PHAMETRICS // 19

October

FEAST FOR THE EYES>>

  • East of EdenJohn Steinbeck. This is an impressively large book but I managed to finish it in what I realized was a month of diligently listening to the audiobook. It was a little slow at first, but after a while I was hooked and trying to make any excuse I could to keep listening to it during the day. I read a little about it on wikipedia and it set Steinbeck considered it his magnum opus. It’s based on his actual family!
  • Hallucinations. Oliver Sacks. Even more infrequently reading it.
  • Understanding Computers and Cognition. Terry Winograd & Fernado Flores. We just started reading it for class. It was written in the 80s but, according to my professor is not only still relevant, but also extremely important.

IN MY EARS>>

  • I’ve started listening to Pittsburgh NPR live stream in my free time. 
  • Streetlight Lullabies.” Toh Kay. My friend send me this and I thought it was pretty cute.
  • Hahahaohhoho.” Yellow Ostrich. I sent him this one.

ENTHUSED>>

  • I’m  super looking forward to my Friendsgiving in New York with Igor and Shanna. Yeayyyyy!
  • I taught a class solo for the first time in CDF and it was so much fun! I loved it! They are the best.
  • Halloween was a lot of fun.
  • Learning about kakapos and talking to G-bear about them.

COMPULSIONS>>

  • Cooking. It’ve really been enjoying my little cooking experiments. :) It’s starting to become a compulsion because it takes up so much of my time.
  • Watching the Daily Show again, trying to get some current event news somehow! Especially with the government shutdown. I can’t live in a bubble forever. How do people find all the time to read the news? It seems impossible.

COMPUNCTIONS>>

  • I need to start thinking about my classes for next semester. I know once I start it will turn into a happy compulsion, but until then, it’s a pretty intimidating task. 
  • Getting my work done! I can’t believe how little time I have! I mean well, but I can’t accomplish all the things I want to. There are even so many side projects, like this blog, I want to maintain. I have a list of posts that I haven’t gotten around to yet.
  • Picking a thesis topic. I want to have a post on this soon.
  • I like, not extremely thrilled to be in Pittsburgh right now and classes are really draining, but I try hard to be spirited and inspired by what’s available to me (which is quite a lot considering INTERNET), but I feel like some of  my classmates’ negativity is kind of bringing me down.

SIGHTS>>

  • Carnegie International. It was an interesting show and I’ll have to go back sometime to revisit it.
  • Design Symposium on the the Design PhD in North America. This was pretty interesting as well.
  • Jerry Seinfeld. Right?! How likely is it that you’ll see a guy like that? He’s got a lot more spunk than I thought he would.
  • The Crucible performed by CMU. This was really great, I’m so glad I watched this play not just because of the acting but because of the story.
  • The Pigeoning during the Pittsburgh International Festival of First. It was hilarious and really well done. If you heard the plot, I think it would sound pretty hokey, but I really enjoyed it.
  • GFDA lecture through AIGA. It was nice to hear from people who were inspired and were trying to spread inspiration.
  • Toronto! Besides this list of things we did, we also when to Art Gallery of Ontario and I got to see the Ai Wei Wei exhibit! <3. AGO has a wonderful collection and I would love to be around it all the time. We also went to St. Lawrence Market, ate in Little Italy, and stuff our faces in Chinatown. I really liked Toronto.
  • Beer Tasting at Phipps Conservatory (beautiful) for just grad students.
  • Caving in Laurel Caverns. This was interesting because our bus drive got lost and drove us 1.5 hours out of the way….but it was good to actually go caving! I went with a girl from my program.
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