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a little truth

December 6, 2006

the class liked the idea of the small talk generator having some bits of truth in it. but of the examples i listed (in a previous post in this category) were received as too specific. what exactly i should make the piece *say* remains undecided.

i wasn’t sure if i should make a different version for both males and females, but the everyone else seemed to think i should. there was even a comment made about the two pieces being worn by a guy and a girl and having a “conversation” with each other. having the voice be like some sort of spokesperson/infomercialish tv personality to play up the fakeness came up too, or maybe looking for some sort of computer voice widget.

people started to talk about pulling the string and where you pull it from and i can’t remember why but mike said from your neck, or rather, throat, and i kind of liked that… i might make two casings, one for stomach, and one for the neck and test out both ways and see which is better. wearing it around the neck makes me think of a leash though, and i’m not exactly sure i want to imply that a person is being led, or controlled, by those around them. or maybe they are slightly, their responses anyways. maybe. i’m not sure.



December 4, 2006

i’m wondering whether the small talk generator should just generate small talk. maybe i should also create a version which spouts only the truth. or after discussing with lisa, she suggested that maybe it could spout small talk, but every once in a while, there would be bits of truth.

the chatter

November 15, 2006

what should i record into the small talk generator? maybe i should send out a survey…

because the recording module i put together doesn’t let me erase single messages, i think i will have to record it somewhere else first, then play it back to record onto chip when i’m ready.

and do i want to make one for male and one for female? and will it say different things?

small talks:
hi how are you good
hey how’s it going?
how’s it goin? (emphasis on the “in”)
how are you
what’s up?
what’s up.
haha! (enthusiastic and with a painful smile…)
yea i know
that’s crazy
me too
yea that sucks
uh huh
no way!
oh that’s cool
ha ha that’s funny
nice to meet you
yea i know!
it’s cold outside
it’s hot outside
did you have a nice holiday?
i’m so tired
that’s fun
oh YEA?! ha!

i dont wnat to use the following bc theyr’e too specific, but they would work too:
what’s your major?
what’s your thesis about?
how’s thesis?

truths – buts said in that same small talk voice:
i want to kill myself
my life sucks
we’re all going to die
my entire body aches
i don’t even want to talk to you
i’m getting sued
i have herpes
i’m an orphan and sometimes that makes me sad
i will never find love
i want to scream
i find you highly irritating
my underwear is not comfortable
i resent your happiness
i’m jealous of you
i don’t think you deserve the things you have

i put together the recording module!

November 11, 2006

hooray! i bought a kit and soldered it and hacked it to work with the pulley switch i got from gutting jessie (woody’s girlfriend)!


it was really hard to find these dolls with the pulley string but finally found them at toys r’ us, and these were the only ones they had. i guess they are weening this sort of technology out.. but it’s so great…


i ordered the recording module kit from