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Episode Info: Pan Michalatos is an architect, lecturer in architecture technology at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, and a Principal Research Engineer at Autodesk. Favorite quotes "I don't think there is such a thing as a simple life." "You need to have the luxury to choose to simplify your life." "Everything [including art] has utility for the fact that it is being done." "There is a misconception: that our lives have accelerated. […] But for someone 10,000 years ago, [life] would be an equally constant state of stress." "Screens are constructed, by accident or intentionally, to be stared at. You don't have a problem focusing on the screen. The problem is looking away from it." "We are trying to create tools and workflows for designers that incorporate all the knowledge [existing in other disciplines] to be directly accessible and usable." "Software is seen as a way to package knowledge in a usable (and mobile) form, to distribute it." "The other people. That's the challenge." "We try to find drives to keep us distracted from the fact that we're all gonna die." Episode links Adams Kara Taylor Commodore 64 oramata (app) Monolith (app) Objet 3d printer from Stratasys Millipede (app) Application Programming Interface In Our Time with Melvyn Bragg (podcast) National Technical University of Athens Images of the artifacts used by the main hand by Alberto Frigo (project) WarioWare: Smooth Moves (videogame) Voices from Chernobyl by Svetlana Alexievich (book) Red Plenty by Francis Spufford (book) The Collapse of Complex Societies by Joseph Tainter (book) "Simplify your life" on Google Ngram Viewer Holy Anorexia by Rudolph M. Bell (book) People mentioned Cristina Caprioli Sawako Kaijima Andrew Payne Melvyn Bragg Dimitris Papalexopoulos Paul Valéry Alberto Frigo Slavoj Žižek Episode notes · Part 1, Pan's career Intro. [0:00] Pan Michalatos. [2:27] Intuitive. [12:02] The "opening" of making. [13:43] Specificity. [15:19] Simple interactions. [16:47] Developing intuition. [18:28] Who designs your software. [20:01] Rewarding interfaces. [22:56] Design automation. [24:33] Constrained interactions. [25:35] Programming languages - How do coding languages affect user interactions? [26:06] Three social contexts - Working with a team, teaching, and doing your own projects. [28:10] Side projects. [28:57] oramata. [31:01] Monolith - A response to the "big promise" of the digital manufacturing industry. [32:46] Millipede. [35:52] Open source. [38:16] Teaching. [39:26] Episode notes · Part 2, Pan's worldview Pan Michalatos. [41:26] Is your life simple? [42:00] Complexity vs Intensity. [42:31] Daily habits. [43:14] Commute. [43:25] Exercise. [43:47] Meditative moments. [44:18] Boredom. [44:44] Media recommendations. [45:06] Focus. [45:48] Email. [46:09] What makes you more creative? [47:25] Your best ideas. [47:52] Work in progress. [47:57] Deliberate practice. [48:32] Disconnection. [49:03] Restrictions. [49:45] Analog. [50:03] So...
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