Sources and Methods #30: Deb Chachra

Deb Chachra 101:

Deb Chachra on twitter / instagram / homepage

Metafoundry -- Deb's weekly newsletter

Deb Chachra's OLIN faculty profile

Show Notes:

00:47 – Metafoundry

01:00 – OLIN College

02:58 – “Why I am not a maker” (The Atlantic)

4:44 – “Making as an Act of Caring” by Anab Jain (Superflux)

4:59 – John Ardern

6:17 – Edward L. Deci - “Why We Do What We Do” (book)

7:36 – Deb Chachra / education research

8:11 – Tetris / Minecraft

9:42 – Ursula Franklin (wiki) “The Real World of Technology” (book)

19:04 – MOOCs (wiki)

20:28 – Gender imbalance in engineering school

27:39 – Edward L. Deci - “Why We Do What We Do” (book)

33:43 – UCL’s Integrated Engineering Programme

33:55 – Engineering Leadership Programme (Olin / U Texas partnership)

37:27 – Oral Roberts University

38:30 – Polaroid

45:46 – Canada & refugees Sponsoring Syrian refugees

48:20 – Metafoundry (email newsletter)

50:17 – Metafoundry on VR (here and here)

52:46 – Zibaldone / Commonplace book Deb’s zibaldone

53:30 – Pinboard

54:57 – Boston Athenæum (wiki / official site)

56:20 – A book as a souvenir (James Bridle)

58:49 – Deb on Instagram Clive Thompson (twitter) Situated Systems Project

1:00:21 – The Situated Systems Team

1:01:24 – Metafoundry posts referencing the Situated Systems project

1:02:37 – Stranger Things (IMDB)

1:04:12 – Dylan Thomas – “My education was the liberty I had to read indiscriminately and all the time, with my eyes hanging out.” (quote)

1:05:44 – Sarah Perry - The Essex Serpent (book)

1:06:59 – Predestination (IMDB)

1:08:34 – Kill vs Maim (song video)

Sources and Methods #27: K. Anders Ericsson

K. Anders Ericsson 101:

"The Cambridge Handbook of Expertise and Expert Performance" (edited by Ericsson)

"The Road To Excellence: the Acquisition of Expert Performance in the Arts and Sciences, Sports, and Games" (edited by Ericsson)

"Peak: Secrets from the New Science of Expertise" (his latest book, discussed on this episode, coauthored with Robert Pool)

Ericsson's website / list of research

Ericsson on Twitter


Show Notes:

12:02 - “Superior Memory of Experts and Long-Term Working Memory (LTWM)”

24:20 - Andy Martin / Lee Child book

56:00 - Duolingo

52:04 - Cal Newport’s Deep Work

53:09 - Josh Foer’s Moonwalking with Einstein

54:20 - Ingmar Bergman’s Fanny and Alexander (IMDB)


Sources and Methods #11: Molly Crabapple

Molly Crabapple 101:

Molly’s website

"15 rules for creative success in the Internet age" - BoingBoing


Show Notes:

3:50 - I’d describe my work mainly as anti-authoritarianism.

5:02 - When I was an 11 year old, I would draw pictures of the cool kids so they wouldn’t beat me up - using art to curry favor, it’s the oldest artist trade.

7:02 - I’ve always drawn the world in front of me, and people always respond to that.

9:10 - Drawings can be as accurate as photos, and in some ways they can be more transparent than photos. Photos have a pretense of truth even though we all know they can be manipulated and photos lie. There’s this idea that if there’s something in a photo, it tells the truth. With drawings, the creator’s subjectivity is front and center.

9:44 - Molly’s writing on Occupy Wall Street on CNN

13:23 - I always say that artists are the most spoiled people on earth - we get to mash together all these genres and get away by saying ‘I’m an artist, dammit’ when people respond to it.

16:01 - Molly’s sketches from Guantanamo: The Faces of Guantanamo in The Daily Beast

23:09 - Photos lie in two ways: by taking a photo of one thing and saying it’s another, or else by taking photos out of context.

31:05 - I think that being able to draw, it gives you permission to look in a way that’s socially unacceptable in most places. When I draw and I’m staring, I realize I look like a creep, but I get to say it’s ok, I’m an artist?

31:26 - Drawing is: Physically reproducing reality.

32:26 - Biggest advice to artists: total stubbornness. Be incredibly true to your work. And look in a sharp way at people making money off of artists, or people on the business end of your field - and if there are popular beliefs that are exclusively to your detriment...examine them.

Artists Molly Follows:


Waseem Al Marzouki

Photographer Clayton Cubitt

36:17 - Molly’s Tools:

In areas where time is of the essence, I use fat gray markers and tiny little micron pens to sketch things down fast fast fast - used this in guantanamo and also in courtroom drawings.

In locations where I have more time, I take iPhone photos, and then examine them later, and focus on the scenes or details in them that I want to bring out - this is how I did my work in Abu Dhabi.

Molly’s Books:

Fiction - A Naked Singularity by De La Pava

Non-Fiction - The Seasons of Trouble: Life Amid the Ruins of Sri Lanka’s Civil War by Rohini Mohan

Molly’s Film: Exit Through the Gift Shop

Molly’s Music: Mashrou’ Leila