Grad Thesis survey questions - Please send me your answers!!

Hello! I am a graduate student at Pratt institute in Brooklyn, NY. I am currently working on my masters thesis in Industrial Design. My subject so far is: Hacking, 'making' and craft as a form of recycling and reusing - product life extension by the user. Basically, I am interested in keeping potentially valuable materials out of the ever-growing rubbish pile. Instructables were part of the inspiration for this thesis, and I am wondering if you would take a couple minutes of your valuable time to answer these questions for me. The questions might be a bit cursory or vague so your answers can be the same - I am also interested in the differing levels of humor involved in the motivation, process and results of the hacker and their 'products'. I would really appreciate your input, and I want to thank you for your time in advance! Disclaimer: None of this information will be used for anything other than my written thesis and 15min oral presentation in April (Which you can view, let me know if you want to attend!) - but, please do not divulge any information you dont feel comfortable sharing with my thesis class - use a good false name if you like, (or I can make one up for you) but please be as accurate as you can with all questions. Thanks! So here are some questions! 1 - Who are you (name), and what do you 'do'? How do your friends describe you? (ie- day job, side projects, labor of love, for fun, etc) 2 - What do you carry with you at all times? (keys, phone, wallet, knife, etc) Anything you consider 'unusual'? 3 - Are you a 'gadget person', do you need to have the new thing (iPhone or other smartphone, Macbook Air/EEEpc, etc)? What and when was the last computer purchase? Mac, Win (XP or Vista?) or Linux/other? 4 - What was (were) the last modification(s) you did? (electronic, soft, other) 5 - Do you recycle? (Paper, plastic, etc) How do you dispose of old electronics? 6 - Do you ever take other peoples, or buy old electronics, to hack? What was the last you did that with? 7 - With the popularity of publications like MAKE, CRAFT, ReadyMade - and websites and blogs like Instructables; are we are witnessing a new craft movement? (please explain) 8 - Can you explain the history of this movement (if you feel it exists)? What is your favorite part of the increased popularity of making, hacking and modifying? What do you think is the future of this movement? (looking near or far) 9 - How do think this change will affect Industrial Design, and the design/concept of personal electronics, shoes, tableware, furniture, etc? 10 - Is there a device, object, service, product, etc that you dream about, wish existed, half-joke about with friends? Is there a problem you feel strongly about? Something you feel is overlooked? 11 - Can you recommend anyone, or any resources you feel could be really useful in thinking about this topic? Alright! You are done! Thank you so much for you indulgent participation, I appreciate it so much! -Crankola-

