In your memory of past and present, what have been and are becoming digital love languages for you?

collective responses from the Wednesday section of Digital Love Languages Summer 2020


  • Arrival
  • Hello & mini welcome ⚘
  • SFPC Introduction by a steward (Galen/Zai)
  • Presentation & activity
  • 6:15 PM
  • Introductions
    1. Include your name, where you’re based, and any way of describing yourself that feels good. This does not need to be definitive or formal. It can be mundane and gentle. This will just be one way we get to know each other : )
  • AT introductions
  • 7:30
  • Community Agreement
  • Class infrastructureThis class website + Syllabus
  • Discord
  • Office Hours
  • Notes
  • Our Digital Garden ⚘⚘⚘
  • Arena
  • HW: Love Letter to a Liberatory Learning Environment & software setup


  • Honor the land where you are – Our home for these in-person sessions is physically located on a server owned or contracted by Zoom while our bodies are elsewhere. Both the servers and where we sit take up space on land where other people once lived. | Our home on native land is a resource to find out who the original stewards of the land are where you are.
Countries where Zoom routes our traffic from class

For a more equitable viewing experience: Change your Zoom view to “Gallery.” Look to the top right.

Intentions slide from Digital Love Languages orientation

What are Office hours?

  • may be used for technical or conceptual feedback – or both!
  • you may know exactly what you want to talk about going in to an office hour or not! Office hours are also a chance to get to know the teacher/person better, learn more about that person’s work, or ask very general life/art/practice questions.

P2P office hours

  • It’s up to you ♡
  • Movie night? Dance party? Show and tell? Make new friends?
  • P2P Office hours are also a great way to connect the Tuesday & Wednesday groups of Digital Love Languages

How we’ll use Arena

  • ♡ Join our Digital Love Languages group!
  • Arena is a collaborative research platform. We’ll mostly use it to share inspiration with each other.

What kinds of relationships can hold love for you?

In all kinds of relationships, with people, with the environment, with family, friends, and partners, what are your love languages?

What are your digital love languages?

How does the digital harm and how does it hold?

If technology can express love, can technology itself be loving?

☽☼Homework for next week

A love letter to a speculative liberatory learning environment

Gently explore your imagination and think about the following prompt. 

  • Imagine a space that can hold you and those you want to learn with.
  • This space is need not be like any learning environment that exists. It does not have to be realistic or adhere to laws of physics.
    • What kinds of rooms, interconnecting hallways, or gardens could be grown? What kinds of activities would learners do in different spaces throughout the space?
    • What kinds of subjects would be taught there? Are their teachers and students or some other set of roles?
    • Do the roles ever change?
    • How is time measured?
    • What small moments of routines do you practice here?
    • What are the bathrooms like? How about the furniture? Are there laboratories? Playgrounds? Napping rooms?
    • Consider the kinds of relationships you would like this space to hold & how people could relate to each other differently based on the proximity and content of their learning?
    • Consider how you would like to share space with others here and how different parts of the space are accessed and by whom?
    • Are there grades? How are people separated into groups if ever? What are the taxonomies? For ex: traditional school systems will group people by categories such as age, class, geography, “ability”, “behavior”, and able-bodied-ness.
    • Consider the ephemeral aspects of the school as much as the physical aspects.
    • In this space, how do you communicate and care for each other?
    • What are the emotional qualities of the space?
    • What is the weather like?
    • Consider the many forms it could take,
      • A memory palace with many rooms. In each room a memory of something that someone learned in this room.
      • A forest of learning gardens where each participant is a flower and insects carry knowledge back and forth between them.
      • A multi-generational interconnected courtyard boarding house with rooms for climbing, rooms for growing, rooms for cooking, rooms for singing.

Write, draw, or sketch your response and upload it to the appropriate drive link below:

  • Thursday (link is in Discord for privacy!)
  • Friday (link is in Discord for privacy!)

The only restriction is that your response be an image file format like a png or jpg. If it is all text filling the image, that’s great! If it is a drawing, that’s great too! If it is multiple images, with any combination of text and image, this is also good.

When we learn web coding in couple weeks, we will publish these to our class digital garden. ⚘

For inspiration, these were the DLL 2020 responses to this prompt: Love Letters to a Speculative Liberatory Learning Environment

3. Installations

To install Atom, our recommended general purpose text editor:

  • Installer for Atom
  • Once you’ve installed and opened Atom, look for a checkbox that says “Show Welcome Guide when opening Atom” and uncheck that box.

Mac terminal program:

  • You can use the default ‘Terminal’ app on Macs or you can download Iterm2 (recommended)

Windows terminal program, Git Bash:

4. Make sure you’ve signed the Community Agreement

5. Suggested Reading

Orienting Readings – These will not be directly discussed in class and are meant to be grounding, guiding.

Browse these Folder Poem Examples

Folder Poetry: The practice of using the structure of computer folder organization as a new kind of poetic form like the haiku or iambic pentameter. By naming and nesting folders and files, we can create unfolding narratives, rhythmic prose, and choose-your-own-adventure poetry.


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Burning is one way to dispose of the straw left after harvest so fields can be made ready for seeding the following spring.