Tiny, Typical, or Tall

Audrey Watters shared the following link The Week in Robots where we are reminded twice that you will be able to bake a cake in three minutes in the kitchen of the future.

The planning center also predicted the future capabilities of a cell phone like a calendar reminder to “call the butcher.”

In “Yesterday’s Concepts for Today’s Lifestyles,” the narrator shows us an early proto-type of a “personalized” sink for women who may be tiny, typical, or tall.

The narrator, by swiping her hand across surfaces to trigger the function of the robot, she establishes credibility with her fellow female kitchen users.

In this kitchen of the future, “The things women don’t like to do are done automatically:”

The narrator shows us the laboratory of kitchens of the future which is the domain of women. See also The Work Will Come To Us 


How Fleeting Trivia Can Be

Screen Shot 2015-10-31 at 1.55.41 AM    In The New York Times, “Buzzr Presents the Evolution of Game Shows and Ourselves,” reviews what we can learn about society by watching a shows and commercial on a new retro-television network.

Watch a sampling and, besides enjoying some quirky nostalgia, you’ll almost certainly conclude that we humans are much quicker to adapt and innovate than we used to be…

Watch this kind of fare and you realize just how much of the game-show universe is built on a few slender sticks, chief among them the knowledge of trivia. And you sometimes realize just how fleeting trivia can be. On the pilot for “TKO” (Tuesday night), a show that never made it to series, the questions include, “In the popular TV commercial, whose voice and image are currently seen as the newest, hottest California raisin?” The answer:Michael Jackson.

In what ways does trivia trigger nostalgia? In what ways do we discount education as trivia?

According to Wikipedia the etymology of the word trivia is actually quite different yet very similar to how we use the term today:

 The ancient Romans used the word trivia to describe where one road split or forked into two roads. Trivia was formed from tri (three) and via (road) – literally meaning “three roads”, and in transferred use “a public place” and hence the meaning “commonplace”.[1] 

Rain-bowed Slick of a Bubble

E.L. Doctorow writes in The Book of Daniel:

I worry about images. Images are what things mean. Take the word image. It connotes soft, sheer flesh shimmering on the air, like the rain-bowed slick of a bubble. Image connotes images, the multiplicity of being an image.

When computer animation allows for movement of the once two-dimensional image, the “rain-bowed slick” of multiplicity becomes easier to imagine. The following video is credited to the book collector and graphic designer, Shawn Hazen.

He describes his book collection on his blog Book Worship:

For the most part, these are graphically interesting, but otherwise uncollectible, books that entered and exited bookstores quietly in the 50s, 60s, and 70s.

Empowering The Node & #MYOS

Tim Klapdor shares slides and a useful video about his talk at #dLRN Empowering the Node & Avoiding Enclosure.

He reminds us we are renters of own information and that we should think of users as people…not by recreating or developing new systems, but by redesigning the underlying models. By moving to a more distributed model, one that harks back to the original conceptualisation of the web.

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“Younger Hipper Fat Cats who are driven by profit motives.”

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Principles of #MYOS:

  1. You are in control
  2. Data is yours
  3. Connections are negotiated
  4. Enhance and enable diversity

The Tale Tell Heart Animation

The UPA production of Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Tell Tale Heart” is the first cartoon to be certified as unsuitable for adult audiences.

According to America’s Film Legacy: The Authoritative Guide to the Landmark Movies in the National Film Registry, “The Tale Tell Heart” was distinct from mainstream animation because it attempted to tell a serious story in serious manner, without jokes or humor (p. 480).

Here is an excerpt from Poe’s short story:

It is impossible to say how first the idea entered my brain; but once conceived, it haunted me day and night. Object there was none. Passion there was none. I loved the old man. He had never wronged me. He had never given me insult. For his gold I had no desire. I think it was his eye! yes, it was this! He had the eye of a vulture—a pale blue eye, with a film over it. Whenever it fell upon me, my blood ran cold; and so by degrees—very gradually—I made up my mind to take the life of the old man, and thus rid myself of the eye forever.

Now this is the point. You fancy me mad. Madmen know nothing. But you should have seen me. You should have seen how wisely I proceeded—with what caution—with what foresight—with what dissimulation I went to work!


Big Bad Dragon Notes

In Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Dragon: Why China Has the Best (and Worst) Education System in the World by Yong Zhao (2014), governmental policy concerning standardize testing is discussed from both the American and Chinese perspective.

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  Harry Clarke’s Faust

“The damage done by authoritarianism is far greater than the instructional time taken away by testing, the narrowed educational experiences for students, and the demoralization of teachers…

High-stakes testing is America’s Faustian bargain, made with the devil of authoritarianism. Under the rule of authoritarianism, which gave birth to high-stakes testing in the first place, disrespect of teachers as professional colleagues and intrusion into their professional autonomy are praised as characteristics of no-nonsense, tough leadership with high expectations” (p. 5).