Things I’m thinking about before I go to sleep tonight…
-January is good for the brain. I always dread it and it’s endless grey, but when it actually arrives, it turns out that I have inculcated myself through intensive pre-worry, and my brain is free to think about new projects and get excited for new things to put in my ears and my eyes and a whole unspoiled year ahead of me—that stands in stark contrast to the chunky grey snow outside.
-I somehow hoodwinked my way into this amazing “un-conference” sponsored by the VERY SMART people at Google and Inventables for the second year in a row. Surrounded by certifiable tech geniuses and radio geniuses and BBQ geniuses will make you really want to a) Invent something worth googling, b) wonder what you were doing while everyone else was learning to code (I know what I was doing, I was in rehearsal for the better part of 34 years—what do I have to show for that?, c) update dormant blogs. It was energizing and exciting and made me think lots of things are possible. I also found myself thinking about this article I recently think, which is a bit of an attack on the concept of group brainstorming. So how can some of these methods I learned about be modified to be useful on an individual basis? This might be a think problem that takes me through to February. Also, at this conference, I tasted all the constituent ingredients of gum. Amazing.
-Will be teaching Aristotle AND Judith Butler this week. Great to be teaching texts that I discover I don’t understand each time I return to them. I think that keeps me alive to the way my students’ brains are changing throughout the 16 weeks I get to spend with them (nevermind the 4 years of college) and how I never know what will sink and when, and just get a front row seat to a fraction of their development. I like that.