Connecting Curious Dots

On the intersection of technology, culture, and everyday life: My semi-updated space to collect and link my thoughts about interesting things I spot.

Moving Blogs

In the midst of attempting to port over all my historical posts since 2005 from connectingthedots.typepad.com to here. Hopefully the move will be a success.  If so, there should be posts … Continue reading

September 18, 2012 · Leave a comment

“Occupy” Wall Street

As with most recent scaled protests, Occupy Wall Street has a virtual presence. The simple wearethe99percent tumblr highlights and aggregates stories of individuals in the movement.  Moving beyond story sharing, some … Continue reading

October 29, 2011 · Leave a comment

Digitally Mediated Snail Mail

 A few months ago, I tried a snail mail to email experiment.  It stemmed from a backyard bbq conversation on how with cell phone texts, email was becoming snail mail, … Continue reading

October 20, 2011 · Leave a comment

Websites Missing Steve Jobs

Huge corporate websites rarely feel human and emotional, nor aware of other corporations. Steve Jobs inspired the landing pages of Apple and Google to momentarily feel so.  Google linking directly to … Continue reading

October 6, 2011 · Leave a comment

Digital Meets Physical Mashups: New Dawn of Sharing

  After a long posting hiatus, semi-back.  To paraphrase Bre Pattis, “You need to have more than one parent for your digital designs.”  I was happily surprised when a series … Continue reading

September 19, 2011 · Leave a comment

Fabricating Ourselves

When 3D printing meets Kinect meets humans’ love for Polaroid portraits, we witness how Insta-selves could be a future common crowdpleaser. With custom software developed using openKinect and openFrameworks, Be Your Own Souvenir by … Continue reading

May 10, 2011 · Leave a comment

Paths Making Sounds

Walkers, subway riders, and drivers often listen to songs as the soundtrack to their journey.  Wonder what it would sound like if my commute actually made music for me — … Continue reading

February 4, 2011 · Leave a comment

Pulse of the Nation and Hackability

Delayed hearting of this time lapse video of Twitter data visualizations.  The dynamic “pulse of the nation” was generated from mood coding over 300 million tweets collected over three years, … Continue reading

December 30, 2010 · Leave a comment

Mashup Breakdown

Unlike some of my musical friends, I'm horrible at identifying specific samples from songs.  At least for Girl Talk's All Day (372 song samples), I can look at Mashup Breakdown. … Continue reading

December 19, 2010 · Leave a comment

Tableau: Wanting Digital to Be Physical (and Rustically Hip)

Tableau is a nightstand that bridges the physical and digital.  It drops photos it sees from its Twitter feed into its drawer for its owner. Similarly, images placed in its … Continue reading

December 19, 2010 · Leave a comment