Kinfolk still offers a one-size-fits-all-who-seek-it lifestyle solution with little tolerance for mess. The increasingly rarified image of luxurious simplicity that it projects is far from possible, desirable, or even recognizable for everyone.
-- Kyle Chayka, "The Last Lifestyle Magazine"
It’s hard to identify with something so empty at its core.
-- Also Kyle Chayka, "Welcome to Airspace"
Simplicity, for me, is less of a goal to aspire to, and more like the Tao Te Ching's uncarved block. It's the most useful thing in the world, because you can make anything out of it. And like the air in a tire, or the space in between the spokes of a wooden wheel, sometimes you need it in order to function.
We've been borrowing the neighbours' wi-fi for the past week. >_>; Supposedly we're going to have our own internets on Monday, so please look forward to streams ...
... in between getting a shared bank account with alias-pseudonym, getting shoes purchased / repaired, and meeting up with an old friend.
We miss you so much. It's been a week now, and you haven't visited our little apartment. We waited all day yesterday for you to come by, and we got stood up.
Now you say we won't see you until next Friday. Why? Are we just not good enough for you? Do you not like the friends we've been seeing? Is it something we said?
Please come back, internet access. We miss you. ; ;
A foxgem who brought her laptop to alias-pseudonym's parents' house, which has wi-fi
And we miss chozomind so much, omg ; ;
We and alias-pseudonym have a lot of work to do to get our apartment set up. >_> We have visitor papers that let us go in and out of the country at will until the end of the year ... here's hoping we can immigrate and do everything we're supposed to
... happy belated Canada Day?
Sometimes, when I'm feeling nervous, I try to comfort my inner child by showing her stuff that she would have been amazed by. Remembering how I would have felt, if I'd gotten to see (for example) a handheld console that looked like my Game Gear* or GBA, but was much more powerful than even an N64.
My inner child is still afraid of anything that isn't sufficiently Mormon, though, so I also have to reassure her that stuff like cute visual novels isn't going to corrupt us or hurt anyone. ^^;
I don't think she's a literal person, so much as that when I get anxious I kind of regress to when I was living in fear all the time. Then I have to coax myself back out, or at least try to make myself comfortable enough that I start to feel better.
Does anyone else (not) do this? What sort of things comfort you? For us it's toys, games, and especially electronics, because we were privileged to have access to things like computers from an early age. And they were our escape.
* I bought it when I was 10, with the prize money from winning a regional spelling bee, and carried it with me everywhere. Even though I couldn't afford batteries (6x AA batteries lasted like six hours in this thing), and had to rely on AC and car adapters. It was my treasure.
This is a response to 'Hello, my name is Ally' -- how children are being exploited by YouTube predators.
The link goes into slightly graphic detail about fetish material. This short essay discusses in broad terms what's happened to me and to others, but is not itself graphic.
( Read more... )
I'm starting to see game consoles, e-readers, and even franchises like Pathfinder and Warhammer 40,000 differently. They all have built-in stores, in a sense, but they also want to be your whole lifestyle, or even your religion.