Month: January 2021

The future is a tiny internet

Reading Time: 5 minutes Being written in public and expanded on. There’s no shortage of talk on how audio is the prevailing future of the web. Clubhouse especially is bringing rise to this future, but so is Roadtrip, Capiche, DialUp, and even Omegle. We have long sought to use the limitless internet, unbounded by geography, to transmit ourselves and being long and far––for work, play, sex, attention, and the sake of longing. Facetime and calls bind one generation, and I can’t help but feel like I’m an internet native boxed to another end. It was hard for me to feel safe in many spaces and I was accessing the internet late at night where I was desperate to distance myself but explore the world in hushed tones. Instead of raucous laughter over tangled earphones or the love of displaying myself all over an iPad, the internet felt most intimate to me when I was with people over long drabbles of text and chatlogs now irretrievable. I communicated and built culture around trends in text, because Americanizing myself in voice …

2021 Readings

Reading Time: < 1 minute Last updated: May 29, 2021 Currently Reading Poetry Mga Kagila-Gilalas na Pakikipagsapalaran: Mga Tulang Nahalungkat sa Bukbuking Baul, Jose F. Lacaba Design/Tech Making Design Theory, Johan Redstrom Fiction Homestuck (I actually never finished this and stopped when Eridan Ampora was introduced </3) The Collected Stories of Jose Garcia Villa, Jonathan Chua A pig was once killed in our garage, Martin Villanueva Non-fiction Organization Development Practice in the Philippines, Edna P. Franco, Mendiola Teng-Calleja, Ma. Regina M. Hechanova Finished Reading Design/Tech What is a designer, Norman Potter The Politics of Design, Ruben Pater Design Dedication: Adaptive Mentalities in Design Education Design as an Attitude, Alice Rawsthorn Design is a Job, Mike Monteiro Are We Human? Notes on an Archaeology of Design, Beatriz Colomina & Mark Wigley The Shape of Design, Frank Chimero Radical Technologies, Adam Greenfield (picked up from class) Designs for the Pluriverse, Arturo Escobar Speculative Everything, Fiona Raby & Anthony Dunne Against Creativity, Oli Mould Poetry The Mercy Seat: Collected and New Poems 1967–2001, Norman Dubie Fiction Everyone on the Moon is Essential Personnel, …

Humanity & Divinity: A Hu Tao Character Analysis

Reading Time: 36 minutes Live in life, die in death. Hu Tao is a young lady who constantly walks the line between life and death. She has seen the realm of the spirits, the plague of mortality and the consequences of class and strife along Liyue’s streets, and the work of gods and the eternal. She knows her consultant is potentially an adeptus or archon, is incredibly perceptive and ingenious, and one of the richest characters we have that more closely connect the underlying themes of human mortality under a world ruled by warring divinity. March 1, 2021: We’re a day away from the Hu Tao banner! I’m so, so grateful to anyone reading this analysis (or the version on Khaenri’ah). Being able to spread the word on Hu Tao and help people fall in love with her a bit more has been insanely gratifying. I’ll be updating this analysis once I record and play through her story quest (though I did read the datamined lines and play some of the voicelines), and will be streaming it on my …