Technological Creativity and Interaction Design


Thoughts on Graduating from University

Posted on May 13, 2018

Some fourteen years later, at almost forty, I finally completed my Bachelor of Fine Arts degree! All aspects of my life—academic, professional, and personal—went through many metamorphoses during those years. While I may not have been conscious of the value of those experiences as I went through each of them, they all helped me grow.

There are many ways to obtain knowledge today, and there are a lot of misconceptions about the path one should take, and why going through university is essential/worthless. I’d like to address some of these issues by sharing my experience and thoughts. I hope to help students and professionals, young and old, to reconsider preconceptions they might have about the path that “should” be taken.

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Replication of “Prescribed Optimism: Is it Right to Be Wrong About the Future?”

Posted on January 1, 2019


The main assumption about personal predictions, although an untested one, has always rested on the rationale that people want to be as accurate as possible. Armor et al. wanted to explore this assumption in 2008 and found out that in reality personal predictions about the future are often optimistically biased. In this paper, we attempted to replicate their research and share the study design we adopted, the methods we applied, as well as the results we got at the end and our commentaries on certain aspects of the study, its first replication by van’t Veer et al. and our own replication.


accuracy, bias, open science framework, optimism, pessimism, prescription, questionnaire, replication, research

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How to fix the focus ring not showing on links on macos

Posted on March 4, 2019

Looking at how keyboard navigation is implemented is usually a way of revealing quickly if developers respected and implemented accessibility. Interactive elements (links, buttons, selects, etc.) usually are highlighted—called the focus ring—when focus is set them. This visually indicates to the user what element is ready to receive keyboard interaction.

While investigating the Apostrophe CMS boilerplate, I was curious—frustrated even—as of why <a> tags were not highlighted visually when focus was set onto them. My investigation revealed something quite interesting: default settings of macos and browsers were at fault!

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