It’s been a shorter week than usual due to Easter (which was a nice long weekend with friends and family, by the way). I’ve divided up my time equally between work at Layar — which for me has entered its last phase; a few more weeks to go and then I’ll be handing over — and “other stuff”, being:
- Some prep work for This happened – Utrecht #6. The line-up is shaping up nicely and we have an awesome sponsor again. Announcements will be made next monday.
- An appearance at Visible Cities #03 which was all about urban games. I had the pleasure of sharing a table with Michiel, James and Juha; sharp folk all around. Some notes will probably find their way to the Hubbub blog soon.
- Teaching at the HKU. Which can more or less be summed up by the tweet I posted afterwards: “Really pleased with the hands-on mentality of my design students. Feet in mud, head in clouds, as it should be.”
- And now, on friday, some loose ends to tie up before the last weekend of my life as a twenty-something kicks off.
So there you go.
In between the work I’ve been doing at Layar (which I can’t really tell you much about still, sadly) it’s been a relatively quiet week.
On monday I got my photo taken for this book on creative SMEs in Utrecht that I mentioned in the previous weeknotes. I had a chat with Lodewijk of Stekker Fest about the next phase of Tako and then headed off to Amsterdam for Mobile Monday #15. As is often the case with MoMo, I ended up half provoked — I find the views of Singularity people a little problematic — and half inspired — Booreiland and Tinker.it! had some fine design work to share. The best part was the pleasant dinner I had afterwards with Alexandra, Iskander and Peter.
On tuesday, after a day of hard graft at Layar I had a chat with Jeroen about Tako too. We’ve more or less figured out the organizational scheme we’ll need to push things forward so now it’s a matter of finding a few more people to help run it. We have a list.
Wednesday morning was spent at the HKU; chatting with several of my students about their progress. Compared to the ones I had last year, these guys are more hands-on and have all started building stuff already. That makes mentoring much easier. In the afternoon I spent some time at Waag Society talking to Ronald and Martijn about a 7scenes workshop we’ll be running on april 14. If you’re reading this, it might be of interest to you. Have a look.
Yesterday (thursday) and today are all about Layar again so not much to report there. Next week’s notes will discuss just four working days since it’s Easter here. I’m looking forward to a longish weekend catching up with friends and family. See you on the other side.