Murmurations and living lights: Learning Log, December 2017
I’m always curious about others’ learning processes, so I thought I’d share my own. There is no “right way” to learn new things, this is just what it looks like for me.
As I compile this month’s learning log, I’ve got the new(ish) Fleet Foxes album going on vinyl, while the trees rustle in the wind outside. It’s both a bit twee and a lovely synchronicity.
I finally finished the blanket I was knitting as a wedding present to my sister and her new husband! The tassels were a fun little finishing touch, I want to make 100 tassels now…this was my second knitting project (#2.5 if you count a partially-finished scarf), I think I’ll go for a smaller project next time around. 😅
- Reading “Art and Fear” and thinking about art-making got me in the mood to observe process. ALL episodes of Art:21 are happily available free to watch online.
- I find it fascinating that Link in Profile is a business that exists simply because of one decision on a massive social media site, i.e. no linked URLs in Instagram posts.
- Discovering that even a half hour’s difference in sleep time has a huge effect on how well I’ll wake up and deal with the nonsense of the day.
- The Xmas decorations from the original Home Alone movie were gifted to the Chicago O’Hare airport, and are hung in the airport each year. (I learned this while half-asleep waiting for my flight to board)
- In Danish, candles are called levende lys, or “living lights” (Source)
- This month in extremely specific internet searches: “when does the jasmine bloom in New Orleans”
Nice bits of internet
- Starlings flying in a murmuration. As people mentioned in the comments, it sounds like the sea.
- Pixel art by Tumblr accounts 1041uuu and merrigo
- Calciyummy, a collection of Japanese milk boxes
- This video about Weeksville, Brooklyn, a fascinating piece of new-to-me history
- Monotony Collapses Time; Novelty Unfolds It
- On the Design of Women’s Spaces
- The Food Writer Who Lost Her Sense of Smell
- Designing Against Misinformation. A bit late to take back the implications of Facebook on U.S. politics in the recent past, but glad to see they’re at least trying to solve these tough problems.
- My theory: Patreon doesn’t want to be a money services business
- “Your short-term actions must align with your long-term values.” TRUTH. (Source)
- More truth: “Everyone is too busy worrying about their own shortcomings to penalize you for yours.” (Source)
As a heavy year closes out, this passage from A Hymn for Optimism is really resonating with me:
I believe in peace on earth—even if it was never supposed to arrive all at once, but meant to cycle like a constellation, sometimes hidden, sometimes obscured, and sometimes appearing over the horizon just as you thought to look up.
Here’s to learning many more new things in 2018!