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Kiteman9 years ago
It would be rather cool if you let us know the results of your survey (I PMed you my answers, others may have done as well).
Doctor What9 years ago
1. My name is Ethan (yes that is my real name). I go to school, come home, play videogames, do projects (such as instructables, and things that I make up on my own), and watch TV. I'm a loner, but my couple of friends would describe me as weird, I don't like touching people I don't know, and I am very sensitive to smells, but I also have a quirky and strange sense of humor (only revealed to those who are close to me). 2. I always carry my school ID (otherwise I loose it), my flash drive, a pencil, a pen, my wallet (if I can find it), outside of school I always have my leatherman, and I always, always (in and out of school) have my DS. 3. I don't have to have the newest and greatest thing out there, it just has to function to my standards. For instance, I don't need or want an Ipod. They are too flashy, and I can get something else that works just as well if not better for the same price. 4. I do alot of modifications, both electronic and on household items. The last mod I did was I took my computer apart and screwed it onto a wood panel (I've done alot since then, that is just the last major thing I've mod-ed). 5. I don't recycle, because I don't really know any place in my town where there is a recycling facility. I do take old bottles and turn them into things (you can make bird feeders, water bombs, planters, all kinds of things). I am trying to find out where a recycling center is, and I am becoming more and more environmentally conscious. I don't dispose of old electronics. I keep them. I dissect them, I mod them, and I decorate with them. There is no reason to throw them out. 6. Family members will give me old electronics since they know I like to do stuff like that. Yard sales are also a good place. 7. Honestly, I don't witness a revolution; even in what we are doing here at Instructables, and what others are doing with Make and Craft, but there needs to be. There are countless tinkerers out there or potential tinkerers that aren't on a website such as this. (BTW, I am planning on making an 'ible concerning such things). 8. Once again, I don't really see a movement, but when the movement comes, Instructables will be a big part, as well as sites like Make, Craft, and Hack-a-Day. 9. The thought of DIY has already hit the public market, but not in a big way. At CES this year, they released an electronic device that you could mod and create software for yourself, and have a number of different addons that attach, allowing for custom electronics. Also, more and more computers are running off of Linux. 10. The device I dream that existed is... I've always wanted a household robot helper. Ever since I was really young, I have wanted one. I have a problem that I feel strongly about, in fact, lots of them. I am concerned with Gay Rights, Abortion, Stem Cells, Economy, and Religion in Politics, just to mention a few. 11. No, not really, you could interview the people at Hackaday.com. Thur ya go, hope that was helpful.
Sedgewick179 years ago
1. My name is Shawn, I am working at becoming a Machinist and going on my last year in school, and would like to open a fabrication business in the future. My main hobby is restoring antiques be it engines, furniture, machines, or vehicles. My friends really never describe me. (Which might just say more than words ever could?) 2. I always have something in my pocket I do not no why. Usually a utility tool, a few screws, wire, or something else small. 3. Not really. My computer is 4 years old. 4. I do stuff like rewire an electric motors but the last time I had fun with small circuitry was when I blew up an old furby. 5. No I dont really recycle. I will salvage stuff like cast aluminum for casting, and small things such as springs, gears, motors, or what ever catches my eye which can fit in my scrap box. 6. Yea I always like getting my hands on stuff that might be broken. The last thing electronic I did was repair a TV, and the last hack was modifying a camera to set off fireworks for the 4th of July. I prefer machinery like lawnmowers or mechanical devises. 7. It is possible, but I think in order for people to truly go back to being self reliant and creative they will need a reason to do so, and not just there own love of creativity. 8. I would trace the history of modifying and hacking back a farmer. A farmer had to be very independent such as being there own blacksmith or carpenter, and repair any other problems which might have happened. From this they would modify what they needed to when the needed it, and intern make new inventions. The next big step in this evolution would probably be the industrial revolution which caused a explosion in invention, and the rise of DIY and people who made there own cars, motorcycles, homes, and electronics which would shape the 20th century. Many of these skill and creativity would be badly needed in WW1 and WW2 where the average citizen many of who became soldiers were called on to create and DIY which help change the fate of the world. Somewhere though people lost a bit of there creativity and the practice of DIY and making stuff lost interest. It seems that there is a new interest in this subject, however because websites like instructables is becoming more popular. I hope that it will gain more interest. 9. I think there will be new inventions that will change industries what there are I do not know, but hopefully some of my inventions will have that effect. 10. Yea, I think about how I can improve upon certain devises, but I always forget to write them down. Fire. I think that the danger of a fire is overlooked and that not enough ideas are there to combat it. 11. No, sorry I can not think of any.
downunder9 years ago
1-I am me and I get paid to do nothing...Friends I dont believe in friends 2-I always carry a knife oh yeah and my laptop 3-Nope not a gadget person...Last purchase was this laptop-Windows XP 3 months ago 4-Last modification to what? 5-Nope no time to recycle..old elctronics...well I have a basement stacked to the ceiling just cant part with it all 6-Never mess with used computers it could get you a jail sentence 7-Duh I dunno 8-I plead the 5th 9-Only the Gods can answer that 10-No on 1st ?-The biggest problem facing our nation is the politicians..after they serve thier term they need to be shot and all thier files shredded..Overlooked yeah the increasing illegals being allowed to stay in the USA 11-There aint a person on this earth who is commited enough to follow thru on these problems
Goodhart9 years ago
1 - Who are you (name), and what do you 'do'? How do your friends describe you?
(ie- day job, side projects, labor of love, for fun, etc)

