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December 08, 2007

The Great Situation ID Challenge

On Monday, we were given Play-doh and asked to express the list of situations/properties(plural)/properties(possessive) of the fork using the play-doh. I thought that the best way to document what my group made was to take pictures and provide an explanation for each of our pictures in my blog. The first picture can be seen below.

This picture represents several things. The representation was to try and convey the fork as a weapon, which we likened to a Trident. A trident also conveys a source of power: that which yields the fork, yields the power. We included the negative of the trident to express that the trident doesn't just take this form, but it is shaped from a different existing shape.

The next picture, that can be seen below, shows several things.

This picture is more a representation of our group, and the forces behind how we came up with the ideas that stood for the fork. The 4 spheres serve to represent 2 things, since our group was made of two girls and 2 guys, we had two different perspectives going into the fork ideas. The two groups of different sized spheres represent the positive and negative forces (the two genders, I won't specify which is positive and which is negative) that came together to create the ideas. The wheel contrasts the separation of the spheres, and shows the unity that our group found in collaborating on ideas that we all agree best represented the goals of our assignment.

The next two pictures show two different perspectives of one creation.

A side version:

A version that gives a bit more perspective and definition of the whole:

The pictures above show the fork as a chair, this has multiple meanings. The first, and most obvious is the literal meaning. But the representation also serves as a fork being a place for ideas to rest. I felt that this has been a valid point for me, as the semester has gone on I have found that blogging (or forking) has provided a way for me to express things that I think about, most often the things that are going on in my life currently has an effect on what I choose to blog about.

The next picture is of a computer, which represents the programming command fork().

The representation of fork() shows an arrangement of the word fork, which is a situation of fork. In programming, a function was thought of, and the best way for programmers to remember what this program did was to give it a very common name: fork(). What this command does is to represent a process that copies itself by forking or branching out.

The final picture that we have is a diagram that is easily recognizable, and it is a fork as a utensil, or a tool for eating.

We felt this last idea captured and pulled together our whole ideas' of a fork. The utensil is the most most used situation of the fork, which is why we kept and presented it last, as it is the thing that is most recognizable.

Posted by ndjames at December 8, 2007 11:03 AM


Quite nice --gotta love these forks.

By the way, here's a link to the language of Play-doh's properties as stated in the public patent record: http://nip.blogs.com/patent/2004/05/tgif_what_is_it.html
(the description of the invention begins: "a smooth and velvety composition of matter...")

and this link: http://www.failedsuccess.com/index.php?/weblog/comments/playdoh_history
will take you to the story of Play-doh's history.

Posted by: thyliasm at December 21, 2007 11:21 PM

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