Artistic Concepts as Embodied Knowledge
in HCI Mechanisms

– MPhil Dissertation -

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Natural learning behaviours are the basic, innate modes of an individual organism for exploring and probing its relationship with the environment, where the interaction with the environment leads to the consolidation of the particular experience in any kind of physical, biological structure that serves as long-term memory. In humans, these behaviours serve the cognitive development of the individual, which in turn improves the individual’s ability to maintain itself, increase its chances of survival, and produce offspring. I have identified 4 natural learning behaviours that are relevant for a human being’s development: play, creativity, social learning, and associative and reinforcement learning. My research proposes that the design of education and its technologies and materials can best aid the learner’s discovery of his natural abilities and talents, if the conception of the learner is one that views the learner as interacting with the educational environment from the basis of these natural learning behaviours. continue reading »

December 29, 2015  Comments Off

Contemplating Polymathism and Connectorship in the Multidisciplinary Professional Environment

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There was one moment in my early career that defined for me what multidisciplinary collaboration in a professional environment really meant. Back in 2006, I was working as a Sound Designer together with electrical engineers and visual artists on a music player that was solely controlled using hand gestures. This device had a lot of sensors, and there were therefore a lot of points where this device could break. The evening before our presentation of our creation to the management, we started up the device so we could do some tweaking on the user experience. Both the electrical engineer and I noticed there was a problem with the sound output. At the same time we said that frequency modulation was affecting the signal. Our mention of this problem came out of our intuition, yet our background and experience that shaped this intuition couldn’t be more divergent. In my case, due to many years of experience in distinguishing and deconstructing electronic sounds, I could instantly relate the abnormalities in the output to its possible cause, whereas for the electrical engineer frequency modulation was a mathematical concept and came to this conclusion by watching the numbers that were presented by a debugger. continue reading »

August 28, 2014  Comments Off

A Clear and Elegant
LaTeX Template for Article Writing

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Drafting and communicating research ideas is best done using a template that is designed for this purpose. It happens more than often in a research environment that we put together draft proposals or short literature reviews that are only meant for each other, and I firmly believe that such communications greatly benefit from a clear and elegant presentation. Yet, the majority of draft proposals or write-ups that I receive are written in some kind of journal publication format, or are basically just LaTeX’s default article settings. I have therefore designed a LaTeX template that looks enticing, puts the focus clear, readable writing, which then will greatly contribute to having your ideas understood by your colleagues. continue reading »

August 24, 2014  Comments Off

“Natural Learning Behaviours” at the
Baku World Science Forum 2014

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Natural learning behaviours are the basic, innate modes of an individual organism for exploring and probing its relationship with the environment, where the interaction with the environment leads to the consolidation of the particular experience in any kind of physical, biological structure that serves as long-term memory. In humans, these behaviours serve the cognitive development of the individual, which in turn improves the individual’s ability to maintain itself, increase its chances of survival, and produce offspring. I have identified 4 natural learning behaviours that are relevant for a human being’s development: play, creativity, social learning, and associative and reinforcement learning. My research proposes that the design of education and its technologies and materials can best aid the learner’s discovery of his natural abilities and talents, if the conception of the learner is one that views the learner as interacting with the educational environment from the basis of these natural learning behaviours. continue reading »

May 26, 2014  Comments Off

Writing Simple. Beautiful Letters with LaTeX

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LaTeX users understand that beautiful words require beautiful code. There are also a myriad of good templates available to write articles, publications, books, and your CV with. It is however not very clear how to make a good standard letter with LaTeX. On one side there’s the letter document class that is too minimalistic to be usable, and on the other there’s the scrlttr2 KOMAscript class, which has so many variables that it requires careful study of the KOMAscript manual. Letters are often written as a quick response to a job vacancy, a call for proposals, or any other kind of invitation. They therefore require full attendance to its contents. continue reading »

April 17, 2014  1 Comment

Setting up Linux Mint Debian Edition on the Lenovo Essential B590

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Today, the 5th of May 2013, is Liberation day in The Netherlands. It’s a public holiday that celebrates the defeat of the German forces that occupied The Netherlands in 1945. And what could be a more wonderful coincidence for the latest version of Debian, version 7.0 ‘Wheezy’, being released on this very day? In the joyful spirit of this coincidence I decided to make a guide that helps you through the process of setting up Debian on your computer, and enable you to enjoy the benefits of ‘Free Software’. But, before we’re going to set up Debian, I’ll start off with primer that explains you what these benefits are, and provide you with some insights about the few loopholes that we’re going to meet when installing Debian on this particular computer, a Lenovo Essential from 2013 with Windows 8 pre-installed. continue reading »

May 5, 2013  24 Comments

The Meaning of Poverty in a Values-based Environment

'Daughters', a painting by Shakuntala Patade

Poverty is often defined as the lack of access to basic needs, such as food, water and healthcare. What I find particular of this definition is that it can essentially be applied to all biological species, while saying very little about the specific needs of the human condition. I propose that the evolutionary tree of life can be used as a measure to discern the basic needs as they apply to human beings. The purpose of this proposition is to conceive a meaningful set of reference points that fit the way that our environment of human activity is transitioning to. Central to this transition is the movement from an environment where money is a mechanism that acts as an impersonal mediator of labour to one that is based on the values that we share upon our qualitative attention and understanding of our surroundings. continue reading »

November 11, 2012  Comments Off

“Sharing Experiences about Child Development” Workshop Report 02-10-2012

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What if we become aware of the unique and individual ways with which each of us engage with children? Are we able to be consciously attend which values are cultural and which are practical during the act of raising children? Do our views and perceptions of the environment necessarily fit the way the next generation of individuals perceive their surroundings? These are all questions that arise when envisioning the process of sharing one’s experiences about child development with the public domain. Together with a Social Media advisor, a Social Entrepreneur, a Coach and Research in higher education and a Business Consultant, we discussed the added values of making such experiences useful in situations where parent-child relations can seem rather difficult. continue reading »

October 11, 2012  1 Comment

Creative Control

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Franz Reichert, an Austrian costume designer demonstrating his attempt for manned flight in 1912 by jumping off the Eiffel tower in a bird-like costume.

A while ago, I had a conversation with an art academy lecturer about the emergence of the scientific method, a method for inquiry that aims to let reality speak for itself, for the purpose of either proving or disproving a theory on those merits. I started with a story about Francis Bacon, the UK philosopher who conceived this method as a set of procedures that involves systematic observation, measurement and the formulation, testing, and modification of hypotheses. Like with every first step, the ideas that are conceived using a new method or way of thinking are highly prototypical. One simply needs to look at the first ideas for manned fight, in terms of the death rate that was caused by the first experiments, to understand the bravery (or naivety) to engage in these first steps. continue reading »

July 14, 2012  Comments Off

A theme for 2012: Out with the Old and In With the New

I have a theme,
and not a resolution for 2012:

Out with the old
and in with the new.

“The 21th century will be the age of the ordinary people”. I’m not sure who said this, but I view this as the area where the opportunities lie in developing activities that can provide for your needs. Much lies ahead to operate on your talents in a self-sufficient manner. The current state of digital technologies enable us to produce and bring our products to the public for substantially lower operational costs than ever before. Nowadays, it could be said that the ingredients are available to run an office or media production studio almost autonomously, meaning that they don’t necessarily require power from an energy company, or big loans or savings to acquire them. However the caveat that I see is that the means are rather prototypical. continue reading »

January 2, 2012  1 Comment