The Different Gozo

Sam Hind, posted his own account from our shared Gozo experience. This is a really great piece and it compliments my own (somewhat technical) writing on the subject. What struck is how the writing reflects our different methodological approaches to ethnography. While I relied heavily on the video recordings and used my notebooks notes as ...

Post Gozo Aftermath 2

Post Gozo Aftermath
This is an initial post to solidify some thoughts on the experience (experiment?) with mobile digital playful navigation, which we called the ‘Go go Gozo’ game. Carried out over several days between October 15 till 21st (including preparations and de-briefing), the game was played by seven students of Manchester University Geography course on Islands and ...

On the Perils of Value-Free Interfaces 3

On the Perils of Value-Free Interfaces
Providence and serendipity are good friends to the sporadic academic reader. Three texts that I read today have manifested an interesting intertextuality in between them, two of them being (co) authored by Muki Haklay (whose work I’ve been intending to sample for quite some time) with the third being co-authored and suggested by Jay Bolter, ...

NowForce – an emeregency map-based app

What’s interesting about NowForce is how commercial the website is, compared to it’s humble origins. I ran accross it after reading about Eli Beer’s, founder and  chairman, tall on TedMed. Beer found “Ihud Hatzala” (איחוד הצלה) after witnessing death following a bombing in Jerusalem bus in his youth. The idea behind its organization is briliant ...

AIS, Satellites and the Problems of Finding Things at Sea 6

AIS, Satellites and the Problems of Finding Things at Sea
Unlike the misplaced science fiction notion that space is an ocean, the two spheres are quite separate. Just how separate occurred to me while participating in the mini-symposium on Ocean Traffic Monitoring via Satellite Automatic Identification System (SAT-AIS), organized by the Dutch Space Society (NVR). In a series of half an hour lectures,  Carsten Tobehn of ...

UK impressions

UK impressions
Last month I took my longest to date trip to the UK, discarding the family vacation we had in London around 2002. Staying couple of days in Manchester and proceeding through London to Coventry and the University of Warwick, the thing that amazed me the most was the diversity of the English countryside. I’m sure ...

The Sempahore Line brings visions of futuristic mobilities a’ la BBC and juxtaposes them with recent updates on LA auto-traffic system. The future, according to BBC, is full with robotic enmeshed vehicles. foldable city cars and repetitive stock techno music.  

How I gamified dish-washing without knowing. 1

How I gamified dish-washing without knowing.
Dishes. Soap. Water. They go together like a misplaced metaphor next to poor self-expression capabilities. And yet there always was something in the process of dish-washing that I always liked, alongside generally disliking the process of putting clean dishes back to their designated cupboard place. And today, while doing the dishes, a realization finally struck ...

New year, New blog

I bought the domain about a month ago and been fiddling with the wordpress layouts ever since. I’m still not 100% happy with how it looks and feels, but I figured it’s better to start writing and worry about the design later. Since I’m going to spend the next four years or so writing a ...