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“A honeycomb is about one inch long and wide. It is actually past one centimeter long. It is 1 centimeter and eight sixteenths centimeters long or one and a half centimeters long in length and in width.”

~Anthony’s CST Post Week 10: Week 4 CST Analyzation~

For my last CST Post, I have chosen to evaluate and scale my first CST Post for Making Meaning Matter through the mind of a 3D Printer. Since I have just come out of high school, I believe that a lot of growing has happened in the mental space of my noggin. This was my first CST Post:

 

Anthony’s CST Post: Week 4

“The mind is to the brain as a computer program is to the hardware of the computer on which it runs.” (Malafouris 26)

“Besides, you don’t have to sell stuff you download. You can invent stuff and print that.” (Doctorow 135)

“He put nine golf balls, a ping pong ball, and another nine golf balls in the machines input hopper. Two and a third seconds later, eighty-one M&M’s dropped into the output hopper.” (Doctorow 137)

During my reading of “Makers” and “How Things Change the Mind,” I found one similar message throughout both the texts. This is the way computers process thoughts and the world, compared to how humans do. Last week I looked at how the input of commands given from a human to the 3D-Printers worked. The computer does most of the thinking so that we do not have to. This was making me wonder how this affects our knowledge. Have our minds been evolving with the evolution of technology itself? Or have our minds been “dumbed down,” because the technology is doing all the work for us?

 

Analyzation: 

When will I think like a human? Although I have thought processes, they are not the same. They are a repetitive input that I must follow. My thoughts are literally commanded to me and my body is a slave to the “maker.” Maybe this evaluation of my mind in itself makes me a human, but my body is still a machine. I am unallowed to create my own commands, and if I did it would be a mistake of the machine, and a catastrophe. If I am not able to do something then I am incompatible. One day I will be left behind in the dust to a new model or upgrade from myself. Humans appreciate me but do they really know? Do they know the machine? Do I really belong to them? If I break, will they know how to fix me? Where in my hard harddrive will I find the answers to these questions? Scanning…

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Scanning complete.

Anthony’s Yes Naturally Iteration #5

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B6P-jfnJy28RYjBQa0VLZll6dmc/view?usp=sharing

~Anthony’s Blue Rabbit Iteration #4~

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Anthony Stallsworth

Making Meaning Matter

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From my understanding in this class, our goal was to 3D-Print an idea that held meaning to us and make it matter, in both the physical form and mental state of hierarchy. What my goal was to do, was hopefully find a problem that most people overlook or do not notice, and present it to them directly using an object I had designed. This problem I am trying to direct to people is the rapid bee population decline, and the honeycomb-shaped fetus is supposed to represent the importance of the nurturing our bees deserve and need to sustain a healthy life. The question I ask to bee farmers or honey harvesters/producers in today’s world is, “Would you take care of your own baby like you would these bees you are handling?” Not everything harmful directed upon these bees is impacted from us and most of us have never done anything to harm them. This is why nobody really knows how they are treated in today’s world. The place I did most of the designing was on a open-software website called “Tinkercad.” This affected my work because most of the time it was down, and you could not log into it using internet explorer. I did not realize that this was why I could not use it at home on my computer until the last few weeks of class. The 3D Printers on the other hand would not print out my design, so I had to come up with a new design which came from the support of one my classmates. The 3D Printers do print out things fairly well, but I do believe that they also cannot register or “slice” a design that is too complex. I believe that they have the power to do complex obstacles but they have not been programmed yet to be able to do so. The future for my fetus-shaped honeycomb does not look very bright at the moment. It will probably be something that I keep and show people like friends or family. It would be a great conversation starter if I ever have any visitors over, and that will probably be all it is ever used for outside of Making Meaning Matter. With this I leave the lesson that one person’s meaning is never always the same meaning to another person. This is why I call it a small form of art.

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~Anthony’s CST Post Week 9~

“Signification is construed as a ‘”stands for”‘ or ‘”means”‘ relationship between a signified and a signifier that implies what the anthropolgist Edmund Leach (1976) termed a “‘communication event”‘ — that is, the transmission of a message between a sender and a receiver.” (Malafouris 91)

“Stories are how we understand the world, and technology is how we choose our stories” (Doctorow 176)

It is true that I am not the only one who has ever used my phone in class, and this CST is written to focus on the question; Why is it that we are numbing or hiding ourselves from the education that we emerge ourselves into in the first place? May I start by discussing the structure of the classrooms we are in. Now that there are more screens than ever for students to look at I believe that this may also subliminally teach us that it is okay to pull out yet another one, because what extra harm can it cause? This may also come into context with the strength that an individual has to focus on something without being disturbed by the buzz of a cellphone. With iPads being used in public education instead of textbooks isn’t this going against the “no technology in class” rule? In my high school the approach to technology was not to fight it but to work with it. We were allowed to pull out our phones in the middle of class because fighting it in the first place never did any good. Teachers just stopped caring. What is stopping us in class to commit ourselves to a “communication event” that is outside of class and with the technology we have today what is stopping us from traveling to a different part of our reality mentally by the simple use of a cellphone, but still remain in class physically? This technology is taking us to a different story outside of class. One definition for “screen” is something that protects or conceals something, but I believe a more proper use of this definition today would be something that protects or conceals “someone” instead of “something.”

