Archives for category: Wisdom

When something is new and hard and bright, there ought to be something a little better for it than just being safe, since the safe things are just the things that folks have been doing so long they have worn the edges off and there’s nothing to the doing of them that leaves a man to say, That was not done before and it cannot be done again.

– William Faulkner, As I Lay Dying

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Near RIC enroute to Cville w/NJ.

(Mis)attributed to Aristotle, care of HCTP = Henrico County Tea Party.


“What’s going on?

What are you doing?

How are you living in this world if you don’t know what’s going on?”



The Transduction Team engaged in discussion at a project lab session today, practicing how we can analyze topics through the themes of signals/energies, interactive media, and human interfaces.

Transduction Analysis

Provisional thoughts:

  • It’s complicated.
  • Everything is connected to everything.
  • It’s tough to classify.  A given thing can be a signal, interactive medium and a human interface.
  • It is important to pick a process or system that is reasonably specific with regard to conditions and spatial andtemporal scales, and build up complexity gradually over time. Otherwise, it can become an overwhelming, if not impossible task.
  • It is maybe easiest to pick a particular variable (time, energy, etc) and keep that constant or the focus throughout the analysis.
  • So far, we have mostly been mapping linear processes. A goes to B goes to C and so on.  What about feedback?  What about things that branch out and mutually affect each other?
  • Maybe the categories need revision. They aren’t three parallel, clearly demarcated themes of equal weighting.  Perhaps it makes sense to start with signals and interactive media and consider what is connected to what.  Human is simply a subset or category within media. There can be other kinds of interfaces, besides human interfaces (Note: In the original scheme, interfaces was not qualified with humans to privilege humans, but rather to draw attention to ways that we affect and are affected by processes, to roles, responsibilities, and intentions, even unintended consequences, to individual, social and cultural dimensions. While awareness of human involvement and impacts is central to some fields (e.g. social sciences, creative arts), it is often downplayed or ignored in others (e.g. science).

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