Rafael Fajardo


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Colour Theory: A Brief History

These diagrams are 19th and 20th century attempts to systematize colours and describe how the human eye perceives them. In the late 18th century, scholars began to develop colour theory according to the understanding that three primary colours – red, yellow, and blue – could be combined to create all others; these hypotheses would be instrumental in forming early theories of colour vision and the science of perception. Although Sir Isaac Newton and Da Vinci both developed theories of colour, the German poet Goethe organized colours into the “wheel” we know today in his Theory of Colours in 1810. Albert Munsell developed his Color System which was later adopted by the US Bureau of Standards later in the century. Of course, these standards would influence not only contemporary explorations of the science of vision, but the creative disciplines of art and design as well. 

(Images from VintageTreasureShop, Beats925Books, MOMA’s Inside/Out, Postcard Club of NYC, and Imprint)

Erin Saunders

Apr 7

Notes for a theory of contemporary education


Very loose ideas floating around my head these days. Even if they are loopy or ridiculous, the seeds of something useful might be in here.Not sure about the mechanistic aspects.

1. We live in a day and age (and in many cases place) in which information is not a scarce resource. Due to the internet and other networked technology we are dealing with a deluge of information ( much of it noise instead of signal.) In many cases that information is ambient…right in front of us, but we don’t notice it.

2. In many cases information is atomized and dispersed, fractured and latent. One goal of contemporary education might be to train people to find what might be useful to them and sequence that information in a way that is meaningful and perhaps even novel.

3. The means to create this sequence might be seen metaphorically as a program. Programs should be consciously examined, modified,and rewritten for different tasks. Before we put input into the program we should develop filters to insure some kind of quality control. Perhaps that can be written into the program…though it might not always be possible.

4. Outputting the sequenced info/data should be in a network that might provide feedback for the effectiveness of the particular output and program. Feedback allows for iterative improvement.





My collaborator has suggested that the cultural semiotics of nerd is not an effective lure, not an attractor, for young latino males (in the US) who might otherwise explore STEM fields. Bill Gates’ financial success is an insufficient model. The age group we are looking at is ten years old. These young latinos are acutely sensitive to signals about what it means to be a man. It is not acceptable to be enthusiastic, to work too hard, these are traits of “uncool”.

My language describing these challenges is still in flux. Malleable.

The context is that we are attempting to discover the efficacy of Making Videogames as an attractor to- and persistence in - STEM fields (and integrated with Art, or STEAM). We have a further goal to diversify the kinds of game-makers, and hence, games made.

Sally Fincher on Useless Truths at SIGCSE 2010 « Computing Education Blog

Jul 1

The really grim news for the MBA, however, is about more than short-term trends. Isn’t it just a little suspicious, after all, that the sector that showed the greatest appetite for MBAs was the most grotesquely mismanaged? In fact, the economic crisis has exposed long-standing flaws not just in the modern approach to business education but in the very idea of business education.

- RIP, MBA | The Big Money