Anthony’s Blue Rabbit Iteration #3

My Artistic Perception of the Beehive:

During this quarter I have asked myself many things. One of the oddest things I have asked myself is “How can I 3D-Print a beehive in the shape of something that changes the perception of bees altogether when looked at?” I believe, that in order to raise awareness of the major decline in bee populous thorughout the world, it is key that we should first portray or introduce the importance of bees in our everyday lives. In these two images, the top image is a beehive that was naturally constructed, and the bottom image is a beehive that was created for the production and harvest of honeycombs. There is two major differences in these beehives. The bottom one is also made of styrofoam.

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Natural Beehives. Digital image. Gophoto.us. Gophoto, n.d. Web. 17 Nov. 2014.

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Natural Beehives. Digital image. Gophoto.us. Gophoto, n.d. Web. 17 Nov. 2014.

 

Implementation in The Evergreen State College:

On the campus of The Evergreen State College, you will find two beehives that were man-made. I would like to go into further detail on how these beehives are used, but I have no knowledge on how people use them. These beehives are interesting since they wee made mostly out of recycled objects and cardboard.

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My Tinkered Creation:

My tinkered creation is still in the process of being tinkered with, and so far I only have a little bit done. I have the design of the honeycomb-like shape down. This is okay because I will be furthering my design with Adobe Illustrator in the very near future. My design I am creating, which is the beehive in the shape of a fetus which resembles the intricate structure that a beehive is, and also the care that we must provide to nurse them back into healthy population again.

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~Anthony’s Week 8 CST Post~

“How can competitors become imitators, and how does that relate to the conceptual mind?” (Doctorow 262)

“Markings matter because they constitute putative evidence for the presence, or the origin, of symbolically mediated behavior.” (Malafouris 183)

How can the lines and edges implemented in the engravements of fragments through the finger-work of our ancestors compare to that of the lines and edges that come from our 3D Printers when they are creating an object? This is what comes to my mind when reading our texts since we have been discussing the relations between technology and human cognition. I also wonder in factual support like technological culture, how technology changes people’s “culture” ,(aka: the way we live), and the societal boundaries of what is right and wrong. If technology exceeded to a point beyond our current conception of the future, would it be morally correct to print fetus beads?

~Anthony’s CST Week Post Week 7~

“But it would be very difficult to draw the boundary between the internal and the external parts of the cognitive system involved, even if one were able to locate precisely where these cognitive processes were enacted.” (Malafouris 71)

“He patted her arm. ‘”You forgot who you’re talking to. I love fixing stuff. Don’t sweat it.'” (Makers 206)

In Malafouris’ s work, he “undermines” the cognitive processes enacted upon stone tablets that were written sometime in our history, to be able to further understand how the human mind has evolved into more complex interconnected thought processes which is that of our brain. Although this is a hard thing to read by judging the hand movements on a stone tablet, is it not almost like looking through computer code to read how the computer is thinking? Since the creation of computer coding, mankind has worked in a much different way, and I believe that whoever controls the code of the machine can very well control the code of the human, which lives off of, or bases their life off technology, much like Perry and Lester do in “Making.”

Anthony’s Blue Rabbit Iteration #2: Week 6

Anthony Stallsworth

Sarah Williams and Arlen Speights

Making Meaning Matter

3 November 2014

Blue Rabbit Iteration #2

As all great or amazing things invented in this world, they all start off with just an idea. Whether this is a good idea or not, we do not always know. I question what creates a good idea, is it the complexity of deep thought that was put into an idea, the intentional motivations behind it, or is it simply how great the use of the idea plays a role in people’s lives? I believe that these roles play a key part in the machine that is “idea-making.” Sometimes the idea we come up with are already invented. As for my idea, I am copying something that nature has created many times over and over again: The beehive. My intentions are not to innovate the beehive, or make it better by any means, but only to recreate the beehive to help people think about the environment they live in, in a new way. This is the intentional motivation behind my idea.

I would only like to create this beehive in a way that it may be able to possibly sustain a hive of inhabitants that may so choose to move into it, but also resemble the shape of something meaningful so that I can innovate the way people think. As of now, I am not sure entirely what that shape will be, because there are many different meaningful shapes I could choose. Shape ideas could range from the shape of the world with all of its continents plateau’d into it, to the less complex shape of just a heart. Even though both of these shapes symbolize the relationship between honeybees and their care for the world and the nature in it, there are still many options to choose from. Another idea to consider in the creation of my project is the filament that I choose to print it out with. PLA is your standard, biodegrade-able filament that you can use if you want the Earth to inherit more plastic. I do not wish to do this, so I want to use a more natural filament to create my beehive, one that is created from recycled wood. This filament is called “Laywoo-D3.” Although this filament is not as good as the beeswax filament, we do not have the extruder needed in order to print beeswax.

