bunnyfish adventures


another IDP coincidence
November 30, 2009, 10:17 pm
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One concept we are pursuing is a way to physically visualize a person’s social network. I googled and browsed through visual complexity to get some inspiration with Alazne.

Over a day later, I was cleaning up my tabs, scrolled down, and saw “concon.” Concon??

That’s me! That’s PLW! That’s Burak!



i miss you
February 24, 2009, 12:54 am
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My faculty has a weekly drink night on Wednesdays. This past Wednesday, they played a remix of “Sweet Caroline” that only I out of my friends knew of because of the whole Fenway tradition. It was a small reminder of pseudo-home, but messed up a bit with the techno. In that way, it feels more Dutch. Here’s a link to what it sounded like, I thought it was a different remix but I can’t find it readily on youtube.

vertical-movement only gesture exercise

Also last Wednesday, I started a figure drawing class at the Cultural Center in hopes that if I get into the class next quarter, I won’t be starting cold.  At the end of the class we were supposed to show something we liked, and unfortunately mine was from the first half of the class when we had to do gesture drawings.

The one on the right is a challenge from the teacher to just use vertical movements.  When I was making it it didn’t feel like anything, but stepping back it surprised me.

And today we had a remote lecture from a Delft student who is currently at the Media Lab for an exchange, I think.  The lecture was pretty bad just because of the logistics of having someone video conference with us (he ended up just using skype audio), so it just gave me time fool around more with a drawing I made earlier during class.

And to top it off, my next lesson in Dutch is about asking for directions to Beaverstraat, or in English: Beaver Street.  Sigh.



Donald Norman went to MIT too
November 20, 2008, 8:36 pm
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don_normanReal quick before I head out to dinner, I went to Eindhoven today with Caroline (and ran into Sverre, Silje, and Gøril) to see a talk by Donald Norman. He wrote the books that are popular with designers such as “The Design of Everyday Things” and “Emotional Design: Why We Love (and Hate) Everyday Things.”

I brought my books for the train ride, in case I wanted to review them or ask him about anything in particular. don_norman(I ended up not.) Or if anyone else would want to read some of his books.  (My friends didn’t either.)  However, several people came up with the brilliant idea of having him sign my books.  (How novel!  No pun intended.)

Either way, I tried to keep it short but he noticed my American accent, I mentioned that they referred to his books in some courses at MIT, and he was like “Oh yeah, I went there too, I was Course 6.”

And actually, I knew that.  Dammit!  I had read that at one point and thought, “Oh cool,” but didn’t bother to remember it since I didn’t think I would actually ever meet him.

Regardless, he agreed to look suspicious in a picture with me, during which he said, “You seem like you should belong to the Media Lab,” and I think overall it was a win.