One Thing To Do Today: Give Thanks

I’d like to say thank you to the many teachers I’ve had in my life.  You’ve made me who I am. To anyone who has put up with being a student of mine, I’ve certainly never taught without being taught. Thank you for your patience and your efforts.

I’d like to say thank you to the members at CRASH Space, past and present. I moved to LA knowing very few people and the gift of being connected to such a wonderful, curious, supportive community has been priceless.  I’d like to say thank you to the board members and officers, past and present, for making sure that the lights are on the internet flows. You are the best people ever, giving so generously of your time to make sure we keep on keeping on.

I’d like to say thank you to the folks on the internet, ya bunch of pajama wearing baby goats. To the people behind every link in every article I’ve ever written, every video in every playlist, every retweet, thank you. You’ve made me laugh. You’ve made me tear my hair out.  Which ever it was, you showed up. You gave a damn. You put things out there. Deeply, deeply, thank you.

I’d like to thank all the folks who laid all the wire and cable that makes up the power grid and internet infrastructure that makes all this possible. It’s freaking cold up on those lines.  From the rocket scientists who send up the satellites, to facilities contractors who take out the trash. None of this is possible without any of you.  To the call center folks who are working today, just in case. Y’all are the best for putting up with our surly know-it-all selves. I hope there is a warm plate of food waiting for you somewhere.  All my daily life I am surrounded by things that have been made or grown. To everyone who makes that possible, Thank You.

I’d like to thank my family – both blood and chosen. I don’t get to be with as many of you as I’d want today, but I’m so glad you’re alive and well. I am so very deeply thankful for the mathematical improbability that is my husband Tod, who many of you know. So many things. So many things.

So much of the information in this series could make a person want to crawl into bed and never leave. But, Thank You, to folks who are keeping us on our toes. To give us reasons to do better. To be better.  Never stop being curious about how things work and how to make them better.

So thank you humanity. For being such a mess. For trying. To putting what you’ve got out there. We don’t have things down yet, but we keep going forward, whatever that means.  To the almost 7.5 billion people out there – I’m so thankful you’re available to add your voice and your views.  We need all the ideas we can get.

With all my love,
— Carlyn







I make things that do stuff. The best, though, is teaching others to do the same. Founder of @crashspacela Alum of @ITP_NYU

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