Hello World

August 12, 2020

This is my first blog post. Ever. The main reason I haven’t started one earlier is because I don’t trust myself to maintain any sort of regularity with these things. In the past, that has stopped me from stuff like journaling, something which seems like could be really beneficial but which I’ve never been able to stick to. There is something about how performative this is that simultaneously makes me want to do and not do it. In any case, I don’t plan on sharing it with anyone, it will be public on my website but I don’t think it gets many visits. Anyway, let’s see how long it lasts.

The reason why I am starting it now is twofold: to get better at writing, and to document what I do week to week (mainly PhD related) so that in a couple of years time I can go back and put bits together for my thesis. This really sounds like my wishful thinking but, anyway, I’m going to try to stick with it.

So what have I been doing this week?

Well, the obvious one is – I have rebuilt my website! Yes, it is the same, but with a blog added to it. However, in my top procrastination mode, I have managed to learn Gatsby and have used it for the new site. Hope you like it.

Another thing I’ve been doing is quarentining, since I arrived to the UK from Spain last week and we’re in the middle of a global pandemic and all.

And yes, I am proud to say that I have been doing PhD related work too. Reading papers, mainly, but also starting to fill out the QM Ethics application form for what will be my first PhD study. For anyone interested, it is about Disabled-artist-led music technology and co-designing a guitar-like instrument. This means I won’t be able to fast-track the ethics application, but, on the plus side, it means I will have a pretty clear idea of what I’m doing by the time I have submitted the form. I think I’m going to leave details off this post and will come back to this topic in next weeks post, as it’s already becoming a bit long.

Finally, something which has helped me be a bit more productive this week is getting into the habit of using the pomodoro technique again. This time I’ve installed a MacOs app called ‘Flow’ which sits on the menu bar and just does what it says.

Top album for me this week is Mogwai’s Atomic, it brought me back to when they played it at the Barbican for a screening of the documentary.

Top paper is Sanders and Stappers, 2008, “Co-creation and the new landscapes of design”. An interesting read, especially about the mutating roles of researchers, designers and users.

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