Its nice to recognize that I haven’t gotten so jaded that I’m unrecognizable to myself. If I can still enjoy the sunrise, birds chirping, and the start of a new day there is still more than enough to look forward to about the future.
Lovely. Badass. Greatness.
Hearing you talk about your thesis bores the living shit out of me.
Jenga! I’ve been wanting to read Wretched of the Earth for a hot minute now.
Four books by Frantz Fanon - Downloadable
- The Wretched of the Earth. New York: Grove, 2004. Here it is.
- Black Skin, White Masks. London: Pluto, 2008. Here it is.
- A Dying Colonialism. New York, NY: Grove, 2007. Here it is.
- Toward the African Revolution. New York, NY: Grove, 1994. Here it is.
If you haven’t read Fanon, now is the time. The zip file password is: archive.
I encourage all women of color to read Fanon’s work(s). White allies, you too.
it may not be any good, but I’ve got to start somewhere…
So I’ve spent most of my Monday working on an Excel-based “database” for a recycling initiative at the internship. From a data standpoint, its kind of scary to put things in Excel because it can also so easily be ruined. From an implementation/practicality standpoint, it is necessary because this place has no data management systems. At least none that can be accessed by the people that would be inputting this data. Someone made them an Access file once and it stayed in Access until I got here (so for a year) because no one that was doing the work could get it to work.
There’s capacity and then there’s capability.
So in creating this one from the ground up, I’m trying to create a user-friendly yet mistake minimizing Excel file. There’s color-coding, drop-down menus… if I could conditionally lock cells and actually think those that will take it over would be able to function that way, I’d totally do it. But alas…
Anyway, one thing led to another and now I’ve got 2 surveys, a “database”, a welcome packet, and I’m about to start to create an evaluation plan because, well, that’s how I roll. Did I mention I like evaluation-type things? So much so that the more of it I do at the internship, the more I want to look into research & evaluation/survey methodology programs.
Why am I doing a qualitative thesis again…?
Anyway, I’ve been thinking for the past several days about my seemingly divergent interests and how they may not diverge at all. I was thinking about it in part after redoing the workplan at the internship. It was a simple redesign from a tragic and unwieldy Excel file to a far more usable, visually appealing, and (of course) color-coded Word document. Small changes, serious impact. But I digress. My point was that, like the report I put together when I first got here, I was really happy with the finished product.
Presenting information in a pretty package, making it more appealing to work with; makes me smile every time. Like I went back to look at it again kind of smile.
Fast forward to relevance, that’s what I’ve been thinking about the past few days. My communications/design love + my research/data love = smiles for days from this chick. Maybe I’m onto something there. Can that be my thing - making data pretty? Is that even a thing? Hans Rosling would certainly say yes. Maybe that could be the starting point for, oh I don’t know, a personal statement about my research interests…? It makes sense. It feels a little like it explains my obsessions with floorplans, clean lines, Google analytics, graphic design… well, design in general.
I might be underappreciating this internship. It’s none of the things I was expecting, but maybe all of the things I needed.