ah! [May 3, 2013] – it was JUST after I got my iPhone 4s and wanted to study how my own brain works. Not anybody else’s, but my own.
I’d keep the phone ready to record random ideas as they came up and this was one of them.
Will this make sense to you? I don’t know. It makes sense to me and it was primarily a “note to self”.
I started my project after making this video. It was more involved than I thought it would be and I’m still not finished with it, almost 5 yrs later, but I’ve gone (metaphorical) places with it so far.
As “the project” is not universal but initially subjective, I have to objectify the subject as much as possible.
What I am noticing right now?
That’s where I start. Where this noticing takes me, I try to notice along the way, notice changes in what is salient, when what WAS salient becomes frustrating or boring, any “down times” (if any, rare), and what ‘grabs’ me as it grabs me and where it goes.
I’m in control of the process the whole time : the process does not control me. But I consciously allow myself to be led and document as best I can.
I did a very literal documenting for a time. Every thought as it emerged, I wrote down for about 9 months as I ALSO continued what I was doing.
But that is time-consuming and after a while, I no longer needed to do that.
I’ve noticed I find the interests of others (mostly online, but also a few specific people in real life) is particularly salient, and from there, I either have a response immediately or research to do.
Most of my research is close to “real time”. That is, in the middle of a conversation online, I jump over to research, which usually brings me to Google images, wikipedia, google books, google scholar, and often back “through my own brain” by searching past posts I’ve made on related topics.
But: one of my goals in the process of responding is NOVELTY. I work hard to give something *new* to my responses whenever possible. Usually it’s a new metaphor I hadn’t thought of before or a way of considering an issue I hadn’t considered before, and using that as my output.
But that’s my real time research.
Deeper research on a topic of interest may go on for hours, or days, or months. There are some topics that arch over all others, in the “What am I doing here / why am I doing this / How can what I’m doing best serve the future in some way”, but those are embedded in the processes themselves, like a binding force of a kind.