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The Words we Use 

This, dear meta-readers, from the Chronical of Higher Education: This Week's Highlights Dissecting the Classroom The classroom: a black box at the core of the traditional college education. Now scholars are investigating just what goes into good teaching. Highlights from the chronicling of the dissection of the black box core and its feeds. (And locked …

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Paranoia and School 

The comforting thing about school is that you won't be left out. Even in dropping out, you have a role to play. That is explicit enough. No, the secretive paranoia in school works the other way, ensuring that nobody leaves the building. If paranoia is always the lonely scene of isolation, we should not be …

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Sphinx like 

Like the Sphinx, my marine Father spoke in riddles. But rather than devouring the individual incapable of answering, he brought about his birth, and deposited him, garbed in the body of a child and full of questions, on the shore where I first recognized myself as human. —René Daumal, "On the Old Man and the …

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Play Already 

We can safely assert, even, that human civilization has added no essential feature to the general idea of play. —Johan Huizinga, Homo Ludens, 1949. And facing my other most similar faces, those of men, this despair turns in on itself in one last spasm and, with my nails digging into my palm, my fist clenches so as …

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Dunce Cap as Blinder  ☆

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Bug Typewriter, Naked Lunch 

On writing effects, desire, and disgust, by William S. Burroughs. Perhaps not surprisingly, the typewriter scene works nicely in bootleg Russian. Even as we appear, cinematically, to be moving past its proper time (and its own mode of time, tapping and return), it seems not at all answered—this question of what we are doing when we type. I …

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Re: Sketches toward a Binary Aesthetic 

A little cross posting here. A post on the Aesthetics of Technology blog, Aestech, I sketched up recently has curiously been getting some social media attention. Odd, because I would have imagined it more obscure than most. But somehow what it's probing at seems to resonate. Either that or it's just the fancy blog design, …

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Automating the User 

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Letter to the Data Apparatus of my Alma Mater’s Autoresponder 

Dearest Apparatus, Just a quick follow up. I know you are busy. I can tell, if you don't mind me teasing you a bit, because you seem to have inadvertently sent out the same letter to me fifteen times. Clearly you are distracted. I recommend breathing exercises. Do you breath? These things can spiral out …

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Aesthetics of Precession, Precession of Aesthetics 

Are we looking at technology? Or are we looking at what technology shows us? Or doubled, even, through another apparatus? Or tripled, presented as an illustrated schematic? Looking at ourselves looking at technology through technology for what it can show us. About ourselves? Welcome to Aestech.

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Sketches toward a Binary Aesthetic 

If one were to attempt to locate the fundamental elements of an Aesthetic of Technology, where would one start? What are the marks or gestures that might underpin any effort to render such a thing? What are the basic marks you can make? In geometry, we always forget--since the forms are supposed to be eternal, …

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Precession and the Dolphin 

Buckminster Fuller demonstrates a precessional effect. Critical Path, 1981.   Precession, simply put, is a force that is generated as a side effect of another force, orthogonal to it. A stone dropped in water creates ripples. A tensegrity structure, squashed or pulled, will bow out or squeeze in at the free sides. A spun bike …

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The Hand 

THE HAND I would like to formally propose The Hand as a course that I can teach, and which, more importantly, should be taught. It'll no doubt take many hands pushing leavers and pulling buttons to make it happen. All the more reason. Hyperallergic has a brief entry on the matter that of course, barely …

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The Story of Shoes 

Doing a little research for the Aesthetics of Technology course this Fall, I get side-tracked by shoes. Or rather, its hard to find something that shoes aren't at the bottom of. (I'm envisioning a two course "foundations" series now: Interfaces I: Chairs, Interfaces II: Shoes.) But I digress. Here's the video that side-tracked me: The …

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A&H4089 Aesthetics of Technology 

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Learning from Skinner’s Teaching Machine 

This video is creepy largely because of its own obliviousness to its own creepiness—a disconcerting feedback loop. But isn't it also because we so well know this dream still today? It's not simply the dream of modern technology saving us from the backwardness of school. We should be equally careful not to wax nostalgic …

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An Open Letter to, err, the Data Apparatus of my Alma Mater 

Dear Apparatus, Thank you, I received your email, "Data Verification for Alumni." So good to hear from you. I have missed hearing about you as well. Oh, sorry, this is 73454-M903. I understand that my Important Alumni Verification is now due...sorry, what's that you say?...oh, the Deadline is Approaching. I hope this letter reaches you …

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Deconstruct this (Mr. President) 

Diane Ravitch, in Education Week:  "Does President Obama Know What Race to the Top Is?" "Deconstruct this," she says. Granted, Ravitch is at least more interesting since her about-face. And pointing out the irony/hypocrisy of Presidential rhetoric in the face of policy is perhaps a good start. Likewise her grasp of the territory (and …

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Mudapplications 

The lads is attending school nessans regular, sir, spelling beesknees with hathatansy and turning out tables by mudapplication. Allfor the books and never pegging smashers after Tom Bowe Glassarse or Timmy the Tosser. 'Tisraely the truth! —Joyce, Finnegan's Wake Tisreally the truth Tisrarely the truth... Turning out tables...

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#findyourreason 

Saw this in the subway today, and was shocked. First at the banality of it, the stupidest of reasons, but then at the brazen honesty. It always amazes me when the starkest of truths not only leak out but are proudly displayed. The glare in the car was atrocious so let me just run through …

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