Tuesday, December 01, 2020 | RECENT NOTES

Mother London

I finished reading Michael Moorcock’s Mother London recently, and I liked it a lot. I do not want to write a full review, but I do want to point out a particular attention to detail that caught my eye.

It turned out that Michael Moorcock had made nothing up in the allusion that caught my attention. It turns out that he knew more than I credited him for and aligned two unrelated elements into a surprising whole.


Auo finds herself trapped on earth

Yesterday we had cause to wake up an old computer and look to see what it contained. Among other things it contained a set of images we did not know we possessed.

Among these images we found a note that Auo had written and left somewhere for us to read.


Tuesday, December 1, 2020 | THE TIME OF DAY


Friday, January 17, 2020 | ESSAYS

Learning from scratch

In November 2019 I reported about a project that Irma Sippola and I started and which we call Snowcastle Valley. As part of this I have committed myself to teach eleven teenage girls and women, and five teenage boys, all school dropouts living below the poverty line, to code using the Scratch programming environment developed by MIT.

What follows derives from the field notes of the work I have done during our second visit, which began on December 20, 2019. I have written these notes using an Evernote template I created to allow me to record attendance, work content, observations, outcomes and problems, on my iPad as they arise during the actual workshops. In devising this template I worked from Field Notes: the making of anthropology by Roger Sanjeck (Sanjek, 1990: pp 92-97).