Funny Photo Project Leads to Thoughtvectors

Bud and Mathew Brady

Photographs of Bud with famous bearded men () started as a crazy idea while thinking about selfie’s. I thought I’d have a bit of fun sharing my bearded image alongside the image of other famous bearded people. Then,I quickly realized that the people I have selected are people who impact my life and I believe the lives of many in ways that we do not know. So this simple project is leading me on a series of thoughtvectors, to think more deeply about each of the individuals I choose, their connection to my own life and the development of my own thinking.

I know a bit about Mathew Brady, but I was shocked to know that his fame did not lead to fortune and that he sadly died a pauper. Learn more about Mathew Brady.

@jbecker also commented on my activity and how it relates to Tumblr culture.


A Quiry Into Speed Reading Leads to “Associative Trails”

I will be engaging in the new online course titled Living the Dreams: Digital Investigation and Unfettered Minds. This course is informed by the work of Doug Engelbart, Ted Nelson, Alan Kay, and Adele Goldberg. Engelbart’s term “thought vectors in concept space” as a guiding concept in the living and learning that will take place in the space. The syllabus states that it will be a reading intensive course. In addition, it will be an interaction intensive course.

In preparing to deal with what I anticipate will be for me, information overload, I began thinking about tools and processes to help. In my quest, I have come across a new tool called Spritzlet. This is a plug-in interface to a web browser that will read any page that is presented on the screen. It presents the words one word at a time and the timing can be moved from 100 to 450 words a minute or up to 800  words a minute with a subscription. I exchanged some conversation with Gardner Campbell about this last week and we both found that at 240 words per minute, we felt that we were actually having an auditory response. That is to say, we felt like we were hearing the words rather than reading.

The tool itself is interesting to me, as it provides one way to plow through a large amount of reading. But, the observation that Gardner and I shared has introduced a new question in regard to auditory response to text.  When I told my wife about the perceived auditory response, she said that she did not have the same response and suggested that perhaps only musicians experience rapidly delivered text in this way. What an interesting thought and an interesting thought vector to follow. What work research has been done regarding this phenomenon? This leading me to investigate further and discover what Vannevar Bush called “associative trails” in my learning.

I have created a screencast of the blog post entitled Making Magic Magical, by Ryan Kales in section 005 to demonstrate how this works.




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