May 14, 2013
There were a couple of news articles in Florida about my show and the other shows at the Boca Raton Museum of Art during the same time slot. Here’s a piece in the Sun Sentinel about my show and a drawing/photography exhibition and here’s a mention towards the end of the article in the Palm Beach Post. There’s also a blog post on the museum site, scroll down.
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April 05, 2013
Priya Kuber has posted a profile of me on the Arduino Blog. It was a lot of fun speaking to her over a rather rocky Skype connection.
March 09, 2013
I finally arrived in Austin after an unfortunate and unscheduled overnight layover in Houston. Was the plane late because of the sequester? I guess we will never really know.
Anyway, we are staying in a very cute house, much better than last year when we were banished to the hotel with no water between 9 and 5 that was a half hour drive from the convention center.
Registration was a snap this year, unlike last year when I waited about an hour in a huge line. Complaints about last year now over.
Panels- I caught most of Bre Pettis (of MakerBot) opening remarks. He showed how the Replicator is being used, stressing the importance of 3d printers to kids and education applications specifically. My favorite, a little girl whose dad (I think) had printed lifts for her shoes so she was tall enough to ride the rides at an amusement park.
He announced MakerBot Digitzer, which will combine lasers and a web cam to make a digital model of an object, coming next fall. His talk announced MakerBot’s partnership with Autodesk to incorporate 3-D printing capabilities from the 123D series of apps.
In Connected for Reconstruction, architect Cameron Sinclair discussed the work his non-profit Architecture for Humanity has done in reconstructing disaster sites. Local involvement and commitment to build are critical approaches for meaningful reconstruction. Speaking of the earthquake in Haiti: “Bad buildings kill people, not earthquakes.” He explained the rule of 4s: 4 days to respond 4 weeks to raise money 4 months to mobilize 4 year minimum commitment. Interesting talk.
I saw a bit of Lean Forward, Lean Back: Tablet News Experience looked at how users read on tablets. Sara Quinn of Poynter Institute and Dave Stanton of Smart Media Creative discussed a study from Poynter that used eye-tracking technology to gather statistics on user behavior. The Poynter study showed that different generations read on tablets somewhat differently and that the average time when users stop paying attention is 80-90 seconds. Marco Garcia discussed his study “Storytelling in the Age of the Tablet”. Garcia: “The first 10 seconds are very important because you get to establish a connection between the product and the brand, which is already familiar.”
Awe-Inspiring Web Typography You Can Do Now- how could I miss this panel. I didn’t! Richard Rutter of Fontdeck showed some simple, and sometimes not so simple, CSS techniques to ensure better typography on the web. Studies apparently have shown the good typography induces a good mood, though it doesn’t make a difference in reading comprehension. We need good moods! He talked about using media queries for properties such as line length, line-height, number of columns, small caps. Ems! My students look at me blankly when I first introduce ems, but they are critical.
That was more or less it for me on Friday. I did get to the very end of The Learn to Code Movement. Didn’t hear much, but a did hear a passionate member of the audience point out that writing code is a creative activity, though it is often not recognized as such. Yes!
Dinner with Josh Frankel and went to sleep early to recover from unscheduled stop in Houston.
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January 12, 2013
I am making animations for people in my family- featuring their name. Here is a link to the Vimeo Album. Type Cast
A very blurry video of the ITP Lasersaur cutting a lasersaur. Holding vacuum and camera at the same time did not lead to successful videography, but hey, the thing is cutting. Thank you Eric Hagan, great collaborator! Also ITP faculty and staff and Nordt Labs!
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January 04, 2013
Smart, funny, politically astute, observant, kind, sharp tongued. I knew him as a friend and a writer, he was also a teacher and a scholar. He could do the butterfly stroke and he could sing. When I met Larry in the early nineties he said he was relieved he could avoid the institutions of marriage and the military as a gay man, but he seemed to understand other’s concerns. Larry saw the whole picture with all of the flaws, he was not judgmental, he was acerbic and practical. I didn’t see him that often recently, but I will miss him so much.
December 09, 2012
I made this ipod/iphone cozy from an old tee-shirt instead of grading. Back to work!
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December 07, 2012
At last, the Lasersaur at ITP fires and burns.
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October 16, 2012
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October 12, 2012
NY Comic-Con will never be as much fun for me as San Diego Comic-Con: I’m not on vaction, it’s not in sunny California, it’s at the Javits Center, I don’t get to stay in a hotel. It is mighty fun though. A few pics.
First I saw Bryan Lee O’Malley.
Then I saw Ramona Flowers.
Bane and old-style Batman fought.
There were cat ears that read your brain waves.
And lots and lots of cosplay.