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 […]

I could have been Marie Curie's friend

Posted on Apr 9, 2012 in Everyday Life, Science, Technology & Society

When I was a girl I thought I would grow up to be a scientist. I spent hours at my workbench, patiently cutting cross-sections with a razor blade and drawing liquids into a pipette before placing my specimens on the glass slides and gently dropping the cover slips over them. I painstakingly labelled each one, […]

I have been standing all my life in the direct path of a battery of signals

Posted on Apr 6, 2012 in Everyday Life

I’ve long admired Adrienne Rich and was really pleased to learn that there will be a reading of her work at MEOW next Wednesday the 11th at 7:30pm. I’ll be going to listen, but if I believed I could do it justice I would read Planetarium. The whole poem is glorious (go read it!) but […]

True writing and (ethnographic) fiction

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

I’ve been writing fiction. I don’t think I’m very good at it and I want to get better. There are loads of books and websites and quotes about writing and story-telling, but right now I’m allowing myself to be guided by one piece of advice from Ernest Hemingway: “Good writing is true writing.” (By-Line: Ernest […]

Teaching: Cultures of Design, Or Design and Everyday Life

This is my third year teaching in the southern hemisphere and it still feels strange to be kicking off the academic year in March! I teach one third-year course this trimester, called Cultures of Design–but if I could rename it, I’d call it Design and Everyday Life. Here are the highlights: Course description Original and […]

Reflections on pop culture and everyday life

Posted on Feb 14, 2012 in Everyday Life

I took some time off work and had grand plans for catching up on my academic reading and writing, but quickly realised I was on holiday and instead completely immersed myself in highly dramatic and emotive pop culture. First, I’ve been reading a bunch of young adult speculative fiction. I started with Susanne Collins’ epic […]

Happy New Year Redux

Posted on Jan 23, 2012 in Everyday Life

Jonny Wan – Dragon Happy Chinese (Lunar) New Year! 2012 is the Year of the Dragon, traditionally associated with energy and change, good luck and good health. Given a rather inauspicious start to the calendar year–two long-haul flights in two weeks, followed by almost immediate and prolonged immobilisation due to my dislocated kneecap, ended up […]

Happy New Year

Posted on Jan 2, 2012 in Everyday Life

Thanks to all our friends and colleagues for an inspiring 2011, and we wish you much joy and adventure in the coming year! Baaa by Cyriak (Thx Adam!) 2011 was a busy and rewarding year for us. I had the pleasure of learning about farm tech at Fieldays in Hamilton, shearing and woolhandling at the […]

Northern Sweden

Posted on Dec 8, 2011 in Everyday Life

Dear Diary, I arrived in Umeå this morning for HUMlab‘s Critically Making the Internet of Things conference, which starts tomorrow and has a really interesting line-up of presentations and workshops that I’m looking forward to. I don’t actually have an abstract for my talk, but will post my slides online afterwards. I also spent the […]

Beautiful, terrible noise

Posted on Jul 30, 2011 in Everyday Life, Science, Technology & Society

The Dial-Up Sound 700% Slower Beautiful. (via @biellacoleman) The Dial-Up Sound