Tuesday, November 29, 2005

New Research Assistant

It is with great pleasure that I introduce my new research assistant Jonathan Blagrove.

Jonathan is a history graduate of the Nottingham Trent University who works as a Marketing/Communications Assistant at the Royal London Society for the Blind. He is also a mature student at the RLSB’s Dorton College specialising in CLAIT (Computer Literacy and Information Technology).

Jonathan will use his IT skills to assist with the entering and analysis of data gathered as part of the two experiments on spatial representation by individuals with low-vision.

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Working Paper

This is a short paper I wrote last year detailing the two experiments being conducted at the Royal London Society for the Blind. During the past few months I have made a few changes to the second experiment (you never know what is going to happen until you pilot...). Basically, I had to make the maze smaller - my budget for the materials was running low and the space was getting very complex.

Click here to download the paper

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

How do you protect your maze?

After I had my tires slashed...I decided not to take any chances.

Thursday, October 27, 2005

More pics - Picnic @ the maze

Kay has sent me a link with more pics from Sunday's picnic @ the maze.
Please click on the link below to go to Kay's page:
Thank you Kay - these look great!

Monday, October 24, 2005

Picnic @ the maze

Really...I just want to say thank you to everyone for coming and making this a very special day. I have to admit that my face hurts - probably because I have been smiling the entire day. A special thank you to Simona & Dani for helping make all this possible. Also, Gil, Tracy & Kim for all their help and attention (yes, I feel bad - you were my guests!) Finally, I really appreciate the effort from those that went out of their way (Alex & Chiara) or showed up fashionably late (Mike). It was a true pleasure to walk around the maze and enjoy a glass of wine with all of you. Tonight... three years since I have arrived in the UK - I think I will sleep. Goodnight

Sunday, October 23, 2005

The rabbit(s) that eat my maze


Saturday, October 22, 2005

Picnic Invite

Monday, October 17, 2005

Maze - Isometric

Roger, now you can get better idea of how this maze looks like.



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Maze Walkthrough

This walkthrough was generated with a screen recorder software and Sketchup. The walkthrough provides a more dynamic view of the maze environment.

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Maze dimensions (inside)

The maze and all illustrations were desinged with Sketchup. The maze is being constructed on an empty field in the campus of the Royal London Society for the Blind. Construction is expected to finish in the third week of October. The figure bellow details the dimensions for the different sections.

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Sunday, October 16, 2005

A few words on the name...

Theseus son of Aegeus (or Poseidon) and father of “scientific wrestling” is notorious for crossing the maze and slaying the Minotaur. This brave and astute mythological hero also known for his righteous foreign policy and sense of justice was not entirely perfect. He was fond of kidnapping (abducted Helen of Sparta when she was 12) and had terrible cognitive mapping skills. We are quick to discard Daedalus' genius and forget that Theseus did not “solve” the maze. In fact, Theseus was so incapable of spatial updating that his movement inside the maze depended on the magical ball of thread given by Ariadne, daughter of King Minos.

Saturday, October 15, 2005

...Friday night poem

Tarde (Noviembre 1919)

Tarde lluviosa en gris cansado,
y sigue el caminar.
Los árboles marchitos.
Mi cuarto, solitario.
Y los retratos viejos
y el libro sin cortar...

Chorrea la tristeza por los muebles
y por el alma. Quizá
no tenga para mí Naturaleza
el pecho de cristal.
Y me duele la carne del corazón
y la carne del alma. Y al hablar,
se quedan mis palabras en el aire
como corchos sobre agua.

Sólo por tus ojos
sufro yo este mal,
tristezas de antaño
y las que vendrán.
Tarde lluviosa en gris cansado,
y sigue el caminar.

Federico García Lorca (1898 - 1936)

Friday, September 02, 2005