December 18th, 2014
…you start to become an observer, you start to distance yourself. You’re constantly on the alert. That faculty gets trained in you over the years, observing people, how they react to one another. Which, in a way, makes you weirdly distant.
November 18th, 2014
Technology, which allows us to augment and extend our native capabilities, tends to evolve haphazardly, and the future that is imagined for it—good or bad—is almost always historical, which is to say, naive.
November 17th, 2014

Clever visualization, astute analysis: “Enchanted Objects: Organizing the Internet of Things by human desires.” Found via: TEDxBeaconSt

November 15th, 2014
Most people would probably rank a vaccine for Ebola as more worthy of funding than an anthropological study of disease perception. But a big part of why Ebola is such a problem now is that health workers failed to appreciate the psychology of epidemics and how fear spreads disease. They went in too hard, too fast, and caused panic, leading infected people to hide from quarantine officers or to flee to other regions, thus spreading the disease further and faster.
November 11th, 2014


Kurt Vonnegut explains how to write with style. (via)

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Reblogged from The Paris Review
October 25th, 2014
On postdisciplinary design: “Once you start breaking from the idea of disciplines, there are no places left where you say “I’m not going to do this, because I don’t know how to do it.
October 17th, 2014
Did the world need the Fifth Symphony before it was written? Did Beethoven need it? He designed it, he wrote it, and the world needed it. Desire is the creation of a new need.
October 14th, 2014
Innovation, that is, exists only when the correctly credentialed hivemind agrees that it does… What determines creativity, in other words, is the very faction it’s supposedly rebelling against: established expertise.
October 12th, 2014
I’m calling time on nerd culture. It’s done wonderful things, but these days it’s like a crawling horror of a legacy codebase so riddled with problems the only rational decision is to deprecate it and build something better.
September 30th, 2014
For outside observers, the umbrella is something easy to latch on to: An ordinary object used to fight against state security apparatus. It helped those far from Hong Kong understand a conflict driven by a wide variety of factors including Hong Kong’s complicated colonial history and tradition of democratic protests.
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“It’s not rocket science. It’s social science – the science of understanding people’s needs and their unique relationship with art, literature, history, music, work, philosophy, community, technology and psychology. The act of design is structuring and creating that balance.”
– Clement Mok