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Using the Internet to find empathy in solitude

December 12, 2012

Twitter is outsourced schizophrenia. I have a couple hundred voices I have consensually  agreed to allow residence inside my brain. So writes Adam Brault in a very thoughtful blog post, I quit Twitter for a month and it completely changed my thinking about mostly everything. Just when I think that I have read as many blog posts [...]

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Take these ideas…please

June 1, 2012
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For the next month, I’m committed to sharing almost every one of my ideas — no matter how valuable, and no matter how terrible.

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Social media gives information workers the experience of materiality

January 5, 2012

Today’s practice:  If you haven’t created something lately, try creating something online. At our all-university kick-off meeting for Emily Carr‘s spring semester, President Ron Burnett talked about the university’s work in terms of materiality; in terms of the work, thinking and process that goes into bringing actual artifacts into being. In an art and design university, many [...]

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Making art from a lifetime of data

May 30, 2011

This weekend Little Sweetie asked whether she can have my computer when I die. I had to explain that she is unlikely to want it: by the time I die, my current computer will be useless. “But how about this,” I suggested instead. “When I die, you can have whatever computer I have at the [...]

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Bathroom graffiti, meet social media

September 8, 2010

The back-to-school rhythm of September has stayed with me in the years since I graduated myself, but it has fresh resonance this September as I’m back in an academic environment. Here at Emily Carr the pace has quickened, the cafeteria is jammed and the anxious faces of first-year students instantly transport me back to my [...]

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Making time for creative expression online

April 8, 2010
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Pur time online doesn’t have to pull us away from what really matters. The pursuit of creative self-expression is one that the web makes vastly more accessible.

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Why I love my new job

March 24, 2010
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When I came into work today, I found that somebody had knit a handle-cosy onto the front door of Emily Carr, and around the pipe just inside. This is why working at an art university rocks.

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How to think like a social media artist

March 9, 2010
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If you want to sharpen or deepen your use of social media, try going to art school. That’s the big takeaway from my first months here at Emily Carr University of Art + Design. I can’t say I’m “going to” art school — my role heading up the new Social + Interactive Media Centre has [...]

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A novel approach to life online

March 6, 2010
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For the first time in a year, I’ve lost myself in a book. It’s Barbara Kingsolver’s latest, The Lacuna– a marvellous historical novel that centers on a Mexican-American who becomes cook and secretary to Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo and Leon Trotsky. I’ve disappeared into the world of mid-century revolutionaries and artists, surfacing into my own [...]

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9 ways social media can support your creativity

January 18, 2010

Creativity often demands social connection: for support, for feedback, for collaborators. Social media can help.

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Web services and software for creating family albums and scrapbooks

January 16, 2010

I’ve been writing about my wish for a family scrapbook solution that would create photobooks that use tweets as captions, and I’ve described the features I’d like. Fuelled mostly by incredulity (surely something like this must exist) I’ve worked my way through lots of options. Commercial album creation services from Shutterfly, Apple, Lulu, Qoop, Scrapblog [...]

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