... or, since it's a new year, pehaps we should make that “Starting Notes” ...
“What do you mean Happy New Year??
I haven't finished with the old one yet!”
“The future is something
which everyone reaches at
the rate of sixty minutes an hour,
whatever he does, whoever he is.”
“I made no resolutions for the New Year.
The habit of making plans, of criticizing,
sanctioning and molding my life,
is too much of a daily event for me.”
— Anaïs Nin
When it came to new year resolutions,
Gerald was a realist!
“Yesterday, everybody smoked his last cigar, took his
last drink and swore his last oath. Today, we are a pious and exemplary
community. Thirty days from now, we shall have cast our reformation to
the winds and gone to cutting our ancient shortcomings considerably
shorter than ever.”
— Mark Twain
“My New Year's Resolution?
Children as Design
Making technology for kids without working directly with them, “is like making clothes for someone you don’t know the size of.”
At the Human Computer Interaction Lab at the University of Maryland we believe that children should have a voice in making new technology for kids. Children's ideas need to be heard throughout the entire technology design process. Therefore, in 1998 we began a unique technology design team. Seven children, ages seven to eleven, join with researchers from computer science, education, art, robotics, and other disciplines, twice a week. Together we have become an intergenerational, interdisciplinary design team. The team pursues projects, writes papers and creates new technologies.
We have a chance to change technology, but more importantly we have a chance to change the life of a child. Every time a new technology enables a child to do something they never dreamed of, there are new possibilities for the future.
— Dr. Allison Druin
Associate Professor, College of Information Studies
... And when it actually comes to implementing
new year resolutions ...