Also, is it OK to still be on Substack?
Chapter 1: Moving things
I’ve been travelling and started moving household items to the site, some stuff are old things that have been tucked away — some are new items bought online. It’s a nice phase; to go through the old things and finding nice memorabilia.
But on the flip side, it’s been a lot of moving around and the feeling of uncertainty is somehow lingering perpetually. But bit by bit I’m clearing out loose ends and sorting out things to be in a healthier place for the next phase of work, which is opening up the place for public (albeit for invited people).
What’s still bugging me is our delayed appeals process to the government authority and on a good day I’m thinking; these things take time. And on a bad day I’m so frustrated with it all. I’m also clearing a lot of my personal admin items so there’s been a lot of paperwork in my life — I don’t particularly love it because whilst I really aspire for order, I suck at it. It’s satisfying when things are clean, clear and done. Love a tidy desk. Right now, my desk is a complete mess.
Another thing that’s messy is the construction site — in a literal way. All equipment we’re installing come with a stack of paperwork; warranty, user guides, installation guides, stickers, specialised tools. I don’t have a filing system yet because didn’t expect this much documentation. And so they’re all in the kitchen drawers and I feel I’ll need to do a complete clean up, cleanse.
Chapter 2: Take note
Last week I listened to a Verge interview with the CEO of Substack and it dawned to a lot of people (based on comments), that some of these tech CEOs are completely clueless and unprepared for tough questions – in this particular interview the stumbling block was a series of questions around their preferred actions on content moderation, tackling racism and aligning their values to product policies. The interview reminded me of my previous work where I used to have colleagues who would wing it at work and mostly would get away with it. Mostly these wingers were either 1) men 2) white men 3) native English speakers and it drove me nuts to see that consistent subpar performance would be covered in a skin of seemingly complex confidence, and people would be OK with it. In the Verge podcast the interviewer doesn’t take shit for an answer — and the result is cringe, awks and by silently calling out the BS, the glossy skin comes off.
I’m not considering to move out from Substack yet, but let’s see how the conversations evolve around content moderation.
Chapter 3: Construction updates
Snow’s melting in Lapland and large indoor surfaces are done in the house. Interior doors aren’t installed yet. But hey, I used to work for Shigeru Ban, and he designed this house:
Wall-less house. Toilet seat out in the open. Great!
So, there’s precedence.
We also installed a wall-mounted emergency exit ladder on the north facade of the house. I thought the look would be a bit meh but turns out that adding of the ladder makes the facade look better — it makes it a bit more dense, a bit more busy, and breaks down the scale a bit.
No images of it yet though. Next time.
Thanks for subscribing and I know, I really haven't written in a while. My previous note really helped me get out of a rut so I know that writing helps me get my brain in order so I’ll try to just write and share, even if it’s not that coherent.