8 Oct 2010

The most important meal of the day

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Twunk has an egg, cheese, toast and coffee for breakfast.

Mom: How do you expect to lose weight, eating like that?

Twunk: I’m not trying to lose weight?

Mom: I thought you were.

Twunk: Nope.

Mom: But you have. I can see it.

Twunk: That was unexpected.

15 Feb 2010

Except, I’m really with Turkle on this.

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The problem with talking about identity creation, whether on the Internet or not, is that the argument assumes that identity is consciously created.

It’s not.


1 Feb 2010

Why hello, navel.

February 1, 2010 506, assignments Comments Off

I read Catcher in the Rye when I was 13. It’s a good time to read it, especially when you’re a prickly, precocious kid with a bone to pick with the world.

I read Catcher in the Rye again when I was 23. I was too old for Holden; I wanted to slap that whiner across the face with his stupid hat.

Holden Caulfield, cultural icon. Metaphor for disaffected American youth. J.D. Salinger, the writer who withdrew to write, many imply selfishly, for himself.


17 Nov 2009

Your worth: somewhere between 37 cents and $20

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I think the most striking things in the CNBC program “Big Brother” were not the extent and use of the surveillance technology by both private firms and the government (because honestly, if you don’t know that’s happening, you’re really just not paying attention), but these comments by Dr. Joseph Atick:

“Big Brother if left and allowed to happen, would happen. Our job as responsible human beings in society is to make sure that is not to occur.”

“It is not technology that is going to dictate the application of technology in a society. It is society’s needs and values.”

Well, yes.


4 Nov 2009

My iPhone loves me.

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I thought David Kelley’s discussion of user-centered design was pretty interesting, especially in light of the ideas we’ve already explored in “Welcome to the experience economy” by Pine and Gilmour. Isn’t that part of what’s being sold here, is the experience of the thing and not just the thing itself?

Look at the cubicle, for example, which aims to make work a more pleasant experience. (I remember when that was announced, by the way. I think I asked my boss if I could have a hammock, especially since a colleague already had a life-sized cutout of Angelina Jolie as Lara Croft in the office. No, I don’t know why. And he said no to the hammock.) And the underwater camera helps give you an experience you might not have been able to have by yourself. That’s a bit more explicitly experiential, but I think the larger point is that good design is part of what users enjoy about a product. No one likes crawling inside the code monkeys’ heads — that is, no one likes learning how to use something based on someone else’s idea of what should be obvious. It never is obvious.