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Canonize: Creating a Personal Canon Template

I love the idea of the “personal canon”: an encapsulation, in list form, of those things that have most shaped you. A sort of annotated bibliography of influences. Over the past few years I’ve come across several excellent examples of people using a corner of their personal websites to provide such a snapshot. These range […]

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Education Media Technology Writing

Surfing the Contrails of the CODEX Hackathon

I recently attended my first ever hackathon — and the effects have lingered in surprising ways. CODEX, hosted this winter at the MIT Media Lab, has a unique literary bent: it’s billed as a community of folks who want to imagine the future of books and reading.” As someone excited about technology and storytelling, libraries and information, […]

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Creativity Life Media Technology

A Personal Niche, An Internet Cathedral, A Networked Empire

Some people — and no, not the .gif virtuosi that walk among us — really are winning the Internet, sitting several cuts above the rest with really outstanding, intriguing, thought-provoking online presences. Oh, how I aspire to their ranks! It isn’t just that they blog well, or post great links on social media, though both […]

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Creativity Media Technology

Spirit Fingers: Gestural Art in Action with the Leap Motion

I received the Leap Motion a couple weeks back, and have had fun using it sporadically and testing out as wide a variety of apps as I can without breaking the bank. There’s an impressive lineup already available, from educational to music, games to random art/physics interactive visualization simulators—and more being released each week—so it’s […]

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Creativity Education Media Storytelling Technology

Twofivesix Conference Notes

Below are my notes from the Twofivesix conference that took place in Brooklyn a few weeks back. I serendipitously discovered the conference via a tweet the morning of, and luckily was able to watch it via livestream and take notes at home. These notes are fairly comprehensive, though with a couple caveats (I missed the […]

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Media Storytelling

The Best Stories

Stories are the lifeblood of the human experience. They motivate our actions and desires, circumscribe our beliefs and relationships, and as such are monumentally important to how we construct the reality of our selves and our world. Everything we do, are, and interact with in any way can be projected onto a narrative. This is […]

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Business Media

The Micro-Consulting Revolution—And Beyond

These days, it seems everyone and their mother is available for some sort of niche consulting. This is both insane—how can so much deep niche expertise exist?—and incredible, because it means that there is an increasingly robust free-market exchange of these varying flavors of expertise that somewhere, somehow, must be creating a tremendous amount of […]

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Media Storytelling Technology

Architecture of Language and Sound

There are many ways we can talk about media, many lenses through which we can analyze the way the information and signals around us, both physical and digital, impact our lives. I’ve long had an interest in different conceptual (and real!) dimensions of space: from the narrative worlds that can be constructed around and inferred […]