Types of Play

March 24, 2010

Lazzaro’s 4 Types of Fun corresponds well to the constructivists’ theories of development (Piaget; Bruner) as well as the literature on play development (Singer & Singer; Garvey; Fein). The Y-axis here owes a lot to cognitive psychologist Robbie Case.

Model for the types of play based on two factors: symbolism and goals


Braille Rubik’s Cube

March 17, 2010


texture cube

A sighted person would find this one easier.

Aimee Mullins at TEDMED

March 12, 2010

I just can’t get enough Aimee Mullins, it seems.

Here she is at TEDMED along with an interview with CNN.

Aimee Mullins

Who needs legs when you look like this?

And some other entries I’ve blogged about her:



American Heart: Father Creates Morgan’s Wonderland, a Theme Park for Those With Special Needs – ABC News.

See What I’m Saying

March 11, 2010

I know my design blog hasn’t really been much about design, but that stuff takes longer to blog about and I’m working on a PhD here. Instead, here’s a documentary coming out soon

the Oscar goes to…

March 8, 2010

Music by Prudence


Oscar for best short-subject documentary.


This got a little more attention at the Oscars since one of the producers “pulled a Kanye” on the director as he was giving his acceptance speech. (Also, how funny is it that Kanye is now part of the lexicon for someone who upstages someone accepting an award?)

I’ll come back and edit if I find out when this documentary will be shown on TV in the U.S.

Lady Gaga and her interest in wheelchairs

I didn’t watch the Video Music Awards last September, but afterwards, there was a big to-do about the inclusion of a wheelchair dancer.

Some discussion on the topic:



It was probably a reference to the actual video to the song:


Lady Gaga

She can walk!!!

I’m not entirely sure that my opinion on the social implication of this matters since a) I’m abled, and b) Lady Gaga’s whole schtick is that she’s all vacuous surface and no substance, so any “statement” she makes is instantly made meaningless anyway.

(And this happened last September, which gives you an idea of how far behind I am about blogging this stuff).