The start of my last semester of grad school has me working on mini kimonos for my thesis show. I have affectionately named them my minions. I am working on my last one now. It somehow seems like an appropriate thought to end my academic career on. All my research has shown that we are melding more and more with our technologies. The changes are fast paced and monumental leaving little time for reflection on how they are changing us. Our relationships are navigated through media devices even when physically present with those closest to us emotionally. We use computer interfaces to think and create which limites us to the code in which the operating systmes work. Code is limited to 1's and 0's. Our thoughts become blinded to possibilites outside of those choices that can be made by simple yes or no answers. The news this week had a story about a man that got lost in Iceland by mistyping the name of a town into his GPS. He drove 6 hours out of his way because an electronic device told him to do so. He didn't stop to rationalize that his hotel was in a city and he was driving through the mountains. It is easy to judge and shake our head in bewilderment but the truth of the matter is that we all do similar things every day because some type of device told us to follow a certain thought path. I am not against technology. I just don't want to become its minion. I want to use it and not have it use me. I want to remember to look around and take in visual clues as to where I am and if it is a safe path. Is the sun setting in the west? Am I being creative as an artist and speaking my own thoughts or am I just following a search engines idea? Am I moving the world or is the world moving me?