Tiny beautiful things…

Posted on Jul 17, 2012 in Everyday Life

In 2011, Rumpus advice columnist Sugar (actually Cheryl Strayed) wrote a wonderful and moving letter to her 20 year old self. With the release of her new book, Tiny Beautiful Things, it’s been making the rounds again. You can read the whole letter to find the quote used in the title, and here are a […]

The limits of dispassionate knowledge

Posted on Jun 24, 2012 in Everyday Life, Research Methodologies

“The contemporary habit in academic writing of assembling more or less trite summaries of other people’s work, and disfiguring the prose at the end of every second sentence with a scattering of references, seems to me calculated to turn thought to lead and the eager reader into concrete.” ~ Fred Inglis, Culture (Cambridge: Polity, 2004), […]

Teaching: Design Anthropology

A question was recently posted to the anthrodesign list about courses in design anthropology/ethnography, and people were quick to point out the growing number of postgraduate programmes including Design Ethnography at University of Dundee, Design Anthropology at University of Aberdeen, Design Anthropology at Swinburne University, and Culture, Materials and Design at University College London. But […]

@NotTildaSwinton fills me with awe

Posted on May 24, 2012 in Animals & Plants & Stuff, Everyday Life

Highlights from a 200 tweet (art ?) project, currently half-way through:  

What I Read, 2nd Ed

Posted on May 24, 2012 in Everyday Life

Recent pieces that caught my fancy: Naomi Alderman argues that “zombies are all the things that will not lie down and die, the truth we cannot repress, the thing that will rise up until it overwhelms us all. Whatever you want to forget is stumbling, dead-eyed and open-mouthed towards you.” Is it enough to describe […]

On writing the self

Posted on May 19, 2012 in Everyday Life

A year ago, Microsoft Research Cambridge and Microsoft Office commissioned the RCA to look at how authorship may change in the future and to help design the Future of Writing, and you can read about all the interesting projects in depth (pdf). But it’s Koby (Yaacov) Barhad‘s Thoughts You May Have that stuck with me the […]

Sweet Darkness

Posted on May 15, 2012 in Everyday Life

“Sweet Darkness” When your eyes are tired the world is tired also. When your vision has gone no part of the world can find you. Time to go into the dark where the night has eyes to recognize its own. There you can be sure you are not beyond love. The dark will be your […]

What I Read, 1st Ed

Posted on May 11, 2012 in Everyday Life

Don’t tell anyone, but it’s my super secret dream to one day have Rafil Kroll-Zaidi‘s skill and writing gig. Yes, I can already imagine how glorious my life will be when each month I search far and wide for the world’s most fascinating or peculiar research, and pull it all together with exceptional verve. In […]

Looking, Walking, Being

Posted on Apr 30, 2012 in Everyday Life

Looking, Walking, Being “The World is not something to look at, it is something to be in.” – Mark Rudman I look and look. Looking’s a way of being: one becomes, sometimes, a pair of eyes walking. Walking wherever looking takes one. The eyes dig and burrow into the world. They touch fanfare, howl, madrigal, […]

Hope, Or Where Other People May Live Another Kind Of Life

Posted on Apr 20, 2012 in Everyday Life

“In reinventing the world of intense, unreproducible, local knowledge, seemingly by a denial or evasion of current reality, fantasists are perhaps trying to assert and explore a larger reality than we now allow ourselves. They are trying to restore the sense — to regain the knowledge — that there is somewhere else, anywhere else, where […]