Archive | February, 2011

Notes from prototyping

23 Feb

In regards to posts on the we met at starbucks site:

play out the performance aspects more:
through live date twittering and video posts

as far as site categorization/organization:
make the whole interface easier to navigate and consider a tab for each date or nicknames (which has become more and more appealing) as a system for tagging each guy

Noelis suggested that each week I pick a time to step back and comment on my posts as a way to emphasize the depth of self-reflection taking place throughout my dating experiences online and off

Compatibility Quiz

22 Feb

these triplets are amazing and inspiring! i especially like this photograph titled “compatibility quiz” because it reminds me of the different characters/personas/idenities i have explored and dealt with throughout my thesis process.
recently on view at the wonderful DODGEgallery

Marcel Dzama – the blurring of reality and fiction

22 Feb

Behind Every Curtain
February 17 – March 19, 2011
Book signing with the artist: Saturday, March 5, 4 – 6 PM
“scapegoatism and resurrection blend with the timeless idea of rivalry represented by the game, and distinctions
between reality and fiction ultimately become blurred as both costumed and “real-life” characters in the film
are killed”

Happy Valentine’s Day to Kinky Brooklyn

14 Feb

New York Sex Heat Map: ‘The Deeper Into Brooklyn You Go, the Kinkier People Get’
Just in time for Valentine’s Day, OkCupid, the personals site formed by a foursome of Harvard mathematicians, generously lent Intel its number-crunching nerds to break down New York neighborhoods by attractiveness, interest in sex, kinkiness, and selectivity — zip code by zip code. C’mon, singletons, you didn’t really think we’d leave you to fend for yourself, did you?\

emails, privacy, and generative art

13 Feb

While contemplating how to display my online dating journey for the final exhibit, I came across Sergio Albiac’s artistic visualizations of his private emails. more images here

“The text of received emails is transformed into atmospheric landscapes. Words are pseudo randomly placed with varied sizes and then rendered as moody misty lands and waters.

Reflections on connections between words and images, as well as the secrecy of private live.”
Your Word is my Landscape

thesis paper intro and revised project statement

7 Feb

Thesis Intro
Revised Project Statement

even more revised:
revised intro
revisions that also include methodology and precedents

MARKETING and online dating

6 Feb

too true.
why you should never pay for internet dating
(thanks olgu!)

they met at starbucks

5 Feb

from april athena’s blog
“6. Justin and I met online. Really? Yes, we sure did! I won’t get into too much detail, but it wasn’t really on purpose, but it just happened and I’m so happy we met. We’ve been together for almost 4 years now and we’ll be getting married in August 2011 and he is absolutely the nicest, sweetest, funniest person I have ever met and he is honestly my best friend. Also, his family both his mom and dad’s side are so loving and kind!!! I don’t think we would have met otherwise. We didn’t have mutual friends and we weren’t from the same area. We talked for a long time, then we met at Starbucks. We dated for 3 months and then he asked me to be his girlfriend. I didn’t even give him a kiss on the lips until our 5th month together. Being hard to get really does work wonders. I’ve read many relationship books and men honestly do like the “chase”. Even though times have changed, women still should remain classy, well that’s my opinion. These are books I’ve read and I honestly found the advice to be honest and valuable: The Rules: Time Tested Secrets for Capturing the Heart of Mr. Right, The Rules II: More Rules to Live and Love by, He’s Just Not That Into You, He’s Just Not That Info You” Your Daily Wake-up Call. I love relationship books and many self help books. I feel that relationships are important and if there is anyway I can improve as a partner I will definitely learn, but I think I’m pretty nice already. Hehehe! Also, for about a semester in college I really thought I wanted to become a marriage family therapist, but decided it wasn’t for me. By the way, there are other books I have not read, but definitely plan to. I really want to read Steve Harvey’s Act Like a Lady Think Like a Man and The Rules for Marriage: Time Tested Secrets for Making Your Marriage Work. ”

yargh find your first matey

2 Feb

why settle for a car when you can be raped, chopped to bits and then thrown off a boat? just sayin…
another dating site option for when Match and eHarmony are up – thanks justin.

3rd Ward discount for

2 Feb

Match and eHarmony are up in 2 weeks and I’m ready for something different! This could be fun and much more suitable for my short attention span :p