• Money Transfers

    Problem Statement The problem of being unbanked affects 2 billion people in the world, the impact of which is that they have no access to credit, insurance, savings, and payments. Compelling Stories I found the following links about un/underbanked American families– I hope that my teammates find sources on non-American...


  • Personality Finders

    It’s always weird using other people’s computers, especially when they look so similar to your own. Whenever I have to help anybody with programming, or look up something on their Macbook, it’s always bewildering: will they scroll in the same direction as I do? Did they set up hot corners?...


  • Finance Research

    Scratch the previous post– for my Doing Good final, I was put into a group to research a project on finance. Having long been a Bitcoin skeptic (the price going up does little to convince me) and unsure of what innovations one should try ahead of more data from GiveDirectly,...


  • Marvelous Fortunes

    In our last class for Electronic Rituals, I read Tarot for the very first time– and discovered that it’s an activity that I very much enjoy. Interpreting the cards and figuring out how it might be relevant to a friend’s life was challenging and interesting. My only problem with the...


  • Foosball

    This week in Subtraction, we’re making foosball players on the wood lathe. Supposedly, we’re going to play an actual game with our players, but hopefully I will not play. I’m terrible and don’t particularly like the game– in terms of tabletop fictional sports, I prefer air hockey. (So Canadian of...


  • Bleeding Out of Her Wherever

    Periods are a big problem. It’s facile, but that’s the conclusion I drew after a break in which I did a lot of readings on the subject. I knew that I wanted to work on a project that affected both where we live and more developing countries, and I knew...


  • Airport Rebellion

    Although many forms of rebellion are the antithesis of ritual, others are directly codified by it. The idea, by Max Gluckman, a South African anthropologist, is that ritualized rebellion serves as a release for impulses that threaten institutions, by which they ultimately reinforce them. For instance, during Carnival, you can...


  • Turning

    Spring Break has arrived, along with a snowstorm in New York. Knowing that I’ll be leaving for London tomorrow, I wanted to finish my lathe exercise before my trip– lest I be stuck competing with everyone else to finish in the last weekend before class begins again. I had no...