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

The Shallows, Reading One

A great find by former student, Mary. Hi Mary!

The End of Cursive?

“It’s just not being assessed. That’s the biggie,” she says. “If it’s not assessed, it tends to fall by a little because people are teaching to the test.”


Anne Mangen at the University of Stavanger’s Reading Centre. “But handwriting seems, based on empirical evidence from neuroscience, to play a larger role in the visual recognition and learning of letters.

“This is something one should be aware of in an educational context,” she stresses.

In other words, those who learn to write by hand learn better.


The End of Cursive? – Article



Above, a sea slug, Aplysia. This image is from the Thornton Lab at the University of Oregon. (Are you recoiling? Are you not? What does that say about your neuroplasticity?)

• Educational clip about the history of printing and reading
• Gutenberg then vs Gutenberg now: Project Gutenberg

Your Outboard Brain Knows All, Clive Thompson.

And…sigh…yet another indication that the internet/smart phones are rewiring our brains: Phantom Phone Vibrations.

Multi-tasking is a lie
. Summary of article. Link to full academic article. (Good to read this in context with the findings about multi-tasking posted in the Weekly Roundup)

Summary of new human-information processing skills

How Google is Changing Your Information-Seeking Behavior, Lab Soft News Blog.

Is Google Making Us Stupid? Nope!, Philip Davis

The above (Davis essay) is a response to this article in The Atlantic.

And, another anti-Carr response to the question about Google and our collective stupidity.

And, if you’re going to use Google, learn to really use it.

VS Ramachandran: Mirror Neurons

Norman Mailer vs Marshal McLuhan!
• Watch the video of Norman Mailer arguing with Marshal McLuhan

• Marshall McLuhan: talking about the medium is the message.

Just Remember This, by Michael Greenberg

More extensive links about neuroplasticity to come

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)

Weekly Roundup

A series of scholarly or popular articles relating to class readings and discussions

Google’s buys NEST.
Article in The Guardian
Don’t know the call came from inside the house reference? Overview | TV/Movie Tropes | The movie (I think the entire thing is on YouTube).

Paramount Studios says, No more film.

On a related note, an exhibition at Ryerson Image Centre (are you in Photo? Join us on Friday’s bus trip) that explores the demise of film-manufacturing facilities and industrial darkrooms.

A recent court you should care about.
And, relating to that case, three things no one
Three dangers of losing net neutrality


A counter argument to the idea that technology is driving us apart.

Pay special attention to this article because we will be reading excerpts from “Alone Together: Why We Expect More From Technology and Less From Each Other” by Sherry Turkle.
TED talk by Sherry Turkle

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.