unlecture #6

As Adrian said he would love to carry his iPad around more than a book. For me it is opposite, i do not like my reading wtih online because it dose not provide feeling that ” I am reading something.” It is merely some kind of surfing the Internet, and it is easy to me to slip away while reading something on online.  I think our

hand and fingers are suitable for turning over the pages of a book rather than scroll the mouse or smart phone’s scressn. I like sense of paper when I grap the book.
I remain feeling of emptiness after reading through online.

Every time I read novel online, maybe because I didn’t try to get used to it but it’s like missing something precious. Reading on the computer or smartphone that makes me feel impatient to follow whole story-boarding, so I step up reading, slip away lots of chapters to get the final ending.

Even though I prefer hard cover book, we cannot neglect benefits of e-book because of its comfortability. Ebooks are good for reference and searching. But handheld paper books are good for the feel and the seriousness they impart. So the best thing is to have a hard copy and a soft copy and use them both. Ebooks allow you to carry a lot of books (thousands of them) without any space constraint, but the best thing is to print them and read and then dispose them off.


Choose your friends wisely

You are affected far more than you think by the people you spend your time with. Do your friends share your values?

Do they encourage you when you speak of your goals and dreams or do they scoff?

Make sure the people around you are conducive to the lifestyle you want to lead or you will find yourself being dragged again and again into behavior that distances you from your desires.

Friends with a habit of producing negative thoughts will especially hinder you. This can be a hard task to follow through with if you realize you good friend is one of these saboteurs, but you must be firm! Don’t let anyone get in the way of you being all that you can be.

The Age of Essay / reading #5

 Paul Graham:

      Certainly schools should teach students how to write. But due to a series of historical accidents the teaching of writing has gotten mixed together with the study of literature. And so all over the country students are writing not about how a baseball team with a small budget might compete with the Yankees, or the role of color in fashion, or what constitutes a good dessert, but about symbolism in Dickens.

My personal experience backs up Graham’s idea that most writing tasks at school is generally joined with the study of something else such as literature or even history. I did write some essays in history classes, but those were supposed to follow an even more rigid structure than what Graham describes. The structure of classes and school where using writing to fill in the blanks.Writing itself isn’t really being taught. Teachers didn’t really teach you how to write or make an argument, even in English class, there was never a real focus on the writing, no structure of how to write.

Another fact to point out is that when students were asked to write, it was always about subject that didn’t interest them or they found boring. Writing itself isn’t that boring but when associating it to something that you are not necessarily interested in does not make things very interesting.

With this I can definitely agree with Graham and schools need to do a better job of teaching students how to write.



A better Life : First 5 Steps.

The first 5 steps to a better life.

Memorize something everyday.

  • Not only will this leave your brain sharp and your memory functioning, you will also have a huge library of quotes to bust out at any moment. Poetry, sayings and philosophies are your best options.

Constantly try to reduce your attachment to possessions. 

  • Those who are heavy-set with material desires will have a lot of trouble when their things are taken away from them or lost. Possessions do end up owning you, not the other way around. Become a person of minimal needs and you will be much more content.

Remember people’s names

  • so that they feel appreciated and for your own future benefit when you want something from that person. To do this, say their name back to them when they introduce themselves. Then repeat the name in your head a number of times until you are sure you have it. Continue to use their name in conversation as much as possible to remove any chance of forgetting it. If you’re still having trouble, make up a rhyme about their name: “Dan the Man” or “Natalie flatters me.”

Smile more often.

  • Whenever you get a grin on your face, your brain is releasing serotonin, the happy hormone. Smiling is the natural way to force yourself to be happy. Many people even smile for five minutes straight in the morning to get themselves in a great mood for the day. It is a very powerful tool that is utilized less and less as we grow older and need happiness more than ever. Just remember that while happiness leads to smiles, smiles also lead to happiness.


  • If you truly want to be a master of life, let love be in your every action. Love your friends, family and enemies alike. This is the most difficult thing to do out of this entire list, which is why it is listed last. But if you accomplish this, you will be seen as a leader among everyone that allows hate, envy, disgust and all other negative emotions into their lives.  Love is so rare in this world when compared to the massive presence of hate that by exuding love, you will immediately see yourself and the people around you change.

Love. Love. Love.


Technology has gone through a lot a changes and evolved in the way I write, from quality to quantity. In my eyes, writing is something more comparable to cleaning dishes than an enjoyable activity such as going out with friends. To tell the truth, I despise writing essays, doing assignments and even having to write a long text message or email gets on my nerves. When I have done everything possible before having to sit down with my laptop to write an essay I still manage to keep focusing on how much I have left to write, how much black there is on my word processing tool and the task just becomes more and more draining and frustrating. I really feel like writing a text on a computer is just writing to fill up the blank space on a page. Handwriting however, in my opinion provides an escape from the endless word counts and page numbers.

