny increments”. This stuck with me. As long as we keep doing the small (intentional) things every day, progress will happen. I am growing, even if it’s not visible to the naked eye.
K: What is the most touching you’ve experienced online?
Stine: Nick Cave’s responses to reader questions on The Red Hand Files always makes my heart ache a little. His words are profound and empathetic. He truly listens to people and obviously takes his time to consider an appropriate answer. These are qualities I greatly admire.
Generally, I find it touching how the internet opens up access to the world and the fact that you can connect with people anywhere, anytime. Part of my job is doing a lot of research and I often "cold email” people because I either wish to work with them or I need some information from them. It’s rare that I’m disappointed; the responses I receive are usually generous and engaging.
K: Where do you escape to when your internet is crashing?
Stine: I will grab the opportunity to go for another walk with my dog Billy. If it’s in the afternoon, I will drive to my favorite hike in Topanga where the trees smell like fennel, there’s a gentle breeze and a breathtaking sunset over the ocean. It’s probably my favorite place in Los Angeles.
K: What do you have open in your tabs?
Stine: There’s a couple of tabs that are always open and have been for quite a while. I have been working on a documentary the past 3 years and as we’re about to finish the film I have several (many!) google spreadsheets open, such as archival footage logs, credits, budgets, festivals etc. I use them several times a week so I just never close them. I absolutely love spreadsheets.
If you ask any of my friends they will probably tell you that they have all experienced being invited to one. I love an opportunity to use a spreadsheet, whether we’re going on a road-trip, comparing movie lists or planning a New Years eve dinner, it’s always better in a spreadsheet. The trick is that once you’ve made a list in a google spreadsheet, you’re already a step ahead next time you’re planning another camping trip. Besides from spreadsheets, I have had Kevin Kelly’s “68 Bits Of Unsolicited Advice” open for at least a year now. I like dropping in once in a while and read a few of them.
Boring Conversations. (Feels like any corporate chat bot)
Global Paint challenges ranked by AI. (Very addictive)
Yeah Lemons. (It is what it is)
Space for Laurel. (File under diy internet gifts)
Daylight.Today. (Four more minutes)
Okay. This post borders between genius and absurdity. So before you click to read, consider to test how the following quote vibes with you: “It’s as if, having grown up on a fully networked Earth, Gen Z has bypassed counterculture, finding it futile in the face of a hegemonic system that more clearly resembles a Hydra than the monolithic forces that legacy counterculture was rebelling against.”
The other week I shared a post outlining the similarities between architecture and webdesign. Any analogy is a reduction of complexity. In this post Aaron Lewis argues that interface design rather is organ design. Rather than describing the digital public space, Aaron insists on noticing the “what happens within us when we live with the technologies we’ve built.”
“To achieve contrasting perspectives you can have a phone call where one person is muted while texting and the other responds by talking. Contrasting conversations take different shapes than those based on similar perspectives.” — Syntonic conversations.
SHORT LIST: APPSOLUTELY TOGETHER
The Presence Project — Feel a vibration when you touch the same spot on the screen as someone else.
Color Chat — Chat with colours instead of words.
Sonar — Listen to music and chat with friends in your space.
What other app is changing how we experience togetherness?
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Photograph by Ana Santl.