Comments for Digital World and Image studio blog Tue, 31 Jan 2012 13:40:39 +0000 hourly 1 Comment on Real Ant Moebius Strip by Xiao Tue, 31 Jan 2012 13:40:39 +0000 The doing is very fun and crafty. It definitely need time and patience. The trick is to heat the material even so that it won’t be over twisted at some parts or under twisted at others. It’s also very important to control the strength of twisting. I broke up the trial piece once because I was pulling too hard. I recommend everyone to try this out. It’s definitely a very unique experience.

Comment on Motherboard printing by Ashton Grosz Mon, 30 Jan 2012 14:05:24 +0000 In doing this project I had to alter the technique in order to get crafted results. The underside of the soldered board did not have enough surface area to transfer paint onto socks in any meaningful pattern, and the solder nubs were not sufficiently raised for the paint on the board to avoid transferring to the fabric. So, in addition to the original circuit board provided, I grabbed a few more out of some cheap electronics items (Sylvania Dot-It lights and light-up luggage tags). I sewed these onto the leg of the socks above the ankles, which prove to be quite colorful and futuristic fashions. Sewing the boards onto the socks was easier than I suspected, since natural perforations abound.

Comment on Craft Activity: Western Gua Sha by Michael Nitsche Mon, 30 Jan 2012 01:51:18 +0000 As promised, I did Christine’s Gua Sha project but I tried to modify it a little bit. First, I decided that I wanted my HexBot to be removable. That was primarily for my son (who would hate to see a good HexBot go missing), but also for the battery change option. I wanted to be able to change the battery, just in case. So, my clay model has an opening in the bottom where you place the vibrating bot. This probably reduces the vibrations but we will see.
Second, I already saw some small cracks in the original clay model – so I was thinking about using Oogoo. But that looked a bit too plasticy for such a personal object. So instead, I got some large ceramic beads and flexible string and made myself basically a stretchy ball. You stick your HexBot into the core of that bead-ball and it vibrates the beads. Again, you lose quite a bit of vibration but it has another advantage: you can put the bead-ball into the freezer and take it out when you need it. This way you can have a cool surface, much like with a cooling pack. Because you can leave the HexBot outside where it is warm you do not really affect its battery or function.

Comment on Digital Mirror Flashlight by Andrew Quitmeyer Mon, 07 Nov 2011 16:44:43 +0000 This thing now exists! Microsoft research did it:

Comment on Television Wrestler by Andrew Quitmeyer Wed, 28 Sep 2011 01:18:29 +0000 I love this idea

Comment on First design challenge for fall 11 by Nick Poirier Tue, 13 Sep 2011 22:44:11 +0000 Hmmm leaving submissions as a reply to the initial assignment post is an interesting approach. This, or good use of the “categories” tag could help us in navigating the site.

My submission:


I wanted to create something which seemed a dramatic and quick intervention into someone’s daily routine. To turn a person into a performer without any previous introduction to the rule of the performance means that I had to pick an intervention which drew on the shared experiences of many individuals. This intervention is intended to happen on a sidewalk, or in another heavily trafficked area.

Spontaneous games would intersect a person’s day-to-day life for only a few short seconds. Using simple visual cues, the spectator/temporary performer should be able to tell immediately what the nature of the game is and how to play it. Some examples:

Sidewalk Limbo –
Two people hold a stick below head height across a sidewalk. Ideally, they take up only half of the sidewalk to allow for those who aren’t willing performers to pass by. Otherwise, the move for people who seem impatient or not willing to participate. Participants limbo under the stick on their way down the street.

Sidewalk Hopsctoch –
A hopscotch game is drawn in the middle of a busy downtown sidewalk. The people who set up the intervention take turns playing and inviting others to hop their way down the sidewalk.

The Ground is Lava –
Tiles depicting either lush grass or a hellish torment-scape full of fire and spiky looking things are laid in an area semi-randomly. Those who remember the old “ground is lava” game may recognize the visual cues and react accordingly (striding/jumping between the grassy spots)

Red Light, Green Light –
A person stands on a sidewalk with an exaggerated image of a stop light (not a stop sign, so as not to confuse pedestrians with standard construction zone cues). Small sliding cardboard panels either turn “on” or “off” the stoplight. People may or may not stop when they see the light go from green to red.

Red Rover –
Two people join hands and stand in the middle of a sidewalk. As someone approaches, they shout out the standard “Red Rover, Red Rover, let X over!”. X, in this case, is a description of the person approaching them. Encourage total strangers to run headlong into your linked arms!

Comment on First design challenge for fall 11 by Xiao Tue, 13 Sep 2011 16:53:51 +0000 Comment on meeting notes 1/19 by Laura Fries Tue, 08 Feb 2011 01:28:34 +0000 Blog templates have been edited to show author.

Navigation to next/previous posts added.

Navigation to older posts added.

The blog roll and the admin login are present in the current theme.

Not sure what “include video” means.

My suggestion for visual consistency would be to require students to post with consistent image widths in the future.