TTE #000001 – Pumpkins Document Week 2

Already week 2 and still feel like I’m just starting to get into the pumpkin mode. Here’s the notes during the week. However, I think tonight I’m just gonna draw whole loads of pumpkins as I don’t really feel satisfied with the amount of work I’ve done.

Dual words are in 9/17 and  9/21
Jingle Lyrics for pumpkin are in 9/18 and 9/23 (final version) / melody exist.

Date 9/17

Researching with meandering. Pumpkins find folktales of pumpkins as heroes before 1980s. Korea, England, US, France, Russia, Germany, Japan, China, Algeria, Nigeria, Egypt.

Research for plant chemicals that enhances human life on earth.  Nothing, but pumpkins.

//I should have looked back at my iphone notes sooner and researched the folktales, and the chems.

Dual words: Sports and eating. Surgery and Pumpkin, subways and pumpkins, bags and pumpkins, instruments and pumpkins, edible furniture, arithmetic and pumpkins, binary and pumpkins, tattoos and pumpkins, faires and pumpkins

Date 9/18

Twitter Feed of pumpkins data vis of pumpkin groups.

Jingle lyrics brainstorming:

Pumpkins Plumkins a Chunkins a Clunkins
a child bewitched to a pumpkins beheadin’
(A child a head with a pumpkins bewitching)

We carve dear pumpkins with eyes belonging
a nose a hole with a smile to look in’
(we carve their eyes and nose and smirkful grins
we pry open a top for some decor a hundred/fun)

we pop its toppin its seeds be fallin’
scratchin’ n’ pokin’ til seeds drop in

(we poke and cut and plunge out its seeding)
We hear the cries of bewitched pumpkins (howlin’)
ready to be plunged in a chunkin a mildred
a foul grin on its smashed borboadin’

(we quietly lit a lanturn to shush out the winds
a beheadin’ with a name whom we all called jack)

Date 9/19

Drew a beginning comic strip with the theme of comforting people with pumpkin heads.

Date 9/21

Draw pumpkin heads Draw Draw

Drawing a dystopian world or a world like brave new world
where head interchanging is possible a norm a style of life

dual words: pumpkin trashcan, pumpkin ozone, pumpkin bank seeds and carving, pumpkin shaped gold/money, pumpkin shop, pumpkin delicacies, pumpkin helmet, pumpkin football team, pumpkin tram, pumpkin suit, pumpkin real estate, pumpkin houses, pumpkin growth shelters, pumpkin fogs, pumpkin dogs, pumpkin hotel, pumpkin church, pumpkin spirit, pumpkin fire, pumpkin soda, pumpkin holiday, pumpkin puppets, pumpkin water, pumpkin UN, pumpkin firetruckk, pumpkin hose, pumpkin ramen, pumpkin birthday, pumpkin government, pumpkin cabaret, pumpkin thighs, pumpkin legs, pumpkin sex, pumpkin salt, pumpkin traffic, pumpkin youth, pumpkin trouble, pumpkin agility, pumpkin inception, pumpkin jubilee, pumpkin sad, pumpkin pulse, paint pumpkin, pumpkin bucket, pumpkin gas and fume, pumpkin smoke.

//Draw pumpkin real estate, houses, and growing of shelters
//Write about what a pumpkin government may mean.

Date 9/23

The Three Magic Pumpkins – India
Pumpkin Seeds – Korea
Magic pumpkin – Ukraine

//These 3 (or 2 stories, since the character names appearing for the Indian and the Ukrainian are the same) are almost identical as if they have the same roots. Search roots of folktales in Asia and Pumpkin.

The singing pumpkin – Iran

//Went to the library for pumpkin stories, was a light search and was able to only find 2-3 children books, but they all dealt with pumpkin as jack-o-lanterns and halloween.

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Pumpkin Jingle:

Pumpkins Plumkins a Chunkins a Clunkins
a child bewitched to a pumpkins beheadin’

A child a head with a pumpkins bewitching
We hear the cries of the pumpkins howlin’

We carve dear pumpkins with eyes belonging
a nose a hole with a smile to look in’

we pop its toppin its seeds be fallin’
scratchin’ n’ pokin’ til hollowed be empty

We hear the cries of bewitched pumpkins
ready to be plunged in a chunkin a mildred

a foul grin to its smashed foreboadin’
lightin’ its surroundin’ with some decor a hundred

We hear the cries of bewildered bewitchin’
beheadin’s of children whom we all sing dancin’

BNB #000001 – Mongolia: Obesity, Food Culture, Economics

Mongolia: Obesity, Food Culture, & Policies

I lived in Mongolia for about 10 months back in 2012-2013 and always wondered why as they got older they gained on incredible amounts of weight compared to their teenage years and twenties. After their 30s most men and women seem real buff, compared to most other Asian countries. Now that I think back I don’t remember seeing any skinny Mongolian.

Searching here and there I found out that Mongolia has one of the highest BMI values in Asia Pacific along with Australia.

The prevalence of obesity (BMI>30k/m2) in men ranged from 0.3% in India and 1.3% in Indonesia to 13.8% in Mongolia and 19.3% in Australia. In women the lowest rates were found in India (0.6%), China and Japan (both 3.4%) and the highest rates in Australia (22.2%) and Mongolia (24.6%).”

“…overweight and obesity accounted for nearly 8% of coronary heart disease in Mongolia and over 9% in Australia. It also accounted for nearly 9% of ischaemic stroke in Mongolia and more than 10% in Australia.”

Mongolians who are overweight (BMI > 25) is 31.6% and obese (BMI > 30) is 9.8% of the population.

“Study held among people of over 20 years of age where Monoglia was placed first in Asia by the number of overweight people out of 100 persons. 16.4 out of 100 people are over the standard body mass in Mongolia, Malaysia with 14.1, then Thailand with 8.5. According to WHO the Mongolians are becoming overweight due to an unhealthy diet and lack of movement. The people of Mongolia are gaining weight due to the economic growth, consuming not only meat but western foods as well.”  (

Culturally, I know that they eat a lot of meat it ranges from goats, muttons, horsemeat, beef, and pork. They are especially fond of muttons and horsemeat, and it is because the winters get real cold where the average temperature is around -22 to -38 degrees Celsius and these types of meat keeps them warm. Add this with hot tea milk and some flour based food and we have the Mongolian diet with a hint of alcohol.

I found a data sheet where it said that their daily calorie intakes vary from 1921 to 2570 calories/capital/day. Here’s an excerpt from their report:

Flour, meat and milk products are the main food staples of Mongolia (Table 3). According to estimates made in the framework of the “Household Income and Expenditure Survey/Living Standards Measurement Survey 2002/03”, these three products cover some 86 percent of the daily caloric intake (Table 4). Although consumption of animal products is among the highest in the world, cereals are still the main source of energy providing in average 55 percent of the daily intake. Meat and meat products (in terms of meat) and milk and dairy products (in terms of milk) cover 20 percent and 11 percent of the daily caloric intake, respectively. Despite rapid increases in consumption of potatoes, vegetables and fruits in recent years, particularly in urban areas, the diet of Mongolians remains deficient in these products with annual average per capita consumptions of 43 kg, 25 kg and 12 kg respectively, that are well below Asian standards.

Table 3. Mongolia: Per capita annual food consumption by main food groups (kg)

2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 Average
Meat and meat products (in terms of meat) 97.2 97.2 98.4 94.8 99.6 97.4
Milk and milk products (in terms of milk) 100.8 100.8 130.8 138.0 140.4 122.2
Flour and bakery products (in terms of flour) 110.4 110.4 114.0 105.6 118.8 111.8
Rice 15.6 15.6 18.0 18.0 26.4 18.7
Potatoes 26.4 26.4 31.2 33.6 43.2 32.2
Vegetables (in terms of fresh vegetable) 16.8 16.8 18.0 16.8 25.2 18.7
Fruit 3.6 3.6 4.8 6.0 12.0 6.0
Vegetable oil 6.0 6.0 8.4 8.4 12.0 8.2
Fish and fish products 2.4 2.4 0.0 1.2 2.4 1.7
Sugar and sugar products (in terms of sugar) 12.0 12.0 12.0 12.0 16.8 13.0

Source: NSO.

Table 4. Mongolia: Composition of per capita daily caloric intake by main food groups (%)

National Urban Rural UB Analytical domains
Meat and meat products 20 17 23 15 18 22 24
Milk and dairy products 11 7 16 7 7 11 18
Flour and flour products 55 59 52 58 59 55 50
Vegetables 3 4 2 5 4 2 1
Fruits 1 1 0 1 1 0 0
Candy, sugar 6 6 5 6 6 5 5
Tea, coffee, beverages 1 1 0 1 1 0 0
Spices 4 6 2 7 5 3 1
Total 101 101 100 100 101 98 99

Source: 2002/03 HIES/LSMS.

You can definitely see that their intake of vegetables and fruits is really low compared to their intake of meat, milk and flour. Here is another excerpt of their diet culture and a little about their inactivity.

The Mongolian ‘traditional’ diet as practised by the rural population is characterised by a high intake of dairy products, especially milk and natural yogurt, fats and oils, sugar confectionery and horsemeat (Otgontuya, 2009). On the other hand, the more urbanised population takes a ‘transitional diet’ that is high in meat, both ruminant and monogastric, and potato. In addition, the majority of the adults in both urban and rural areas were found to be not physically active (Otgontuya, 2009).

The results here concur with the country’s recent survey which reported that 31.6% of Mongolians aged 15-64 years were overweight with 41.6% experiencing central obesity (MOH, 2006). As cardiovascular disease has been the number one cause of death in the Mongolian population since 1995 (DMS, 2005), these findings indicate the serious need for urgent public health efforts to address the obesity problem among Mongolian adults. Middle-aged adults, especially women, from rural and urban areas, should be targeted in such intervention programmes.

Socially, men and women together are less active after 30, it is also seen as a good thing to be overweight as it is a sign of wealth. Also, with newly introduced western cultures it is in the trend to be going to such spots and eating from there. Most students I met always carried a 1.5L Coke with them as a sign of being in trend. Also before leaving Mongolia they had established KFC for the first time in Mongolia and it was one of the hottest place to go to. These western food consumption are seen as a sign of wealth and is looked upon as worthy to eat and is not helping the already high intake of meat in the country.I believe that the physically inactive part has to do with the weather conditions during the winter, as the Mongolian students love sports and going outdoors during spring and summer.

Economically, it’s the same problems all over, there is the introduction of western food culture (e.g. KFC) with the economic growth of the country. One of the largest economic activities they have is livestock production. Abundance of livestock animals also add to the increase of meat and dairy consumption of the country.


Main livestock output (‘000 tonnes)
Total meat (slaughter, weight) 234 249 289 311 226 204 153 199 193
Beef 71 66 105 113 67 61 44 52 49
Muttons and goats 116 132 129 120 105 95 81 98 95
Milk 226 316 467 376 290 277 292 329 335
Eggs (million units) 21 38 10 7 8 4 7 16 21
Imports (tonnes)
Milk Powder 1 038 365 346 1 385 835 n.a n.a. n.a.
Major meat exports
Meat (‘000 tonnes) 24 15 17 20 23 15 8 8
Intestines (‘000 rolls) 2 164 1 025 870 368 316 223 278 295
Edible meat offal (tonnes) 3 151 812 3 430 1 629 887 6 404

Source: NSO.

Although Mongolia produces vegetables and potatoes they are small compared to meat.

1989 1990 1995 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005
Production 155.5 131.1 52 63.8 58.9 58 51.9 78.7 80.2 82.8
Imports 2.9 9 22 36 40 38 41
Production 59.5 41.7 27.3 39 44 44.5 39.7 59.6 49.2 64.1
Imports 2.7 2.1 2.6 3.9 8.6 12.3 14.8 21.0 17.6
Fresh fruits
Imports 3.4 3.5 2.6 8.4 12.7 18.7 23.3 22.9 22.5

Source: NSO.

On a side note, Mongolia is also on the list for undernourished people and depth of hunger. Mongolia has a 310kcal depth of hunger compared to an average of 130kcal for developed countries. There has been no change in percentage of population undernourished from 1990 to 2004 which is around 30% of their population. Adding this to the high production and intake of meat, it seems there is no direct change being direct towards the population as they are becoming obese with undernourishment.

One of the biggest recommendations for the country would be higher vegetable consumption within the country: By educating more families on vegetables and offering those more by having more markets are focused on salads. Just like what Jamie Oliver is doing in America.

Extra: food consumption over a week of a Mongolian family.

Mongolia: The Batsuuri family in their apartment with a week’s worth of food in Ulaanbaatar, the capital city of Mongolia. The family spend $40.02 a week on groceries. They cook with shared electric and coal stoves, and have a shared refrigerator-freezer. Family recipe: Mutton dumplings.

PAZ #000002 – Regex, Replace and Shakespeare Part2

Following the last post, finally a workable version of Shakespearing. Following most of the advice from was able to change men/man to sirrah; women/woman to mistress; a few common curse words to jackanapes and canker-blossoms; and etc.


// Scramble what the user enters into a text field

// The scrambled text
var reversed = "";
var input;

function setup() {

  // A text area
  input = createElement("textarea","\"Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.\" - Abraham Lincoln");
  // A button
  var button = createButton("Shakespeare it!");'position','absolute');'left','416px');'top','140px');
  // An HTML Element for the resulting text
  reversed = createP("");'font-size','60px');'font-style','bold');'color','#2e2e2e');'font-family','Roboto Slab');'position','absolute');'top','140px');'left','90px');'background','0');

function doublewords() {
  // What has the user entered?
  var text = input.value();

  var regex = [];
  regex[0] = /(your)|(you)/gi;
  regex[1] = /(y'all)/gi;
  regex[2] = /(women)|(woman)/gi;
  regex[3] = /(men)|(man)/gi;
  regex[4] = /(friend)/gi; 
  regex[5] = /(fuck)|(bitch)/gi
  regex[6] = /(^i|I$)/gi
  var out = [];
  out[0] = 'thou';
  out[1] = 'ye';
  out[2] = 'mistress';
  out[3] = 'sirrah';
  out[4] = 'cousin';
  out[5] = either('jackanapes','canker-blossoms');
  out[6] = either(' I ',' methinks ');
  //use of dictionary a better method?  
  // Update the HTML Element
   var output = text;
   for(var i=0; i < regex.length; i++){	
     	output = output.replace(regex[i],out[i]);	

function either(a,b){
  	var p = Math.random()
   		  return a
   	else return b

github & shakespeare it

PAZ #000001 – Regex, Replace and Shakespeare

For the second week I decided to translate writing to Shakespearean Plays… well that sounds a bit drastic. Just replacing a few words by using this site:

However, I am failing since the loops goes once and spits out the last iteration of output. The output seems to reset since the input doesn’t really change. I believe I should be using either the Find Links example and Test a Regex example. Now that I think about it maybe I need to use the match method first and then replace.

// Scramble what the user enters into a text field

// The scrambled text
var reversed = "";
var input;

function setup() {

  // A text area
  input = createElement("textarea","Enter some text.");

  // A button
  var button = createButton("Shakespeare it!");
  // An HTML Element for the resulting text
  reversed = createP("");

function doublewords() {
  // What has the user entered?
  var text = input.value();

  // A regex to match any vowel
  // Captured as group #1
  var regexYou = /(you)/gi;
  var regexYe = /(y'all)/gi;
  var regexMen = /(men)/gi;
  var regexWomen = /(women)/gi;
  var regexFriend = /(friend)/gi;
  var regex = [];
  regex[0] = /(you)/gi;
  regex[1] = /(y'all)/gi;
  regex[2] = /(men)/gi;
  regex[3] = /(women)/gi;
  regex[4] = /(friend)/gi; 
  var out = [];
  out[0] = 'thou';
  out[1] = 'ye';
  out[2] = 'sirrah';
  out[3] = 'mistress';
  out[4] = 'cousin';
 //var output;
  // Replacing the vowel with two of itself
  var output = text.replace(regexYou,'thou');
  output = text.replace(regexYe,'ye');
  output = text.replace(regexMen,'sirrah');
  output = text.replace(regexWomen,'mistress');
  output = text.replace(regexFriend, 'cousin');
  // Update the HTML Element
/*   for(var i=0; i < regex.length; i++){
	output = (text.match(regex[i],out[i]));

BNB #000000 – Week 1 Leverage Points 9,8,7 on RunKeeper


Behavior changing apps that try to affect the length of delays seem unsuccessful. As turning on the app itself has a lengthy delay. The time it takes for a user to take a phone out of his/her pocket, turn the phone on, swipe, type in the passcode and find the right application all is part of the delay. In addition to this there are pop-ups for rating apps; apps forcing users to update before any usage; slow internet connection; and decay of phone performance throughout time. But let say this isn’t a problem to most folks, however, the problem lies that behavior change itself takes time. It is a delayed process, there are studies that say that it takes about 3 weeks to change or gain a new habit or behavior to be naturally integrated in our life styles. It takes time to see a change in behavior and most mobile apps are incapable of doing that. RunKeeper keeps track of the distance, the speed, the location, and even has a plan or schedule to turn me into a 5k runner, but all it can do is record daily actions, but can’t do anything about the delay there is to making me a better, healthier runner. Heart rate checking apps, tracking levels of certain chemicals in our system only gives out information, which takes us to the negative feedback loops.

As a user who have used both RunKeeper and Zombies, Run! I specifically have used these to give myself a negative feedback loop. It was a means to check if I was running or not. RunKeeper and on other apps, one that comes in to mind; 8 Cups a Day, themselves are negative feedback loop apps. We know the moment we don’t track ourselves with it, we’re not keeping ourselves in check. We can say that negative feedback loops are a given, it is a reminder to keep self-correcting. And this is great when they are on, on the other hand when they are off it becomes obsolete. Although, I have to say 8 Cups a Day had red notification bubbles with numbers to keep you always in check like Big Brother, yelling to drink that 8 cup of water.. RunKeeper, is not lucky enough to get away from: “useful when only on”, one of the reasons I quit using RunKeeper is not because the app was bad, but it took time to turn it on, there was a physical delay. By the time RunKeeper is running on the phone I myself have lost the incentive to run and gained an appetite for a nice breakfast. I had a specific set of environment to create before running it was to turn on both RunKeeper and Zombies, Run!, and the slow phone did not help. Mobile app are perfect for negative feedback loops as it monitors and displays information on the go, but because it is a mobile app hence stuck on to a phone separate from our bodies and bound by hardware limits it isn’t too effective in helping users change their behavior.

With all this said, let’s say the delay is fine and the negative feedback loop have managed to change the behavior of a user to use it every day and keep themselves in check. How much is too much? There is no alert for overusing the app. A user maybe running too much, but it doesn’t tell anything about the effects the running might be doing to the user. They can run faster, further, longer, but how do you put on the brakes when needed? There is the integration of a schedule which gives you days for rest, but it feels more a guide and not any direct effect on the users’ growth.

PAZ #000000 – The Secret Life of Pronouns  This is an interesting exercise, although I felt like I didn’t have much to write after 4 minutes and ended it before time. And voila my scores:

Visual Dimension Your data The average response
Words on the label: Verbal thinking 1.02 1.74
Colors and text: Visual sensitivity 3.06 3.74
Bottle contents: Functional thinking 3.06 1.67
The bottle itself: Tactile sensitivity 2.04 2.91
Light and shadow: Contextual thinking 3.06 0.79

Overall, you wrote 98 words in the 5 minutes. 

Generally, the more you write, the better. In this exercise, anything less than about 50 words is not too reliable.

So uh yea, I should have written for a little bit longer. However, even with that said I think I would have only seen a slight increase in visual sensitivity and maybe the tactile sensitivity since I was running out of things to say visually. On the other side, I’ve scored tremendously for functional thinking and contextual thinking (double and triple the average score in less than 5 minutes!) Wished I had scored higher on tactical and visual, good thing I’m in ITP for it. 

Below are the results they’ve given me.

Words on the label: Verbal thinking. People who score high on this dimension tend to focus on the label and what the words actually say. They often report that the letters Oza and Ka referred to Ozarka and that “Thirst Quencher” could be seen on the blue background. Your score is about average. You probably mentioned a couple of the broad features of the words on the label but didn’t dwell on them.

Colors and text: Visual sensitivity. Some people are particularly sensitive to colors and styles associated with writing. People who score high on the visual sensitivity dimension tend to write about colors of the text as well as the backgrounds. Your score on this dimension is close to the average. You are drawn to colors and have a passing interest in layout and design.

Bottle contents: Functional thinking. The purpose of a water bottle is to hold water. Duh. People who score high on this dimension focus on the bottle as a container of something. In other words, they are thinking about the function of the bottle. Your language use in describing the bottle suggests that you are someone who thinks about the functions of objects. When you looked at the picture, your eyes probably wandered to the contents of the bottle. Most people didn’t do this. Perhaps you have deep philosophical thoughts. Perhaps you are an aspiring engineer. Perhaps you are thirsty.

The bottle itself: Tactile sensitivity. Someone who is high in tactile sensitivity likes to touch things. They appreciate the surface, texture, and contours of objects and people. They have an appreciation of the dimensionality of objects. In describing the bottle, high scorers paid attention to the surface and contour of the bottle itself, perhaps thinking of it like a sculpture. Your writing suggests a distinct lack of interest in the form of the bottle itself. Extending this reasoning a bit, you don’t automatically imagine how an object feels. Touch may not be your dominant sense. I just can’t see you as a postmodern architect.

Light and shadow: Contextual thinking. If you look closely at the picture of the bottle, you will see that the lighting casts a shadow on the table through the bottle. People who wrote about this tended to score highly on this dimension. As you can see in the table, your score indicates that you are significantly more appreciative of context than most people. You are able to sense the role of light, depth, and perspective in viewing the bottle. Your artistic sensibilities and broad perspective hints that you could become an artist, a diplomat, or one of those fake vegetarians who eat fish.

I think there are some interesting points about myself that the program has figured out in less than 5 minutes. Most of these characteristics are hard to know about even on a deeper level of social interaction. For the average folks it is almost hard to deduce such traits of someone within 5 minutes or less. So yes kudos to you Mr. Bottle Test!

Can’t think for homework, makerfaire is my excuse. Although now that I think about it, it be interesting to save words of projects and create a text-base description of the project as it gains feedback words. A transforming  description adaptive to live comments of the people.

TTE #000000 – Pumpkins Document

Not knowing what to do, I made a word document on google drive and tried writing things down. I’ll just copy paste.

Pumpkin Document
Date: 9/10

In the subway wrote fictional, obnoxious, marvelous calls on the iphone, which I will re-write:

  1. An institution of Pumpkins with consciousness that are looking for literary pumpkin and kin figures throughout the times to advocate/promote a campaign to bring pumpkin public to awaken from its dormant state.
  2. With the shortage of corn, pumpkins must be the new fuel economics that America should run on.
  3. In the wasteland only pumpkins survive to strive, institution of health is looking for ways to integrate pumpkin as an everyday consumable product enriching our vitamin deficits.
  4. For a public of pumpkin heads where humans have interchanged their heads with a jack-o-lantern need comfort from the atrocities of the the side effects and short-lived outcomes.

-Metaphysical  pumpkins calling for meditative ways to pumpkinize world industries to create everything out of pumpkin chemical.

-The art of Pumpkin heads

-Why Halloween is associated with Pumpkins

-Pumpkin as public.

-Pumpkin as private dead entities swapped for human heads.

Things I want to do with Pumpkin:

-Make Pumpkin Pie

-Make Pumpkin Spice Latte like starbucks

-Make Pumpkin Cookie

-Eat all types of Pumpkin filled desserts and drinks.

Date: 9/15

Mini-Pumpkins, why aren’t there pumpkin pizzas? There’s mashed pumpkins in korean pizzas. Pumpkin salad. Where have the pumpkins come from and why is it so prevalent during autumn?

A pumpkin song:
Giant Pumpkins:
Pumpkin Facts:

Pumpkins originated in central america.

Delaware punkin chunkin championship:

30 different varieties of pumpkin

Connecticut Field Pumpkin

Date: 9/16

  • Call: The Health as Festival Research Group are looking for ways to make Pumpkin as an enjoyable popular food culture for americans to be celebrated for 90 days during the autumn.
  • Call: Bodies of America, solving obesity with Pumpkins. Phytochemicals in pumpkins may improve diabetic conditions (research for scholastic papers for this). Bodies of America is looking for pumpkin food culture from all around the world that may fit into American culture.
  • Institution of Human Defense Mechanism are looking Phytochemical that increase human biological conditions, increasing health benefits as well as mental benefits, with the failure of medicine and surgery the institution is researching ways to live only with natural products.
  • (An era when medical science has a limit and can not improve human conditions, what will people do? Where gene restructuring has been banned, abadoned, inefficient, what are other ways for humans to survive a healthy non-disruptive life? If all knowledge of chemicals have been wiped out what are ways to study organic products and research their effects?)

Above photo Pumpkin juice in Harry Potter

-Bought Mini-Pumpkins but have no idea what to do with them.IMG_6326[1]

MF #000000 – Beginnings, inspiration and prototype

Makerfaire! Yay! Vicci messaged me by surprise if I want in for the Makerfaire and said yes. For those who don’t know we did a Box Instrument Project together: link.

After hearing about doing instruments Vicci started motivating the team (a team of two the other being me) with tuning forks and metallic sounds. We got out to get a Tuning fork and bashed things with it. Then we went to Chinatown to get any metallic parts, but with no avail, though we did buy kitchenware, but they were a bit unfriendly to sound. Later on, I went out to get some metal sheets try cutting them and just made dangerous weapons out of it. However, it did lead us into the world of metal tone-wheels! These are the two video examples where we got direct inspiration.

(Awesome reference, this is the dude who made lsdj)

Wow- cool sounds! They basically made stand alone guitar pickups with a magnet on it. This is connected to a amp to listen to electromagnetism created by the motors and metal objects attached to it. And we get the whoosh-klink-metallic-drone-kewl sound!

So after a bit of small tinkering, a prototype instrument was born! Schematics and code will be updated later, I just need to get this post up so I feel like at ease since I thought it absolutely necessary to document. So here are photos of the setup followed by a video!

