Since my move to Umeå, Sweden at the beginning of the month I have developed a close relationship with the city’s bus system. Although I have used public transportation many times before, especially when traveling, relying on it exclusively for getting around in my daily life is a new experience for me as I am … Continue reading Buses and wifi-mediated experience
I have been listening to music through Spotify pretty much constantly since the service became available in the US. I love it because of the fact that it provides the music lover’s dream of immediate and free (or cheap) access to a good share of the music that’s out there. With my Spotify account connected … Continue reading Presence and activity in Spotify, and how it just became lonelier
This post was also cross posted on the Social Informatics Blog. In the New York Times today there is an article about Google X, the top-secret lab for big ideas at Google. According to the article, the future being imagined here is “a place where your refrigerator could be connected to the Internet, so it could order groceries when … Continue reading Imagining digital futures, or, What is it about refrigerators ordering groceries?
A few days ago I read Pieter Tijmes’ excellent chapter on Albert Borgmann’s philosophy of technology in the book American Philosophy of Technology: The Empirical Turn, before getting sucked into NPR Music’s equally (although differently) excellent live stream of concerts in their showcase at the South By Southwest (SXSW) conference. That juxtoposition got me thinking … Continue reading NPR, SXSW, and the nature of (digital) experience
For the last class of HCI seminar Marty Siegel asked us to draw a picture of our research and explain it in one page. So I tried to illustrate and talk about what I mean by design ripples. Here is my attempt: Design Ripples, Illustrated (I don’t know why I couldn’t get this to show … Continue reading Design Ripples, Illustrated Edition
I just saw this image at the PostSecret community art project site and thought it was an interesting commentary on the social dimensions of technology.
I’ve always been opinionated. But recently I’ve been noticing that technology is giving me more ways than ever to express my opinionated self, and maybe even encouraging me to be more opinionated than I would be otherwise. Case in point: Pandora. I love Pandora. One of the things I like the most is that I … Continue reading Hyper-opinionated
Disclaimer: I just posted this on my old blog at heatherwiltse.com, but am duplicating it here so this new blog won’t look so bare and empty! I just listened to the 2008 year in review episode of the NPR All Songs Considered podcast, and was intrigued by a reference that the commentators made to technology … Continue reading Technical / musical synergy