I Hope You Like Jamming Too

When we were kids, there was this thing we used to do — we’d invite each other over to play. Come over : let’s make a car out of Lego bricks, make a spaceship out of chairs and bedspreads, drive across the desert, fly to Mars.

At some point, as we grew older, we stopped doing that.

We should start doing that again.

I spent all this time, almost 40 years, all this time since I was 9 years old, getting really good at using this tool, this implement, this “computer”. You did the same. We worked really hard at it, and we got really good at it. But now it’s just work.

But it’s not just a tool, it’s not just an implement, it’s so much more than than just a means to an end. It’s an instrument.

Or at least, it can be.

I remember when you could walk up to a computer sitting in a shop and type:

10 PRINT “I AM COOL”
20 GOTO 10

We pretty much can’t do that any more.

Well, we can. It’s just that we don’t.

We should.

Bring your instrument over to my house. Get your friend to bring theirs along too. Maybe they’re a maestro, maybe they’re a newbie. Never mind.

Let’s just jam together. Let’s talk about the future. Let’s talk about what we’re working on. What’s frustrating us. What’s exciting us.

And let’s make something. No agenda, no pressure, no stress, no fuss, no expectations. But let’s do it.

Let’s make something new.

I once made the mistake of letting other people use my software; the result was www.disguise.one. Now I’m trying to figure out how to fix what’s really broken.

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