Hey, I’m Brendan (he/him), I grew up in Seattle, and I’ve now lived in Brooklyn for around 8 years.
I studied photography and film in college, but have always been drawn to many forms of media-making. I particularly enjoy reading, writing, making websites, independent librarianship, and hip-hop.
At my day job, helping run a learning site / community for guitarists, I do a mix of web development, marketing, community management, and other miscellany.
Some fun things I’ve made / explored include…
- Antilibraries: website curating great books + community for talking books / reading / libraries / related topics (fellow bibliophile? join us!)
- Self Starter’s Guide: loose collection of experiments in self-directed learning, from a handful of unfinished books and curricula, to a series of idea exchange dinners
- Personal canon: collecting books, websites, and other media that have most influenced me
- I also like to blog, though it’s as yet a very irregular habit!
I came up with a whole list of “learning topics” a few years back but this is a great excuse to update it! Broadly, a few things I’m very interested in learning more about:
- Library and information science: curation, annotation, antilibraries, organizing information
- Economics of independent creativity: alternate theories / models for sustainable work, patronage and gift exchange, radical organizational structures, etc.
- Hip-hop poetics, songwriting, production: I’d like to explore hip-hop lyricism more rigorously, maybe experiment with applying Oulipean poetic constraints to rap, and work on an album
- GRAB BAG (other miscellaneous things I’m more loosely interested in): learning and pedagogy, building communities, ecology, deep time, psychogeography, cities, worldbuilding
Fun to look back at my list from a few years ago and see how my interests / priorities have evolved. It was initially five super broad categories, each with an absurd laundry list of things I’m interested in. My learning goals right now are similar in a lot of ways, but also more specific / well defined. I haven’t really focused down to making an actual practical curriculum; looking forward to doing a bit of that!
Learning for me feels like kind of a loose continuous process, hard to identify specific things here…BUT for now, some things I’m happy about from the past few years:
- Basic web development: I’ve gradually picked up HTML, CSS, PHP, MySQL, WordPress…still a somewhat spotty foundation but I can build websites, which I really enjoy!
- 3D product design: a few years back at work we prototyped a novel guitar smartphone camera mount, and I had fun learning Blender and Autodesk Fusion 360 to figure out how to make it
- Antilibraries and consistent reading habits: I’ve kept my long-time side project about books going, from mailing list to website to nascent community, and more yet to do…
Mostly TBD, look forward to returning to update this
I do have a personal site (and a few other sites too!) Lots of works-in-progress. And just bought a few new domains yesterday…haha I’m probably in need of focus more than anything.
I made a new ‘Learning’ page on my website; more to come: