Digital Play

August 29th, 2007

Queens, NY. The Museum of the Moving Image had a show called ‘Digital Play’ on, so I went.

http://www.movingimage.us/site/exhibitions/index.html 

Not that fantastic really. Bit of a disappointment but then I’m not really a computer games person, and unfortunately this was all the curators seemed to understand play to encompass. ‘We love Katamari’ was the highlight for me.

We love Katamari projection screen image We love Katamari blurb

MOMA store

August 29th, 2007

I love**** lamps… it may be part of what got me into projected imagery in the first place.

lamp at MOMA shop

Nostalgia and the city

August 29th, 2007

I arrived in Manhattan at about 1.30am Wednesday 29 August 2007.

diner1 Aura of the Empire Balthazar's

I almost forgot about the American diner. This one groovier, cleaner than most. Dinner Wednesday 29th August. White for labor day… The aura doesn’t fade. The third picture is for M for 2002.

Larchmont Hotel NY Larchmonth Hotel Stair Foyer

My (second) hotel in Greenwich Village: the Larchmont. Small, on a lovely tree-lined street.

My first hotel (Pennsylvania hotel) is definitely over-rated – terrible service and annoying guests.

‘carbon zero hero’

August 24th, 2007

Perhaps also of interest to fellow CCS’ers, this new ‘information appliance’ embodies values outside of productivity and leisure.

CarbonHero
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procrastinating

August 21st, 2007

So I got into the second round on the design paper, which is good news. Now it means I have more to do!

The water tests came back and they weren’t good. We’ll have to get a filter - as a start.

Its been raining since Sunday and sounds fabulous on the metal roof. I’m surrounded by the ghostly shapes of trees - yep, up in the clouds! The tanks are overflowing and long hot showers are a brief luxury.
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random thoughts in the morning

August 7th, 2007

Waiting on the council for water testing today. THe neighbours have finally moved their wastewater sprinkler and it’s no longer hitting our rainwater (drinking) tanks; but we still want to have all the tanks, particularly the other ones with mosquitoes, tested. We only just moved here and know very little about the place so its probably a good idea.

Yeah feeling isolated and worried about the Ph.D. Feeling a bit sorry for myself there.

Will enrol to vote today I think. Maybe pull some more jasmine down from the frangipani - brave the ticks!! Repair my media cabinet and unpack some more gear/books. Time to get something done. Man, I leave again in just 3 weeks!

recent activities

August 1st, 2007

Design Studies special CCS issue - extended abstract submitted today.
Finished the KNS order for S&A / BHP Billiton today. Took the last shipment of cogetherm furnace insulating blocks to NQX shippers warehouse by ute this arvo. Enjoying the celebratory glass of vino as I write…

Monday 30 July I did a visiting lecture at QUT. Presented on my work to a group of final year undergrad students. Seemed to go down ok. Was personally worthwhile to (a) frame it in terms of TUI again and (b) dissemble and convey the design process. I start tutoring them tomorrow, a regular, weekly job - tangible media. Very cool.

Monday 30 July I also attended a lecture in complexity theory by economist/research scientist Jason Potts at the Creative Industries at QUT. Very interesting and thoughtful he was well spoken on a difficult subject, and posed an excellent question: to model cultural studies using complexity theory. Fabulous! http://www.cci.edu.au/events.php

We should get water delivered tomorrow or Friday, and testing done the following week by the council for green mosquitoes & wastewater contamination. 3000 gallons seem to last us 3-4 months, but then we don’t do any washing at home (don’t have a washing machine yet. Wow we’ll really know we’ve made it when we’ve got one ofthose!)

Friday/Sat I plan to get into the garden. FINALLY. And maybe put up some bookshelves.

water

July 26th, 2007

this morning water is on my mind

R has no hot water, Australia has a drought, parts of UK are flooding, South Africa’s waves freeze on the beach. E&L likely have no water while we are worrying about the neighbour’s wastewater contaminating our rainwater.

“I don’t think we’re in Kansas anymore, Toto”

June 30th, 2007

Cory King boy

We ALL like it over here.. us and the friendly locals

Update 5 June 2007

June 5th, 2007

We’ve now moved to Australia. C & I are living in Mt Nebo. It rains a fair bit, though lightly; there are many many birds and it’s really just a gorgeous place I hope I never take for granted. Been in oz for almost 2 months now and still getting set up.

I deferred last semester, due back on the Ph.D. next semester.

I was accepted into an artist residency program in CT for the september session this year; so planning to head back to the USA for a month soon.