27 votes

Tildes Pen Pals

So today I decided to ditch instant messaging / texting / whatever in favor of longform emails, phone calls (which I'm terrible at), and proper physical letters.

I want to focus on the physical letters part because that's a skill I'd like to train, but I only have a couple people who it looks like will go through with that. Most will either let me float away (understandably!) or will contact me in the more convenient ways I'm allowing myself to engage in. So after playing Kind Words, I'm thinking that writing to strangers could be a fun exercise! This could be a couple people meeting here and writing letters, or it could be a whole thing, depending on interest. Casual letters are beautiful things, let's try to make some :)

If you want to participate, please post at least the following:

Age group:
Topics of interest:
Country / Region (please don't post your address, that can be done through PMs):

7 comments

  1. Grzmot
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    To those interested in this little project, but too wary to share their address with strangers online, or who do not want to engage in sending letters, the app Slowly is an app with which you can...

    To those interested in this little project, but too wary to share their address with strangers online, or who do not want to engage in sending letters, the app Slowly is an app with which you can send virtual letters, timed delay included. You essentially get the snail mail experience without the hassle or revealing any identifiable information. If you want to do it the classic way, all the power to you of course.

    15 votes
  2. [3]
    Whom
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    Age group: Early 20s, I'm open to whoever wants to write, though Topics of interest: Literature, music, anime, video games, internet culture, leftist politics, queerness, academics in general,...

    Age group: Early 20s, I'm open to whoever wants to write, though

    Topics of interest: Literature, music, anime, video games, internet culture, leftist politics, queerness, academics in general, interactive fiction, Free culture (from a non-programmer perspective), explicitly digital art, obnoxiously indulgent introspective shit, lots of other stuff.

    Country / Region: Wisconsin in the United States

    7 votes
    1. [2]
      zara
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      What is "free culture"?

      What is "free culture"?

      2 votes
      1. Whom
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        You can think of it as the broader term for "FOSS" when you're talking about culture as a whole, not just software. Free-culture movement

        You can think of it as the broader term for "FOSS" when you're talking about culture as a whole, not just software.

        Free-culture movement

        6 votes
  3. Sahasrahla
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    Just to expand on this: pen pal and language exchange websites can also be a great way to meet people around the world who are open to long-form email/letter exchanges, whether or not you're...

    Just to expand on this: pen pal and language exchange websites can also be a great way to meet people around the world who are open to long-form email/letter exchanges, whether or not you're trying to learn another language. (But, good luck to everyone who wants to get something going on Tildes!)

    6 votes
  4. cardigan
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    Age group: I'm in my 20s. Topics of interest: Birds and wildlife; philosophy, theology, animal welfare, classics, souls; experimental music and film; digital lives. Country: USA, but willing to...

    Age group: I'm in my 20s.

    Topics of interest: Birds and wildlife; philosophy, theology, animal welfare, classics, souls; experimental music and film; digital lives.

    Country: USA, but willing to mail anywhere.

    I'm also fond of email.

    6 votes
  5. 9000
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    Age group: early twenties Topics of interest: (no particular order) philosophy (esp. ethics, philosophy of mind, political philosophy, and some epistemology. But I'll discuss anything!) world...

    Age group: early twenties

    Topics of interest: (no particular order)

    • philosophy (esp. ethics, philosophy of mind, political philosophy, and some epistemology. But I'll discuss anything!)
    • world politics
    • spirituality (esp. Buddhism)
    • free culture
    • wildlife
    • travel
    • distributed systems (DAT, ipfs, etc.)
    • computer security/cryptography

    Country: USA

    Happy to mail anywhere in the world or email.

    5 votes