November 29, 2010

communITP in The Atlantic

Filed under: CommunITP — Tags: — *aly* @ 11:27 pm

Just so I don’t forget, our class syllabus was in The Atlantic.

November 14, 2010

final project idea: fun with the android camera

Filed under: Mobile Me(dia) — Tags: , , — *aly* @ 5:27 pm

For my final project, I’ve decided to work on building an app native to android. I’d like to play around with the camera and create an app that will allow users to add (zombie?) fanciness to photos they take with their phone. As I am still quite a novice with android development, I have been thinking about this project with several possible phases– so that I can actually build SOMETHING and then improve upon it. (more…)

November 8, 2010

The Craft of Corsets

Filed under: CommunITP — Tags: , — *aly* @ 9:37 pm

The concept of craftsmanship, meaning both something executed excellently for the sake of the work and something masculine, is not new to me. Having a feminist mother teach me the wiles of my own sewing craft introduced me to this idea at an early age.

I was interested in sewing because of my mother. At Halloween, I was the luckiest kid, I could actually invent WHATEVER I wanted to be, and she could make the outfit. Her skill meant that I would wake up every Halloween morning with a sense of anticipation unlike that experienced for any other holiday. One year, she worked on my costume well after my bedtime and I awoke to find my (not quite as big as me) Wile E. Coyote wearing my fuzzy black cat suit. (Not to be confused, of course, with the catsuits I’ve made in subsequent years.) (more…)

November 2, 2010

book book book

Filed under: books! — *aly* @ 5:49 pm

3 more… (and yes, I’m sure I’m forgetting some…)

The Sun Also Rises – protagonist(s) exist (rather dashingly) in a world that seems to have little bearing on reality (where oh where do they get the money to live? and DRINK quite that much?)

Babbitt – protagonist exists in a world that seems to have little bearing on reality (social climbing hypocrisy hilarity e.g.) also, copious amounts of alcohol for prohibition; plot closely follows the ups and downs of protagonist’s social climbing/falling; all about community and invented social ties

In the Land of Invented Languages – all about community and how language shapes it and creates social ties