Author: gngha

hornet's nests…

A gap exists in the New Media curriculum around project management— how to work in teams, divide responsibilities, establish timelines and resolve conflicts. It’s not taught in the program and there’s a noticeable contrast to Media Production students, who are clearly taught these (presumably due to the film/tv industry demanding it). The inevitable strain on instructors, lab assistants in the new media space at the end of term is getting worse — as tools get better, each new cohort is more tech fluent, student project ideas are more ambitious and the instructors demand your projects are fully functional. When students can’t plan to deadlines, it falls on the shoulders of program staff to help students produce at the last minute. Instructors also seem to be refereeing more disputes because students aren’t learning to collaborate and share resources.  Aggression by the staff is increasingly a problem… exacerbated by all the above. When people are stretched too thin, all sorts of entitlements and improper socialization surfaces as misdirected aggression. Not all, but many of the instructors also …

6.13.2019

6.13.2019 For a company with a communications team, this should’ve been looked into a year ago. At some point, someone needs to be accountable… and as I suspected, it seems like there’s no internal accountability.   Benchmark cases, annual and quarterly efforts, measurement and targeting are the goal posts here. If no thought has been put into it, asking questions and excessively sugar coating the issue is unlikely to be adequate. At some point it needs to be made explicit. Besides, I posed questions in Feb which remain unanswered.  Someone on the quarterly investor call even asked about this. It’s became self-evident that there isn’t the internal capability to handle this… and also it seems, little internal recognition of the issue.   It’d be worthwhile to survey recent award winning IR campaigns, altho this one seems to fit the bill.  https://gnghaturmerik.files.wordpress.com/2019/06/pushpaye28099s-ir-team-creates-award-winning-annual-report-agility-pr-solutions.pdf Perhaps a more pressing need is a short animation/ video that borrows the upfront sections of the investor deck + historical timeline/ milestones + latest financials… to be updated quarterly and distributed with the …

10.21.2019

The following still applies… still have problems with this sometimes. I know I started it, but maybe we should avoid using e-flux to mediate conversations…?? Bartleby is adequate. 6.4.2019 My therapist helped me craft the following, as I think it is necessary to explain. “The ways we’ve been interacting thus far exacerbates cognitive distortions linked to my specific diagnoses. The lack of clarity creates a nebulous-ness that amplifies my symptoms and further elicits rumination tendencies. I spin things in my mind for days when I can’t solve something and ruminate about it in my sleep. For months now, he has been saying that I need to shut down these vague online conversations or move them offline, because they are hindering, rather than helping my mental health.” 10.7.2019 My therapist would say I’m now able to cope better most of the time, however, this still stands… (although, I feel like this might be too much, he would disagree and say I can handle more than I think… maybe). 6.29.2019 My doctor says work hours should be …

the iacx73545 dossier – cohesion

current prototype (documentation) uoft tutorial submission This project has taken awhile to come together… but it’s finally showing signs of being something potentially cohesive (at least to me!). The current draft is a submission for the final course in a creative writing certificate, where I will hopefully further develop the poetry & prose, characterization and storyworld. The prototype helps with envisioning/ designing the interaction flow. This is the 2nd variation of the interaction design… the first was an interaction design that manifested in a Twine prototype. It wasn’t pretty, but without going through the process, I wouldn’t have landed on a dossier structure. The aesthetics are placeholder. Ideally, I’d like to have an aesthetic approach that dovetails with a fine art graphic novel… as potential storyline extensions are likely to develop in that direction. The aesthetic reference will likely be in the direction of “Kabuki: Metamorphosis” (David Mack), or “The Wrenchies” (Farel Dalrymple) as a very distant second.