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whitney trettien on Twitter: "It continues to upset me how often I come across a digital humanities syllabus with all-but-0 women writers/thinkers/makers/educators."
“It continues to upset me how often I come across a digital humanities syllabus with all-but-0 women writers/thinkers/makers/educators.”

“@whitneytrettien Thank you Whitney. I finally understand why this word "maker" is so important to people.”

“@whitneytrettien By using "Maker" instead of builder, mechanic, tinkerer, fabricator, etc...”

“@whitneytrettien One implies the sort of meta-awareness of the activity (and accompanying prestige) that we associate with...”

“@whitneytrettien that we associate with writers, artist, educators.”

“@whitneytrettien I've always known that "Maker" was a fantastically class-conscious term, but could never put my finger on why exactly.”

“@KellyPDillon @whitneytrettien @evalantsoght I wonder lately how to best combine these stories with courses on methods, too, you know?”

“@KellyPDillon @whitneytrettien @evalantsoght I mean, is the answer a separate course on Women in Comp? Or a module on comp hist in DH class?”

“@KellyPDillon @whitneytrettien @evalantsoght I mean, is the answer a separate course on Women in Comp? Or a module on comp hist in DH class?”

“@djp2025 @KellyPDillon @evalantsoght Historicize the methods and the making within/against other practices? "my mother was a computer," etc.”

“@whitneytrettien @KellyPDillon @evalantsoght Indeed, and exactly.”

“@whitneytrettien Guilty, apart from the literary texts I teach.”

“@briancroxall Which may be more problematic, no? Reinscription of the male gaze to dissect women writers. Not accusing, just musing.”

“@whitneytrettien It could be. My application of “theory” to our texts is pretty loose. +”

“@whitneytrettien It makes me wonder as well whether the idea of distant reading is a gendered gaze.”

“@briancroxall Me too -- definitely something I've been thinking about recently.”

“@briancroxall @whitneytrettien Can I interest you in an article on precisely that subject...”

“@briancroxall @whitneytrettien (forthcoming...) ”

“@ncecire Excellent -- when/where is it out? I look forward to reading it. @briancroxall”

“@whitneytrettien Oh, ha, would you look at that! Institutional repository at work. … @briancroxall”

“looks fantastic @ncecire's "Ways of Not Reading Gertrude Stein." ELH 82 (forthcoming 2015) ”**

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gender  makers  making  class  whitneytrettien  davidryan  2015  digitalhumanities  briancroxall  danielpowell  feminism  scholarship  academia  malegaze  genderedgaze  craft  thinking  education  tinkering  fabrication  mechanics  building  meta-awareness  art  writing  method  computation  computing  practice  nataliacecire 
february 2015 by robertogreco
Cerberus Motorcycles
"Bring in your own bike or jump on a project that we have already started, Cerberus Motorcycles will work with you to bring your dream to fruition. Vintage, Japanese motorcycles are our favorite, but we are able to work on a wide variety. We do body work, electrical, engines, frame modifications, brackets, seats, paint, supermoto wheel conversions,modern suspension and brake upgrades."
sandiego  openstudioproject  motorcycles  mechanics 
october 2013 by robertogreco
When Pushed, This Table Crawls Like a Huge Spider [Video] | Co.Design
"Further proof that robots rule and humans drool, now even your dining room table has a mind of its own. Through a complex mechanism of cranks and linkages based on a 19th century walking platform by Russian mathemetician Pafnuty Chebyshev, Wouter Scheublin’s Walking Table, shown here, creeps and crawls and clomps around your kitchen like a monstrous, galumphing insect. Ask a precocious high-school shop class to visualize The Metamorphosis, and you’ll get something approximating this.

Mind you, you have to push the thing along. So it’s not like it’s free to spiral wildly out of control and go on some kind of monstrous-galumphing-insect rampage or whatever. But to judge by the videos, it doesn’t need tons of help. Lookie here:"
furniture  tables  mechanics  theojansen  walkingtables  furniturelust  design 
march 2011 by robertogreco
shin egashira [via:]
"Shin Egashira is an artist/architect, Diploma Unit Master of the Architectural Association School of Architecture (, Founder/organizer of Koshirakura Landscape Workshop ("
architects  architecture  installation  japan  artist  photography  glvo  tcsnmy  greatartists  building  design  landscape  mechanics  classideas  shinegashira 
june 2010 by robertogreco
Bike blog: Can you fix it? Why cyclists need more bike mechanics | Environment | The Guardian
"Once upon a time it was plumbers. Now bike mechanics are in dismally short supply. So is it time to consider a change of career?"
bikes  biking  mechanics  repair  careers  shortage  maintenance  diy  edg  glvo  srg  repairing 
december 2009 by robertogreco
H. B. Industries Home Page
"Hi, I'm Bob Rowsell,

