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Technologically-focused girl who requires constant novelty and input finds counterintuitive calm in the dull basics of anachronistic hobbies. Can the boring be good for us?

Technologically-focused girl who requires constant novelty and input finds counterintuitive calm in the dull basics of anachronistic hobbies. Can the boring be good for us?

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Patience-Based Hobbies for the Chronically Distracted Patience-Based Hobbies for the Chronically Distracted Presentation Transcript

  • Patience-Based HobbiesFor the chronically distracted
  • I get bored easily.
  • so
  • I like to do things.
  • I keep myself occupied with the weird andthe new.
  • I like to go places.
  • I like to see amazing things.
  • I like to read things.
  • I require stimuli.
  • I seek novelty.
  • New, new new.
  • Go, go, go.
  • Everything goes to 11.
  • If it doesn’t, I get bored.
  • Go.
  • Go, Go.
  • Go, Go, Go, Go, Go.
  • So much going. I go.
  • People near me go!
  • We are always on.
  • On, On, On!
  • Go, Go, Go!
  • And then. Stop.
  • Crash.
  • On or off.
  • It’s exciting. Me. My sister, Maggie.
  • But it is also exhausting. My sister, Maggie. Me. I’ve been like this a long time.
  • One day, I realized this was happening. Me On Off On Off On Off On Off On
  • Ratcheting up.
  • Not coming back down.
  • My only weapon was sleep.
  • Weird things started happening to me.
  • I felt over-amped.
  • I felt jittery.
  • I felt anxious.
  • So much internal noise.
  • It was very tiring.
  • Things felt off-kilter and jarring.
  • I didn’t know how to make it stop.
  • And then, in 2008
  • I got sick.
  • This was not much fun.
  • But it forced me to lay around a lot.
  • And think and read a lot.
  • I thought about things I liked a lot.
  • I noticed a pattern.
  • For example, photography.
  • A long-time hobby.
  • The times I most enjoyed photography...
  • Were the slow times
  • And the images I sought out most...
  • Were the simple...
  • even...boring ones.
  • Slow.
  • Simple.
  • Somewhat repetitive.
  • A light went on.
  • What if activities that force repetitionand patience led to a kind ofhappiness?
  • Some moments when I take photos
  • I am neither on nor off
  • I just...am.
  • The premise is basic.
  • Light touches a medium or sensor that is photo-sensitiveAn image is created
  • You can jazz it up all youlike
  • But in the end, the premise is still basic
  • Could other slow, basic thingsmake me feel this quiet?
  • Letterpress
  • The premise is basic.
  • Moveable type* is inked,then pressed into paper* Or a plate
  • My tabletop letterpress
  • A basic, antique premise.
  • Repetitive.
  • Slow.
  • Tactile.
  • Sorting type.
  • Organizing, thinking carefully, cleaning.
  • Cannot be rushed.
  • Manual.
  • Quiet.
  • Perfect.
  • Distillation (2009)
  • The premise is simple.
  • To distill is to separatesomething into constituent parts
  • Steam Distillation.
  • Steam DistillationMaterial is suspended above waterWater is boiled, forcing steam through material,extracting oilsSteam is cooled back to liquid form via a condenserSeparated oil and water comes out
  • Ancient, with a simple premise.
  • Slow.
  • Repetitive.
  • Tactile.
  • Manual.
  • Perfect.
  • Clockwork and gears (2010)
  • The premise is basic.
  • All things clockworkHave an energy sourceHave a way to control the flow of energyUse gears to adjust speed
  • When I was 17, I made a clock out ofpaper.
  • It didn’t work.
  • Go, go go. Rush rush rush.
  • This time, it’s different.
  • I’ve learned a bit.
  • Slowness. Patience.
  • Repetition.
  • Apply the quietness.
  • Perfect!
  • How to make thisexperience stick?
  • Do
  • Choose things that are interesting andaesthetic (to you!).
  • Choose pastimes that allow you to create.
  • Seek out things that are tactile.
  • Engage in your repetitive activity duringdiscrete, scheduled times.
  • Accept (and enjoy!) that other parts of lifewill still be go, go, go.
  • Embrace meaningful tedium.
  • Be patient and enjoy!
  • Me.Lyza Danger Gardner@lyzadangerhttp://www.lyza.com
  • Image CreditsAll photos are mine and were taken by me, except: Slides 24, 41-44, 59, 61, 67, 90 by David Hoenig Slides 14, 27 by my mom, Fran Gardner Slides 17, 87 from Wikipedia (public domain) Slide 18 by my mother-in-law, Cathy Hoenig Slide 26 by my stepmother, Christie Mueller Slide 16 was taken by a former coworker, but by whom exactly, I do not know.