February 2016

Day 154 – Moriarty Score

Moriarty Score: The relative negativity of a diary entry Used to measure the intensity of an unhelpful thought Measured by density of negative words 0% = 0 25% = 20…

Day 152 – Interview with Heidi Fettes

This morning I met with Heidi Fettes, a counsellor with Momentum Counselling Dundee. My friend/coursemate, Sophia, had already spoken with Tim from the Momentum team back in December….

Day 151 – MK1 Presentation Slides

The slides from my MK1 Presentation today:

Day 150 – Moriarty.ttf

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Using Victor’s Story as scenario inspiration, I spent part of the last week creating a font which highlights negative feelings without showing them. I managed this through the use…

Day 149 – Victor’s Story

One of the biggest focuses of my project in the last few weeks has been highlighting ‘negative feelings’ without directly showcasing them. This divergent path was inspired by a…

Day 147 – Mk 1 Prototype

DISCLAIMER:  This post is a work in progress while I change things around as my final MK1 prototype concept takes shape.   On Monday, I will be presenting my…

Day 145 – Trail of Thought Machine v0.2

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I spent an hour in the workshop making a better version of last week’s Trail of Thought Machine. The act of defusing unhelpful thinking on a linear timeline (writing…

Day 144 – Big Huge Thesaurus API Key

Today I successfully got an API key for the Big Huge Thesaurus API. The api will allow me to crosscheck words to detect if a word or any of…

Day 143 – Interview with Lesley Howells

Last Friday I took a bus out to Ninewells to meet Lesley Howells. Lesley is the centre head of Maggie’s Dundee. Alongside this, she is also a practicing clinical…

Day 142 – Weekend Reading: Messaging Interfaces

In my advisor meeting yesterday, Andrea suggested I reinvestigate the rise of messaging interfaces (something I mentioned at guru’s day). While the style of interface is relevant, I’m looking…

Day 139 – Trail of Thought Machine v0.1

UPDATE: v0.2 of TOTM Today I prototyped a device which allows the literal recording of trails of thought. The user can only write down one thought at a time before…

Day 139 – Keeping Thought Diaries

I came across a psychology today article with instructions for keeping a thought diary. Part of the article supports my current direction. “One of the most useful things…

Day 138 – Breakfast with Chris and Lunch With Graham

Looking to get fresh opinions on my project, today I had two tutorials with two tutors who aren’t my advisor. Here’s what happened. Breakfast With Chris: I should make a dictionary…

Day 137 – Callum Brown Crit

Today, we each had roughly 5 minutes with rAndom International’s Callum Brown to chat about our concepts. I gave him a very quick pitch of my current concept…

Day 135 – Feelings Words List

I began with a handout from Momentum Counselling, but I have since discovered more detailed lists online. Here is the a comprehensive list I have found. UPDATE: This…

Day 133 – ‘seven:’ Feedback

Last week I distributed ‘seven:’ booklets to five participants. After the week was up, the participants kept their booklet. This was because I wanted my participants to engage fully, knowing it…

Day 128 – seven:

Feedback I received from my concept presentation at the end of last semester suggested a requirement to gather ‘actual (or at least highly representative) content’. As a response…