On Authenticity

In Rob Walker’s essay, ‘The Straw Man in the Grey Flannel Suit,’ an important theme that he talked about was Authenticity. The Zephyr crew, for example, were regarded as outlaws, rebels who represented the man in the grey flannel suit’s yearning to defy the status quo. Their ‘authenticity’ had the ability to attract people and shape fandom. I worked […]

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AirTap

Much has been said about unsafe drinking water but hardly any one talks about indoor smoke. According to the World Health Organization, respiratory diseases attributed to inhaling smoke from the use of solid fuels (wood, animal dung, crop waste and coal) for cooking and heating kills an estimated 1.6 million people annually in developing counties. […]

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Global Energy Crisis

A short video changed the way I think about energy. The video points out that if there’s a crisis in energy, there is a crisis in everything. Although I’ve learned early on that most of the global development issues are interlinked to each other, I’ve never really thought about energy as core and fundamental in them. […]

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SoilSMS 2.0

Rice and corn yield potential has been slowly decreasing in the Philippines and other neighbouring countries in the past couple of years due to climate change.     According to the study made by the USDA, decrease in yield is largely due to the El Nino phenomenon, that because the sudden increase in temperature caused by El Nino […]

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Big Red

Assignment: Design a physical object that allows a user to count up or down. Concept: “Big Red”  “Big Red” is a simple big red button that a user can press to count up or down. I designed this button based on Pavlov’s theory of Classical conditioning, a behavior modification in which an innate response to a potent stimulus becomes expressed […]

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