Simon Griffee · Time, light, movement & distance.


29 December 2018 · 8 minute read

We have been painting for a long time.
Prehistoric cave paintings at Lascaux.

I like play that slowly builds tension and then releases it with intensity and consequences. Maps. Sounds of nature. Long distances. The passage of time. Night and day cycles. Changing light. Clouds. Weather. Wind, foliage, animals, dust, fog, rain, lightning storms.

A simple way to experience play is fiction. Games, books, music and films that tell us, a species of storytellers, stories, and help bring us closer, for art is a medium for creativity, a multiplier, which improves everything else needed for life.

Without art, without play, the pace quickens, and we may become weary, our body (which includes our mind) wearing down more quickly. We have been playing – drawing, painting, throwing, collecting — for millennia, it is an integral part of a healthy human being, often given little time in our education.

Favorite Computer Games of 2018

Galloping in the open world.
Riding a horse in the ancient Greek archipelago of Odyssey. The graphics often remind me of landscape paintings from the Renaissance.

Favorite Musicians Discovered in 2018 & Song by Each

Two Good Films, One Good Series

Five Good Books

Random 2019 Predictions

The independent web will begin to grow again aided by technologies like the Beaker peer to peer web browser and the Scuttlebutt decentralised secure gossip platform. More people will become aware of the trouble with centralized social media. Discord, the voice and text communication application popular with people who play personal computer games will be bought by a large tech company, hopefully not one of the worst. Virtual reality headsets may become a little cheaper to buy but will continue to be a small niche for some more years. Game streaming services where you pay a subscription to play a game running from a remote machine will become more popular. Basic income will be spoken about more often, and maybe become a reality in the United States in the next decade. A book of black and white photographs from Rome and New York will be published. More drawings will be made. Courageous women will take charge of things with the help of courageous men and lead our species in a kinder world.

Next Year

First thing in the morning: sit down and write whatever is in your mind, preferably with a soft 2B or 3B pencil on paper with nice texture. Write one, two or three things you would like to accomplish today with a little box next to each that you may tick later. These should be simple, like “buy groceries”, “post a photograph on the site”, “send a new draft of the poster”.

If you choose to publish what you write, do so on your own website (or using Beaker) and link to it from social media (publish on your own site, syndicate elsewhere).

Read news once a week, if at all. Distrust people in positions of power. Stay away from toxic people and especially avoid arguing with them through the computer on your desk, lap or in your pocket. Speak with someone in person instead, even if this involves going somewhere and paying for, or letting someone pay for, a tea, a coffee or a beer. If you feel like reading news or a social media site, become aware of it, and with the awareness, go ahead, but consider instead writing a sentence on a piece of paper, in a text editor, or in an email to a friend, or playing some notes on an instrument, drawing a little drawing with whatever is at hand on whatever is at hand, going for a walk or a bike ride, stretching, or playing a game with a friend.

With warm wishes to you for a happy new spin around our star in the ever-changing universe, dear reader.