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Really appreciate the advice! I want to reply to each comment, but am about to crash after working all day. I'm going to create a louderwords account and share with the hubski community, which I was hopeful would be receptive to my writing but the healthy response to my question and the other projects it seemed to help coagulate makes me feel even better.
Its unsettling factor slightly outweighs its "holy shite I need that" factor. Notwithstanding the potential adverse effects it could pose, which aren't fully understand and probably won't be very easy to pinpoint, this somehow feels very inhuman. I'm not sure, but this seems to fall within the realm of transhumanism. Don't get me wrong, if this can treat chronic depression better than the current cocktail of chemicals we have available, then that's a gosh darn godsend.
But it feels like a cheat code for learning. Will we lose the qualities that struggle and difficulty brings out in people? Persistence, faith, understanding, empathy, determination? Won't this fundamentally change who we are as a species? Will we be satisfied when working towards a goal that used to feel triumphant will merely feel routine?
The potential is great, yet I can't help feeling this will dull some of the qualities that make us human.
This is awesome! You could also add metal studs to simulate the spines :)
Definitely Hand It! | The Web's Hand Gesture Manual which is a blog I started and have been running since late December. I mostly post about the gestures myself, but I have also gotten submissions from some friends (and a student in Estonia!). I've achieved some minor blips of little guy fame through different posts on reddit and some twitter shares. The coolest was when The Daft Club (daft punk fansite) linked to my recreation of daft punk album covers with their signature pyramid hand gesture and I saw a user make the gif their signature.
It's important to relish even relatively minor success when you're doing these kinds of projects.
I have a lot of fun developing it, working on it daily (like Seinfeld's productivity habit chain), noticing just how ubiquitous yet under-the-radar hand gestures are, learning about graphic design, web administration, content creation, headline writing, talking about it with friends and new people I meet. I would love to take the project to the next level, but alas I'm a near-broke college senior searching for real jobs so it'll have to remain my side project for the time being.
reddit was more of a third place when I first discovered it, but now that position is definitely debatable. I think it's gotten too big for its own good.
Hubski seems to be where it's at now. There is a more authentic community spirit and everything I read is thought-provoking in the best ways possible. On reddit I lurked for about a year before I started posting, but here I've been comfortable diving in head first.