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to do list…aaaaaahhhhh!

projects: for convention center must be done by may 10, for presentation must be done by may 13

  • 34 years: format and production is designed, working on contents
  • river video: reworking
  • city video: reworking

grand finale:

  • thesis writing: abstract should be drafted by tonight, outline complete, working on other writing
  • thesis book: size and typeface are decided, working on layout
  • thesis presentation: (will be based on book)

reading

I am busy working on my abstract, thesis essay, and thesis book, but also wanted to put some projects to rest as well. Here is the final version of the book which features the quote by Blaise Pascal: “When we read too fast or too slowly, we understand nothing.” Above are spreads from the “slow” read, and below is a video of the “fast” read.

a lifetime

this is the updated version of the “100 years” project…instead of the arbitrary span of 100 years, i have made it truly about a lifetime, using my predicted life span as the material. i feel like this is a much clearer manifestation of my intentions.

the more things stay the same

lucy is staying with dan in nyc currently. he sent me this photo he took of her today (april 23, 2009):

(april 23, 2009)

which made me think immediately of this photo from february 12, 2008 which is at my desk:

sequence

Events in our lives happen in a sequence in time, but in their significance to ourselves, they find their own order—the continuous thread of revelation. –Eudora Welty

I decided to make a quick project inspired by this quote… but in the process began to wonder if the format I started with was the right one for the job.

Format 1: (imagine that this is has a horizontal spiral bind, so that the “pages” can move freely to form photo collages…) The way I have arranged the text, it doesn’t matter which photos are chosen for the composition… it will always find its own order.

Format 2: I was just about to take the book to be spiral bound at the print shop, but then realized that maybe the project could work as a set of cards that could be arranged as the user pleased.

PRO: The user would be able to find the meaning of the quote figuring out the proper arrangement. Through rearranging sequence, the significance would be revealed little by little.

CON: The quote doesn’t find its own order.

With this idea, the text could be placed in the same location on each card. The cards could even be horizontal for an easier read of the text.

box set of life

(image from: moleskinerie.com)

this is probably the last of my thesis projects before i turn my attention completely to my thesis book and presentation…

basically, it is a box a set of books about my life so far. it takes a visual cue from the 100 years project, in that all the content is dates… how the dates are divided or filtered depends on the book… right now i am deciding between two formats…

format #1: all pages are the same size; all books have the same number of pages, but the information which is not pertinent to that particular book is replaced with a blank space. PRO: all books are uniform from the outside in terms of size, and it’s a surprise to look inside. CON: from the outside of the collection, it appears that each book contains equal information and weight/volume of importance.

format #2: all pages are the same size; the number of pages is determined by the number of pertinent dates. PRO: it allows for a quick-read of information, from the outside of the collection. CON: if a particular book has very few (or one) date, it looks awkward with other books that are perfect bound.

limited editions, available now

saving daylight

When Benjamin Franklin first suggested Daylight Saving Time in 1784, the point was to help us get more sunlight out of a day in the winter months. Proponents of DST claim that it saves energy due to reduction of  artificial light needed during the evening hours, but not everyone uses DST—for instance, Arizona stays on standard time all year round, as do many countries. For those of us who do not depend on sunlight for our daily work, DST now basically boils down to having one extra hour of sleep in the fall and one less hour in the spring. This morning, as I groggily pulled myself out of bed to make breakfast and walk my dog, I thought about how missing an hour was particularly annoying in the context of the thesis crunch. Then I got distracted online and two hours later realized I really needed to get to work.

The weather today is glorious for early March. About 60 degrees, sunny. To commemorate the occasion I took some photos and made these simple posters. I thought about making a list of what I could do with my “saved” hour, eight months from now on November 1. Based on what I know now, I will likely be in Chicago and hopefully enjoying a weekend off from work. Likely, I will just use the hour as an excuse to sleep in, which is not necessarily a bad use of time. Just for fun, I pondered the absurdity of proposing that we take the saved hour and spread it out over the remaining 364 days of the year—we are, after all, always mumbling about how we do not have enough time. Imagine an extra 9.89 seconds added to each of those remaining days. If you were a world class sprinter, you could run 100 meters in that time—a silver medal effort at the last Olympics. For the rest of us, 9.89 seconds could provide time for an extra kiss or “I love you” from a significant other. Or not missing that green light on the way to the market.  Or, for those who would still spend it sleeping, finishing a dream.

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dognapped.

During wintersession, I made a small booklet out of a series of photos I had taken over the years of a certain napping dog. The format was not the right one, so I put it aside and worked on some other projects. Recently I decided to try the project with a different media.

You can view this project here.

Here is another version.