Thursday, April 1, 2021

Analog Things: Making Art

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Here Be Dragons:  The Magic and Wonder of Nerdforge

I am a little bit controversial in the digital minimalism space.  While a life with almost no screen time is admirable, I'm not a neo-Luddite.  My life analog means using all the tools at my disposal to spend the majority of my time getting my hands dirty in the real world rather than scrolling mindlessly through hashtags and Instagram stories.  I'm happy to use the internet to make my real life better.  (Hint:  I'm blogging right now, not writing with a quill on parchment.) (Although I like to do that too.) If you do it right, your screen time can lead to remarkable real time.  

Case in point...

Friday, March 26, 2021

Great Use of Screen Time: Study With Merve

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Let's say you're at a film pitch meeting and you're trying to convince producers that you've got a workable idea:

"There's this Scottish student, okay?  And they have this YouTube Channel where all they do is point an HD camera at a desk and out of the window where they, like, study alone for up to 7 hours.  You never see anything except their hands as they write in notebooks and check a laptop. They've got over 201,000 subscribers and people join the live streams from all over the world to study with the videos and everyone has developed a camaraderie in the comment section..." 

Yeah, I don't think you're getting that movie funded.

But here's where truth really is stranger than fiction...

Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Instead of Social Media: Log Into Nature Livestreams...


Hang out at the Banzai Pipeline surf break on the north shore of Oahu
Livestream hours: dawn to just after sunset, Hawaii time
by Laurie Allee

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Seeing the World Despite Travel Restrictions
     Finding the analog in the digital 

Readers of this blog know that I have a love/hate relationship with technology.  Before COVID-19, I felt like I was living in some kind of Matrix where everyone was willingly plugged into devices, ignoring each other while staring hour after hour into endlessly scrolling screens.  I basically started this blog as a kind of rebellion against my phone.  I dedicated myself a life more tactile and less digital. I unplugged to get my hands dirty and "sound my barbaric yawp over the roofs of the world" -- or to at least avoid the toxic political howling on Twitter. 

During the pandemic, however, my screens have become windows to the people and things I love.  Managing this pandemic with health risks has meant a strict quarantine.  Without Zoom, texts and Facetime, my husband, daughter and I would be truly isolated, like an urban Swiss Family Robinson.  While I love and appreciate my tiny home garden, it's hard not to feel restless and anxious.  

It  has been a challenge to figure out how to stay grounded...while literally being grounded 

Monday, March 1, 2021

Analog Things: Building a Cabin by Hand

by Laurie Allee

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No Power Tools (or Nails) Allowed.

Covid-19 restrictions have given people inspiration to do things they might not have had the time or inclination to do before lockdowns.  I was feeling pretty great about my own self-isolation activities:  learning the dulcimer, experimenting with Prismacolor art pencils and tackling the classic books I'd never gotten around to reading.  Not bad, right?  No mega-scrolling, no Twitter ranting, just good old-fashioned analog activities, even in the midst of a pandemic...

Then I found out about Erik Grankvist.

Courtesy Erik Grankvist via YouTube
Building a cabin by hand from scratch in the Swedish wilderness (with no power tools or blueprints) beats the fact that I finally read Pride and Prejudice and The Sun Also Rises.  Did I mention that Erik started this project right after he graduated high school in the summer of 2019?  Yes, while you were playing Minecraft, this guy was actually living Minecraft.  In 3D.   

His video journey is as inspirational as it is impressive...  

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