What is the data you would like to track?
TikToks sent between me and my friend.
How ~soft~ do you think this data is? In other words, how fuzzy, or subjective do you think it is?
It is all pretty fuzzy. The emotions I feel and reactions we have to each TikTok is very fuzzy. The TikToks themselves are less fuzzy, but still fuzzy because we are picking them and sending them to each other for a reason.
Why are you interested in tracking this data?
We send each other about 20-30 TikToks a day and I’m interested in seeing the topics we are discussing and my emotions that go with them. I’m curious to see if there are any trends and how the TikToks affect my mood.
What insights do you think this data will reveal?
How long I spend on TikTok (definitely too long), the common topics my friend and I discuss through TikTok, my mood in relation to TikTok
What do you think this data will look like? (for example, if you are tracking the number of hours you sleep, do you think you get about 8 hours per night?)
I expect my reactions will consist mostly of laughter.
How are you going to collect this data? (For example, I'm going to use a fitness app to track my walking data or I'm going to carry a small notebook with me everywhere I go so I can write down everytime I think of my partner)
The TikToks and reactions will be recorded in my text messages and at the end of each day I will move these to a Google Sheet.
How will you record this data? (i.e. an excel spreadsheet, handwritten notes, etc)
If you were to put this data in a spreadsheet, what might the column headers be? For example, if I track my text message conversations, I might have a heading for the date, the time, the subject matter (one of five predesignated categories), and the recipient.
Sender (Isabel, Ayashe)
My Physical Reaction (Laughter, Smile, Anger, Sadness, Annoyance)
Text Reaction of Receiver (HAHA, Heart, Thumbs Down, Thumbs Up, Emphasized, Questioned, Replied)
Being genuinely creative means that you don’t know where you are going, even though you are responsible for shepherding the process.
— Matthew Frederick, 101 Things I Learned in Architecture School
To be responsive to the vulnerability of living beings and living systems is to become exposed to responsibility, and to the possibility of intense suffering as well as to the possibilities of serenity, joy and belonging... The seduction of comfort, if such there be, lies squarely here in a desire to avoid suffering. As self and place are interwoven for most of us, self-protection would require insulation from other living beings and from place itself. Self-protection would thus promote the fragmentations of modernity and while insulating us, would also leave us stranded in a hapless nowhere.￼
Ideas are not products, as much as corporations would like them to be. Ideas are intersections between ourselves and something else, whether that’s a book, a conversation with a friend, or the subtle suggestion of a tree. Ideas can literally arise out of clouds (if we are looking at them). That is to say: ideas, like consciousness itself, are emergent properties, and thinking might be more participation than it is production. If we can accept this view of the mind with humility and awe, we might be amazed at what will grow there.
In other words, you need to direct your thoughts in a certain way: to think about the current stage, to imagine how it is already happening, to enjoy it and to be interested in everything related to it.
Don’t worry if you do not see yet the way your goal will be realized. Continue to quietly and systematically visualize the slide. When the goal will completely enter your comfort zone (will stop seeming impossible), the External Intention will show an appropriate solution.