Cute Coping: Invention & Writers’ Lifehacks

My “transoffice” is what I call all the little tricks I’ve adopted to keep my mobile devices on the ready for whatever. Whether biking downtown to the coffee shop or heading to the beach with the kids, the proliferation of proprietary cords and adapters for my laptop, smartphone, and tablet are mainstays of my workplace habitus — for good or bad. This work/play approach seems unavoidable and developing lifehacks designed to keep gadgets safe and organized is indispensable.

It’s hard out here for a yuccie trying to keep up with these never ending workloads. The idea of “presence bleed” is no joke in this information economy.

Yet another iteration of cuteness, creative professionals find themselves in constant pursuit of cute objects they can deploy to this end. The cute aesthetic works as a strategy for managing this contemporary moment of economic and social instability. It’s a shared reality that we cannot seem to avoid. And so I cope… by not only writing about it but also performing it on a daily basis, either consciously or unconsciously (even now — at this very moment while tapping out this post on my shiny new iPhone Plus :~)

At any rate, I thought I’d share this minor invention I came up with in the hopes that it might help some of you organize your hectic lives while trying to keep it cute.

DIY SafeMag cord protector

DIY SafeMag cord protector

Snip small holes into the bottom of an ordinary cancozy... these

Snip small holes into the bottom of an ordinary can cozy… these things are always laying around my house!

See? It's super easy!

See? It’s super easy!

IMPORTANT: Avoid overheating power adapter and always remove before plugging in!

IMPORTANT: Avoid overheating power adapter and always remove protector before plugging in!

June 16, 2015. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , . computers, cuteness, Invention. Leave a comment.

FSU Office of Faculty Development

The FSU Office of Faculty Development (OFD) provides professional development opportunities to enhance educational endeavors at FSU and promote innovative pedagogical and technological practices that meet the needs of the student body. OFD’s vision is to provide an environment for collaboration and interaction among faculty members that lead to improved student learning… and they decided to feature me in a cute little video they made
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December 2, 2014. Tags: , , , , , , , . comics, computers, design, digital literacy, higher education, media, rhetorics, social media, technology, visual literacy, visual rhetoric, writing, Writing, YouTube. 2 comments.

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