Is everything hackable? Yeah, I think so. Does hacking known problematic student administration-style services and ‘wicked problems’ potentially lead to better teaching and learning outcomes and experience for students, staff and the university? Could it be done in 36 hours? That’s the answer I wanted to find out when I attended Monash University’s HackMon.
I built a ledge to create my own skate spot. A spot that’s far away from the broken beer bottles, empty pizza boxes, assorted rubbish, blood, weirdos, police tape and everything else that gets in the way of skating the local council skate parks.
I’m not sure how long my ledge will last, but I’m going to enjoy it for as long as I can.
A project at work required video footage of a series of veterinary surgical procedures to be recorded for inclusion in an online resource. The project did not have resources (DSLR and personnel) to record the series of surgical procedures nor does the relatively small operating theatre permit an additional non-surgical staff member to occupy the theatre.
With these constraints in mind, I designed and assembled a camera rig from a number of different pieces of hardware to support a Flip MinoHD digital video camera (found in the back of an old storage cupboard) that could be used to record each procedure. The simple nature of the Flip video camera means that any member of surgical team can start the recording prior to the commencement of the surgery without having to consider the possible complication of operating a semi-professional video camera or DSLR. The light-weight and unobtrusive nature of the Flip also allows the camera to be fitted to the arm of the surgical light. A perfect place to capture a bird’s-eye view of the surgical procedure.
“What we plan for the use of something is not necessarily how people will use it and we don’t necessarily dictate how they use it. We open it up and we hope for the best and a lot of the times we are surprised.”
What surprised me the most was that someone wanted to use to my photograph at all, let alone for a for a completely different purpose. It’s likely the friendly request to use my photograph by the co-author of the book would not have occurred if I had not been sharing my work out in the open. Sharing this way allowed my photograph to be easily discovered by others and helped to create what Alan Levine calls a potential energy for happy accidents to happen.
The Softain Biopsy* is a medical procedure involving the sampling of diseased human cells or tissues for examination, repair, duplication and then re-insertion back into the patient.
What isn’t known is how Dr Sigmeund Softain manages to repair the diseased human cells. Well, earlier this week I had the privilege of spending time with Dr Sigmeund Softain in his lab. During this time I managed to find out out more about Dr Softain’s cell repair technology. “You see, it’s all rather simple” Dr Softain told me. “I use a rare species of spider that lives in a citrus tree common to suburban Australia to repair and then harvest diseased blood and human cells.”
*Dr Sigmeund Softain is currently undergoing an investigation from the Australian Future Medical Procedure Organisation (AFMPO) and has had his practise license withdrawn.
Visual Assignment 340: Splash the colour
Color splash is a technique to emphasize details- you remove all color from a photo, and then restore original color to a single object, e.g. a green apple on a table. Think of the Girl in the red dress from Schindler’s List.
You can do this in a number of ways with photo editing software or using mobile apps. The answer lies in the Google.
The Softain Biopsy is a medical procedure performed by specialist surgeon Dr Sigmeund Softain involving sampling of diseased human cells or tissues for examination, repair, duplication and then re-insertion back into the patient.
Include a screenshot of a word pair from a reCapctha (or heck right at the bottom of this assignment submission form) in an illustration or visual mashup that shows what the words might mean. Use your imagination to create something meaningful out of the random words. When you write it up, provide some narrative that puts the image in context.
My exploration of how we learn and how we design and develop stuff that helps us learn.