Author Archives: Matthew W

A History of New York in 50 Objects

NY Times’ A History of New York in 50 Objects.

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If This Then That

IFTTT is a fantastic web tool that enables you to easy link web services. Post a photo to facebook? Have it automatically trigger a tweet or get added to your dropbox. Weather drops below a certain temperature? Receive an email. … Continue reading

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Code Academy

Learn to code. Codecademy is a series of slick and smart online tutorials that teach you how to code. From basics to python and more. http://www.codecademy.com/

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pears

Pears are common patterns of markup and style. Nice collection of html/css snippets, also prepared as a WordPress theme. Collect, test, and experiment with interface pattern pairings of CSS & HTML. Pears is an open source WordPress theme, enabling people … Continue reading

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jsfiddle

Interesting tool for prototyping and sharing javascript. http://jsfiddle.net/

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Phatic in Design

In linguistics, a phatic expression is one whose only function is to perform a social task, as opposed to conveying information. Small talk and polite exchanges concern the channel of communication, but the words do not carry literal meaning. Speaker … Continue reading

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Walk Shed

Raining again? Plot your NYC walk to include as much cover as possible from scaffolding. Tool by Jeff Maki walk-shed.jeffmaki.com

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Steal an Election without Tampering with Votes

Most major tech news outlets reported about a last minute, untested software change to voting machines in Ohio before the 2012 Presidential Election. The change was made by a Republican. Since the Republicans lost this election in Ohio, the story … Continue reading

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Drone Attacks & the Semantics of Responsibility

US Drones are actively used in military and CIA operations abroad, well beyond the boundaries of war.1 The US Media, even when critical, gives autonomy and agency to these devices. Domestic police departments have started using them as well, further … Continue reading

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team

onward and upward. toward thesis we go.

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pretty wind map

An animated map of real-time wind patterns. Very pretty. Not created for today’s storm, but maybe a bit more interesting while the weather howls. From hint.fm/wind

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The Technical Input & Output of Cycling Networks

The Technical – The flow of information from a cyclist to cyclists and stakeholders.  source input capture record encode transmit store encode transmit bundle decode outlet cyclist bike path intersection helmet sensing spoken written photographed drawn audio sensor microphone hand … Continue reading

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The seats told me to do it

All the data in a world infused with sensors can’t yet transform an experience that we negotiate on the fly. We think in numbers and words, but react from impulse much more difficult to wire, network, and display. Running a … Continue reading

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Boundaries and Transitions from Symbiotic to Assimilated

Question: What happens when one life form leverages and then absorbs the function of another life form, when a symbiotic relationship becomes a subroutine? In cell biology, an organelle is a specialized subunit within a cell that has a specific … Continue reading

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Glossary Beta 2

Heuristic refers to experience-based techniques for problem solving, learning, and discovery. Where an exhaustive search is impractical, heuristic methods are used to speed up the process of finding a satisfactory solution. Examples of this method include using a rule of … Continue reading

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Glossary Terms Beta 1

Activism consists of efforts to promote, impede, or direct social, political, economic, or environmental change. Activism can take a wide range of forms from writing letters to newspapers or politicians, political campaigning, economic activism such as boycotts or preferentially patronizing … Continue reading

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thesis video

I met with a colleague to get myself oriented around a video. I have no experience in the realm, but would like to develop a short animation that explains my ideas. Below is a loosely organized dump of my notes … Continue reading

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Buxton Collection

Over the course of 30 years, Bill Buxton collected input and interactive devices. This collection of buttons and knobs and more is fascinating. “Look at the collection and then try and convince me that our slow rate of progress is … Continue reading

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Bill Moggridge

Bill Moggridge passed away this weekend, author of Designing Interactions, co-founder of IDEO, director of the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, friend of Design Schools everywhere.

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Desire Path

A desire path (also known as a desire line, social trail, goat track or bootleg trail) is a path developed by erosion caused by footfall or by bicycle. The path usually represents the shortest or most easily navigated route between an origin and destination. The width and … Continue reading

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ambient feedback

Two colleagues of mine recently shared stories that beautifully illustrate the idea of ambient or integrative civic engagement. A divider built on the road through a small Indian town inadvertently prevented residents from crossing, forcing them to walk miles out … Continue reading

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Popular Magazine Circulation

Print magazines? Still in wide circulation. Here are a few in my domain mixed with other popular titles. Also, too — Costco? td strong { background:#dde; padding-right:8px; } td:hover, tr:hover, tr:hover td { background:#dde !important; } Name Est Circulation AARP … Continue reading

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Integrative Civic Engagement

Civic engagement in the US falls toward two poles. Individuals vote, tweet, like, and petition, making a minor commitment of low-fidelity engagement. Or, large groups protest, march, and revolt, deeply investing time, identity, and bodies of high-friction engagement. On poth … Continue reading

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Wunder what?

Wunderkinder, makers of my favorite Wunderlist posted some interesting news today for aspiring app makers. They have abandoned Wunderkit, their attempt at Basecamp+Social for project management. They are going to focus on Wunderlist which was launched as a test task … Continue reading

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Urban Computing and its Discontents

Urban Computing and its Discontents looks at ubiquitous computing in urban spaces and the emergence of ambient informatics, when information becomes fluidly available based context and need. Nearly five years old, this dialog between Adam Greenfield and Mark Shepard has … Continue reading

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Beautiful Trouble

Beautiful Trouble is a book and web toolbox that puts the accumulated wisdom of decades of creative protest into the hands of the next generation of change-makers. The project consists of short, interrelated modules – creative tactics, action design principles, case … Continue reading

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Co-Created Documentaries

Crowd-sourced Documentaries http://civic.mit.edu/event/engaging-your-audience-in-co-creation

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