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I made this as part of my 30 minutes of random art. It took 30 minutes in part because I had lots of help and ideas from my children who also balanced on me as I tried to select items. It’s something like extreme ironing but with PhotoShop. On the other hand, it may very well inform how they see media and teach them things about PhotoShop/concepts about layering etc.
How Einstein Thought: Fostering Combinatorial Creativity and Unconscious Connections | Brain Pickings “Combinatory play seems to be the essential feature in productive thought.” tags: einstein thought creativity connections weekly School for poetic computation “school for poetic computation is an artist run school launching this fall in New York. A small group of students and faculty will work closely to explore the intersections of code, design, hardware and theory — focusing especially on artistic intervention. It’s a 10 week program, a hybrid of residency and research group, that will happen multiple times per year to be a powerboost for creativity. Our motto is: more poems less demos.” h/t Gardner Campbell tags: code poetry language beauty programming computer english weekly 10 Rules of Internet – Anil Dash “Most websites treat “I like it” and “This is good” as the same thing, leading to most people on the Internet refusing to distinguish between “I don’t like it” and “It’s not good”. When a company or industry is facing changes to its business due to technology, it will argue against the need for change based on the moral importance of its work, rather than trying to understand the social underpinnings. “ tags: rules internet society weekly Why Life in America Can Literally Drive You Insane | Alternet ” Many of us, sadly, are ashamed […]
QVC’s Manual for Survival in the Amazon Era – Bloomberg “When it comes to the second strategy, home shopping networks have always cultivated what psychologists call “parasocial relationships”: the illusion that you are having a social experience with someone on television. That is, for example, why there is almost always a QVC host and a product representative on the screen; it creates the feeling of a conversation in which you are being included. When I toured QVC’s headquarters, a lot of the people on the tour had amazing, encyclopedic knowledge of all the hosts, past and present. “She talks about them like they’re her friends,” said one exasperated granddaughter. But home shopping networks have never wanted the hosts to get too big. The hosts are decently paid — low six figures on average, from what I was able to gather — and they tend to live in small towns where that goes a long way. But the home shopping networks have deliberately discouraged them from getting too big, because that gives them negotiating power over the networks. There has been some suggestion that hosts who got too popular were often fired before their popularity got big enough to let them make big financial demands. (I’m talking here about presenters, not celebrities such as Joan Rivers or Isaac Mizrahi, who presumably […]
I was recently asked by a colleague about how I help my teachers decide what (if any) type of blog is for them. Below is my process. It may be helpful. You may react to it with hives and distain. Either way, take the following with a Tylenol and a grain of salt: I usually start my conversation with the teacher by asking what they want to accomplish with the blog. How do they want to use it as a tool in their classroom. This gives some immediate insight into the format they will need. Then, I give them my brief tour of how a blog can be used: An information center (like Blackboard or another content management system) A teacher-centered blog (where the teacher guides the conversation and students respond in the comments) A student-centered blog (where the students guide the conversation and respond) A collaborative project (where students build the content together) Once I determine the format, I begin to ask questions that help me figure out how the blog needs to be modified (usually with plugins): Will it be used for discussion? How do you plan to manage the discussion? How many classes will be accessing the blog? Some points I make to the teacher to help them make the decision: Teacher-centered blog: You can intentionally guide […]