There's plenty of stuff I want/need to talk about, but I'm going to try to space it out over the course of a few days/posts to avoid being ridiculously overwhelming. You know, more than usual.
Thing the first: I have graduated from NYU. I am now a Master. This is weird, since I don't feel any different, but that's probably how such things usually go. I'm pretty happy with my thesis project, at least as a 'still-a-work-in-progress' piece. The eight months of my life that it absolutely consumed were clearly not enough for me to even begin to get a handle on some of the deeper issues involved, but I'm pleased nonetheless.
If any of you find yourselves with twenty minutes to spare and a hankering to hear me talk about social network fragmentation and its negative impact on our ability to maintain social ties with the people we care about, well, here's the presentation in its entirety, including the Q&A at the end...( Embedded video behind the cutCollapse )
And with thesis (and school) done, I've found that I have time to work on personal projects. And two leap forward as things I really want to work on. The first is WatchWithMe. Because I love watching things, and I love watching them in groups even more. I've still got somewhat working beta code, so if people want to help me test stuff, let me know. There's a lot of work to do, but I'm excited nonetheless.
The second project is one I've been kicking around since I moved to NYC. Bookshelves. One of the things I hate most about moving is moving my books. Now, I have these very convenient folding bookshelves, so they're easy to move around and pack and stuff, but pulling all the books from my shelves, then moving, then putting all the books back is a huge pain. And it's a pain that scales upward rapidly with the size of your library. And that means, for me, bad things. So I'm working on designing a set of bookshelves in which each shelf is an individual unit that stacks on the others, and in which each shelf doubles as a storage box for the books in question. So next time I move I can just take my bookshelves apart and magically have boxes filled with books in exactly the order I had them in when they were shelves. And when I get to the new place I can just stack them back together into shelves.
Turns out that designing weird furniture is harder than one might assume on first glance. So if anyone's got tips/pointers for this... I'm totally listening.
And now to find a job,