Here’s another dry mudlarking find, on the street while visiting family in the suburbs of Seattle - some kind of butterfly wings with a little bit of velcro on the back, maybe for a doll.
* Find a Bay Area harp teacher who knows things about both pedal harp and folk harp, and start taking lessons again
* With their advice, buy a small enough folk harp that I can carry it on public transit / walking up hills / etc.
* Find super resonant places so I can do things like this train station hymn: https://youtu.be/e4dT8FJ2GE0
I follow all these wonderful Thames mudlark accounts on Instagram, who post old bits they find on the shore - Roman pottery sherds, Victorian pins and clay pipes, buttons and coins of all kinds. I wish there was a shore like that here in the Bay Area, but the closest I have is to look at the ground a lot, and yesterday I found somebody’s Stranger Things pin and turned it into a lost and found. (Image is a cartoon version of the demogorgon character.)
Writing myself notes about what to focus on in practicing, and I don’t know the right names for how things sound or work in my fingers, so I give them names.
I like using Daily Tracker to help me be more consistent with each of a few things that I want to do, and also I feel a tiny sense of “yes this looks right” if I get any 3 of 4 in the same day, so it helps in both ways. Sharing since sometimes I find it helpful to learn about other people’s efforts at taking care of oneself, so here’s one of mine.
One of the times when I feel I am my full self is when I’m at a Wikipedia meetup teaching a person about editing, or answering complex questions about Wikipedia editing, with warmth and clarity and a lot of well-grounded critical opinions. It’s weird and nice.
I went with a friend who was frustrated that they talked a lot about the process of getting the revival project in motion, instead of explaining much about the model itself - but no, this was what I wanted to learn, an example of how people work on and think about ambitious public art + local history projects! This event was part of the Public Knowledge Library, which is really cool: https://publicknowledge.sfmoma.org/
There is a glorious 1930s WPA scale model of San Francisco, 30’ x 30’, in storage for decades - and there was a lovely panel at SFMOMA on Saturday about the process of bringing it back to public display in SF next year via a collaboration between artists and a professor and art museum staff and public librarians, the joyful community process of cleaning the dust off it, the Living New Deal project at UC Berkeley, the differences between this and the NYC 1960s Robert Moses scale model. <3
Non-vegan harp facts Show more
The middle strings on my harp are made of sheep guts! This is traditional and still the best, and I think about this when tuning, because they respond to varying levels of heat and humidity by going out of tune - tightening or loosening. The string maker is called Bow Brand (http://www.bowbrand.co.uk/history.html), because the origin of the harp is likely in somebody plucking an archery bow. (The lowest strings are copper-wound nylon, and the highest strings are nylon.)
Check out this 1950s novelty print sci-fi blouse sold by Guermantes Vintage, covered in amazing pulpy articles from "The Strata Star" published in the distant future of April 1, 1999 *wavy theremin sounds*
There are more pictures on Instagram to
go through, and zoom in on the text from your Television Compact With Hatpin Aerial.
I wrote that LocalWiki article; that’s one of the many buildings in SF and Isla Vista (and a few in LA) that feel like friends to me, a grounding in stone or concrete or brick - I look at them and they say yes, things are in the right place. The first one was the huge very-orientalist Shrine Auditorium across the street from my high school; I took hundreds of photos of it in 2004, and I’m still oddly fond of it.
Holy crap these clouds, over one of my favorite buildings (the weird former Mission police station that held dot-com boom startups and is now owned by a mysterious holding company with excellent rumors: https://localwiki.org/sf/Old_Mission_Police_Station ).
This isn’t to distance from the content, but to connect to it - I feel really strongly that the material history of activist work is important - who has access to publishing methods (and what methods are available to people without a lot of money or power), who knows how to pirate InDesign and has money for a xerox machine at Kinkos for an underground newspaper in high school, who gets harassed off of Twitter or banned from it (or is just afraid of it).
The Letterform Archive in SF has donation-optional tours where they pull out a wide range of materials to look at and touch, from a cuneiform tablet to a medieval Book of Hours to a 1990s KFC brand manual, but the most fascinating part was a set of 1970 Black Panther newspapers. (The guide explained how they were made on a budget, with IBM Selectric typewriters, Letraset, and an illustration style that didn’t need precise registration for spot color.) Images involve racism and racist violence.
Jonny Sun talk at XOXO, past experiences of harassment Show more
It is lovely that he has this experience of public Twitter as a place for conversation about feelings and identity, and I have friends with that experience too, including people with various non-privileged identities. But I got a lot of online harassment in my old job a few years ago, and I still don’t have easy access to that kind of public conversational space without fear and risk calculation. I kind of wish he addressed that somehow.
Pepe talk at XOXO Show more
There are a lot of interesting and important things to teach and learn about how 4chan imageboard culture supports radicalization of images in combination with radicalization of people (that weren’t covered in that talk), but it doesn’t feel safe to talk about this online, so I guess find me if you want to chat about it. I spent a bunch of time on 4chan in late 2009 for research for work (back when I was a community manager).
I took notes as a way to focus on #xoxofest talks (I usually get distracted), I played gentle tabletop games (You Think You Know Me & Dream City) and bought them (I haven’t bought tabletop games for myself before), I played Neo Cab and there was my LA (I usually feel computer games aren’t for me), I wrote a postcard to myself a year from now about the work I’m doing to try to grow into some space I can’t quite see yet but know is there (and reminding myself to do a web 2.0 history project).
Government tech work, local history + queer history, feminist makerspace stuff, infrastructure/buildings, fanfic, playing harp just for fun. she/her.
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