Procrastination

I am procrastinator.

Web boppin’

Jeremy Evans

 

Redamancy: (noun) The act of loving in return

David Quay

 

The Rabbit

So friggin’ cute! I love rabbits, had to post it.

 

 

Blast from the past

Turn Off. Tune In.

Facebook Page

The Facebook page is up and running with links to images for sticker templates (available here on the TAGS page in PDF format – for cleaner images). I am posting more color templates for your tagging pleasure, letting you choose what colors you want. There are some information on things to do without your technology and things you should know how to do, along with events that will be posted as they come. Suggestions encouraged! Tag it up!

Color Variations:

My final four. The colors are slightly off compared to the printed versions. Printing and application were successful.

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Turn Off. Tune In.

Design Brief:

To encourage people to turn off their electronic devices and tune in to the physical world and the moment in which they are living.

This will be accomplished by targeting people on using their cell phones, iPods or other electronic devices. I will video myself (although, I might need a sidekick hiding with the video camera in the bushes) and bump into people who aren’t paying attention to their surroundings, engulfed in technology. As I bump into them I will stealthy tag them/their bags with stickers reading “TURN OFF. TUNE IN.” Physically interrupting their behavior of tuning out. Assuming the stickers won’t fall off with the hustle of everyday life, the “victim” will more than likely notice the sticker, wondering where it came from. – provoking the thought. There will be a link to a Facebook page with information and events.

Turn Off. Tune In.

Prototyping:

Progress Report #3

Here is a rework of the previous ones. Just slight variation of the previous photos posted. I added the tentative Facebook page. I combined the drop shadowed button (Below: Right) and place it on an all black background (Below: left). I think this is the one I may be going with. I’ve tried playing with the color green on “Tune In” but the red against the green is not a good combination. Any suggestions?

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Digitally Addicted

NYT: Growing Up Digital, Wired for Distraction

This article is perfect for my final project topic – being digitally distracted. The article discusses how kids choose their computers and other digital devices over books and their school work. Procrastinating with technology which is leading to a drop in grades. Matt Richtel gives an example of turning to the internet to get a overview of a book instead of actually reading the book.

On YouTube, “you can get a whole story in six minutes,” he explains. “A book takes so long. I prefer the immediate gratification.” Students have always faced distractions and time-wasters. But computers and cellphones, and the constant stream of stimuli they offer, pose a profound new challenge to focusing and learning.

Obviously technology can be a great distraction (I find myself being distracted by it as well when I should be working) but it can also help students. The article shows an example of a student at Woodside High School in California; the teachers recognize this student as one of the brightest and he is technologically savvy – helping parents with navigating their digital tools, sharing numerous links and videos via Facebook and recently found an interest & skill in film making, but his grades are not so hot.

Last semester, his grade point average was 2.3 after a D-plus in English and an F in Algebra II. He got an A in film critique. “He’s a kid caught between two worlds,” said Mr. Reilly — one that is virtual and one with real-life demands.

The article also gives examples of different students to show how technology can hinder a students preformace. Another example was a female student who sent 27,000 text messages in a month (holy crap that a lot of text messages!). This student often will start homework and become distracted by her phone and end up forgetting to finish her homework.

Students have a choice whether to procrastinate on their computers or finish their school work. Parents at a particular point should monitor their children but as our technology advances if they don’t stay on top of current conditions they will fall behind. When these students get to college they are on their own – they need to learn time management or they won’t succeed.

This is my point for the project. Technology is great – I love it. But there needs to be a line drawn, remember you live in a tangible world – don’t forget it! Yes, I agree, technology can make life easier and faster (instant gratification) – I love that I can have all my emails on my phone, update my Facebook status or upload a picture with a couple taps of my finger. But we are getting lost in it. As I’ve walked around campus I’ve noticed that we’ve become digital drones, walking from class to class with our heads down totally focused on our phones or other digital devices. Don’t forget our palpable world – enjoy it!

NYT: Pardon Bid for Jim Morrison Relights Old Fires

Next month the governor of Florida, Charlie Crist is will submit Morrison’s name to the state clemency board. Crist, a former Republican now Independent (hmp!) who lost this years election, will forfeit his seat in January.

It started in ’69 when The Doors played in Miami’s Dinner Key Auditorium.

If you want a full report on the back-story read this.

After the events at the Dinner Key Auditorium those outraged by Morrison’s behavior demanded the police to do something, believing Morrison was corrupting their youth’s behavior and promoting a riot. There was a total of six warrants issued to Jim Morrison. One felony of lewd and lascivious behavior, two counts of public profanity, two counts of indecent exposure, and one count for public drunkenness. Of course the media (once again) played a major role in how the whole incident played out.

The jury in Morrison’s trial was apparently rigged, removing anyone from the jury who showed the slightest hint of sympathy for Morrison. Those who were at the concert that night couldn’t tell the court what they actually saw on stage that night.

Some argue that Morrison was not tried by a jury of his peers (given that his jurors were all older than 40); that the verdict, which found him not guilty of drunkenness but guilty of acts resulting from it, was contradictory; and that none of the photographs submitted as evidence could definitively show he had exposed himself. (NYT)

Morrison was convicted only of two misdemeanors: indecent exposure  and profanity. He died only four months later in Pairs before being able to appeal his convictions (although some believe he may still be alive…).

David Itzkoff, writing for the NYT, states:

For those on the other side, the passion has dimmed, but a sour taste lingers. The anger that once brought them to the barricades has dulled to an impatient pique at the notion that the fate of a dead rock star still commands attention 40 years later. (NYT)

I hope his names does get cleared. The law enforcement/courts were wrong and a correction to their error should be rectified. Not just for Jim but for the image American made him into – which he taunted to the public.