This week’s readings were about how to go about developing programs and how it’s important to make sure that functionality follows design. “Prototyping for Tiny Fingers” discussed the benefits of using lo-fi paper prototypes to demonstrate the interface of a program over using a hi-fi prototype. Essentially, lo-fi prototypes are more practical because they take […]Read more "Week 12 Journal: Using Lo-Fi Prototypes to Execute Project Designs"
The borders between our real and digital worlds are blurring, leaving me to ponder a question that Ricardo Dominguez proposed: are we really virtual, or are we virtually real? I find the idea of virtual reality so creepy that it’s fascinating. People can spend hours online, more focused on their virtual selves then on the […]Read more "Week 11 Journal: Virtual Reality"
I watched Blade Runner tonight, which I was sort of interested in seeing because a group of people watched it a few weeks ago in the basement of Queen Anne’s. I walked in about three-quarters of the way through, so I didn’t know what was going on then. In the movie, there are a group […]Read more "Blade Runner"
This week I watched a video clip from The Colbert Report with special guest Clay Shirky, the author of Here Comes Everybody. I actually just read part of Here Comes Everybody for my New Media Frontiers class, and I learned how new technological tools make it easier for us to share information faster with each other and how […]Read more "Week 10 Journal: Crowdsourcing"
I had the opportunity to join a few other DCC students to have dinner with Ricardo Dominguez before his lecture. I was a little nervous, and I expected the dinner to be full of awkward conversations and moments of uncomfortable silence. However, that was not the case, as Dominguez had a lot of fascinating stories […]Read more "Ricardo Dominguez Lecture (10/20)"
Just a few years ago, social networking sites began springing up and became ways to stay in touch with friends. Since then, the sites have evolved from simple online gossip forums and hangouts to tools for organizing people and instigating revolutions. According to Stefan Wray’s 1998 article On Electronic Civil Disobedience, “As hackers become politicized […]Read more "Week 8 Journal: The Internet as a Catalyst for Revolution"
Well, okay, fine. We still can’t dance. But we won the audience over and got the popular vote for our dance routine to N*Sync’s “Pop”! I’m hoping someone will post a video from the dance, but for now, enjoy these photos from the evening: On a side note, I’d just like to mention I really […]Read more "And we thought we couldn’t dance…"
A group of us attended a talk about the future of technology led by William Powers, the author of the New York Times best seller, Hamlet’s Blackberry: Building a Good Life in the Digital Age. I couldn’t believe how many people showed up–we arrived maybe 10 minutes before the talk began and had to sit […]Read more "William Powers Lecture"
Richard Stallman’s article, “The Right to Read,” expresses the idea of illegal file sharing and the fear that the government or Software Protection Authority is an omniscient watchdog over our personal computer use. Could the government really track each and every one of us and monitor an individual’s file sharing habits? People like the fictional […]Read more "Week 7 Journal"
I went into the workshop without the slightest clue as to what an Aduino was. I had, however, heard a few people whispering excitedly about the workshop, and so I thought it might be a good idea to check it out for myself. An Arduino, as it turns out, is an “open-source single-board microcontroller”—according to […]Read more "Arduino Workshop"
I attended The Yes Men documentary viewing for no particular reason, other than that I thought the topic sounded interesting. Basically, Andy Bichlbaum and Mike Bonanno are two guys who seek to tell the truth and expose lies about organizations or people they don’t like and to bring attention to social issues. They began by […]Read more "The Yes Men"
Hackers often convey a negative connotation—they’re the ones who break into websites or the ones who steal our personal information. But they know how computers work, and such knowledge can turn out to be valuable for researchers. Facebook recently made an announcement that it was actually encouraging hackers to try and break past the site’s […]Read more "Week 6 Journal: The benefit of hackers"