Category Archives: Thesis

matrix in the wild

The Emergent Matrix is being used by a course called Co-op Lab on participatory design in the Integrated Design Program at Parsons. Students are collecting examples of different collaborative tools, processes, and systems that could serve as useful analogies for … Continue reading

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Copenhagen Workshop Video

Here is a great video that the Bicycle Innovation Lab put together of our workshop at IT University in Copenhagen.

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Denmark Public Radio

During my trip to Copenhagen, I talked with Harddisken, a radio show on technology and society. For all you Danish speakers out there, some text and 09 Dec Radio Program.

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In Sum

Here’s an attempt to summarize my work on Cyclee. It’s dense, but I hope readable, and interesting enough to introduce the project and inspire a further read. (I’m jet-lagged in Copenhagen. I can almost hear the millions of wheel spokes … Continue reading

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Notes from the EcoHack Underground

On November 9th & 10th, I participated in EcoHack NYC. This event helped push Cyclee forward and forge a stronger connection to #bikenyc. The group of people focused on bikes worked on a range of projects, some specific to Cyclee, … Continue reading

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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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team

onward and upward. toward thesis we go.

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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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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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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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Nano Nano – Teacher's Pet

Nano Project Teacher’s Pet is a tool for editing code displayed on a projector. It dynamically adjusts text size to optimize the use of space for easy viewing. It solves a common and embarrassing nuisance that plagues many tech oriented … Continue reading

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