But then you encounter a different problem when writing on paper. The use of wrong grammar or misspelt words, there is no tool to point out your mistakes. If I start handwriting I have to constantly work and think a lot more about how to spell some words and if at the end of the day my sentences make sense. This, in some way, is making us become dependent of a certain standard of word processing.

Another distraction when writing essays on my laptop is all the entertainment that is in reach, I can access anything from music, movies, games, shows and even simplest thing such as going through my emails. And all of this will have an impact on the quality of my text. Suddenly my essay becomes far to easy to ignore and the flow of fresh words for my text slows down.  . The screen also is tiring to look at and gives me a headache after a while.

Even after all of this the benefits, writing on a computer are not to be left behind. The writing process is much faster than hand writing, correcting and editing is much easier and the spelling correction is always there. The simple fact that MS Word automatically corrects some words and frequent spelling mistakes speeds up the writing process immensely. Typing all of your ideas without being distracted by grammar and punctuation keeps a fast paced and steady evolution in your essay. Some of these thing must be said and is what keeps us from going back to pen and paper.

The downside to becoming so used to the computer working for you is when the computer misses your mistakes. The word processing software is not perfect and often misses mistakes that we over look and assume have been corrected. Personally, I struggle with this and tend not to proof read as carefully as I should. Because of technology my writing has gotten more informal and it’s easier to write in a personal or informal tone. Because I use technology so much to communicate to friends and family it is sometimes difficult to transition to scholarly and formal writing styles. Because English was my second language, I must admit that the auto correct function is just perfect for me to peruse my studies without having to invest in extra English classes, but not for me to improve my English skills and vocabulary.

Handwriting would be the best option for me to improve my language skills however using a word processing tool is what I need to keep on track with my studies and is the reason I use and will continue using it.

Writing Space/ Reading week #4

This week reading is about Writing as technology by Jay David Bolter. As the Author has assumed: ” Writing is a technology for collective memory, for preserving and passing on human experience”. it is and always been a sophisticated technology.

The mechanisation of writing began with the printing press in the fifteenth century and over several generations, printing did change the visual character of the written page, make the writing space technically cleaner and clearer. However, the computer in turn changes the technology of writing by adding new flexibility to the rapidly and efficiency of printing.

Writing as a state of mind

There is a good etymological reason to broaden our definition of technology to include skills as well as machines. Writing with quill and parchment is a different skill from writing with a printing press, which in turn differs from writing with a computer. However, all writing demands method, the intention of the writer to arrange ideas systematically in a space for later examination by a reader.Literacy is the realisation that language can have a visual as well as an aural dimension, that one’s words can be recorded and shown to others who  are not present, perhaps not even alive, at the time of recording..Moreover, writing can be taken in and become a habit of mind.

Economies of writing

Each culture and each age has its own economy of writing. The earliest economies flourish in Mesopotamia and in Egypt, where picture writing was gradually replaced by phonetic systems, in which written symbols were associated directly and consistently with sounds in the language. Both the Sumerians and the Egyptians developed complicated word-syllable scripts, whose symbols sometimes stood for wholes words, sometimes more abstractly for combinations of consonants and vowels. The Sumerians and their successors wrote principally on stone and clay, the Egyptians on stone and papyrus, a paper like surface made from a reedy plant that grew along the Nile. Each new technology must find its place  in the current economy of writing, and in doing so it may supplement or replace older technologies. For example: papyrus was replaced in the Middle Ages by  parchment and paper and in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the typewriter replaced handwriting for business communications.

Unlecture #4

I was glad to see the first symposium had turned out successful this week. Some questions have been framed from the design fiction reading last week and now we all have a chance to discuss these questions as a group with all the tutors and other students.

I had assumed that “Design Fiction” is a contemporary form of forward-thinking intervention that has been enabled by the current networked media environment.- Bruce Sterling.  However, this unlecture has given me much more understand about this topic.

One of the clear example that you can put yourself in to understand the concept of this topic, which is the question that Adrian addressed: “What do you think your job will look like in 2020? If you study media now are you sure you gonna be a journalist in 2020? Or you will be a filmmaker? Yeah everything change day by day and we don’t know what will happen next. Look at the present and think of possibilities for the future and ask question: “ How will I make money?” or “ who will pay me?” Imagined future for those answer that is design fiction.

Imagined future or we call design fiction is one of the way to produce a creative ideas for the better or dreamed future. As Adrian informed us that Google gives its employees a day off per week to do whatever they like, yeah they were paid to play. Play what they are interested in and motivate them, without controlling and just simple being themselves. And of course the products of those fun and design fiction times belong to Google. That is such unbeatable way to collect the most creative idea of your employees and no wonder why Google is so successful and get stronger everyday.

I think I would love to work for them not just because they pay good but also the way they create the environment for your  thinking freely to fly.


Google office