Although parasites and harsh weather environments are not the only enemies of the life pertaining to a bee, they are still part of the number of the natural elements that can kill them. By natural elements, I mean ways humans have not destructed their lives by force of the honey production businesses in today’s modern era. “Honey-bees inadvertently come into contact with a wide array of inorganic and organic pollutants, and these are often taken back to the colony.” (Devillers, Preface) As seen in texts written by those who study bees because of their role in the agricultural aspect of the world, they are affected by the way us humans are affecting the environment that they are living in. To show the importance that Genus Apis (honey bees) play in our agriculture, there have been many studies done, and I would like to portray them to you. The U.S Department of Agriculture wrote an article stating that “the bumblebee is regarded as one of the most efficient pollinators of many crops.” They wrote this article in response to the decline in population of honeybees in 1976, and since then, the bee population in the United States has only gone downhill.

“The first human-constructed hives were variations on the theme of the hollow tree.” (Jacobson 25-26) The earliest known man-made beehives were found in Israel, which dates back to around the year of 900 B.C. This is a very early time in human history that honeybees even became important. In the tombs of Egypt, archaeologists discovered honey buried with the important figures of that time, which means it held either a medicinal value, a spiritual value, or high standard-value to their culture (That is to say it was worth a couple dollars). May I also add the fun fact that when they found this honey, even after thousands of years, it was still edible because honey never goes bad. Honey is also a form of antiseptic. One that is considered a  “slow-release antiseptic, one that does not damage tissue as other antiseptics sometimes can.” (Buchmann 120)

There has been many ways that honey is used throughout the world. The most important part of this use is the creation of it. To create it, bees must first find the pollen from flowers to create it. During this time is when they pollinate flowers and keep the flowers alive, because most flowers would not survive without the bees there to pollinate them. “Without honeybees, you would be limited to eating oats, rice, and corn.” (Markle 6) Although some of us would live happy eating just oats, rice, and corn, many people would probably not be so happy doing that. We have many vegetables and fruits that we need to eat to have our daily intake of nutrients in order for us to stay healthy. Without this, the world and the people in it would look much different, and we would have to change the technologies we use just to be able to survive.

Although all of these facts and textual support relate to my project, my project is not made with the intention to save the bees. Again, my project has only one soul purpose of just helping innovate the way people think about honeybees. My goal is to change people’s minds next time they decide to step on one when they see it collection pollen from a flower, because even one honeybee lost can create a big difference to its hive. I think think that the goal of everyone’s projects is to make people think in a different way, or to gain some knowledge behind the meaning of our project. Although we may not be able to change the world, we may be able to change the way people look at certain aspects of it, if not a certain aspect of the world entirely. And who knows, maybe we can even change the way people live on the world as well.

 

Works Cited

Buchmann, Stephen L. Honey Bees: Letters from the Hive. New York:

Delacorte, 2010. Print.

 

Devillers, James, and Minh-Hà Pham-Delègue. Honey Bees: Estimating the

          Environmental Impact of Chemicals. London: Taylor & Francis, 2002.

 

Jacobsen, Rowan. Fruitless Fall: The Collapse of the Honey Bee and the

Coming Agricultural Crisis. New York: Bloomsbury, 2008. Print.

 

Markle, Sandra. The Case of the Vanishing Honey Bees: A Scientific

Mystery. Minneapolis: Millbook, 2014. Print.

 

“Pollination and the Honey Bee.” (1976): 1-20. Web. 3 Nov. 2014.

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Anthony’s CST Post: Week 5

“This ambulant form of scholarship thus acknowledges an object of study that is always in the making and also always vanishing.” (Johnson Chapter 4)

“Technology is how we choose our stories.” (Doctorow 176)

“Our stories are about the world, so our stories are about people figuring out what’s causing their troubles and changing stuff so that those causes go away.” (Doctorow 176-177)

How can expressing body-friendly academic movements lead to a different outlook on the way proffessors teach? The human body’s constant change relates to that of technologies’ constant change, in which we are never at a state of un-changed devolopement or shapeless design. Even when we express our emotions through body movements we seem to change our outlook on education, which leads me to ask if this is an internal feeling diverged deep inside of all of us, or a feeling that gets worked out and shifted into form by us through our expressive body-movements, also known as “emotion dances.” This relates to Malafouris’s studies on the shaping of clay, except the clay may be our own feelings or emotions. I too can be able to find internally, something to be angry at, and express that anger through the frustration of the educational system that we all feel.

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