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VNoel-Thesis submission

Photo taken with theses before handing them over to the Department of Architecture here at MIT

It’s been soooo long! A lot has happened… and it’s been moving very quickly so hold on tight.. 😉

1. I submitted my Masters Thesis to MIT!!!!

My thesis was entitled “Trinidad Carnival: Improving Design through Computation and Digital Technology”. In it I argued that computation could contribute to design in the Trinidad Carnival by (1) addressing the dying art of wire bending, (2) improving design, and (3) fostering a more inclusive design process. The Carnival of Trinidad has spawned more than 70 carnivals globally. It is the most copied, yet most understudied carnival in the world. My thesis fills a gap in current literature by taking a computational and design perspective to this phenomenon.

2. While writing my thesis, I was simultaneously a Program Assistant for MIT’s Summer Research Program. This was so rewarding words can’t describe! I miss my interns.

3. I said “see you later” and spent time with some of my many favorite friends, family, and professors. Here’s one of the coolest cats I know, Marty Demaine. See you soon Marty!

marty demaine

4. I bid MIT farewell…Well done MIT, well done! You made me drink water from a fire hose… but it has shaped me into what I am 2 years later..

MIT

So my summer thus far has been filled with accomplishments, rewarding activities, and last but my no means least, I left the US to return to Singapore!!! I arrived a few days ago, so… stay tuned for more!

TI

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THESIS!!!!

Looking for designers to interview…

So.. I have been working on fleshing out my thesis proposal this semester… It’s quite an exercise which makes you think in squares, circles, and triangles. From choosing your thesis advisor and readers, to deciding on your topic, what you want to focus on now, for the next few years, what you want to do after your studies, what you want to do for the rest of your life, if you want to go into academia, the industry, whether you want to save the world, and if you have the time to do want you want… and the truth is, there will never be enough time.. I have to keep reminding myself that I should focus on “the” specific problem I am trying to solve and be clear on my contribution. I cannot save the world with one thesis…

My thesis proposal is due less than 4 weeks. My particular interest is in Design & Computation as it relates to culture and wearables/ architecture of the body –  I am working on the exact term that succinctly describes my proposed work.. There is much for me to flesh out, it is a work in progress. The context in which I would like to apply my research is in the design and production of “wearables” such as costumes and dancing mobiles. My specific context will be that of Carnival, Trinidad Carnival to be exact. This will be my specific context or case study.

Are there any designers in the costume/ fashion/ wearable industry who would like to be interviewed? I have a keen interest in the intersection between design, computation, and fabrication as it relates to Carnival. If you would like to be interviewed, or know of a designer – that person can be a fashion designer, a designer of wearables as artistic, social, or cultural objects, or designers in the Carnival industry – please contact me. I would love to interview you.

Wire-benders, costume designers and makers, those in the computational and wearable industry, etc… Contact me.

You can email me at: vernelle.noel@gmail.com or thinkinginsomniac@gmail.com

Have a GREAT week all!!!

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Visual Recipe - Corn Soup

Today’s Visual Recipe is a Trinbagonian favorite, Corn Soup. It’s a bit cold where I am… probably going to rain today too.. so enjoy this if you can.. mail some for me if you can ;-). Click here to see my Visual Journal of yesterday.


Things happen for a reason

HAPPY FRIDAY!!!!

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Visual Recipe - Gulab Jamun

Today’s Visual Recipe is Gulab Jamun, courtesy Cuisinecuisine.com. Gulab Jamun is a popular dessert in countries of the Indian Subcontinent. The term gulab jamun comes from Persian, gulab, “rose” referring to the rosewater-scented syrup, and Hindustani jamun (Wikipedia).

In Trinidad we have gulab jamun which is quite different from the gulab jamun in India. Today I will highlight the gulab jamun from India. Sweets are a big thing in India; they are given as gifts during religious and other celebrations such as weddings, thank you tokens, and just a snack. Everyone has sweets at home. When I say sweets, I do not mean candy, I mean sweet desserts. I grew up eating the Trini version of gulab jamun and when I got to India and saw gulab jamun that looked very different I had to have it.

My housemates LOVED sweets. We never went out without returning with sweets for the home, after having a few along the way. The soft, moist little balls which are so succulent from soaking in that tasty syrup are a hit. I enjoy eating gulab jamun warm, with ice cream. The warm and cold serves for an explosion of flavors, textures, tastes, and pure pleasure on your tongue. Some of my favorite restaurants for gulab jamun in Ahmedabad are Rajwadu, Mirch Masala, Curries, and The Chocolatery.

Note: For some gulab jamun recipes, some use flour and others use pancake mix. My housemate and I tried the pancake mix, and it was just as good.

This weekend is Holi (Phagwa), and I would like to wish all a great Holi! Shubh Holi and have fun!!!

HAPPY FRIDAY!!!

Links to Gulab Jamun recipes:

Cuisinecuisine.com>>

indianfoodforever.com >>

mysweetsguide.com >>

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Visual Recipe - Guinness Punch

Today’s Visual Recipe is Guinness Punch, courtesy Supercocktails.com. I do not know of the origin of Guinness Punch, but it is a well known drink in the Caribbean. Seems we make delicious drinks out of anything we get our hands on (peanut punch, ponche a creme). You can also add a little white rum to your Punch if you choose. For those who worked hard all week, enjoyed Mardi Gras, or Carnival like citizens and visitors to Trinidad & Tobago did… go home, or to your favorite restaurant when your workday ends, and order a Guinness Punch. Reminisce about the wonderful week gone by, and the great weekend coming. If you get one, let me know.

THANK GUINNESS IT’S FRIDAY!!!

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More links to Guinness recipes:

drinksmixer.com

Caribbean Food Emporium

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Visual Recipe, Corn Soup, thinking insomniac, vernelle noel

Visual Recipe - Corn Soup

Today’s Visual Recipe is Corn Soup, courtesy Food.com. It is now the Carnival Season in Trinidad and Tobago, with Monday and Tuesday the BIG days (more so on Tuesday). Corn soup is a real “lime” food. A “lime” to Trinis mean to hang out, or veg, or relax with your friends. So when you “liming” (pronounced lime-ing) this Carnival… be sure to get some corn soup. The Queens’ Park Savannah is going to have many vendors selling their style or different signatures of corn soup. They usually give it you in a styrotex cup. Careful…doh burn yuhself. It does be HOT! (went to my Trini tongue there).  So while you crossing the stage, chippin’ and winin’ with your corn soup in hand, remember how great life is and just ENJOY!!! Mmmmm…Delish! To those who are not able to come to Carnival this year…see you next year!!!

HAPPY CARNIVAL!!!!

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Carnival 2010

Carnival 2010

Carnival 2010

Carnival 2010

Photos courtesy: Architecture Caribbean

Link to Corn Soup>>>

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