Moments from working at an midwestern elementary school during the pandemic:
"Fifth graders, please stop chatting in the chat box while I am talking."
A student putting together a digital collage on her own time. So far, it includes the northern lights and a dog floating in the foreground. "translosent drwagen", she searches. Not finding the image she is looking for, the search is amended: "translosent drwagen REAL"
A group of small girls. One of them throws some glitter from a concealed hand. "Okay, raise your hand if you believe in the magic trick I just did."
A teacher forgot to exit a video chat with his student. We watched as his face blanked out - in that I'm-doing-computer-work sort of way - and he started grading the work of other students while still sharing his screen.
games and what they taught me
zoo tycoon : the joy of nurturing in exactitude ; just this rock here and precisely this kind of treat will make me happy
odell down under : complexity and ecosystem ; everyone on the coral reef has a unique relationship with everyone else ; vibrant communities can only be communicated by living within them
the oregon trail : the thrill of setting off on an adventure with only courage and a hundred boxes of bullets
minecraft : the peaceful melancholy of being completely alone ; the gentle comfort of a simple home
halo : awe ; deep time ; the unfathomably alien history of humanity ; the bravery needed to bring a sword to a gunfight
book genre: four-dimensional psychedelic opera-epics
the invisibles - grant morrison
jerusalem - alan moore
the dark tower - stephen king
blog posts to come
🌌 swijjy (the paradoxical existence of solid shapes made from moving parts, like a river, a galaxy, a lungful of air)
🧵 strandfilling (the social exercise of extrapolating a story from a few details, harvesting the finished crop of a full ideology grown from the seeds of simple suggestions)
🎤 chabbling (the lucid dreamspeak of schizophrenics, children, and the half-awake, norse flyting, freestyle rapping, speech that moves faster than thought)
⚡ mythorhythmics (the cyclical influence of mythic time on standard reality, the behind-the-scenes of synchronistic moments)
🌟 wizzlywog (an ordinary object - the wog - which is an interface for synchronistic, magickal, fae, animistic, or other reality-adjacent rules of play - the wizzle)
🛠️ upchording (being able to communicate and compete in higher complexities as skill accumulates - not playing notes, but strumming chords. not spelling words, but writing paragraphs.)
🥬 cabbage blindness (the synchro-trickery that is played upon you when trying to decieve others; falling into your own trap)