Dear thesis,

I don’t know where im going with you at the moment. I want you to be too many things i think m trying to stuff you with too many features, feature-creep some would say. I know i have the tendancy to try to solve the worlds problems with my projects, in small doses, but i can’t do that with you, i have to leabr to be patient with you. I haven’t been working on you enough to be honest with you, haven’t been giving you the time you deserve, am not letting you grow. Im working on you in this abstract way, being too cerebral with you, i need to see you as a piece of rock that i have to sculpt bit by bit. I don’t have that much time left with you and this scares me, will i be able to achieve what i want with you?

What do i want by he way? How do i want to change the world with this? I want to design objects which people will cherish because they use the natural physical interactions of that shape to have an effect on it AND on the virtual content they are handling as well. Inversely i would like the virtual interactions to influence how this is displayed on a physical level. I am seeking for the holy graal of interaction design, convergence between the physical world and the virtual content, the marriage of both for better or for worse. Can i achieve this?

Tell me about your mother…

Ok so i’m in a tight spot in my thesis and my mom told me about a technique she’s using in her thesis at the moment where she writes to her thesis, claiming that this is useful to see the big picture and solve problems as they arise… so let’s try this…

The Dissapearing everything…

So i was reading half interested CNN article on information overload in our society and wondered whether i was really dreaming when i read that a 22 year old thought that:

“”The library is daunting because I have to go there and everything is organized by academic area,” Quaranta said. “I don’t even know where to begin.”

Were books as easily searchable as Web pages, she’d reconsider.

Otherwise, they might as well not exist.”

This in my view is an interesting conflict between the real and the virtual world. Its a visualisation problem as well, by this i mean that it reminds me of the tree/forest paradigm. When you look at the forest it might be impressive and make you think: boy ill never find the tree that i want! But inversely when you’re only looking at a tree, then another, its easy to ignore the forest or even not know how big the forest is.

So i think that books in a library give you a good understanding that knowledge is not encapsulated in that one element but that there may be others you might bump into along the way which might inspire you or allow you to make connections which would never have been possible.

Web pages are bad for that, the web is a very limited way to search or see the forest, its query based, so its only based and will only look for what you know or think you know, but seldom gives you accidental access to things you didnt know or didnt know you didnt know, as the famous mapping goes…

DIY: are we losing it? how important is it?

I like this Treehugger post that talks about our inability to do things ourselves and our constant reliance if not on technology but also on the prepackaged and premade. Beyond their obvious comment about our grandparent’s skills that got developed in less happy conditions and because of heavy recession, i wonder if there isnt something there about our ability to learn how to make things, repair things and tackle them and our subsequent attachment to them. Fixing up a shelf in my friend didier’s apartment, i was thinking about the sweat and labour that goes into fixing things around you, a pair of tables that i picked up off the street a few years ago and stipped and are now in the capable hands of my best friend in Canada. The work and effort makes the object meaningful in a way. How can this be pushed with the objects that contain our digital information??? More thoughts, not much answers but leads nonetheless…