A friendly celebration of roadside flowers along the internet superhighway.
Another Sunday, Another Naive Weekly — Observations From The Internet Wilderness.
I had a fantastic time deciding on the websites to include in the first edition of our roadside flowers award. There are so many odd, curious and poetic sites dotted along the internet superhighway, so the challenge was to limit the selection to only sixteen.
You can see the final selection here, or you can follow along in the newsletter over the next many weeks when we’ll be voting through the round of 16 bracket until we’ve found our favourite roadside flower. To cast your vote, head to the poll below the field notes section.
Soft Landscapes is what the name promises.
㐃 is a reminder of the ebb and flow.
Empire is here to be left behind.
Chicken Photos is a website with animal selfies.
This is the first time I’m linking to a PDF file. Maybe I’m haunted from the years spent reading academic journal articles, but I struggle to enjoy reading PDFs on my laptop. So when I’m making an exception, it is because this particular file is exceptional. The authors are the incredible trio of Laura Coombs, Laurel Schwulst, and Mindy Seu. Together they reflect on the practice of citation, a topic Laurel made me acutely aware that I've neglected. I wish they continue to explore how to show the trail of influence and dig deeper on non-individual based citation practices.
James Bridle’s 2019 book, New Dark Age, is one of my favourite non-fiction books and significantly influenced how I perceive technological development. So I’m looking forward to the moment when I find the calmness to read his latest book, Ways of Being, where he explores intelligence in all its existences. Watching this conversation between James and Brian Eno only increased my expectations, and it pairs well with the article linked above, not only because Karen Barad is mentioned in both.
This is not the first appearance of Min Guhong, and I expect it won’t be the last because she has a unique way of telling stories using the web. Today’s link is a “scrollable and clickable meditation” she gave at Princeton “for students who love links.” It includes alluring reflections on books and websites, and since I discovered Min through Laurel, I feel it is an appropriate comma to this week’s notes on citations.
In the first round of our friendly celebration of the roadside flowers along the internet superhighway, we are voting between The Fictional Liveability Index and A Clear Spring. The selection is intentional, the pairing is random, and the voting criteria are for you to decide.
Follow the celebration here.
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