2021 Dec 17


@December 17, 2021 8:33 AM (EDT)

There has been protest at the removal of "logloglog" so "logloglog" it will be.

@December 17, 2021 8:35 AM (EDT)

"...when I don't have to speak to anyone or enter a door ahead, then I launch once more like a paper boat on to the waters of sleep, and once more I return to the fading illusion that cuddles my hazy consciousness of the morning now emerging amid the sounds of the vegetable carts. And it is then, in the middle of life's bustle, thaty dream big becomes a marvelous film... When it's time, I show up at the office like everyone else. When it's not time, I go to the river to gaze at the river, like everyone else. I'm no different. And behind all this "O sky my sky," I secretly cinstellate and have my infinity." To Pessoa, the imagination beats nature.

@December 17, 2021 9:36 AM (EDT)

i try to limit COVID research and synthesis to once a week. it’s always a terrible time. basically, I understand the opposing angles, assume each can be true, and then sort out incoming information. it’s exhausting, and it rarely gives me a route to action. but i’d rather feel overwhelmed then blanket follow national regulations. some context, omicron spreads 70x faster than delta. holy shit. the real question: is it worth getting boosted for a new variant where, 1) protection odds are low/uncertain, 2) variant seems to be not that severe, 3) unknown repercussion of an “antibody cocktail” in face of future variants.

@December 17, 2021 10:21 AM (EDT)

Poets can write sentences in reverse. They know how a line needs to end, and then conjure an appetizer to get us there. While all writing is linear, the best writers are unstuck from time.

@December 17, 2021 10:34 AM (EDT)

what i’m missing right now is a ritual to reliably re-engage with the world. this is what hunter s. thompson’s breakfast ritual was about. for an hour or two, he’d engage in a massive feast, read the paper, and reply to letter. after that point, he was off-the-radar, until next breakfast (at least, we can imagine he had this kind of chaotic persistency).

@December 17, 2021 10:46 AM (EDT)

"I thought of myself as like the jazz musician: someone who practices and practices and practices in order to be able to invent and to make his art look effortless and graceful. I was always conscious of the constructed aspect of the writing process, and that art appears natural and elegant only as a result of constant practice and awareness of its formal structures.” - Toni Morrison

Yet, also - as with jazz musicians - deliberate conscious practice leads to an automatic and effortless outpouring from the subconscious. while the weird thing that emerges will be goopy, it will have an alien dimension your rational mind couldn’t have created. once it’s out, in a pile on the floor, you put your structure-hat back on to give it it’s form. but then you put your brain away again as you detail. let the subconscious seep out in the creation of the “jewelry” (the finishing touches). then edit relentlessly. it’s a constant back and forth between craft and gut.

@December 17, 2021 10:52 AM (EDT)

Riff on newsletters

interesting how Revue built a newsletter media clipper. seems like you can use a browser & mobile extension to save nuggets you come across, and then easily inject them into your newsletter. interesting how a tool is going to inspire a generation of formatting (newsletter as a menu of content). there’s a weird “feedification” going on. to escape social media feeds, we got to email, which is a private feed, and then half of my messages, after I open them, are a micro-feed.

micro-feeds, inside of feeds, while escaping from other feeds ...

all you have to do it not be a feed and you’re singular ... to be clear - i have no gripes with link-sharing / links as content. Maybe I’m just skeptical around the idea of delivering my links at a consistent interval as a touch-point. I don’t think I’m the only one who feels this, but the amount of information I consuming is numbing. Even newsletters that I REALLY enjoyed the first 10-times, I find myself ignoring, not because of the person, or the content, but because as I scroll my Inbox, I’m not in the CONTEXT to absorb information. in fact, whenever I check my Inbox, it’s from a mindset of “let me archive what isn’t urgent, reply to what is, as fast as possible, so I can return to deep work.” a few thoughts to conclude on this:

1) Maybe I need some kind of ritual/reader to make space to read slow

2) I wish newsletter nuggets were hyper-linked and lived on a site

3) Voice, taste, transparency, courage These are the key differentiators in a land of information abundance

@December 17, 2021 11:10 AM (EDT)

why am I still getting newsletters from Webster Hall and AdAge? fighting email marketers from brands feels like fighting a hydra. for every unsubscribe, you get on 3 more lists

@December 17, 2021 11:13 AM (EDT)

brands are masters of mimesis in voice - what is original voice? what are you willing to say that no one will say? how are you willing to say it in a way that no one has said it?

