Jamie Marsland


#WPCommunityFeels, issue #172


This week, what's inspiring Gutenberg YouTuber and Pootlepress founder Jamie Marsland.

A podcast worth listening to: 
The Adam Buxton Podcast. He’s brilliantly funny, but also covers in-depth subjects with great guests. His Adam and Joe Christmas specials are on a different level (warning: contains irony and sarcasm).

A concept worth understanding: 
The WordPress templating system, which is especially useful if you are using a block theme.

A Twitter account worth following: 
@Ed_FilmBooth is great for those looking to get better at YouTube. He also has a great YouTube channel full of tips and tricks.

An article worth reading: 
Not quite an article, but a short story called The Machine Stops. It’s a dystopian science fiction short story by E.M. Forster. It’s well worth a read if you are exploring AI at the moment. It tells of a future where humans, living in isolation underground, are fully dependent on a giant machine for all needs. Communication is virtual and physical contact is shunned. The protagonist's son, Kuno, warns about the machine's impending failure after experiencing the real world. When the machine eventually breaks down, society collapses, as people lack the skills to survive independently. The story critiques over-reliance on technology and the loss of connection with human nature and the natural world.

A habit worth forming: 
Phoneless walks. I’ve started daily walks in the hills near where I live. The important bit is to not take a phone. The walks should be at least 45 minutes long. It’s incredibly good for the soul!


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