Author: gngha

messages: to shoot the messenger with

In no particular order: As diverse communities are more likely to measure their responses (both verbal and in body language) for the benefit of others, the politesse they’ve grown up with can feel diametrically opposed to western culture sometimes. Cultural norms of controlling one’s reactions enable people to suspend judgement, maintain social cohesion, tolerate inappropriacy, identify and address root causes rather than surface issues. Social cues can be more about what is not said than what is said. Length of silences suggest people are grappling with an issue as they spin in their minds what they should say. People in the west then fill the silence with chatter, inevitably missing the mark, which leads to a feeling of not being listened to. A controlled response may seem manipulative, but it’s not. It may seem like an acceptance of inappropriacy, but it’s not. It usually just indicates a continued indecision about you. This is a direct contradiction to the western demand for authenticity which, for many in diverse communities, creates internal conflict. The external experience of …

what will you do about your boy?

I grew up in media industries just as they began to globalize and pretty much swam with the global current… spending most of my career inhabiting imaginary spaces between regional-global directors and CEOs. Sometimes I’ve found myself caught between the regional powers that be, who have been tasked with driving growth that exceeds global or regional GDP growth rates, and their country CEO’s who are (sometimes) seen as bottlenecks to achieving this. Formulating strategic plans driven from the ground level (consumer insight), meant sometimes being faced with the animosity of a disgruntled CEO, who transforms into the bane of a regional director’s existence. I was just a messenger, but a well-protected one. In international streams, regional level accountabilities make disgruntled CEOs a necessary hurdle to overcome. From fields to factories to distribution channels and office staff — an established business losing pace in high growth markets mean eventual job losses across the board, in countries where there often aren’t safety nets for employees. These are seen as real consequences, even when emerging market declines are …

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.

managing spoilt little boys

#childrenwhogrowuptosay #doyouknowwhomyparentsare The high pitched squeal of my plastic Ultraman hammer now garnered a Pavlovian response, enabling a return of order to the classroom. Screeching of chairs replaced the yelling as they settled into their seats, and the desks returned to straightened rows. The lesson this week was “favourites.” What is your favourite— dessert, sport, drink, subject, hobby… and why? They’d individually come to the front of the class to answer, then were allowed to throw a big smiley faced yellow bouncy ball at one of their classmates. Whomever it hit was up next. Every ten minutes, the categories of favourites changed. The rules were, responses must be coherent, grammatically correct, with adequate complexity to the particular level of their English class. Also, no standing on desks or chairs to throw themselves in the trajectory of the ball. Ultra light and bouncy, they’d try to whip it as hard as they could at their friends. I’d confiscated it from a student. Far too frequently, the ball had been flying through the air in the middle …

#WhenLeftToOurOwnDevices

Corrections from prev. version posted: Donegan was an associate editor with the New Republic and her departure from the organization was unrelated to the Shitty Media Men List. We should not mourn the end of the creative lives of the men being outed as predators: we should contemplate the creative contributions we never had, will never know, because their creators were crushed or shut out. The losses due to misogyny and racism have been normalised forever. The task has been to de-normalise them and break the silence they impose. To make a society where everyone’s story gets told. Rebecca Solnit By examining the mobilization of the #MeToo movement to-date and the technology tools women now have at their disposal, I will show how, in the face of increasingly transparent hegemony (corporate, political, judicial) oppressing women, there is a likelihood/ greater probability that women will begin to take control into their own hands to bring about much needed institutional change. By posting the words #MeToo on social media in the fall of 2017, women all over …

infographics

A little less than a year ago, I deactivated my Facebook account and put restrictions in place to eliminate the ‘junk’ appearing in all my newsfeeds — to allow me to focus on the content I prefer. I also wanted to reduce the time I spent on social media and its propensity to distract me. To enhance my ability to focus, I now limit my social media to just two devices and I’m developing a habit of not looking at social media when working on my macbook pro or iMac. This doesn’t always work, as I usually have my iPhone or iPad next to me when I’m working, but they at least contain my social media usage stats in two devices. For this infographic, I analyzed my social media usage to determine how successful I’ve been in achieving the above. The data used to arrive at the infographic is based on two things: 1/ stats provided on the ‘Screen Time’ feature recently added to Apple devices and 2/ a tally of how I prioritized the …

assholes + string puppets

Assholes & string puppets tells of the journey of 3 siblings settling their mother’s estate as co-executors and beneficiaries, while dealing with skeletons in the closet and the coercive demands of one co-executor. It just happens to be my story. WAKING UP My brother wants to paint the entire house himself. Wade told me today, he’s starting this weekend. How it will raise the value of the house when we sell it. He’s unconcerned that there’s still two-thirds of the house to be emptied, expensive furniture we’ll have estate liquidators remove anyway. I suggest we hold off on painting until we have more stuff donated or thrown out, but he says I’m being stupid. ¨Let’s try to handle one room at a time. Not only do I live here, but I also work from home.¨ I sent Wade a long message on Messenger ‘cause he isn’t reading his emails. How we need to gain agreement from Emile before making changes to Mom’s estate; how putting the entire house in chaos while we’re decluttering and making repairs …