Jesse quite rightfully became a hair stern with me a little while ago. We were discussing our year-long project. I was orating from atop my analog cloud about how we must solve wicked problems by shutting off our computers and reverting to goofy, sensate, human critters. A testament to Jesse’s diplomacy: it took him two months of working with me before I finally heard “Chuck! Like it or not, at the end of the year we have to create a digital artifact.” Maybe if I wanted to weave daisy chains I should have hitched up to a different rodeo.
Thing is, I truly did hear Jon and Jan when they told us that we soon must create some digital thing. My abacus and spinning wheel aren’t so loud that they drowned that one out. Honestly, I just hadn’t yet heard anything compelling enough to lure me out of the ether down into wireframing chamber.
This has changed.
I would love to let you read about my epiphanic moment, but for now am presenting this iteration (3rd round!) of a position that I am really enjoying writing. Perhaps enjoying too much! The deadline is nigh, I have a job, I have to lurch to bed and resume the fun mañana. There is, however, a summary paragraph below the post-its to prove I know where I’m going with this.
It is hard to imagine that articles about computer language and malicious, semi-autonomous fire-spewing robots would woo me to embrace the digital world. But it looks like they have. About four years ago I set out to see if there was a way the Internet could foster human resonance. As I sit here in the loading chute, peering into the wicked problem arena with one fist up I will confess what I knew all along. I’m at the right rodeo.
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