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The things that didn’t make it in:

The things that didn’t make it in:

This week, after a nightmare of last-minute changes and formatting errors, I finally turned in the print copy of my thesis to the good folks at OCAD U. It’s a design thesis for the Strategic Foresight and Innovation program, and it’s called “Loss Prevention: Customer Service as Border Security.” It’s just shy of a hundred pages long, and four of those are the bibliography. However, in any piece of writing there are always bits of information you discover at the…

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About Bordertown

About Bordertown

Tomorrow, I’m heading to the Detroit Design Festival, where I’ll be creating my very first art installation for the Bordertown design group. The group has contributed costumes, games, souvenirs from aborted utopias, and other wonderful things. My piece is a series of design fictions about the future of border security in Istanbul. I based those fictions on this Guardian piece in which the Turkish PM says that the city should be split along international borders. I’ll share more about those…

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I have successfully defended my second master’s thesis.

I have successfully defended my second master’s thesis.

A long time ago, my medieval studies professor said to me: “So, what are you interested in? What subject do you see yourself spending the rest of your life learning more about?” “…I’m not sure,” I told her. I want to be a novelist, I wanted to say. “I ask because you’re going to have to start thinking about your grad work.” She shuffled my paper on her desk. It was covered in check-marks for what she called “sparkling” prose….

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My work on that *other* Border Town…

My work on that *other* Border Town…

You may have heard of the Bordertown series, a 25-year-old collection of anthologies, games, gatherings and other wonderful things surrounding a fantasy world shared by multiple authors. Sadly, I am not involved in that particular project. (Not that I’d say no to such an offer, of course. Hint, hint…) Instead, and equally awesome, I am involved in another Border Town, a 12-week design studio hosted by Site 3, a spin-off of Toronto’s HackLab. (I should really write a whole post,…

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What I’m working on lately

What I’m working on lately

In case you missed it, my recent Tor.com Dystopia Week contribution talks about my training as a futurist and my contributions to the 2020 Media Futures project. Here’s another thing I’m working on: Now, I didn’t make this glove. But for my work on the PLAYPR project, I get to write stories about it. I attended a fantastic meeting today with the people who designed and manufactured this glove. They’re planning the next phase of user testing, and I got…

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