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Boulder Creek, 6:00am

This was the world, at this moment, unfiltered, unprocessed.

boulder-creek

Collective Consciousness

Some weeks, you really feel like you’re in the flow of something collective, and this week was one of them.  A lot of us played the lottery. And David Bowie passed away.
 
Colby, my waiter at the Ace, certainly hoped I had the winning ticket as I checked my numbers over breakfast. That would have been a good day for both of us.
 
Dan and Colby
 
But…it was not to be.
 
Not this time
 
Still, between the 2-cent lottery pool I joined at work with 136 of my colleagues and the many conversations I had during the week with both friends and strangers about “…how we would handle it..,” I had a lot of fun, and re-affirmed that I’m pretty happy with my life the way it is, anyway.
 
Moving from the material plane to the spiritual, David Bowie’s death has been an interesting collective experience.
 
Remembering Bowie
 
I love Bowie’s music and his ethos as a creative artist. I didn’t follow him super-closely while he was alive; yet, his death, for me, leaves existence on this planet feeling a little different. It’s a different place without him here–I feel that.
 
The whole week has been punctuated with Bowie moments–from hugging my colleague Katie who really felt sad about it, to hearing a cool remix of Let’s Dance in a coffee shop, to the moment last night, at the end of a long and beautiful week of doing work I love (designing for social impact), where the band on the rooftop of the Ace played Life On Mars, and everyone went quiet for just a few seconds.
 
Life on Mars


And then, the earth resumed its spin, and we’re back again, in the flow of time.

Graphic nature

An early November sunset paints a classic California graphic pattern.

The landscape and the technoscape

We’ve been renting our Airstream trailer on airbnb, and had some unusual guests last week. Alex and Luke, two Canadian travelers also known as alexandluke.com, stayed with us on the 151st night of an extended journey around North America.

What’s unusual about Alex’ and Luke’s trip is that they are using social networking platforms to determine their whole itinerary.

Without a route or any preconceived idea of what we will see and do, we are calling on the communities behind the most popular social media websites to act as our compass (pointing us where to go) and our guidebook (telling us what to see).

Luke says that, for him, the technoscape rather than the landscape was the real inducement to hit the road, and their trip is as much an exploration of the borders between online and offline worlds as the geography of North America. An ecotone is the transition area between two adjacent ecological communities, and by pairing the intensive use of social media with the highly physical and interpersonal nature of travel, Luke and Alex are really probing the unique possibilities of the space where digital and physical meet.

We sat down underneath the redwoods and recorded a 30-minute conversation about what it feels like to have your destination determined by the Twittersphere, how they decide what to share and what to keep private, what social networking tools they wish they had but don’t (Twitter analytics and more fluid map sharing via IM, etc.), and how this unusual experience is changing them.

You can listen to some audio excerpts from the interview here.