Streamlines is my idea and prototype for a publishing platform for a regular user. Not for writing books or a professional blog, but I like to write in journals and sometimes on social networks and sometimes to friends in the forms of messages or letters. It keeps expanding. Basically, the whole point is to entirely streamline my expression and consumption of ideas. I want it to have two directions, out: the stuff I write, and in: the stuff I read. I want it to blend RSS subscriptions, e-mails, personal messages, texts, etc. I want to be able to selectively send out writings to individuals, to blogs, to phones, etc. I want the UI to be incredibly sparse, almost entirely whitespace in which to write or read. I'm sad that user interfaces today often are clunky because they try to be flashy; I'd often like something dead simple and super fast and responsive.
Charities are weird. I get addicted to contributing. I was contributing to more than I could afford for a little while :o and had to pare down as my financial situation constricted during my Masters. However, I'm happy to have just contributed to the Project for Awesome, a Nerdfighter/Foundation to Decrease World Suck project, and the Georgian Bay Turtle Hospital, a care centre planned for my local bay :). I wish I had participated earlier, during the actual 24 hour period, but I was in transit and had a lot of work to do. In the future, I imagine taking the day off any responsibilities I might have to enjoy and participate with the community life. I look forward to my perk.
VlogBrothers is kind of like having surrogate brothers who don't know I exist, though one of them once read words I wrote. I've been annoyed at them for the odd sexist, carnist, and anti-Google+-ist comment from them over the past couple of years. However, having caught up on the past 3 months of videos tonight (see busy-ness) it's clear why I sort of love them. I took notes on things I want to write about, but briefly it's curiosity and my desire to feel it again, the joy of being able to relate to John's experience following his 24th year of age, the claim that sugar does not induce hyperactivity (a claim I've suspected), and more.
Music is weird for me. I mostly get it in binges once a month or once every few months. I have an interestingly limited catalogue to choose from, through emusic.com. Sometimes I run into albums that have a couple tracks already downloaded not by me, like today, and that's strange. My goal for the next decade will be to go see an order of magnitude more live shows. And buy from more YouTube musicians. Also, I may have found a real person to teach me how to use my violin this time.
Feminism remains important in life and to me. A friend has been notably harassed twice in the past couple of months and had others make hostile comments in support of the harasser. It's the type of behaviour that is easy for me to believe doesn't actually exist, because my social circle doesn't generally feature it. Feminism isn't just about improving culture to reduce harassment and sexist remarks, but just generally about rectifying systemic inequality, which is unsettling to look at already, especially when I see where I'm benefiting. Sigh.
Cameras are a thing I'm thinking about now. I'll elaborate on why I have started to later. For now, I'll note that Kody (my camera from 2004-2011), capturer of many spectacular memories, has been dissected.
Languages are a lot of fun. I wrote here before about duolingo. I've picked it back up, and have finally doing French regularly in advance of going to Strasbourg in August. Hooray for goals.
Stories are things I enjoy working on, but I've lacked the skill and confidence to really build on the ones I value. G21, Afawnoly, Plush Vikings, SDK Advenures. There are four that matter now, and I've started at least collecting thoughts for one of them on a public blog (oooh, secret location) and the other has initial sketches for its web comic format out (hint: my art sucks). Like my writing for this blog, my fictional writing and my drawing lacks personality, purpose, and meaning. It's mostly rambling, an exercise in moving my fingers. But that's still better than nothing. Hopefully I can find a voice I like in the future and do my stories justice then.
Iaido and jodo are becoming more and more a core part of my life. I'm wary of letting them become my major trait. I don't want to be singularly defined by any one thing. Not by veganism, not by open source, not by martial arts. If you notice the above, you might notice a relatively broad variety of interests. That's really intentional. A part of it is fear, of becoming pigeon-holded into a narrow set of interests and becoming unable to relate to other people. I suppose I'm afraid of being unable to connect with others. I think that the fear is a problem, not the inability to connect. I should be able to calmly do away with others.
School is progressing. I sometimes feel a bit embarrassed that I'm still going at it. However, I feel heartened when I read that one of my favourite professors took four full years to complete his. I suppose I just fear having productivity derailed again. Yikes!
Growing up is still an idea I don't subscribe to per se, as in I don't mean to sacrifice my values of my youth that I've kept alive, but I've now gone over the G1 driving manual and the plan is to go for the test the week before my birthday. Meanwhile, my German passport appointment is scheduled for a month after my birthday (3 month wait-times for 20 minute appointments; yikes!). This is actually notably more complicated for me to pursue as a person than I'm going to ever elaborate on here.
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