Monthly Archives: February 2014

  1. Curvy Truth Kernels


    February 16, 2014 by Kathryn Kuttis

    photoSeven weeks into the term and my J452 students are finally letting their hair down.

    What’s happened? Well, the infographic assignment is upon us. This is one challenge  that you don’t want to do on your own. To get the job done students are asking each other questions, sharing resources and may even be forming a coup d’État to overthrow the third floor technology staff. (shhhhh)

    Despite the looming printer war, our class has morphed into a productive design studio. A collaborative din has taken over the room as students work together to understand the language and beauty of data visualization.

  2. Icy Kernels


    February 10, 2014 by Kathryn Kuttis

    photoAfter an ice storm that brought the area to a screeching halt, it makes perfect sense to blog about what’s in the news. Or does it?

    During the storm, I didn’t rely on social media as much as I usually do. My focus was closer to home and more at a survival level.

    Suddenly, I wanted to talk with my neighbors and inventory my pantry rather than look at #rust photos and Italian #beaches on Instagram. It was a shift in digital habits, although, I did frequently check #icestorm2014 and #snowmageddon.

  3. Get to the Gym Kernels

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    February 2, 2014 by Kathryn Kuttis

    decoWriting is like exercise. You never want to do it until you get started. Making time for the gym and getting there is usually the hardest part.

    The writing process feels similar to me. In both cases, it helps to imagine how I’ll feel if I don’t do it. Which of course, turns out to be worse than just doing it.

    When I want to get to an early yoga class, I lay out my stuff the night before. In the morning, I see the stack of clothes and the towel and feel obligated because I’ve already made a slight effort.

    That’s the key to my writing. If I make just the slightest effort to get something started, it quickly takes on a life of its own. If I overthink it, well then it takes longer and is more painful.


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