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re-hash, re-search

I was wondering why it was taking me so very long to research things about induction charging, coils, etc. for the Final Project in my Materials class which is essentially a BA addition to my future [haha NEAR future since I was hoping to make one by next Friday, etc.] portfolio/resume deal and an assembly guide to how my Second DVA Studio Project (you know, the ‘Serenity Stones’ and ‘aging in place’ solution) would realistically be produced and assembled in REAL LIFE and I realized the reason it is taking so long is because I never actually technically figured out all the details when I did the project. Hmm. Whoops. I just remember thinking “Yeah, induction charging is wireless, cool and easy. Sweet.” and just sort of hand-waving the gesture out of the air (and out of ignorance. d’oh.); not my best move ever. But a really good recent move on my part? The killer sentence at the beginning of this blog. Word.

But really, it’s not so bad since I’ve been in the library waiting to plot for 4ish hours and just got done, so I had some free time to kill that I wasn’t spending sleeping… [PS. I’m a big fan of late-night bad grammar, and excessively strange punctuation PPS. I’m giving myself an award for not only A.) my longest blogged sentence ever ((see beginning of blog)), but also B.) the most creative and well-tagged blog post to date ((see end of blog {as in right below the end of this}))]

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airing it out.

“Wisdom doesn’t automatically come with old age. Nothing does – except wrinkles. It’s true, some wines improve with age. But only if the grapes were good in the first place. ” (Abagail Van Buren)
[WARNING: This is a giant post!]
Arnold Palmer is the most amazing thing I’ve ever had – lemonade + sweet tea. Sweet tea by itself isn’t really my favorite, but the second you add lemonade the whole world changes. I’ve been thinking more about the role that designers and products play in people’s lives – especially as we age and make that transition from being independent and young to needing ‘assistive technology.’ I know it might be vain of me, but I think designers are pretty freaking important. We serve as creators, givers, liaisons between engineers and customers, and everyday superheroes. It’s almost like we get to play a little bit of God by being able to improve people’s lives and change they way they feel when they wake up in the morning. A simple design like the walker gave an elderly person hope, happiness, and the ability to get up and go places. Not to mention that most of the general population is rather oblivious to what an “industrial designer” is, and we do a lot of great work in a behind-closed-doors fashion.When I was previously thinking about why I wanted to become a designer, I focused on my own selfish reasoning and what lead to me choosing the career that I have, and although it is a perfect blend of creativity and problem solving, it’s also about caring about the people that surround me.
We have the power to change the world with our designs. That’s a pretty big deal.
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go granny, go granny, go

So, here’s a moment for me to be rather honest:
I am not excited about this project and I’m having difficulty thinking about it because growing old is one of my fears. I know its natural and normal to be old, but I am in no way looking forward to it so I don’t like thinking about it or discussing it. Not to say I don’t love older people; my family is great, and all power to them for being so vibrant and healthy and wonderful (my grandfather is one of my heroes for being so brave and so vigilent, and my great grandmother is 99 and freaking awesome). I’m just personally disgusted at the thought of my body falling apart more than it already has…

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