Build an app that lets people see when the bus is really coming, so they don’t have to sit alone at a dark bus stop when they get off the swing shift. Help people create neighborhood community sites that can be accessed via cheap Android phones. Help organize classes to teach technology to people who can’t even afford to go to community college. Help get Raspberry Pis or netbooks into schools that can barely afford textbooks.
Hand drawn timelines on tumblr.
Meet Edward Tufte, the graphics guru to the power elite who is revolutionizing how we see data.
The test of intelligence is not how much we know how to do, but how we behave when we don’t know what to do… any situation, any activity, that puts before us real problems that we have to solve for ourselves, problems for which there are no answers in any book, sharpens our intelligence.
Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not. But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you. A lot of people never get past this phase, they quit.
WHAT ARE YOU? by Diego Tang is a senior degree project installation piece done at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. The project address the issue of misjudgment and racial profiling that people do based upon looks.
Built with Processing and OpenCV.
“incidentally, I despise everything which merely instructs me without increasing or enlivening my activity.”
Nietzsche starts his Essay ” On the Use and Abuse of History for Life” with this epigram by Goethe. When I am selecting texts for class readings I try to use the same guideline. Whether Clay Shirky is effective in enlivening your activity or not, I believe he is not attempting to merely instruct. Based on the Epilogue you’ve just read, what activity is Shirky trying to enliven or increase? What is his agenda?
Could he become more effective at this level? How so?