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John Maeda
December 3, 2008, 5:29 pm
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The article from John Maeda was about his first encounter with a personal computer and the infinite loop and how it has evolved to the computers we have today.  It was an interesting connection to the same idea we have been talking about in this class, that question of people using computers or computers using people.  He explained that “the paradoxical trend of making something that is already automated into a state of further automation”  eliminates the need for human input.

Look HERE and HERE and HERE and HERE


Is anyone reading my blog?
November 24, 2008, 7:54 pm
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Fragmented Attention
November 24, 2008, 5:31 pm
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Q: Technology mediates attention.  Sometimes it focuses, but more often it splits attention.  (I’d rarely read 10 books at a time but I often have a dozen or more tabbed webpages open) What are the positive and negative effects of this fragmentation of attention?  What are some other examples?

A: I also tend to have more than one webpages open at a time because I am used to multitasking in that way.  I think this fragmented attention is positive because I can accomplish more things in a shorter amount of time.  The only negative I have experienced is the fact that I get frustrated and bored when I’m in a situation where I’m not allowed to multitask in this way.

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November 19, 2008, 5:12 pm
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I haven’t been famous yet and I don’t think that everyone eventually will have a certain number of famous minutes.  I think usually fame doesn’t last very long but that it is different for each person who is or becomes famous.  Is anyone in this class famous?


One, Two, Three, Faux
November 17, 2008, 5:31 pm
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The topic of real time is interesting to think about.  I guess as designers we need to keep in mind who our audience is and what our project will be used for so we can make our project “time” appropriate.  For example, a kids game website would have a lot more interaction and different uses of time then a online newspaper article.  

Here are some websites to look at:

Mcnally’s Clocks

World Time Server

Real Time Satellites in Google Earth

Favorite Tool
November 10, 2008, 6:23 pm
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My favorite tool is a pen because I like to makes lists of things and doodle.  I usually carry a notebook and pen with me everywhere and it is never a bad thing to have an extra pen.

November 10, 2008, 5:30 am
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I posted my monster and modified open source flash animation up on my homepage.  My monster’s name is Spike and I imagined him being like Jabba the Hut, he moves really slow and doesn’t do much besides eat. Also, there is a website you should look at called daily monster.