Posts Tagged ‘technology’


We (humans) make things happen.

I know people who actually believe that the infrastructure (computers, and cool tools/ gadgets) in their institution is more important than their people. So, they invest in infrastructure instead of ideas.

In academia, without people who have ideas to innovatively use your infrastructure, you have a slowly dying (or dead) institution that looks good on the outside, but that might be decaying on the inside.

People with ideas are the ones who design systems, tools, and technologies. While your infrastructure stays, those people with ideas will go. I worry about any institution that invests in its infrastructure before its ideas.

People with ideas win grants to break rules, they take us to places we never dreamt possible, and develop cures for diseases. I have never once seen a machine win a Nobel Prize. As far as I know, people do. Academia is about knowledge production, and that’s what humans are able to do.

I believe in ideas before infrastructure. With your ideas we can get infrastructure, and do ground-breaking work. With the presence of infrastructure and an absence of people with ideas to run them, you are alone with your toys, and no one to play with.

One a Day (OAD)!

Ok… so from today I try to stick to my plan to document my day, and stick to choosing ONE photo. Just one. This will be challenging. What do I do if nothing exciting happens during my day? What if I have too many exciting things? let’s see how I deal with this. Maybe this constraint will lead to a creative solution or experiment..


This semester I am TA-ing (Teaching Assistant) for Gediminas Urbonas in his Introduction to Visual Arts in ACT (Art, Culture & Technology) class. My role is to handle the logistics of the class, allowing teh faculty member and students to focus on the content of the course. It includes preparing discussions and Psets (assignments) at times, marketing and publicizing lectures, arranging training of students, and so much more. ACT is a pretty cool Department… the admin staff rocks! So, today was my first day TA-ing this class. I had to come early to prepare the class, which is held in the CUBE this semester. Today Debbie Douglas, a curator at the MIT Museum and Patricia Reed, artist/ philosopher.

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