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March 2, 2008

This Is The Most Beautiful Hotel III

Love the different materials and textures used here:

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Layered glass to hold this sculpture.
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Elevator door used this hammered texture.
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The door is composed of this chaotic wire mesh.
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This sculpture is composed of layered glass pieces with gold in it.
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And this last piece looked like an ancient artifact, but worked in a contemporary setting.
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IXDA Conference in Savannah, GA

I attended this conference because of Bill Buxton and Sigi Moeslinger, and was amazed with their presentations. I was also impressed with Malcolm McCullough, who teaches at the University of Michigan, and spoke of his research with culture and ubiquitous computing.

I also enjoyed a presentation on "fieldwork and sketching" from a Ph.D. candidate, who interned at Intel, Matt Jones who founded Dopplr, Regine DeBatty from "We Make Money Not Art," Alan Cooper ("An Insurgency of Quality") as well as another one of his rep who talked about his processes in design, and Dan Brown, who lectured on Concept Models. I hope to put my notes, but it might take a long time to transcribe. In the meantime, please check out my flickr photos.

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Design and the Elastic Mind, MoMA

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This was a phenomenal exhibition. I'm going to it a third time, and even bought the catalog, which is beautifully designed by Irma Boom (if you like typography, check out the cover and title page).

Lots of ITP alumni and adjunct faculty, and a lot of current information visualization designers like Brad Paley, Sep Kamvar, Jonathan Harris and Jason Wishnow.

ITPers:
Lisa Strausfeld and James N. Sears, NY Times cover
Dimitri Tyler, Hypothetical Drawings
Dan Phiffer and Mushon Zer-Aviv's pcomp project: Atlas Gloves
Christian Schmidt (ITP adjunct faculty) and Lisa Strausfeld's OLPC's operating system, "Sugar"

Probably more ITPers' works that are not mentioned here.

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Artists/Designers (left to right): Sep Kamvar, Jonathan Harris and James N. Sears

Clay Shirky's book

If you are interested in social computing, collective action by groups, sociology of groups, and group dynamic, then this is the book for you. Download his podcast from BusinessWeek.com.

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This book is clearly written, succinct, and relevant and current of the technologies we use today. Each chapter is composed of a story to demonstrate the psychological theories, but the difference, these aren't controlled experiments from the 60's (residue from my undergrad studies in psychology). Reading the first chapter reminds me of Malcolm Gladwell's Tipping Point, basically comprehendable to lay people like me.

Anyway, I'm a little biased because I had Clay Shirky as a professor twice.

March 21, 2008

Group Culture and Large Organizations

Paul Graham boiled it down to an analogy with food and explanation of the economies of scale:

An obstacle downstream propagates upstream. If you're not allowed to implement new ideas, you stop having them. And vice versa: when you can do whatever you want, you have more ideas about what to do. So working for yourself makes your brain more powerful in the same way a low-restriction exhaust system makes an engine more powerful.
Mediocre hires hurt you twice: they get less done, but they also make you big, because you need more of them to solve a given problem.

In other words, work at a smaller company or your own start up. To read the whole blog post, click here.

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His post about "How To Do Philosophy" is funny, as it reminds me of some people who fit the stereotype.

CBSSports.com Bracket Manager

Yesterday, a friend of mine invited me to join a pool for March Madness. I've never heard of March Madness, let alone ever watched a basketball game, so I decided to check this event out.

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To begin with, CBS's Bracket Manager allows you to feel confident in making your decisions. When you mouse over each school, there is a call-out box that gives you odds and a little blurb-summary about the team (e.g. all team members are freshmen or the team has a new coach). And you just pick for each region, until you get down to 4, then 2, then 1.

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So when I logged in to my fb account, CBS already asked if I wanted to add their app. The primary profile page (i.e. first image below) lists the top 5 favorite and despised teams. Fortunately, you can see how many fans, but the flip-side is that 3 out of the 6 schools are on both lists: favorite and despised. They are named by the team and not school, but the brackets are by state, not team, so you do have to click on the link, which takes you to the school/team's page. Each team/school has their own page (i.e. second image below), which lists all team members, stats, scoreboard, schedule, trash talk, etc. Unfortunately I wasn't able to brag about my brackets because of technological difficulties (maybe a broken link between CBS brackets with fb account?)

This page updates dynamically to tell you which schools played, which schools won, and even a photo of some plays.
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I found out that Barack Obama picked North Carolina to win the NCAA championship on this page.
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If you're involved in a pool, you can see dynamic updates as to who is in the lead, the estimated best score, etc.

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How has this changed my behavior? Well, I spent about a half an hour trying to transfer my brackets from my account in CBS to my fb account. Then I was simultaneously watching two or three games at a time, and refreshing my brackets and standings page. I've been looking up how I could HAVE increased my odds (Vegas bets--this is too late, of course because these brackets closed at noon Thursday).

And LAST, more importantly, I am engaged. This photo is just...
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March 30, 2008

Wicked

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Go see it, it's probably one of the best Broadway shows. I love the production design and more importantly the story (a prequel to the Wizard of Oz). I only wish I thought of the story first. It's about the good and bad witches, but there is an interesting spin on who is the heroine.

My only caveat is to buy tickets that cost a little more. We sat in the balcony, so I can see the tape and markings of where the actresses/actors have to stand.


The Armory Show, New York City, Pier 94

March 27-30, 2008

Pier 94...
12th avenue + 55th street
E+C, 1 or 9 subway
Noon to 8 pm

Today is the last day.

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These are the lines, but to bypass the first one, buy the tickets online. There are two separate lines, but the other one is much shorter. I say it's worth the money and the time (waiting in line) if you're an aspiring artist.

Really wanted these pieces by Robert Crumb, one of my favorite illustrators. I can't afford them, but if you can, I think they're a steal. It would be a great investment because he has a lot of history, and there's even a museum of his works. There's a great documentary about him titled Crumb. I just love the cross-hatching and detail of these illustrations.

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Price: $22,000.00

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Price: $22,000.00

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Price: $18,000.00 [This is the one I would have purchased. I love his daughter's work too, which I think was featured in Ghost World.]

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Price: $18,000.00

I will post up links to my Flickr set here later today.

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