I would love to start a website/blog discussing this stuff and interviewing people doing interesting reforestation and ecosystem work, but yeah, can my brain handle yet another project right now?
Apparently we cannot have a discussion of trees and wildlife corridors in urban and suburban areas without getting dragged into questions of reforestation at a large scale. Why not both?
I get the importance of thinking about big picture land use, but it’s quite dispiriting to be told that smaller—and much more politically and socially achievable—ideas are not important.
I’ve had a concept for a creative writing/narrative design app for a few years but haven’t had time or headspace to get very far with it. I keep putting it off, avoiding it, starting other projects, but it doesn’t go away. Am starting to wonder if this is really what I should be working on and how I could make it work. Maybe I just have to work through the anxiety of committing to one thing and take the risk that it might fail.
Got through all of Dark S3 over the weekend. Head is still spinning.
Midway through felt like one of the most complex plots of any TV show I’d ever seen, with the sheer number of intersecting timelines, alternate realities and bootstrap paradoxes, but it all folded down to a conclusion so symmetric it was almost like a geometric theorem.
I was worried when I was asked to come in to run the practical part of this course as a non-academic outsider. I had heard stories from last year of toxic emails and backstabbing, complaints and personal attacks. We spent a lot of time in workshops talking about kindness and psychological safety and practicing skills to ensure everyone’s voices are heard on a project and it was all good in the end.
One of my Pakeha students innocently but also hamfistedly and unthinkingly handed in a design document for an Assassin’s Creed style game set in Taranaki 1860s and it was extremely, violently wrong, despite ticking most of the boxes for the assignment. This is why we need NZ history taught in schools.
If anyone is interested in getting involved with a couple of creative Ruby open source projects (in this case: writing docs, building examples, or working on API improvements), Ruby NZ has just announced a funding grant for NZ-based projects. I’m happy to talk through a couple of opportunities I have and would be happy to put together an application for you to get some funding to work on it.
I knew when I started a teaching fellowship role focused on product design/game design that there’d be weird pedagogical dysfunctions but I wasn’t expecting the extent of dogmatic fixations on Agile and Scrum across multiple departments from people who have zero experience delivering (or failing to deliver) software products and games using those models.
People have been saying that we’re moving into an interregnum period in global politics/capitalism for a while now, but this has always seemed slightly abstracted from privileged people’s daily reality. The last three months have definitely changed that. Huge gap between the old structures falling away and the new structures to come.
Software architecture and storytelling. Social impacts of tech. Bringing generative writing, interactive fiction, symbolic AI and simulacra to life. He/him.
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