Fringe Tough Problem

Went to the Fringe Party Yesterday. Not Impressed – in fact angry and irritated. Not happy Melbourne Museum, Not happy!!

Whats is the problem?
The paper lanterns were treated SHABBILY.
1. They were not lit.
2. They were under an escalator.
3. They were all clustered together. Likes waifs huddled together in the cold.
Not happy!

So here is the thing – what should we do?

Option 1: Business as usual – do nothing. Shrug.
Option 2: Get them to connect up the lights. Incremental Change.
Option 3: Ask for apology, Money back, and for repositioning of lanterns to be separate and more prominent individually.

Discuss Please.

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Fringe Tough Problem

Went to the Fringe Party Yesterday. Not Impressed – in fact angry and irritated. Not happy Melbourne Museum, Not happy!!

Whats is the problem?
The paper lanterns were treated SHABBILY.
1. They were not lit.
2. They were under an escalator.
3. They were all clustered together. Likes waifs huddled together in the cold.
Not happy!

So here is the thing – what should we do?

Option 1: Business as usual – do nothing. Shrug.
Option 2: Get them to connect up the lights. Incremental Change.
Option 3: Ask for apology, Money back, and for repositioning of lanterns to be separate and more prominent individually.

Discuss Please.

thinking about research

ek beedi

Thanks for the last few posts, I am begining to get it together, and I think (hope I will have something a litlle more substantial for friday.

I have been going through the blogs, looking at why they have become what they have become, and the conditions and inputs that have made them what they are.

I have started seeing some patterns, especially interms of gender and personality type, that while fairly logical have some interesting manifestations beyond the blogs. The role of the male (especially the “bloke”) in this is interesting as the blog doesnot seem to capture he who has no need to voice, and so perhaps they are disadvantaged by this medium. Blogs also tend to work well for those who are actually intuitavley creative and not just ‘creative’ as afunction of identity, these are generally the quieter ones, the ones with not much to say face to face.

The other aspect is the way in which bloggers do not delete posts after they have been read / expressed – so even if they are completly meaningless there is a sentimentalty about blogging that counters the disposable nature of information on the WWW.

Other sides to it are coming a long, but I do feel a bit lame not blogging as often as I have been, but I suspect that reading other peoples bloggs soon turns you away from constructing your own, so there is a level of intraspection required for succeccfull blogging (if there is such a thing).

The design dissent blog is really quite odd for a blog, and in no way representative of the blogging phenomenon – so something else is going on hre and the only thing that I think that it can be is that this is a community voice and not an purposeful (singular) soapbox- again an interesting development.

Speak about it friday

Hope all is well

solving tough problems

the building now has wirelss: So what?
1. Scenario 1: BAU- Business as usual. just put up signs and only mark and chijoff use the facility.
2. Scenario 2: Incremental change from staff in teaching practices and content. ditto from students.
3. Scenario 3: new paradigm and a new community spririt.

I am focussed upon 3 and plan to fail – so here goes:
1. 170 – 200 students in dec.
2. Of this lot say 50 have lap tops. This category I will call Eagles. with eagles we have to get them to adopt wireless – training, then making sense of why it is useful, then starting to use it.
3. Of the remaining 150 I will make three categories: magpies (who can afford it and have been putting it off, so will now get laptops), seagulls (undecided and feel it is too much money, also not very much into computers), pelicans (have never considered lap tops and have lost of reasons for not having one, also feel they will be very strained financially if they get a laptop).
4. The way forward for each of these categories is to make lists and get staff to volunteer to start a conversation. 10 staff – 20 students each. Can do?
5. I will also have to write a letter explaining how the program is going to into an ‘enabling mode’ to help facilitate the students transiting thru to wireless.

Then to get the laptops; to collectively connect students to suppliers.
1. are there chinese laap top mfrs who will make a bulk deal?
2. What sort of deal will apple do?
3. what sort of deal will acer/ibm/hp/compaq/benq/sony/sharp do?
4. start talking to these firms to do a deal every year.

start a discussion about the significance of the wireless for the 87 community.

Please Post!!!!!

Here is the thing:
1. I visit your blog every day. And I may not be seeing a post. And I may be visiting many blogs and not seeing any posts or seeing very few. This makes for a reasonably unproductive activity.
2. I visit your blog every day.
3. I have begun a conversation with you – individually. I have waited for 10 weeks to feel confident enough to do this. But having spoken to you I am expecting you to open yourself in your blog. I am waiting to see you talk about yourself – your reflexive study.
4. Why reflexive: For both capability development and more crucially for creativity development you need to go through an activity that is introspective. The dumbledore exercise of taking stuff out of your head.
5. What would I like: To make my blog cruising productive if you can put a post in every day till Oct 17 (end of sem) that would be good.

Note you may not yet have made the transition to:
1. Starting the Blog: Do so and let us talk about your initial experiences on Monday.
2. You have a blog but Posting to it is some distance away: What is the point you say? You mind is a strange thing. And as designers this is our primary resource. Blogging has been known to make tigers out of mice and other such miracles. So give it a shot. If it doesnt work? Doesn’t mater – its only for another four weeks – you will be rid of this course soon enough.
3. You have a blog and you have posted but are not doign a lot on this now: This is the end of the season, the course. And it is here that the blog becomes crucial. So do it for your mag/ book, for your reflection, for a self assessment. And as a contribution to the newer bloggers.

I went on the net looking for ‘reflexive study’ and in a short span of time could only find this example. Which curiously enough is hugely relevant. Take a look.
Writing a reflective journal.

See you next week. Have a leisurely weekend!!!

Blog: And make my life productive

Here is the thing:
1. I visit your blog every day. And I may not be seeing a post. And I may be visiting many blogs and not seeing any posts or seeing very few. This makes for a reasonably unproductive activity.
2. I visit your blog every day.
3. I have begun a conversation with you – individually. I have waited for 10 weeks to feel confident enough to do this. But having spoken to you I am expecting you to open yourself in your blog. I am waiting to see you talk about yourself – your reflexive study.
4. Why reflexive: For both capability development and more crucially for creativity development you need to go through an activity that is introspective. The dumbledore exercise of taking stuff out of your head.
5. What would I like: To make my blog cruising productive if you can put a post in every day till Oct 17 (end of sem) that would be good.

Note you may not yet have made the transition to:
1. Starting the Blog: Do so and let us talk about your initial experiences on Monday.
2. You have a blog but Posting to it is some distance away: What is the point you say? You mind is a strange thing. And as designers this is our primary resource. Blogging has been known to make tigers out of mice and other such miracles. So give it a shot. If it doesnt work? Doesn’t mater – its only for another four weeks – you will be rid of this course soon enough.
3. You have a blog and you have posted but are not doign a lot on this now: This is the end of the season, the course. And it is here that the blog becomes crucial. So do it for your mag/ book, for your reflection, for a self assessment. And as a contribution to the newer bloggers.

I went on the net looking for ‘reflexive study’ and in a short span of time could only find this example. Which curiously enough is hugely relevant. Take a look.
Writing a reflective journal.

On the construction of Projects

Things that we do need to be constructed as projects – is what I said to the 2nd years. I was talking about their growth thru the semester. Looking at something like ‘improving my creativity’ can happen easily when bracketed as a distinct project.

Which then raises the issue of ‘how does one set up projects?’

I am doing a session next wed on this: setting up projects.

And will chiefly draw from my experiences of setting up and creating projects.

Discussion will be much appreciated.