I feel like I’ve only just gotten started with toy reviews, and just last week, I received an email to review something pretty special. The message came from a team of engineers in Oslo, a division of a larger engineering firm, that asked me to beta-test a new product. I was absolutely intrigued and took a look at their website for more details. Shortly thereafter, I accepted, quite excited. Roughly a week later, I could barely contain my excitement when a package was delivered to my doorstep.
CW: ranting/info dump
This isn’t as much of a continuation of the previous version of this post as it is more of an update on all that has occurred. But it’s also me just wanting to type out all of the things I have learned about myself and of others, based on recent experiences and decisions. Covid and quarantine has had me fucked for the past eighteen months it has been keeping us all prisoner, and sapped me of any creativity or productivity. But a lot has happened in the interrim that, while it seemed small or inconsequential, to talk about at the time; putting it together now is providing some interesting perspective I was inspired to put here. I know it’s not everyone’s cup of tea, but if you’re interested in a trip of introspection, then please read on.
I’m actually pretty shocked by this myself! For a long time, I had told myself that I was going to do just fine with my writing alone. I don’t consider myself Instagram-able, and I have too many bad experiences trying to put myself out there on YouTube. But I was content with having my words read and my thoughts in a place that I felt comfortable sharing it.
There can be times you want to grab someone’s attention, focus it on you; Or, maybe just because it’s fun. A distraction can disrupt someone’s train of thought, trip them up, get them frustrated and wanting to take it out on you in the form of some desired punishments. What will you do to get the attention you crave?
Have you ever had a coffee, or shared a dessert with someone special? The most intimate moments take place when two people share something together. Nuanced care for someone else can say a lot about how you feel, and how you see them. Tell me a story where people bond over something shared, and the intimacy that follows.
With conditions the way they are, it is more than a little difficult to go out and do the things we used to enjoy, or see the people we like. Apps like Zoom, Skype, Discord, and other messenger apps are becoming very important for keeping us connected. Your challenge is to write me a story involving people who connect through a messenger app. The rest is up to you.
It bears repeating that allowing intolerance isn’t the same as showing tolerance to all voices. Allowing voices of hate to have their podium only allows intolerance to spread and create an environment not safe for all, but only a few. Having a safe community means having the stones to back it up and defend your values.
What happened today was a miracle we’ve been hoping for since 2016. For the first time since Tr*mp took office, a huge percentage of Americans, as well as in other countries around the world, are able to give a collective exhale of relief. People who were marginalized, targeted by hate groups, had promises made to them that were ultimately broken, the forgotten, those who couldn’t breathe, those who had their healthcare taken, who had to ration their insulin, who still don’t have clean water in Flint, MI. All the people whose lives were threatened and targeted because they didn’t fit into a narrow definition of ‘TrUe pAtRiOtS’ led by a cult that couldn’t keep their lies straight, and had the audacity to call these hate groups, ‘fine people’. And for the first time, I was able to look at all the hateful vitriol that’s posted on social media, and not feel my blood pressure rise.