Dispatch 3: Pepsi-free
An Agent of Love
I've been mildly obsessed with Griffin McElroy's Polygon videos. The most notable of these is Car Boys, in which Nick Robinson and Griffin McElroy take the car physics simulator BeamNG.drive, and turn it into a magical journey of discovery and truth. It's the most compelling "Let's Play" style video that has ever been made. Like it actually makes me want to play a freaking physics simulator.
But not griffin has done other video series as well. Another notable one is the hilarious and wonderful "PeaceCraft." In PeaceCraft, Griffin plays World of WarCraft in a "pacifist" style. He eschews all combat, and resolves to not harm anyone while he tries to traverse the massive in-game realm, essentially on a "tour" of game. Of course killing things is a primary way you survive, complete quests, level up and earn money and other goods so his innovative ways of working against this core game mechanic are the crux of the show. Griffin's struggle to live a peaceful life is both hilarious and heartwarming. I highly recommend checking out the best of video, and if you find yourself cackling at your computer, watch the whole series of videos.
Why is "the web" awful? 🤔
This is the question asked by The Outline (a website that's not bad)... there's a pretty straightforward answer. The web is fine. Corporate websites are awful. They're hard to use, littered with pop ups, and user-antagonistic when it comes to insisting people white list their ad-riddled monstrosities.
Personal websites, by and large, are still fine. Blogging platforms like blogger (in the year of our lord 2017, freaking blogger) is more than enough for most consumers of the readable web. The big difference is how desperate you are to compromise everything to try and earn some money on it? It's all compromised vision and it is hard to feel much sympathy for gargantuan sites that struggle.
My point is, read more blogs.
Cassettes were the jam
I grew up at the height of cassette tapes as the primary means of listening to music. Yes, vinyl was king in the home but cassettes were truly portable listening and were far more compact.
It also turns out, that we all really didn't know what we were talking about when it came to cassettes and audio quality.
Techmoan on Youtube breaks down all the interesting features of classic format
As you probably noticed, I have a fairly new public instagram account to showcase my photos on that site. While I still like how feature loaded Flickr is, Instagram is where people see your work. People are less inclined to click Flickr links, and you don't really feel like it's an active place compared to Instagram. And, surprisingly, I've had almost exclusively positive interactions there so far.
I got the name "30 Ghosts" from a reference I believe I read from Warren Ellis. I don't know exactly where, but it was probably in his newsletter. In it, he mentioned that each person currently alive on earth has about 30 ghosts out of the population of humans that has ever lived. Something about that is both ominous and somewhat inspiring.
While we're on the subject of photography, here's a great video by photographer John Fee. It's a bit long, but even just watching for the first few minutes is refreshing. He genuinely loves teaching and sharing, and he also has some very incisive thoughts on what makes a good photo.