Forward, Into The Past!

( With thanks to The Firesign Theatre) Of all the Science Fiction genes out there, Steampunk currently has the most interest for me. I think Science Fiction is good reading for anyone interested in the intersection of culture, design and technology and the social implications the occur at the center. Why? Good SF is not … Continue reading Forward, Into The Past!

You don’t have pictures of people you work with at home?

I was listening to the American Public Media program Marketplace when a commentary came on by someone that does not keep her personal photos at work or photos of people she works with at home. Yep, you gotta keep that strict separation of church and state. Apparently some large unnamed company in Britain has banned … Continue reading You don’t have pictures of people you work with at home?

Will the Nintendo Wii keep its lead?

They have a patent, but is it enough to help them keep their experience unique? I purchased a Nintendo Wii just before the holidays for a simple reason: There has never been a console game that kept me interested. Punching buttons reminds me too much of the ceaseless typing I do now. The Wii is … Continue reading Will the Nintendo Wii keep its lead?

The Unholy Love-Child of Web 2.0 and PowerPoint

This is a great little short film by A Film by Clemens Kogler. From the YouTube description Le Grand Content examines the omnipresent Powerpoint-culture in search for its philosophical potential. Intersections and diagrams are assembled to form a grand 'association-chain-massacre'. which challenges itself to answer all questions of the universe and some more. Of course, … Continue reading The Unholy Love-Child of Web 2.0 and PowerPoint

What Clowning Teaches about Rapport

A clown is a poet that is also an orangutan - Attributed to various people. One key to a good ethnographic interview is the ability to gain rapport with the person you are talking to. Rapport can be a mysterious thing, you are a stranger talking to another stranger asking questions and often taking a … Continue reading What Clowning Teaches about Rapport

Creating Frameworks 101

We all know that simple is often the most elegant and I found little gem off Seth Goodin’s site. Indexed is a visual blog that uses simple visual frameworks to ponder life’s big questions. Huge insights? Maybe, maybe not, but often amusing. What I like is you immediately understand exactly what’s going on with no … Continue reading Creating Frameworks 101

Side by Side comparisons of 3 audio recorders

This was supposed to be a simple, short entry. To avoid future disappointment, lets all just accept that I am a long-winded bugger and best read when you have a little time. I want to be pithy, I really do. I am just not genetically coded to do it. Every so often, a question shows … Continue reading Side by Side comparisons of 3 audio recorders