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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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Business Technology

Kickstarter’s Great Nonprofit Innovation

Yesterday I was excited to see the announcement of a joint initiative between Kickstarter and The White House: a special Kickstarter campaign intended to raise funds to aid refugees. One day in and they’ve raised over $1.1 million, and still going strong. This is the first time Kickstarter has done something like this. Right now […]

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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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Business Creativity Technology

Kickstarting the Creative Funding Future

In this essay, I examine the creative funding landscape, using Kickstarter as a lens through which to explore questions of value, community, and the link between arts and commerce.  Some of the topics I cover include: what the best source of funding might be for creative projects; how we can (and can’t) measure or approximate […]

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Business Education Technology

Learning CS and Entrepreneurship Online: Resources and Tools (Part 3 of 3)

In the past several months I’ve tried to immerse myself in learning and technology. I’ve thought a lot about various methods and resources for learning, and paid particular attention to the new models constantly being developed and deployed. I’ve tried to take advantage of online resources and information networks wherever I can, and have been […]

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Education Technology

Modularity in Education

I’ve been thinking quite a bit lately about knowledge and its organization, distribution, and absorption, particularly in the context of education in the digital age. As I explore the multiverse of online resources for learning, I notice that although each has its own peculiarities, they also more often than not share a number of striking […]

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Learning CS and Entrepreneurship Online: New Educational Paradigms (Part 2 of 3)

Part two of a three-part series on how I’m seeking out and testing different (free!) methods of learning about computer science and entrepreneurship online. On the tech front, after perusing the online course offerings of MIT, Harvard, and Stanford, I settled on MIT’s “Introduction to Computer Science and Programming” as a point of entry into […]

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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 […]

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Business Education Technology

Learning CS and Entrepreneurship Online: New Educational Paradigms (Part 1 of 3)

I like to think of myself as the curious type, eager to deepen my understanding of how things work, refusing to stop thinking about potentialities and questioning the things I read and see. One one level, I’m certainly too young to be an expert at anything. But, to frame things in a different way, I […]