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Physical Responses of Dials

Here’s a really nice video of one of the more memorable (for me) presentations at TEI15. The paper/demo was “Comparing Pictorial and Tangible Notations of Force Image Schemas”, by Jörn Hurtienne (Julius-Maximilians-Universität), Diana Löffler (Julius-Maximilians-Universität), Patty Gadegast (Hochschule Magdeburg-Stendal), and Steffi Hußlein (Hochschule Magdeburg-Stendal). … Continue reading

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Ada Lovelace Day 2013: Thanks for the HTML (and great conversations)

Ada Lovelace Day is an annual celebration of women in science, technology, engineering and maths, and a good time to say thanks. There are two women whom I’ve never properly thanked for what they taught me: Cynsa Bonorris and Laura … Continue reading

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Goodbye, Red, and Thank You

“Red Burns changed my life.” Those words are popping up frequently on Twitter, Facebook, and all over the web today. Red passed away yesterday, leaving a great big hole in the hearts of those of us who were lucky enough … Continue reading

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Toronto DigiFest and more

Just got back from Toronto, where I attended events at Toronto Digifest and TIFF Nexus.  I was very impressed with all the interesting work happening there. I gave a presentation at DigiFest on Arduino, Physical Computing and Mass Participation (PDF, … Continue reading

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Happy Ada Day, and thanks

Today being Ada Lovelace Day (though I’d like to see Grace Hopper day too), it seems a good time to say thank you to three women without whom I wouldn’t be doing what I do. Stacy Horn, founder of Echo … Continue reading

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Word Problem

In the remake of The Taking of Pelham 123, a one-car train of the R142/142A generation of NYC subway cars starts up at approximately 33rd st. on the Lexington line.  It’s carrying 16 people.  With the throttle rigged to full-speed, … Continue reading

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Bye, Nick

Nick West passed away yesterday after fighting cancer for about two years now. Nick was a major influence on me when I was a student at ITP, and a good friend, so I want to write down some of my … Continue reading

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A novel idea: repair instructions

Given how pervasive the idea of planned obsolescence is, I’m always on the lookout for counterexamples — cases where a company actually wants you to fix what you bought from them, and keep it longer, rather than just replacing it … Continue reading

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SIGGRAPH Asia E-Tech call for participation

I’m on the jury for SIGGRAPH Asia’s Emerging Tech this year, thanks to Lars Erik Holmquist. Looking forward to seeing some great submissions, so submit! Here’s the CfP: Call for participation: EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES: ADAPTATION SIGGRAPHA ASIA 2009 Pacifico Yokohama, Yokohama, … Continue reading

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What’s next: TEI, Shenzen, Tokyo, Etech

I’ve been collecting notes and ideas on open source hardware (and open fabrication in general) and sustainable technology development for awhile now, and over the next few weeks I’ll finally get a chance to try them out in a couple … Continue reading

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