Joshua Appleman

February 8th, 2016

This kind of activity is totally up my alley. I rarely turn down an experience that broadens my horizons and makes me view the world through a new lens, so I was looking forward to it. In advance of the workshop, I read up on miracles berries to see what to expect. In retrospect, I think it would have been … [Read more...]

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The Berkeley Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity (CLTC) announced the first round of grantees this week, and I am excited for the support for a couple of my current projects. I am currently collaborating with Jim Dempsey at the Berkeley Center for Law and Technology (BCLT) and Nicholas Weaver at the International Computer Science Institute (ICSI) to examine cybersecurity information sharing … [Read more...]

xiaojie li

February 6th, 2016

I think this workshop is pretty interesting. The taste of the food changed because of the berry. As I am looking forward to the experiment, I participate more actively because of my positive expectation. My associations changed a lot when trying the same foods after trying the berry. Sour lime was changed into sweet fruit. I think my image for … [Read more...]

Puneet Sharma

February 6th, 2016

The artifact I used for this exercise was a painting that I made during last semester. This painting came at the point in the semester when things were going as planned. Furthermore, the painting I had made before this, despite being one of my best works, made me feel very sad and miserable. The entire experience of making that painting … [Read more...]

Puneet Sharma

February 6th, 2016

How did you feel about participating in this work- shop?

I was very intrigued hearing about the taste alteration work-shop. And since I hadn’t known about the “miracle” berry, there was a fair bit of mystique that had built up going into the workshop. I do think a lot of it had to do with Lisa passing around the mBerry … [Read more...]

Ursula Kwong-Brown

February 5th, 2016

The “miracle” berry taste testing reminded me of a neuroscience paper published around 2005 on the encoding of taste receptors on our taste buds. At the time, there was still debate about whether or not we have a “tongue map” for all the different taste types, or whether each taste bud had multiple kinds of receptors. As part of their … [Read more...]

April Dawn Kester

February 5th, 2016

I decided to run with the object that came to my mind first, which is my coffee cup. It goes everywhere with me. It is usually filled with a caffeinated beverage, sometimes tea, usually coffee – which brings me great joy. This object has a very clear functional purpose, yet represents so much more than just its form.

I have … [Read more...]

April Dawn Kester

February 5th, 2016

After reading, The Miracle Fruit, a Tease for the Taste Buds – The New York Times, I thought this exercise was going to be some life changing experience. Foods just tasted a bit different, I was very underwhelmed.

Vinegar tasted a bit like citrus juice, but nothing I would chug down – it is still vinegar after all. The jalapeño … [Read more...]

Andrew Lambert

February 5th, 2016

PART 1
1. What does this object mean to you?
My modem… it’s actually not my modem. It’s Comcast’s. They wanted to send someone to install it and charge me a fee. “Installation” just means plugging it into cables. I think I had to argue with them to eliminate the fee. When ending your Comcast subscription, people often complain that … [Read more...]