Automated Directives

Since I’m sure there are a number of people in our class who want to see what everyone else is doing for their automated directives as they develop. (myself included) So I figured I’d get the ball rolling and post a link to my own brand of inanity.

You can find my blog here.

Hopefully with me being the first (and undoubtedly making a fool of myself) other people might be less nervous about putting their stuff up. (Its tough being the first one after all)

PS: I’m new to this whole ‘posting on blogs’ thing you interweb people speak of. So if I manage to screw anything up then please let me know. Thanks


Weekly Roundup

More information relating to Paramount Studio’s decision to stop using film. This is a compelling, brief, interview about the power of archiving. How does archiving change when everything is immaterial?

WOW. Please don’t send me hate mail.

Impulsiveness and Media Multitasking. Still, I argue it’s better to do one thing at a time. JUST ONE THING. OKAY? What’s so wrong with sustained concentration?

Are you dating?

Impact of Net Neutrality in Canada.

Angry Birds, now with more things to make you *actually* angry.

A creative approach to coding. She uses THIS software if you are inspired.

More information related to the Internet of Things (re: last week’s post about Google acquiring NEST)


Here are some things related to things we talked about in todays class:

There are loads of time keeper apps in the app store, I think I just searched “time card” or something. Be warned “Time Card Plus” is the worst and does not work, I am using “Hours Keeper Pro” and it is excellent, there is also a free version of it, I think you get 2 tasks or ‘clients’ you can track work time for.

The coffee shop sounds app is “Coffitivity” – you can even put your own music on in the background, super cool!

The documentary about the switch from film to digital is called “Side by Side“. Keanu Reeves interviews a bunch of cinematographers, and directors about the history of film and how they feel about digital.

Infographics and Visualizing Data

Related to our discussion yesterday:

He applies the style of corporate annual reports to his life. This is the cover of Feltron 2012.

Good article in the NYTimes about Feltron

NEW YORK TIMES infographics
• Personal blog and sketches from the head of the NY Times graphics department

WIRED’s 13 best infographics

• Obsessed with space like I am? THIS is amazing, well-designed.

• The Year (2012) in graphics

General MULTIMEDIA page of the NY Times –there are infographics nearly everyday, as well as the amazing LENS blog for those of you interested in photography

10 Things to learn about infographics

VISUALIZING.orgA community of people making sense of complex issues through data and design.

Visualizing Data at the Oxford Internet Institute

A leader in thinking about and teaching the visualization of information. His website (scroll down) has examples and his books are exemplary.

For more information, you can search this blog for general references about graphic design.

Sally–this is especially for you (and anyone else who texts)

Designer Cristina Vanko 3-1stops texting and instead sends photos of hand-written messages. It would be even better if she MAILED the messages.

I  think Sally’s project is more interesting–but she needs to keep drawing. Am I right? Hey Sally, you should contact Cristina and collaborate.


If you read The Shallows I need your help! If you didn’t read The Shallows, ignore this post.

Hi People!

I’m presenting a paper at the UACC conference. (Academic blah blah blah). I need your help! Part of my paper is about our classes’ experience reading The Shallows and trying to forge habits of sustained concentration in a distracted world.

I know everyone is busy, but it would be great if you could answer the three questions posted below. I’m not using names or any identifying information. Post your responses in the comments or email me at annacox at

1. During our class, most of you modified your internet behavior and saw positive results such as:
• increased concentration
• a creative boost due to new habits (i.e. making work on a schedule, not waiting for when you “felt like it”
• improved reading comprehension

Did you maintain the new habits that promote concentration/deep thinking or did you go back to your old habits? If you did return to your pre-The Shallows habits (no judgement—I struggle every day.) can you tell me why?

2. Are you currently making work? If no, skip this question. If yes, are you trying to limit distractions—for example turning off your phone while you are in the studio? If not, why?

3. What elements/concepts/behaviour modifications of The Shallows did you maintain i.e.–reading paper (versus always reading on-screen), limiting multitasking, not interacting with Facebook/twitter/etc first thing in the morning, paying attention to your internet “loops”, understanding that habits become  behaviour? Anything else?


This semester I’m mostly posting on the Sofamphoto blog.

To hard to keep; too meaningful to destory? Hey Mary–this is for you.


What happens when a photograph is too difficult to look at, yet you can’t throw it away? (Your prom photo? The last image from a painful breakup, the perm you thought was a good idea. BUT. IT. WAS. NOT. )

That’s the question Chicago-based artist, Jason Lazarus, explores in the exhibit, Too Hard To Keep (T.H.T.K). at Gallery TPW. All the images in the exhibit were donated by people who couldn’t look at them anymore.

More info about the show

“Too Hard to Keep” is part of “Coming to Encounter,” a series that experiments with strategies for looking at difficult images. The series is organized by Galley TPW, curator in residence Gabrielle Moser.

A bummer? Interesting? What do you think?

This is a re-post from the Photo-Blog (Sofamphoto). Mary–I think you need to contact the artist and offer to bring the Ministry of Memory Destruction to the gallery. Right? Right? Shouldn’t Mary do that? You could also post a link to MMD on the blog that accompanies the exhibit.