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Whatever else I also do in life, corresponding with people regarding various topics and going back and forth is a part of it. Constant researching, trying new programs, learning new skills and expanding so that every day there’s something impossible I didn’t do yesterday or at least amazing to me or satisfying is an important part of my life.
The rest of the time is spend anticipating needs for a couple of people who don’t realize they have a lot of needs that involve me but as they’re always involving me, I made it part of an ongoing challenge for myself.
Subcultures are a continual source of fascination so the mental challenges of seeing things from other perspectives and how they intersect with my own is also expansive.
Composing music in my head, working out novel solutions to things I don’t understand until I can find a metaphor that I could explain something I didn’t previously understand to someone else, is also an ongoing challenge that I enjoy.
During Vine days, I made a lot of them. They’re 99% objectively crap but at the time, I thoroughly enjoyed making each 6s one. Figuring out how to back them up to the Internet Archive was a fun challenge and for the first 10000 they were nice enough to give me my own corner.
“Follow your bliss” was old Joseph Campbell advice I learned young and try to follow as much as I can. I don’t know what it’s going to be 45m from now or 7s from now but navigating the inner chatter and imagery and music intersecting with the outer world is a bit like performing my own circus act within myself, like spinning lots of plates and trying not to let any fall.
But I have to set them myself in the moment and be ok with abandoning them if I get bored with it and moving quickly to something else.
Lingering too long with a spent mini or big project is painful so I try not to.