I’m over a week late on this, so it seems like a lifetime ago. I’m actually not even sure if I was in class for this specifically, but here are my thoughts on the ethics of cheap labor/consumption in general: Obviously the exploitation of slave labor has never been, and will never be ethical. However, the nature of capitalism is usually unethical. Recently, a discourse has been going around the more underground parts of social media (specifically Tumblr, which I am embarrassed to admit I…Continue Reading “Even Thoreau Returned From the Woods”

Let’s map this device out! After some fumbling about, the ‘Wes Anderson Does‘ team committed to the dissection of a Comdial desk phone unit that we believe to be from 1997, based on manuals and other documentation. Here is an adorable Comdial phone family photo: I was MIA for a significant portion of this project, so I missed a lot of the deconstruction. However, I ended up researching this piece circled in red: My teammate Danielle Howard got first dibs on the colorful pieces circled in…Continue Reading “A Tiny Mapping Journey”

It is 3:30a on March 7th, 2016. I am bordering on incoherently sleepy, and I have a class at 9a. When I chose the ‘trolling’ module to work on, I knew immediately that I wanted to go beyond the usual cyber bullying approach, and wanted to stay away from places such as 4chan. I wanted to explore whether the term trolling had to have a negative connotation. Was it something only pursued by bored jerks? Couldn’t the activity be spun in a positive and productive…Continue Reading “Trolls: The Modern, Tangible, and Radical Best of Us (Potentially)”

Have I ever turned anything in on time for this class? Last week, I, along with four other classmates, attempted to do the impossible: create a trailer hinting at the plot of William Gibson’s 1984 cyberpunk novel, Neuromancer, in Wes Anderson fashion. We were inspired by other visions such as What If Wes Anderson Made X-Men, and Saturday Night Live’s New Horror Trailer. I am proud of our end result, which was filmed in our school’s Convergence Center using an iPhone 6: Wes Anderson Does: Neuromancer…Continue Reading “Wes & Us: Our Semi-Success”

Oh my god, I completely forgot to do this. I had a draft saved and everything. I choose ‘creative coding’ for my first DGST module mainly because I liked the prompt:  I love poetry, but I was also greatly influenced by being tired of science majors treating me like I was inferior to them. I figured if I could somehow learn how to code overnight, no Bio major would ever be able to scoff at me again (why do they scoff? Chances are high that…Continue Reading “Coding 1: The task”

Admittedly, I began learning Python only a few days before my project was due. A bit of reasearch told me that it took an average of two weeks to really learn the language. I tried to teach myself from something called Learn Python The Hard Way, which had me downloading Notepad ++, using PowerShell as a terminal, and banging my head against a table. This will now be the third time I’ve mentioned Mary Clark, but she was the only other person in my class…Continue Reading “Coding 2: The Cinquain”

Sadly, our unit on Neuromancer has come to a close. But is it sad? While I will miss discussing literature in class,  our close reading of Gibson’s Neuromancer has effectively set me on an interesting thought path- an equation that is perhaps unsolvable. Since the novel deals largely with artificial intelligence, the question of why AI’s trope is  always to turn against humans was brought up. Surely the technology would recognize that it was created by a flawed being (a human) and would thereby consider…Continue Reading “The Empathy Equation: Neuromancer”