Month: April 2017

celestial navigations

mobile app This mobile app is an attempt to simplify the task of tracing Indo-Trinidadian ancestry, by making archival records more accessible. This task only became possible in 2011, when the indentureship records were made available to the public through support from UNESCO’s Memory of the World Program. The records, however, are still not easily accessible due to the historical structure of the colonial registers. Trying to trace family ancestry usually requires oscillating between the national archives (Trinidad & Tobago) and elder family members. With relatives dispersed around the world, it is common for such a project span North America/ Europe and the Caribbean, and take several years to complete the project. Incomplete information at each point of contact requires multiple trips. When gathering information at various points of contact, it would be beneficial to have access to a summary of various archival records/ fonds (ie. ship arrival dates/details, maps of plantations with workforce info, etc) to help narrow towards the most accurate date range to focus on when you do eventually delve into the national archives. Even when at the …

a viable model

It’s one thing to question your mind. It’s another to question your eyes and ears. But, then again, isn’t it all the same? Are senses just mediocre inputs for our brain? Sure, we rely on them, trust that they accurately portray the real world around us, but what if the haunting truth is, they can’t? That, what we perceive isn’t the real world at all, but just our mind’s best guess. ~ Elliot Alderson This essay focuses on Mr. Robot, a television series equivalent of an indie film, whose first season is said to have pushed boundaries and captured the cultural zeitgeist, almost overnight. Its first season ratings established it as the #3 most watched scripted cable drama in the US, garnering multiple awards and nominations — leading to the series being licensed in almost 200 countries (Birnbaum). This essay analyzes the strategies employed, deconstructs the elements contributing to its success, and explores why the series may be a model for future television properties moving forward.    The series is about a hacker genius whose …