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"In theory there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice there is. (attributed to) Yogi Berra,

August 25th 2016 wasn't my official start date in my new position at MIT Architecture, but it was my first day returning to campus, spending time with students, faculty and with my future workmates.

My new position at MIT has prompted me to reimagine my website in such a way as to make it simultaneously about my design, teaching, past, present and future. My goal is to have my "re-booted" website 100% complete by August 25th 2017. In the mean time, enjoy the process of my website's "design development".

The image below is the jacket cover for Joi Ito & Jeff Howe's book, Whiplash. The choice of book and book title is not accidental. The word whiplash pretty much sums up my first year returning to MIT.

whiplash |ˈ(h)wipˌlaSH|
noun
2 injury caused by a severe jerk to the head

verb [with object]
jerk or jolt (someone or something) suddenly

Not so much an injury, definitely a jerk or jolt, whiplash typically carries with it a negative connotation. Whiplash as presented in the book Whiplash and whiplash as metaphor for my past year back at MIT has actually been a good thing.

Paul Pettigrew
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