I can now post to this blog using my phone, effectively cutting the cord from my computer and having this thing grow to my hip. Here's hoping things don't get out of hand.
My face when I think about the possibility of constant connectedness.
"How much work do I have to finish by tomorrow? 1 final ad in Photoshop/ Illustrator, 10 concept thumbnails for a product you've not yet researched, a 5-panel drawing for an internet banner for Flintstones Vitamins, and 2 finalized Global Vote posters in 2 different styles. Is it possible for the human body to survive without sleep for 48 hours? I think I've heard of Russian sailors having to stay up that long in WW2, so it must be possible."
It's interesting to think about what your "mind's eye" actually might look like.
An interesting way to put your head through it's paces. The human brain is the most complex and incredible creation on this planet and stuff like this often makes me think about thinking. I remember hearing once that damage to one's Brain is permanent and irrevocable and because the Brain's ability to grow new Grey matter is questionable, any cognitive changes are permanent. That's since been debunked (to a certain degree) and I think it's incredible how the Brain (with the right care and nutrition) can heal itself- rewire broken neural paths.
I often use the analogy of a Kansas business building. If a tornado comes through and damages or wipes out part of the building structure, with time the functions of the damaged offices (say Human Resouces) will try to relocate to other parts of the building and carry on their duties to varying levels of success. As is the case with the brain, when part of the system fails it's up to the other hemispheres to try and pick up the slack, often adding their own characteristics.
I see this most notably in my own Brain. After injuring the left hemisphere, the lineal/sequential thinking processes were most affected. However after time, the Right side's whole-to-parts deductive, contextual thinking took over the backed-up work of the Left's, coloring those processes with it's own characteristics. The most observable difference is in my course of selected study now in college. Whereas I'd always planned on studying Engineering (Left-Side
Objective) at a leading Science school, I'm now studying Advertising (Right-Side Subjective) at a well known Art school.
What an amazing thing, the Brain is.
Though I've still got a few years left in my formal educational career, it's safe to say that I'm over the proverbial hump of conventional school and am already reflecting on time as a career student. All the bubbles I've filled in on scantrons have begun to form a big amorphous blob. The majority of research that I mined out of untold libraries is starting to fade in relevance. I'm already getting envious of how tomorrow's primary school experience will be.
Just like my parents shake their heads in amazement when I show them what and how I'm being taught in the classroom, I anticipate the same kind of stupefaction in the coming years. Thinkers around the world like Ken Robbins, are talking and thinking about how best to prepare the next generation to be able to dream up creative solutions to tomorrow's new problems. It's becoming more widely accepted that like Climate Change, if we don't overhaul our held opinions/ attitudes about Public Education, we're gunna be in a world of hurt.
This brings me to my most exciting find of the day. More quickly changing than almost any other industry, is Internet culture and how it reflectively affects it's culture of users . iTunes U represents the next age of internet-born education. Log on and download any content that you find interesting from some of the top colleges in the world and find what makes you passionate. Just like Ken Robbins talks about, through instantly accessible channels like this, students can now log on and fine-tune what excites them about learning, rather than what makes them fall asleep or loose focus in class.
It makes me grateful to my parents and all my former teachers and friends whom pushed me (either directly or indirectly) to enroll in Art School, where creative thinking is encouraged and I go to class excited about what new insights I'll leave with, rather then when I'll simply get to leave. Check out what Ken Robbins has to say about Creativity and check out iTunes U (click the photo above) and comment with your thoughts. Maybe you'll find yourself re-interested in seeing what's out there to learn about.
How's that sound?
Tonight I put the final touches on the final submission of one of my life goals. In Account Planning, we're talking about tons of interesting ideas and one of our last assignments was to plug into one of today's biggest generator of interesting ideas: Google. Tomorrow is the deadline for their Project 10^100 contest, which is an open invitation to the world to log in and submit an idea that helps the most amount of people. Google (who's name stems from "googol", the number 1 followed by 100 zeros.) has dedicated $10 million to funding the winning idea from each different category into a reality to help change the world.
Stemming from my own personal experiences, I've long promised to dedicate some of my life's work to Traumatic Brain Injury. 1.4 million cases are reported per year in the United States (not counting the countless thousands that go unreported) yet ask most people what they think Traumatic (or Acquired) Brain Injury is and you get some pretty blank looks. I'm trying to change that. After countless hours of teleconferencing with my delightfully bright friend Gracelyn (who's a Neuroscience major) and my mother (who has tons of grant writing and PR experience), we formed two separate idea vehicles to help people across the US understand what Brain Injury can be like, and how to give support to those that are recovering. Super exciting possibilities.
Without the tireless advocacy and every imaginable resource made available, I would not be anywhere close to where I am today. I hope that I'm lucky enough to pay my incredible luck forward in an equally big way. Here's hoping that Google can sense my passion and enthusiasm via keyboard clicks and YouTube videos. Though the odds are against my favor, I've seen (and experienced) crazier things happen.
How's that sound?
While walking through downtown today, I came across this spectacle.
Crazy to think what life was like before Title 9 or the computer.