Week 4 readings and thoughts

This week’s readings have been very inspiring. I tried to be more disciplined with the readings and enjoyed some of them very much.I also watched “20,000 Days on Earth” and it dealt a lot with memory. Cave reveals that losing his memory is his biggest fear. ‘Because memory is what we are… I think that for a very long time I’ve been building up a kind of world, through narrative songwriting, that’s very clear in my mind. It is a sort of world that has created precious, original memories that define our lives… those moments when the gears of the heart really change. And in some ways that’s what the process of songwriting is for me, the retelling of these memories and the mythologizing of these stories.’

Moving towards the forgetting part of the class, I need to figure out what would I want to forget. Also, there is a paradox to trying consciously to forget something because if we want to check wether it worked or not, there is no way of knowing. “did I forget that thing? Which thing? We need to remember something in order to think about it and if we are thinking about it, then we obviously didn’t forget it.

What if we had a system for forgetting things when they occur. What if we just didn’t record certain things?
If I had to avoid from recording and I recalled this project by Matt Richardson:

I like his system because it prevents the recording of information one does not want to consume.
I also identify with his agenda and would have loved to have a way of avoiding celebrity gossip and gossip in general.

tax timeline

After playing around with my receipts for a while, I think I found a good layout in the form of a timeline. My receipts are documented here  – taxing.ziv.bz and I just need to find a way to automate this process and make it more convenient and effortless. I am using timeline.js, which is a very easy to use open source tool. I started giving each post a title of how I remember the expense. Following Taeyoon’s feedback, I included the image of the receipt. This made the OCR process seem slightly redundant when the image is there, but I think there is a value to the text for metadata purposes and making the memory easier to search.


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Tax memory

A receipt is a written acknowledgment that a specified article or payment has been received.

A receipt records the sale of goods or provision of a service.
They contain a lot of details that are part of a certain memory – an address and name of a business, a date and time of day,
the person paying for a service and the form of payment, table number, product or dish purchased and more.
These details can definitely serve us when documenting a memory, in a very official way.

When looking to find a way of remembering events, it would be great if the system can help with everyday archiving that needs to be done anyway. I personally find it hard to keep track of my receipts for tax purposes. I find it annoying and never get around to it, though I know I should. But if I look at receipts as documents that archive memories, It could be a way of doing my mandatory receipt archiving and not add another “task” to my personal life logging chores.

When traveling, I tend to keep stubs and receipts from places. The purpose of that is to remind me of a specific experience, time and place. These papers pile up, collect dust and I hardly look at them again.

Money takes a big part of our lives yet it is not a part of the memory we like to look back on.
Most of us prefer to recall our enjoyment rather than how much it cost us.

This is how the system currently works:

Receipt – – > iPhone camera – – > Dropbox – – > Tesseract OCR – – > txt file – – > wordpress blog

Week 1 – Archive Fever

When thinking of a way to archive my activity in this class, I want to tackle several issues;
The first of them is my fear of posting. I tend to get shy and overly judgemental of myself and don’t make the final publish.
For this reason I consider making a tool that would help me overcome this barrier.

My idea was to carry a Raspberry Pi + camera with me and trigger it every time that I want to capture something – text / image / thought. This will automatically be posted online and that way eliminating the editing and publishing barrier. I am still figuring out some technical issued but here is the system diagram Screen Shot 2014-09-22 at 10.48.14 AM


Until this system is ready, I will be posting my class activity in this blog, as I do with all classes at ITP.