This question had started haunting me quite recently. Given how I have reached a point in my architectural education where I have explored the views of various theorists over time, I realized their relevance in today’s world of architectural education and came to link the various ideas in my head. Also, due to a philosophical exploration (I’ll probably talk about this in another post), I sort of fell into an existential crisis. My interest in various fields, the exposure to a wide variety of subjects and the vision that I could possibly be treading down any other career-path puzzled me. What am I studying to become? Can I be many things at once? As a part of my Theory of Design assignment, I decided to then explore this confusion through an essay. I hope there’s more people out there as confused as I am. 🙂
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If you want to proclaim to the world that you’re a geek, one good way to go about it is to wear a wristwatch that displays the time in binary. [Jordan] designs embedded systems, and he figured that by building this watch he could not only build up his geek cred but also learn a thing or two about working with PIC microcontrollers for low power applications. It seems he was able to accomplish both of these goals.
The wristwatch runs off of a PIC18F24J11 microcontroller. This chip seemed ideal because it included a built in real-time clock and calendar source. It also included enough pins to drive the LEDs without the need of a shift register. The icing on the cake was a deep sleep mode that would decrease the overall power consumption.
The watch contains three sets of LEDs to display the information. Two green LEDs get toggled back…
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A short funny take on the Whatsoff Incident
23rd February, 2014:
3:39 AM: Confirming the death of Whatsapp.
3:39 AM: You there?
3:39 AM: Wow.
3:40 AM: This is probably the end of an era, isn’t it?
3:40 AM: I wonder if someday, these messages will get delivered.
3:52 AM: Maybe 40 years from now. Some of us will be married, some of us successful. Some of us alive, some dead. Some wanting to be dead. Who knows? Maybe someday when you’re about to put your neck through the noose, in a damp dingy apartment somewhere in a crumbling city, your phone will buzz, with a Whatsapp notification. You’ll read this message, and be visited by ghosts from a bygone era. You’ll remember what it was like to be young. To be, at the same time, naive, excited, in love, and terrified of the world in the most queer way. That heady cocktail of emotions that only plague…
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