My company, H. B. Industries, specializes in beautiful Custom Motor Coach conversions and in the restoration of classic automobiles. Above are my own prize-winning 1950 Mercury and my Classic Coach. They show you the same level of care and attention to detail that your own coach, car or truck will enjoy here."
sandiego  cars  rvs  mechanics  customization  restoration 
november 2009 by robertogreco
File:Lockstitch.gif - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
How a sewing machine lockstitch works - ""most common mechanical stitch" on home machines; factory machines produce overlock stitch"
via:britta  sewing  sewingmachines  textiles  mechanics  kinetic  machines  movement  animation  glvo  srg  edg  tcsnmy  filetype:gif  media:image 
october 2009 by robertogreco
Imaginary Gadgets 0005: The fantastic machines of Leonardo | Beyond The Beyond
"He makes no effort to advance learning in general. If a project fails to find financing, he abandons it. In certain especially hasty sketches, he seems to be ridding himself of nagging ideas in order to free himself to turn his attention to something more mentally refreshing."
leonardodavinci  invention  renaissance  history  design  art  mechanics  tcsnmy  creativity  machines  tinkering  thinking  failure  learning 
july 2009 by robertogreco
Book Review - 'Shop Class as Soulcraft - An Inquiry Into the Value of Work,' by Matthew B. Crawford - Review -
"ideologists of knowledge economy have posited a false dichotomy between knowing & doing...most forms of real knowledge, including self-knowledge, come from the effort to struggle with & master brute reality of material objects...All these activities...require knowledge both about the world as it is & about yourself & your own limitations...can’t be learned simply by following rules...require intuitive knowledge that comes from long experience & repeated encounters with difficulty & failure...self-esteem cannot be faked...Highly educated people with high-­status jobs often believe that they could do anything their less-educated brethren can, if only they put their minds to it, because cognitive ability is the only ability that counts. The truth is that some would not have the physical & cognitive ability to do skilled blue-collar work & that others could do it only if they invested 20 years of their life in learning a trade."
books  francisfukuyama  matthewcrawford  psychology  culture  society  work  manual  vocational  self-esteem  knowledgeworkers  bluecollar  whitecollar  knowledge  learning  experience  failure  mechanics  tcsnmy  tangible 
june 2009 by robertogreco
The Case for Working With Your Hands -
"If the goal is to earn a living, then, maybe it isn’t really true that 18-year-olds need to be imparted with a sense of panic about getting into college. Some people are hustled off to college, then to the cubicle, against their own inclinations and natural bents, when they would rather be learning to build things or fix things." ... "Those who work on the lower rungs of the information-age office hierarchy face their own kinds of unreality, as I learned some time ago." ... "A good job requires a field of action where you can put your best capacities to work and see an effect in the world. Academic credentials do not guarantee this." ... "The visceral experience of failure seems to have been edited out of the career trajectories of gifted students. It stands to reason, then, that those who end up making big decisions that affect all of us don’t seem to have much sense of their own fallibility, and of how badly things can go wrong even with the best of intentions"

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education  learning  well-being  life  cv  making  doing  crisis  highereducation  colleges  universities  middlemanagement  matthewcrawford  alternative  careers  unschooling  deschooling  careerism  society  class  failure  moralhazard  credentials  gradschool  degrees  meaning  happiness  fulfillment  economics  mechanics  macroeconomics  philosophy 
may 2009 by robertogreco
Matthew Crawford's Shop Class as Soul Craft. - By Michael Agger - Slate Magazine
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"When Matthew Crawford finished his doctorate in political philosophy at the University of Chicago, he took a job at a Washington think tank. "I was always tired," he writes, "and honestly could not see the rationale for my being paid at all." He quit after five months and started doing motorcycle repair in a decaying factory in Richmond, Va. This journey from philosopher manqué to philosopher-mechanic is the arc of his new book, Shop Class as Soulcraft: An Inquiry Into the Value of Work. ... maybe, five years from now, when they [graduates] can't understand why their high-paying jobs at Micron Consulting seem pointless and enervating, Crawford's writing will show them a way forward"
books  work  careers  well-being  cubicles  economics  mechanics  philosophy  meaning  education  skills  life  happiness  cv  learning  macroeconomics  matthewcrawford 
may 2009 by robertogreco
machine project » A Machine Project Field Guide to the LA County Museum of Art
"On November 15th, 2008 Machine Project was invited to visit the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, orchestrating ten hours of performances, workshops, and events experimenting with LACMA’s expansive grounds and enormous collection of stuff."
lacma  machineproject  performance  art  science  experience  fun  losangeles  events  mechanics  books 
february 2009 by robertogreco
Phun - 2D physics sandbox
"Phun is a free game like 2D physics sandbox where you can play with physics like never before. Children, students, engineers, artists, university professors, and many others, use Phun for telling stories, learning, constructing amazing machines, creating games - or just for the plain fun of it."
physics  simulations  edg  srg  play  mechanics  science  freeware  software 
august 2008 by robertogreco
RepairPal [via:]
"RepairPal gives you independent and unbiased repair estimates, user ratings and reviews, plus advice you can't get anywhere else."
repair  cars  money  finance  household  howto  comparison  consumer  maintenance  mechanics  prices  repairing 
june 2008 by robertogreco
MAKE: Blog: Amazing linear propulsion systems - no toy application (yet!)
"The bullet train & cars is a linear propulsion system that moves small objects along the tracks. It can go faster than their first attempts and has greater climb mobility for the objects (little items with 3 magnets underneath)."
electronics  science  mechanics  make  innovation 
february 2008 by robertogreco
Presentation: Gaming the Web: Using the Structure of Games to Design Better Web Apps
"Given yesterday at Voices That Matter 2007. It's not really web-centric--it applies to all application design, really."
applications  design  experience  gamedesign  games  gaming  interactiondesign  ux  mechanics  play  rules  structures  systems  webdev  webdesign 
october 2007 by robertogreco
Mike Libby - Insect Lab
"Insect Lab is an artist operated studio that customizes real insects with antique watch parts and electronic components."
animals  art  sculpture  science  insects  mechanics  electronics  robots  components  technology 
january 2007 by robertogreco

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