Sewing with rainbow thread.

Laser cutting speaker holes for the 3rd object.

“Why is there a misconception today about Americans being more supportive of the space program? Because an enormous generation called Baby Boomers were kids in the 1960s; kids playing astronaut and watching shows like “The Jetsons”; kids who were bombarded with images of a bright, shiny future and for whom the world was much simpler because they saw everything through the eyes of a child.”

Time is a technology.

I think it’s time to let the cat out of the bag

I haven’t been posting that much because I find that every time I post something, it changes the week after. There is a value in keeping things to yourself until the time is right. Here’s my updated thesis.

For people who are dissatisfied with their relationship with technology, Simple Machines for the Digital Age is a collection of domestic contraptions that magnify, remedy, as well as comment on the unwanted side-effects of technology on our everyday lives. 

This project encompasses everything I’ve been wanting to say, everything I’ve done, noticed, and realized so far. All the starts, stops, and detours I’ve made. From my love of technology, to my fascination with time, to why I got into interaction design in the first place (yes, broader broader broader still), to teaching my older people, to my sandy blackout experience, and everything in between. 

The one thing you have that nobody else has is you. Your voice, your mind, your story, your vision. So write and draw and build and play and dance and live as only you can. The moment that you feel that just possibly you are walking down the street naked…that’s the moment you may be starting to get it right.”  –Neil Gaiman

I haven’t figured out all the specifics yet, but for now, looking at the core of it, I am happy.

“Comedy changes the world by changing individuals from the inside out. Laughter causes a transformation in the person experiencing it. It loosens and opens us up. We let our guard down. We become vulnerable. Laughter helps expose who we really are, and when we’re being who we really are we can see the world in a more true light. We can accept truths that in a different package, we might deny. We can find common ground with people we would swear are our enemies. Comedy can help us see the world, not just as it is, but as it might be, and that can serve as a great motivator.”

What household items have descriptive and instructional information on them? Medicine, facial care products. Furniture has care instructions. Lighting has caution information. Electronic products have manufacturer information.