Wauw, Andy Baio, Internet postcards, and a few hidden games
Another Week, Another Newsletter — Observations From The Internet Wilderness.
The fig, monstera and citrus fruits that effortlessly thrive in Athens struggle to make it through Copenhagen’s dark, cold winter. Even with intensive care, they look tired, with faded colors and hanging leaves, contrasting the tender snowdrops and confident Eranthis.
I read that there are strict regulations for the pockets of nuns. Intuitively, it makes sense. When I travel with Uno, I always wear an overcoat with many pockets to carry passports, boarding passes, pacifiers, paper tissues, snacks, wallet, film camera, Sea-Bands, and the trash accumulating during the day.
Pockets work like the home we disassembled: they fill up until there is no more space, so we empty them onto the hallway furniture and the 3m2 storage room in the suburbs. Pockets are environments, they contain certain world seeds, and since last Sunday, I have experienced how that is also true for newsletters.
Wood Wide Web is Pokemon for poetic websites.
Alice is a clicker.
HTML Poem is a collection of website gardens.
A life achievement was unlocked when I discovered that Naive Weekly was recommended on Waxy.org, the original internet culture blog. To celebrate, I spent a few hours revisiting the treasure cabinet of links collected by Andy Baio over two decades — and I read the posts about XOXO, the festival he co-founded, with extra care because this week I confirmed the date for mine (so please mark August 11).
”In my first ten years of writing, I published 415 posts and over 13,000 links. And in the last ten years, I published 136 posts and a little over 5,000 links, a pretty big drop from the ten years before.” — Andy Baio
I’m taking a chance and encouraging you to register for this postcard-powered link exchange. Judging from the website, I have faith in the purity of this project, so I have already shared my address without any unpleasant surprises. The deadline is March 12th.
“I thought it would be fun to illustrate digital landscapes (aka websites) and send them on to others as a way of sharing/showcasing various parts and lands of the internet.” — Vidya Giri
Wauw is the first newsletter I have written without any unsubscribers after seven editions. It is also much more personal and only runs for another two weeks before I delete the entire list. Below is a snippet if you are considering whether to subscribe.
“If my birth was anything like Uno’s, my mother’s first touch was her embrace. Ana held Uno so tight and soft after a night in labor. One hand supporting the head, the other caressing his body.
Sometimes when I flip the pages of Uno’s songbook, I feel the presence of my mom’s hands. She sang the same songs to me as a child, and I imagine how she was familiarising herself with the lyrics and melodies as I do today.
Holding me, and holding Uno. And pulling down our hands to the hips in breaststrokes, forcing our bodies across the pool, her ahead of me. Forming ceramics and folding paper, hands, and reciting prayers. Using the same hands that started to fail her with her sickness.” — Kristoffer, Wauw 4/23.
Hi, I’m Kristoffer and you have just read Naive Weekly — Observations from the Internet Wilderness.
Last week this letter was sent to 1441 inboxes. It will always be free for everyone, so I’m keeping it donation-based. Currently, thirty people support me with a paid subscription. Logo by Studio Hollywood. Photograph by Ana Santl.