My eyesight has deteriorated in my sixties. Those times when I cut a thread with blunt scissors, it unwinds as I try to insert it into the eye of a needle. The needle has an eye and my eyes can barely see it. The thread bends and goes off to one side or the other […]
Technology as Spatial Lens
In early February I went to hear Paul Dourish when he was visiting the University of Illinois. He’s a professor of Informatics at the University of California, Irvine, with courtesy appointments in Computer Science and in Anthropology. In addition to the Informatics program, he also teaches in the interdisciplinary graduate program in Arts, Computation, and […]
Ryan Griffis recently sent around a link to an article on ctheory. Browsing the links there, I came across this 2005 interview with Christina McPhee. I like her use of “slipstreaming.” Christina McPhee: Thinking about the poetics implied by “between your body and ‘the machine’”: — one wonders if ‘machines’ could be imagined as distributive […]
Labor Day 2007
My Alexander Technique teacher, Sharon De Celle, said once that “work is not exercise.” Today, Labor Day 2008, I vow to attend to my body, stretching, re-calibrating, centering, breathing, using the chair and the ground for support, and not to spend too much time on the computer keyboard.