Kathryn McLellan is a qualitative social scientist living in Chicago with her husband and plants.
She once had a $50.45 library fine.
Despite not speaking Spanish nor having ever taken an econ class, she is an expert on Chilean economics.
Did you know that the official term for people who make hooked rugs is hookers?
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Monthly Archives: March 2012
A bit of morning inspiration
“Everyone takes pictures of that” said the old man soaking up the unexpected March sun when I pulled out my phone. I understand why – this is just the little unexpected message I needed today. I get so caught up in trying to be the better me, the perfectly organized me, that I forget to be, well, me.
Posted in Experiences, graffiti, Places
Quick hit – branding in politics
Obama was, arguably, one of the best branded presidential candidates of all time. The visuals, the message of hope and change, it was all one organized package. So it’s surprising that this is almost the anti-branding campaign year, epitomized by this quote from today’s NYT: “I voted for the more electable not-Romney,” In case you were wondering, that’s Santorum who should have enough brand identity of his own. But particularly this year, it’s all who people aren’t, not who they are. Romney is the not-Obama, Santorum and Gingrich are the not-Romneys. I’m hoping that Obama returns to his brand and doesn’t follow this year’s pattern, otherwise this will be a particularly unfortunate mess of not-not-nots.
Things I’ve been reading – lists
I love lists – not only because they make me feel like the organized person I long to be, but I also think that they can teach you a lot about how people think and dream.
Top 101 goals in 1001 days – Most popular goal is to give blood – wonder if that’s because it’s so public and thus performative, or is that really one of the most common goals for people?
How I Became My Own Mentor – To this end, my strategic plan features all kinds of useful lists: work that’s in process, work I’d like to do in the near future, people I’d like to work with, kinds of work I realize I hate, kinds of work that really lights me up, skills I’d love to learn. Brilliant! I need to do this in my next coffee shop time!
List of Lists that People Make – Lists are the butterfly nets that catch my fleeting thoughts. Yes! I have way too many ideas to keep all of them in my head at any one time.
Using Trello to Organize – Look at that page of lists! So pretty! I like paper though so I’m not sure how well it would work for me.
Pinterest Board of Creative Journaling – Part of why I like paper so much – can doodle, paste things in, make it 3-d.
The Most Amazing Journal EVER – A picture is worth a 1000 words here – you should go check it out! I ordered a moleskin and washi tape just to see if I could use this to add a little more organization to my life.
Posted in Creativity, Goals, Lit Review
Creating Community, excitingly!
My blind proposal (as mentioned here) was successful and I’m in the whirlwind midst of a project on community on web boards.
I’ve always been fascinated by how people create identity, off-line of course, but online as well, where you have full control on how you are, how people see you. You can be whoever you want to be and while there’s certainly a lot of that, the internet is full of people being, mainly, themselves. Community seems like a natural offshoot of that, how people create genuine interactions and then relationships. So excited about this project, plus I’m getting to help a non-profit and it feels like I’ll really be improving something. Plus it’s great experience for my big project/business model thingie.