But… Is it the Internet of Things?

Posted on Nov 17, 2012 in Science, Technology & Society

Are you designing for the Internet of Things? Haiyan Zhang made a clever little website to help you know for sure: Is it the Internet of Things? Favourite questions: Does it stalk you? Is it the future? Did BERG make it?

The Bush Olympics

Everyone’s been talking about the London Olympics, but I’m pretty thrilled with Central Australia’s Bush Olympics: “More than 50 students from cattle stations and remote communities across Central Australia are currently competing in the final rounds of the Alice Springs School of the Air Bush Olympics. The students log in from computers in their schoolrooms […]

From the PLSJ archives: Anne vs. her mobile phone

Posted on Jul 31, 2012 in Everyday Life, Science, Technology & Society

Wednesday, 12 February, 2003 Anne vs. her mobile phone As someone who spends so much time addressing the theoretical aspects of wireless communications, I would do well to note my *actual* experiences. In the Spring of last year, I bought a Motorola Timeport 280. At the time, the only service provider who supported that phone […]

Remembering Dr Sally Ride (1951-2012)

Posted on Jul 25, 2012 in Everyday Life, Science, Technology & Society

When I was girl I thought I would grow up to be a scientist — and an astronaut. I built space stations out of cardboard and tinfoil, and made sure that my super awesome science lab was the biggest room. A is for Astronaut. (A is for Anne!) I can still remember watching the STS-7 […]

From the PLSJ archives: An Extraordinary Mind

Posted on Jul 17, 2012 in Science, Technology & Society

I used to write a blog called purselipsquarejaw and every so often I miss it. So I’ve decided to re-publish some of the archive here, hopefully on a semi-regular basis, with updated links wherever possible, and sometimes with new commentary. Monday, January 27, 2003 An Extraordinary Mind German-Canadian experimental physicist Ursula Franklin is one of […]

Re-designing merino: ''We need to put a ram on the moon!''

Tomorrow I’ll be attending the New Zealand Merino Company conference, the NZM Stampede, in Christchurch. While Federated Farmer’s President Don Nicholson has said that the wool industry needs research anarchy, John Brakenridge, CEO of the NZ Merino Co, is aiming for “a ram on the moon.” Early last year we made two videos on NZ […]

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, […]

More thoughts on writing and making

In the comments to my last post on writing as making, Peter Richardson wrote something that’s sticking with me: “I suspect makers (and coders in particular, myself included) tend to view non-code text as an unstable, somewhat shifty medium.” And Matt Jones later gave a similar reply to my original question about why writing isn’t […]

Hi. My name is Anne. I make stuff with words.

I know designers who would never agree that writing or speaking is as valuable as making things. Thinking about how much that bothered me, this afternoon I posed the following question on Twitter: I got some great responses – thanks everyone! – and I’d like to round up some of them here. (The time stamps […]

An Internet of Animals

My presentation was the last one in the last session. I’ll put my slides online as soon as possible, but this was the set-up: Why study animals? In an era of “smart” cities and things, Donna Haraway reminds us that “animals enrich our ignorance.” Sheep and humans have lived together for more than 10,000 years, […]