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Examples of how machines are digging today both in our lives and in our culture

Kate Harff hates the machine

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This is one of the discoveries of my summer : “about:kate“. It’s a German tv series about a young woman who gets herself in a psychiatric hospital to cure her depression and her only portal to the real world is through the Internet and Facebook. No, wait! Where are you going?! It’s not as bad as it sounds !

Kate Harff

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Girls day out !

The skin care analyst robot

Roooarrr ! So I went crusading in women territory with my friend. We took an afternoon to explore the realms of facial beauty, a real event that happens every 5 years or so. Yes, really. We decided solemnly “It’s time we know. Let’s do it”. You would think women know this stuff naturally but it’s just like shell scripting, you need to learn it, it’s not loaded in your brain. And since I refuse to buy a book about facial beauty, I had to update from real world, it’s way more fun.

So we went to see the “professionals”. Apart from the cleansing lotion and some things we heard one day we really knew very little. So it was quite intimidating to go and ask the lady in the white coat, in front of the dozens of creams “So…what is all this stuff ?” We didn’t even know where to start. It’s indeed embarrassing. Fortunately, technology was around the corner, much to my delight.

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Nursing machines : engineers really have it easy

Saturday I made an interesting encounter, I met a nurse. We met at a bachelor party I organized for a very good friend. It was an adventurous race through Paris where I had designed some cool and fun actions to complete for my friend (nothing to do with dirty bachelor parties, it was in the afternoon !!!). So that’s in between actions that I got to talk with the nurse.

But where are the engineers ?!!

While we were racing in the street, she told me she was glad because for once she didn’t have to work on Saturday. “Really ?!!”, I naively said. Then she went on and introduced her job. She explained it and described all the stress she had to go through. I was kind of shocked by what she shared with me. She said that the patients were plugged to a pumping machine that was used to pump their blood, and often this machine would break down and SHE had to fix it as quickly as possible. Her words were “when that happens I need to fix it and nobody knows how to fix it, I mean I’m not an engineer, but I do have to fix the machine, so sometimes I just fix it by intuition thanks to previous experiences, sometimes I just know what I should do, sometimes I don’t and the engineers are not there”. My immediate reaction was “but where are the engineers???!”, “No idea”, she said. Incredible.

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The Simpsons – Technology at School

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I created this video from the S21E02 simpsons episode (Bart gets Z) that highlights the use of technology at school by kids. I struggled to put it online but I think it’s worth sharing, it’s hilarious and actually relevant. The hipster teacher is so funny. Here are some crazy quotes :

Ok. Teach us. Use only the knowledge you have in your own head.

But why talk when I could just text ?!!!

Homework: 20mn of twittering

The school is a glorified hamster wheel run by incompetent bureaucrats who can get you to a test, but you will FAIL the test of LIFE ! ! ! ! !

Windows Phone 7 : Designed to get you In and Out and Back to life, really? How.


Observe the machines digging

The music : http://www.deezer.com/listen-6058030,  In The Hall Of The Mountain King by Edvard Grieg

Mc Donalds Ad : Fries Wifi

One thing to know, with my brother we are obsessed with the concept of fries.

Smokin’ Ethernet

“Pasta hotline” by sharadhaksar

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Google and the troopers

The full series is here, so cool ! ;)

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