It took us 120 minutes to walk/draw the F1 track in east Austin, the underdeveloped area of the city and formerly segregated zone for African Americans and Latino/Hispanics (mostly Mexicans). In contrast, the wining race car did 56 laps in 90 minutes in the the F1 Austin Circuit of Americas track in November 2012.
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Media practitioners and theorists have sustained for many years a debate between the analytical/critical and the technical/practical approach to teaching media education. Because traditionally, production and analysis have been understood in opposition, there are many tensions between the two approaches to media education’ curriculum design. Even though in research articles, policy documents, and books, media education aims have started to acknowledge both analysis and production, in reality the two approaches remain separated and in conflict. There are several tensions among them due to their different conceptions of student agency, their different academic status, and their different epistemological supports.
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One week ago I was back in Cambridge for the Media in Transition conference at MIT. Returning to the constellation of cities that compose the metropolitan area of Boston is always great. I enjoy a lot the kind of conversations, encounters, and trajectories I can have there. It is an excellent place for net-weaving, for discovering, asking questions, and learning. It triggers my curiosity. During this visit I spent a few hours walking the underground system of tunnels that connects the buildings of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. I took many pictures as in a photo essay style. Or more exactly, as in a film style because I took hundreds of pictures. I will share some of them in this post. But before I do that, let me introduce the underground system of tunnels with a map. This system, reflects the interdisciplinary of this school, the interconnections of areas of knowledge. The underground architecture indeed reflects the freedom of linking that one can experiment there. I miss such power of connectivity, networking, and flow of information.
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dada fruits of the spirit
random number generator
entering scientific notation in quest
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Typecasting is a hybrid media format for publishing content on the web, especially in blogs. To typecast means to post an image of a text that has been written using a typewriter machine. The image could be scanned or photographed and appears embedded in a webpage as the body of text of a blog entry. Hence, the typecast is a combination of website with digital text such as title and time stamp, and a digital image of an analogue typed page. The sort of remediation that occurs in the practice of typecasting is curious and surprising. A growing community of typewriter machine collectors are engaging themselves in this kind of format and an emerging “typosphere” seems to be emerging. The content of the format is diverse. For instance, some of the typecasts just refer to the qualities of the machines, such as this text that appeared at the Manual Entry blog on April 21, 2013 and that talked about an Adler special machine:
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This morning, Maria Jose told us an story that was quite cartoonish and has the potential of becoming an urban legend. She said that yesterday, after having lunch in the house of one of his professors in the Hyde Park neighborhood, she found a raccoon inside the engine of his car. She said that she wanted to see why the engine of her car was making noises and decided to open the engine compartment. When she opened she found a raccoon next to the engine, she looked at the its eyes and both got scared. The raccoon hided on the back of the engine. She tried to scare the animal using a long stick and also spilled water over the engine. However, she couldn’t make it leave the compartment of the car and she had to drive with the raccoon inside.
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