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I’ve been experimenting with some online animation and presentation tools, ultimately to use for work but I’m learning the tools by making samples for myself. This one was created with Powtoon (as they will yell at you at the end), which has a greater learning curve than, say, VideoScribe, but not as much as, say, Xtranormal.

This was a piece I meant to write but I struggled to come up with much to say; I mostly had an image in my head of people trying to squish irregular shapes into a box. So it seemed like a good idea to represent visually: a short reflection on selfhood, combining some thoughts after years of reading Dan Ariely (aka my braincrush) and having recently finished Proust Was A Neuroscientist by Jonah Lehrer.

Yes, Lehrer was discredited and shamed for self-plagiarism and just plain making stuff up, but this was his one book that was vetted post-publication, not found suspect, and not pulled from circulation. And maybe, just maybe, Lehrer is more than the person in that plagiarist/fabricator box.

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