This project started with a friend sending me ~51,000 points of data. He’d just bought an adapter that allowed him to start collecting the driving data his car’s computer was producing. Car’s have had computers built into them for quite a while, but only recently has their data become more thorough. The third-party market for accessories for accessing this information has also exploded.
There are also a growing number of products, like Eric Evenchick’s CANtact, that give car owner’s more control over their car’s internal computers.
Most of the work of making data useful is asking the right questions, which leads to being able to build a helpful interface. Along with avoiding chartjunk, filtering out many of the data points was...
“You know I never finished university. I’d even tell you, you don’t need university.”
These are the few words I remember from a chance encounter with the critically-minded Cory Doctorow last year while attending a discussion on media at UofT. I don’t remember the actual discussion too much but those words seem to have stuck in my head. It’s been over a year since the event but as the humour in fate would have it, I have decided to take a year off. Not as Cory suggested, leave, but take a year off.
Let’s pause for a second to mention my honest excitement towards academia. This statement isn’t a play to my brave parents or the faculty I’ve had the chance to work with. I honestly believe there’s huge value placed in the research and findings done at the academic level. In fact the small outside of school research project I co-founded, Open Journalism, hinted to me the power of understanding complex problems that meet at the intersection of social, and technological change....
I was interviewed by the Globe and Mail about “hacks” for student living. In this case I’ve done a bunch of work to find out cheaper alternatives to whiteboards.
I was originally inspired to start looking for cheaper versions of whiteboards after spending a weekend at Stanford’s D.School working on Ben Huh’s Moby Dick project.
The space is opinionated only in the sense of allowing space to be extemely flexible. Everything object within the building can be moved around to accomadate to the “space” a team needs. If you’re curious, the below video explains it well.