Saturday, May 16, 2020

Saturday morning braindump

Hey blog, sup? Thought I'd do a random check-in as, somehow, mercifully, weekend lie-ins seem to be coming back into fashion after a decade or something. The boys are playing Minecraft on the Wii U, which proves some things don't change. 

Life is same / not-same, and I'm wondering if the changes have been more profoundly subtle than I have taken for granted so far. In general, nothing has been removed. Yet plenty has been added, and I jump around things - often literally, when I'm wanted on the trampoline or a good tune comes on the kitchen radio, but usually mentally with a monkey mind. 

Some threads going on... 

Home schooling two kids means you're being asked to look at 3 or 4 different mini research areas at a time, in addition to looking after some basic maths and literacy practice. This week we've been looking up Ramadan and rainforests (not been able to factor in a reading of the Vorrh, sadly), life-drawing snails, making up a collaborative cards/2D10 numbers game, making alien maps, etc.

Work seems to have exploded, although I don't think it's virus related. It seems to be more the fact that everyone is looking into a bunch of massively complex and often frustrating things at the same time, pulling out a few roots, and I'm needed in a lot of them somehow. Constantly jumping between devops task wrangling, annual reviews, and company strategy headscratching. Buh. 

Enjoying doing the new Beamspun newsletter, but I've got lazy this week and not bookmarked any links in advance, so going to have to catch up on that this morning. Finding links, checking out links, and even writing a few small but interesting paragraphs definitely not to be underestimated. It's also making me think a lot about narrative and power and storytelling, and I wish I had time for more of that right now. 

Generally I think I'm getting a metric buttload of ideas going through me as everything has gone either weird or disruptive, and my brain wants to turn that into "outputs". I'm even posting to Flickr again, and sending photos to various contacts. I think photography is my goto mode for dealing with things, like my form of therapy - a way to get something positive, reflective and even beautiful out of the chaos around me. See, now I'm thinking about running "photography as therapy" support sessions for people. Shush, brain! 

Also, there are no decent steganography apps for Android, and/or the Web 2.0 does a great job of mangling raw image files that get uploaded? 

I would dearly like to be able to go to the Post Office safely again, so I can offer bigger things and international post on my Etsy shop, which is currently "on holiday". But the PO, with its close-quarter shelves and many vulnerable people in multiple queues, seems like an irresponsible place to go for frivolities at the mo. 

Reading quite a bit (for me) which is really nice. I'll carry on posting updates on Goodreads when I can. 

Last weekend of being 40. Time to get on with being proper middle-aged from Monday. Already got whisky and a red car and a book of crosswords though, so I think I'll just skip to the next stage of full blown Con Club membership and feel young again. 

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