Rafael Fajardo

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Cyborg writing must not be about the Fall, the imagination of a once-upon-a-time wholeness before language, before writing, before Man. Cyborg writing is about the power to survive, not on the basis of original innocence, but on the basis of seizing the tools to mark the world that marked them as other.

- Donna J. Haraway (via absurdhowl)

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marcys-mareep:

adventure time literally explaining colonialism in 30 seconds

(via ScratchJr: Coding for kindergarten | MIT News Office)

(via ScratchJr: Coding for kindergarten | MIT News Office)

A fan or sensor has a problem. Call Epson for help. 1775W mission critical. Help. (at C-cubed studios)

fastcodesign:

Watch: How Adobe Illustrator Changed Graphic Design

fastcodesign:

Watch: How Adobe Illustrator Changed Graphic Design

"With Design for Kids, you’ll learn how to create digital products for today’s connected generation." (via Rosenfeld Media | Design for Kids by Debra Levin Gelman)

I’m curious about this book.

"With Design for Kids, you’ll learn how to create digital products for today’s connected generation." (via Rosenfeld Media | Design for Kids by Debra Levin Gelman)

I’m curious about this book.

Five (new) Design Careers for the 21st Century

Tim Brown shares on LinkedIn:

…Today, things are very different. Thanks to the still-booming Silicon Valley, interaction and user-experience designers have been added to the mix, but those aren’t the only opportunities for design thinkers. Even graduates of non-traditional programs can embark on exciting design careers. To wit, here are five disciplines that didn’t even exist at IDEO a few years ago.

1. The Designer Coder
Prototyping has always been a critical part of design, but in today’s online, app-based economy, the preferred prototyping medium is increasingly code. Designers who can also code possess a powerful set of tools. There are thousands of positions open to those who have the skills to conceive new ideas and the ability to launch them quickly into market.

2. The Design Entrepreneur…
3. The Hybrid Design Researcher…
4. The Business Designer…
5. The Social Innovator….

These are just a handful of exciting new design careers I’ve witnessed as of late. Given the urgent, complex challenges our world faces, expect more. Better yet, if you’re a young graduate or looking to change careers, ask yourself:
How might I apply my unique talents to design challenges?
Who knows, maybe next year, I might be writing about you.
What other unlikely skill sets do you think could advance design innovation?

(Source: linkedin.com)

Platano maduro happy face thanks to Cuba Cuba sandwicheria in DTC

Platano maduro happy face thanks to Cuba Cuba sandwicheria in DTC

But using cheap labor—and vulnerable labor—is a business practice that goes as far back as you can trace private enterprise, and unions emerged in response. In the universities, cheap, vulnerable labor means adjuncts and graduate students. Graduate students are even more vulnerable, for obvious reasons. The idea is to transfer instruction to precarious workers, which improves discipline and control but also enables the transfer of funds to other purposes apart from education. The costs, of course, are borne by the students and by the people who are being drawn into these vulnerable occupations. But it’s a standard feature of a business-run society to transfer costs to the people. In fact, economists tacitly cooperate in this. So, for example, suppose you find a mistake in your checking account and you call the bank to try to fix it. Well, you know what happens. You call them up, and you get a recorded message saying “We love you, here’s a menu.” Maybe the menu has what you’re looking for, maybe it doesn’t. If you happen to find the right option, you listen to some music, and every once and a while a voice comes in and says “Please stand by, we really appreciate your business,” and so on. Finally, after some period of time, you may get a human being, who you can ask a short question to. That’s what economists call “efficiency.” By economic measures, that system reduces labor costs to the bank; of course it imposes costs on you, and those costs are multiplied by the number of users, which can be enormous—but that’s not counted as a cost in economic calculation. And if you look over the way the society works, you find this everywhere. So the university imposes costs on students and on faculty who are not only untenured but are maintained on a path that guarantees that they will have no security. All of this is perfectly natural within corporate business models. It’s harmful to education, but education is not their goal.

- Chomsky: How America’s Great University System Is Getting Destroyed (via azspot)

To think is not to get out of the cave; it is not to replace the uncertainty of shadows by the clear-cut outlines of things themselves, the flame’s flickering glow by the light of the true sun. To think is to enter the Labyrinth; more exactly, it is to make be and appear a Labyrinth when we might have stayed “lying among the flowers, facing the sky.” It is to lose oneself amidst galleries which exist only because we never tire of digging them; to turn round and round at the end of a cul-de-sac whose entrance has been shut off behind us—until, inexplicably, this spinning round opens up in the surrounding walls cracks which offer passage.

- Crossroads in the Labyrinth, Cornelius Castoriadis, 1978 (via outdarethenight)

I am
a series of
small victories
and large defeats
and I am as
amazed
as any other
that
I have gotten
from there to
here…

- Charles Bukowski, The People Look Like Flowers At Last (via absurdhowl)

(Source: introspectivepoet)

Your peer group are people with similar dreams, goals and worldviews. They are people who will push you in exchange for being pushed, who will raise the bar and tell you the truth. They’re not in your business, but they’re in your shoes. Finding a peer group and working with them, intentionally and on a regular schedule, might be the single biggest boost your career can experience.

- Seth’s Blog: Finding your peer group (via notational)

It Lives! With @digitalcoleman

It Lives! With @digitalcoleman

Where do you come from? It’s such a simple question, but these days, of course, simple questions bring ever more complicated answers…The number of people living in countries not their own now comes to 220 million, and that’s an almost unimaginable number, but it means that if you took the whole population of Canada and the whole population of Australia and then the whole population of Australia again and the whole population of Canada again and doubled that number, you would still have fewer people than belong to this great floating tribe…I’ve always felt that the beauty of being surrounded by the foreign is that it slaps you awake. You can’t take anything for granted. Travel, for me, is a little bit like being in love, because suddenly all your senses are at the setting marked “on.” Suddenly you’re alert to the secret patterns of the world. The real voyage of discovery, as Marcel Proust famously said, consists not in seeing new sights, but in looking with new eyes. And of course, once you have new eyes, even the old sights, even your home become something different.

- Where is Home
http://www.ted.com/talks/pico_iyer_where_is_home (via wearethedigitalkids)