I am a big fan of Austin Walker — I love his writing, and the way he GMs games on Friends at the Table. In this piece from 2013 he explores and contextualizes the importance of inclusive representation in games and play through the lens of Animal Crossing. Seeing this is even cooler being familiar with the hundreds of hours of actual-play he has coordinated and helped to produce since it almost all highlights the importance and power of representation.
A list of people’s weeknotes. Weeknotes may be peak-blog. I adore them.
A list of things that are legally recognized as humans but that aren’t actual humans.
A list of all the things DuckDuckGo can do for you.
A list of “holotypes” which help to form the basis of a taxonomy for web applications.
These next two items go hand-in-hand and absolutely fascinate me. Things like this make me want to go for a PhD just because I’d love the time to write thousands of words about what it takes to bring the physical to the digital…and exploring what it then takes to physically maintain the “digital” replication of the physical object.
A collection of zines exploring the labor of digitization (and who does that labor).
flip-flop (n.) the process of pushing a work of art or craft from the physical world to the digital world and back, often more than once.
That’s pretty abstract. Here’s an example recipe:
- Carve a statue out of stone.
- Digitize your statue with a 3D scanner.
- Make some edits. Shrink it down. Add wings.
- Print the edited sculpture in plastic with a 3D printer.