GoodHart: I am a computer systems operator

2 - What do you carry with you at all times? (keys, phone, wallet, knife, etc) Anything you consider 'unusual'?

pocket knife, keys, wallet, watch, nail clippers, and a handkerchief. All of those are my "standard" things, the pocket knife is probably used almost as much as my wallet LOL

3 - Are you a 'gadget person', do you need to have the new thing (iPhone or other smartphone, Macbook Air/EEEpc, etc)? What and when was the last computer purchase? Mac, Win (XP or Vista?) or Linux/other?

I am a DIY gadget person; I rarely have the money to buy stuff, but I do have the gumption to build things; most of my meters are home brewed.
My newest computer is 2 years old, a Gateway with XP home and about 800 other tools in it :-) I also have a bootable Ubuntu CD I use occasionally.

4 - What was (were) the last modification(s) you did? (electronic, soft, other)

Installed a neon light to my bench AC power supply so I would know if I left it on (since the solder irons didn't have any indicators.)

5 - Do you recycle? (Paper, plastic, etc) How do you dispose of old electronics?

Yes, everything that can be recycled, one way or another (such as reuse). Old electronics...have not been thrown out of my house for quite a number of years.... :-) as can be seen by the picture of the 286 and 8088 video driver boards I have pictured on one of my forum threads

6 - Do you ever take other peoples, or buy old electronics, to hack? What was the last you did that with?

If it is going to be "removed" from someone's trash, I ask first. I do not "take" things. But yes, I have also bought from Electronics Gold Mine, and American Science and Surplus and muddled about with them (never bought anything "whole" from them to use. :-)

7 - With the popularity of publications like MAKE, CRAFT, ReadyMade - and websites and blogs like Instructables; are we are witnessing a new craft movement? (please explain)

If by Craft you mean, the art or skilled use of making, I do believe so. If you mean what was once the definition of "crafts", that is the simple tooling of something (ribbon woven though a basket, ducks cut form a board on a jigsaw, etc), I hope not. :-)

8 - Can you explain the history of this movement (if you feel it exists)? What is your favorite part of the increased popularity of making, hacking and modifying? What do you think is the future of this movement? (looking near or far)

I am not sure of the history, but my favorite part is having others besides myself to share things with, and also ask things of. I think this is getting us BACK to being the makers we were when we started this country. Just 20 years ago, I was afraid we were not making much of anything "ourselves".

9 - How do think this change will affect Industrial Design, and the design/concept of personal electronics, shoes, tableware, furniture, etc?

Well, giving the advances in quantum manipulation, we may be looking at a really interesting time ahead.

10 - Is there a device, object, service, product, etc that you dream about, wish existed, half-joke about with friends? Is there a problem you feel strongly about? Something you feel is overlooked?

In the field of quanutms, I would love to be able to manipulate molecules, that is, if I am through with my toaster, turn it into a popcorn popper, and make some of that awhile :-) Really (and that may become possible some day), the idea of being able to shape matter as we want, fascinates me.

11 - Can you recommend anyone, or any resources you feel could be really useful in thinking about this topic?

About your topic, no, not really; about the topic I introduced in #10, yes: 2 books, "Hacking Matter" and "Schroedinger's Machines"
LinuxH4x0r9 years ago
1 - 2 - Keys, wallet, phone, leatherman, zippo 3 - Yes, but I never buy (can't afford) Linux -%years old, planning on buying a macbook in the next 20 or so days 4 - Electronic 5 - Yes, scrap for parts 6 - Yes, but never pay for it 7 - Yes 8 - No, originality and price 9 - 3d printers will rule! 10 - 100 dollar laser cutter 11 - No