5 Quick Things: February 2022

Welcome to 5 Quick Things that I saw since last month that I thought were interesting enough to share with you. None of them are particularly timely so feel free to just enjoy 🙂

>Number One<

Where Has All The Color Gone?

If you’re an avid movie watcher (like I suppose I am) then you’ll probably have noticed that movies in the past decade have been a little drained of color. I find this phenomenon exceptionally sad especially as we move into an age that is dominated by digital cameras whose baseline for capturing and devloping color is at an all time high. Not to say every movie should be a neon colorscape but digital film allows us to play around with all the variables of color even more so it’s kind of sad when most films and even television kind of look like grey and brown soup. No real answer exists but it’s fun to ponder.

>Number Two<

Nostalgia in the Time of Digital Memory

I love to think about how the modern era doesn’t allow us to forget anymore. We don’t get to leave anything behind and yet we all seem so hungry for nostalgia that we can’t experience because we’re still experiencing the moment. I kind of wonder if the person essay became such a force on the internet for this reason but either way this piece about our disjointed inability to experience nostalgia due to constantly being able to look back and re-connect with our connections that would have normally been lost is some nice food for thought.

>Number Three<

The Company Town

With unions becoming more popular these days I think we’re also seeing some push back in the form of the company town and this great Knowing Better video explores the how, what, when, and where of company towns and how they’re always being brought back as some type of utopia. This is good information to keep in your back pocket especially as I keep seeing that more places what these sorts of company towns, which they have rebranded as “innovation zones” or other cute names.

>Number Four<

Planet of the NFTs

Speaking of innovation zones here’s a great website that keeps track of all the absolute trash fire shenanigans that “Web3” is getting up to. Obviously this is a near pitch perfect companion piece to Dan Olson’s in-depth explainer video, Line Goes Up, about NFTs. Really depressing stuff but unfortunately now it’s all of our problem and we have to keep an eye on it as it consumes everything.

>Number Five<

An Age of Luxury Travel

As the pandemic put a pause on even my once a year traveling, reading pieces like this got me thinking about how we can do better as tourists and travelers. It’s unlikely that anyone who comes across my page is traveling in the level of “luxury” but it’s just an issue to keep in your head I suppose it’s also a good reminder to really ask ourselves why and how we travel and what impacts we are having when we do so.

Alright folks that’s all she wrote, see you next month!

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