IMG_9004 IMG_9005 IMG_9007 IMG_9006

CEI #00000C – DSRlines Collaboration Designing Graphical Scenes

While struggling for coding efficiency as my computer was coming of age, I had to think of narrative as divided parts. I had to think beforehand about introductory scenes, and scenes that build up to the final climax. I sketched out a few in the start, the sketches show different scenes for different types of states. Some are more passive where others are dynamic (only in my mind) Then I had to code out some more and play out the scenes I could create and see which graphical scenes would correspond to which. I had to envision a style, try to code it and if the coding was different I had to match it to the style I had already sketched.

Also I made a written narrative so I can easily follow what graphics to create as I listened to the music. 1) It is structured with a grid and a soft sin wave form. Black on white Background. Normal Waves. 2) Grid disappears, Amplitude increases, Frequencies change, Addition of another wave. 3) Inverse Colors, add more subtle waves. 4) Rotation of grid, Grid on/off sequence. A play of creativity within rigidity. Increase in ellipse size. 5) Change one color of wave. Grid flickers. 6) Waves change a bit of forms: amp, freq, recursive. 7) Add mouse graph mountains, let it settle in. Play with waves. 8) Increase sizes, change color of waves and do the dragon dance. 9) Perhaps reverse out.

fin_0A fin_08 fin_09

The graphics are amazingly fun to play with, within its own boundaries. Highlight of the graphics will be the pink dragon in the white sky. The combination of exploring what visual ideas I had and using them on the computer created a space for creativity to sip in this visual project.

Designing graphical scenes after testing a few of the drawn sketches or sketches in the mind. It was time to mix match narrative that I have already written down, a storyboard of graphics to the actual coding. In short the narrative is a slow build up.

It is a play of creativity in rigidity. The story tells of the actions to be creative within rules. Through only grids, graphs, and sin waves we are able slowly build it into a creation story of the dances in the sky.
DSRlines – Tetragoon
Coding for Emotional Impact

CEI #00000B – DSRlines Collaboration Brainstorming

Went back to the sketches and found a few to study, I quickly tried a style DSRlines has on his recent album. There were simple sine waves and geometry with a grid on the back. So I went back to one sketch and modified it so it looks visually pleasing. I thought of an oscilloscope and perhaps the story of the music can start here. Perhaps in the beginning it be white then suddenly it inverses to allow the audience react to what more will come. Still haven’t received the sample music, but looking forward for it.fin_01

I later added modulating properties since it should be able to react the music either manually or automatically. Created a fading keystroke and made the one wave be 10% the amplitude of the other. I can imagine this as more of a VJ tool though. I hoping I can connect several keys for different wave forms and changing of graphic styles from background to the shape of the wave.

How the images are crisp, but the moving images not so. I started storyboarding different visualizations and how they come together. Allowing for change in variables becomes a fight between simplicity and complexity in visualization for storytelling. The more one has, the slower the program. Inefficiency of programming adds a layer of different effects, it is the comparison between control and malleability.
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A study for a collaboration with a musician: A Visualization Brainstorming. The visual storytelling of a music depends on the music and how many systems of variations one can add and manipulate. The different wave forms, the weight of the wave, the background grid’s existence: all the little things add value to the storytelling of the music. There is also a tension between efficient programming and controllable items.

I’ve set up a few parameters and tried to work out how simplicity and complexity plays out in storytelling.
DSRlines – Cirkelsegment

Playing with recursive properties: for one wave I started to meddle around with the frequency input. The frequency is in itself a sine wave where the output number fluctuates. With different variables changing the look of the waves, it becomes hard to predict what’s controlling what. Because of the unfamiliarity it is hard direct the visualization. Rather than manually controlling it perhaps it would work better with set frequency input waves and divide them into groups of piano, allegro, forte so it becomes easier to represent the music.

Also love these graphical images of the layered waves, they become a landscape in themselves. It would be rather awesome to be able to have different waves at different z-axis or have the screen extend over a few screens. All these ideas of control & simplicity to make a mathematical space landscape is working out pretty well. However, I fear that I am getting close to the threshold of the writers’ block.