@December 17, 2021 11:16 AM (EDT)

please forgive me for my ramblings and grumps as I wade through the swamp of my Gmail inbox. i remembering hearing a vague and hopeful plea one day last year that the email inbox is a safe-haven compared to social media. neither are places I approach with joy and excitment. it’s possibly my fault. should I not be giving my email address away like Halloween candy?

@December 17, 2021 11:20 AM (EDT)

stupid simple solution to my woes. I just need multiple @michaeldean.site accounts This is email-101 shit and I’m embarrassed michael@michaeldean.site - for humans newsletters@michaeldean.site - for newsletters robots@michaeldean.site - for automated bullshit

There are some challenges though: ie: Google Docs comments, Amazon, Flight notifications.

@December 17, 2021 11:33 AM (EDT)

feeling like the grinch of email. the simon cowell of newsletters. perhaps this is just a temporary phase you pass through right before you’re about to start your own

@December 17, 2021 11:44 AM (EDT)

gift giving = something they want + something they wouldn’t get themselves + something only you could give thanks DP

@December 17, 2021 11:53 AM (EDT)

it’s easy to under-estimate to raw power of “machine-mediated-consciousness” - what I’m really saying is - pinning yourself to adaptive digital systems might actually bring the best out of you - the danger comes when you’re addicted to a social network, or if you have no organization and you’re attention is spinning between tabs. design makes all the difference. good design isn’t easy. it’s almost like you need to have the persistence to work through many poorly designed systems to arrive at one that actually helps you

@December 17, 2021 11:59 AM (EDT)

are there principles to Notion dashboard design? is anyone approaching this as a rigorous field of design study? it’s more than aesthetics. it’s too simple to take your latest system, condense it into tips, and pretend to be the guru. my systems collapse all the time. it’s almost natural. it’s almost like, to actually design dashboards and productivity architectures that work for you, you need to be as rigorous as a scientist. in any design, you’re making countless assumptions about your future behavior. make those assumptions explicit, and set a date in the future to assume if your behavior was realistic, and if the design actually worked or not.

@December 17, 2021 12:05 PM (EDT)

if it were a crime to forget re-heated coffee in the microwave, i’d be a serial offender. my morning cup of coffee has 10% left, and it’s cold. why not heat it up? i open the microwave to find yesterday’s 10%. hardest laugh of the day.

@December 17, 2021 2:11 PM (EDT)

i wonder if there’s value in everyone trying a pseudonym experiment, especially if it’s among a community of writers. not saying you need to drop your whole identity. but there’s value in seeing how it feels to write without your baggage from the real world. for me, temporarily dropping the concept of audience made writing insanely fun. i could say whatever I want. when I shared it with some writing friends, they said, “whoa - this is way better than all the stuff you wrote under your real name.” it didn’t make sense to go back. the writing journey is already hard enough in a vacuum, why carry the weight of your IRL identity that doesn’t serve you?

@December 17, 2021 2:19 PM (EDT)

I wonder how a writers in college would appreciate The Writing Studio

@December 17, 2021 2:21 PM (EDT)

For people like myself who tend to dive all-in into projects, it helps to go “all-on nothingness.” Do nothing, wander, and avoid goals in a way with hardcore intentionality.

@December 17, 2021 3:01 PM (EDT)

Winter’s coming. How many monkeys does it take to wrap the air conditioners with seran wrap?

@December 17, 2021 3:12 PM (EDT)

Dreaming of a car with speakers. Simple dreams.

@December 17, 2021 3:27 PM (EDT)

Dobe is fearless of traffic, but balloons are life-threatening.

@December 17, 2021 3:31 PM (EDT)

Maybe logloglog is only mined once a week and tweets are autoscheduled. I half tried this last January. Now I'm ready

@December 17, 2021 3:45 PM (EDT)

It takes a New Yorker to understand the rejuvenating effects of pizza.

@December 17, 2021 4:17 PM (EDT)

What is the starting point for fiction?

character-first = harry potter world-first = dune language-first = lord of the rings concept-first = the matrix

@December 17, 2021 4:54 PM (EDT)

Idea for a weekly writing group focused on fiction. Every Monday we’ll meet, share our story idea, and get feedback on it. The goal is to publish one short-story a week. Email me if you’re interested.

@December 17, 2021 7:54 PM (EDT)

retired the name “logloglog” for the 2nd time in 24 hours sorry danielle here’s the old “wtf is this” page

what the hell is “logloglog?” 1

@December 17, 2021 8:23 PM (EDT)

an about me via bullet-points: skimmable, low-turnover, fans an about me via prose: striking, high-turnover, super fans

perhaps it’s not an either, but a fusion of the two