Here is something very seldom said: Consider me spoiled by academic books. Whatever you or I think of their prose, the fact remains that academic books almost always declare two important things at the outset: their purpose, and their method. Mark Binelli's Detroit City Is the Place to Be lacks both. It makes for an … Continue reading BOOK REVIEW: Detroit City Is the Place to Be
To even engage with the Google Manifesto's arguments is to submit ourselves to a lobotomy, in which we must follow the threads of Mobius-strip logic and argue against competing moral principles. Oh, by far the most egregious offence in that manifesto was the incoherence and ugliness of its morals, disguised in a sort of rationalism that … Continue reading The Moral Principles of Tech Workers
Includes a heart shaped maze made in Tinkercad.
This was an assignment to write a professional book proposal, adding a last chapter to Rebecca Onion's Innocent Experiments book, whose ending many felt was rushed. I propose that Innocent Experiments ends with beautiful ideas. Much of the book, and much of what I love about it, centers around this unpleasant business of busting … Continue reading Book proposal: Proposal for the last chapter of Innocent Experiments
Idea process (Ruta) My journey towards the arduino challenge began after Spring break, and so did Huong’s. Both of us were independently exploring project ideas. While I was exploring projects related to art, Huong was greatly interested in arduino projects related to voice and audio conversion. After weeks spent without trying to decide a project, … Continue reading Arduino Challenge–Process Diary
The Class We were given the chance, in two hours, to turn one piece of clothing into 200 points another piece of clothing, but hacking clothes for some reason seemed to me the least interesting thing in the world. I guess like with hardware you had to have grown up with it, to get a real … Continue reading Maker Course Week 11
Movie: The Next Black Director: David Dworsky & Victor Kohler Running time: 47 min There is, apparently, a format for these things. Maker content--books, movies, even talks--unerringly profile a couple of eccentric makers in the service of a bigger argument about the movement itself: something something about innovation, something something about social good, something something about … Continue reading REVIEW: The Next Black