Soften the Gaze
To admire the geese.
Another Sunday, Another Naive Weekly — Observations From The Internet Wilderness.
Every night before sleep, Ana and I share our favourite moments of the day. It is the small and brief gestures that stand out, like how Uno woke up clapping, the hug between calls, or the circle dance after dinner.
These moments are always fading from my memory. It is hard to remember them from one week to another, so I enjoy honouring them one last time before sleep. Maybe I should do a similar ritual before switching off the computer, asking myself about my favourite moment.
Make the balloon explode.
Look at Alien Landscapes.
Rearrange the room to rearrange the poem.
The Fry Universe — why some fries are better than others.
For once, I am not in awe of an article published in Real Life. I applaud the ambition of Lauren Collee to break with our binary understanding of online and offline and to question the fantasies of escapists who want to find themselves by (temporarily) leaving their societal responsibilities. However, I find that she neglects the immediate joy of hugging a tree and pushes for a binary understanding of wilderness as places without human modification. A definition that freezes the concept of wilderness to a specific historic period and excludes the entanglement of fauna, flora, and fungi. The wilderness is abundant, hectic, and meaningless, but not singular. So I’ll continue to share my observations from the Internet Wilderness.
Sunday Sites is an incredible project by John Bengtsson where people come together to make websites on a Sunday. Each session has a simple prompt to inspire the creations, and many of the sites have been featured in Naive Weekly because the results are often very personal, surprising, and fun. The project has been inactive for most of 2021, but in October, there was a special session for college students to “make a site inspired by one or several images on your phone.” My favourite is Hover in the skies.
I thought I knew what digital gardens were. Then I came across this forum thread and lost myself in clicking through shelves full of personal Neocities sites. The web is so many things happening at the same time. Thank you, web.
Visit Gossip’s Café and leave a poem. Return half-a-day later.
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Last week this letter was sent to 777 people. Thirtyone are crazy enough to chip in every month/year to support me making time to write. Logo by Studio Hollywood. Print by Luka. Photograph by Ana Santl.