One of the things I miss the most about working in cafes is shooting the shit. This was the ability to fill thirty seconds to a minute with vanilla conversation that maybe made a person’s day 5–10% better. …


Dear Friend,

It’s been a long time since I’ve been able to sit down and write. There’s been a lot distracting me and over the past year it has felt like the world needed less words and more action (even if that action is simply rest). …


Today we’re mostly at home and incredibly online. It can be frustrating, lonely, and boring to not be able to go to cafes or cookouts, but ultimately it’s necessary. In the Before-Times, I was extremely social, and made it a point to hang out with as many different groups and…


On Tuesday November 3rd, 2020 (Election Day in the United States), I teamed up with online activists and creators to host a day-long self care event called The Good Vibes Stream.


I recently was invited to speak to a remote class of middle schoolers about coding for fun. I was a little nervous, but their teacher assured me that it would be fine. “It’s like being a Twitch streamer,” she said. …


The folks I interview for my podcast, The Orbit, have to wear a lot of hats. They’re online creators, which means that they have to be photographers, video producers, editors, sales managers, web developers, product designers, community managers, and more. When I ask them about the things that they have…


In high school, I applied to a program designed to get students from Bad Schools into Good Schools. The idea was to find students with good grades at “failing” high schools and send them to fancy, expensive colleges on the East Coast with as many scholarships as possible. On paper…


Global pandemic and civil unrest make it impossible to predict what the world will look like from week to week. Yet sometimes I feel like there is pressure to behave as if things were normal. We are still expected to pay rent. Some of us are lucky enough to have…


My social life centered around cafes, but now it’s in video games.

Years ago, I lived in a low-income housing unit that was eight or so blocks east of Powell’s City of Books, where I worked as a bookseller. Every morning I would light a cigarette as I walked out the door, and by the sixth block the cigarette was out and…


Introduction — what is a school’s purpose?

What is the purpose of the public school system? There are many answers to this: it’s a form of daycare so that adults can go to work. It indoctrinates its attendees with a sense of patriotism. It also helps students prepare for standardized tests.

I went to high school in…

Connor Miller

writer | organizer | ghost. seattle, washington. author of the pocket handbook, “sustainable loops”.

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