No clever reflections this week — because, busy (!!!) which is a funny state to be in in the midst of the pandemic. I mean I love what I am doing but the concept of needing everyone to work in order to survive, not because we want to? What a perverse concept don’t you think?
This week I am thinking of this WITI edition that speaks about the pipe organ that miraculously remained intact during the fire at Notra Dame cathedral last year. This year, the work to restore the pipe organ began. The work, which would include dismantling, cleaning, and reassembling in the hands of a team of skilled labour and artisans, would also involve another six extra months to tune the organ. The whole timeline would take about four years, and the organ is expected to play for the first time since the restoration work on April 16, 2024.
WITI talks further about the trade-off between digital and analogue artisanry in the times of this digital age, but I couldn’t help finding the parallel between the pipe organ and surviving any form of trauma, even if it looked like it, or us, survived the situation intact. The work it takes to heal is not quite linear or as straightforward — even though it, or us, seem fine on the surface (after the dismantling, cleaning, and reassembling) and one does not often talk about the extra work of recalibrating the harmful values we have internalised, or the boundaries we have failed to set (the work of tuning). It might seem I am likening you, or us, who survived the trauma of any kind, to a pipe organ the way religious zealots have likened women to some wrapped lollipops, but I hope it does not transpire as so. But even so, if you, or us, need extra time for tuning, it’s completely OK.
Reading in my tabs:
- Designing a better future is a moral obligation.
- This position paper by the Indigenous Protocol and Artificial Intelligence Working Group is a great resource for folks interested in designing and creating AI from an ethical position that centres Indigenous concerns. Thank you The Engine Room for sharing.
- The New York Times with a deep, immersive piece of journalism detailing how exactly the explosion happened in the Port of Beirut, a little over a month after the deadly non-nuclear explosion took place in the city.
- Nothing is sacred — Animal Crossing needs to prepare for disinformation.
- “By so rarely naming whiteness, these statements normalise the ideas that white people are raceless and that only those oppressed by the racial structure need have any interest in dismantling it. This language also suggests that dismantling racism doesn’t require confronting those privileged by racism.” What’s missing from corporate statements on racial injustice? The real cause of racism.
- I don’t have a TikTok account (and I don’t think I want to) but I am always intrigued about all the accounts about how addictive the algorithm is.
- On Save the Food you can find recipes to cook with your leftover scraps or food that’s ‘past its prime’, build a meal prep plan, create a shopping list based on the number of people in your house and the number of days you are cooking, and other tips and tricks to keep your food fresh.
- Just because: sounds of the forest.
- A reminder on making a good decision: Will this enlarge me, or diminish me?
- “Let us take a knife, and cut the world in two, and see what worms are eating at the rind.”
- Reading: Paulo Freire’s Pedagogy of the Oppressed, Ocean Vuong’s On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous, and translating Pablo Neruda’s Los Versos del Capitan in an attempt to learn Spanish.
- Listening: This Earshot episode about Kylie Webb, who compiled her ‘sonic bucket list’ — a list of “11 sounds that I want to commit to memory” after being told that she has a condition that at some point she will lose her hearing.
- Watching: The only Jurassic Park sequel we needed.
- Food & Drink: My town is under enhanced lockdown right now, which sucks — but it sucks less when a neighbour dropped some bananas in front of our house and we got to make some pisang goreng (banana fritters) today.