ITP Camp 2014 report on National Maker Day

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National Maker Day

I started this post on National Maker Day, so here’s some info on that. The White House just released this: FACT SHEET: President Obama to Host First-Ever White House Maker Faire: A Nation of Makers: Empowering America’s Students and Entrepreneurs to Invent the Future. It’sFull of leads on grants and resources for Making in higher ed, and K12 here. And the White house had the first Maker Faire Day today:

ITP Camp 2014

I’m in NYC for three of the four weeks of ITP Camp 2014 telecommuting for Marlboro during the day as I refresh the skills I learned while at ITP in 2006-2008.  The camp is part of New York University’s Interactive Telecommunications Program in the Tisch School of the Arts. Camp is for folks who want to come workshops after work, and on weekends, in making, physical computing, digital fabrication, e-textiles, programming, etc. It’s like a mini-graduate school! But without the credit, or the loans.

Here’s my project, the Grass Saver Garden, v1, aka “The Plant Killer”

Here are my photos from ITP Camp 2014 Photos on Facebook

ITP Camp 2014 Photo Album Cover

ITP Camp 2014 Photo Album Cover

I’m focusing on skills around 3D printing, laser cutting and basic electronics with solar panels by making a project that uses all three called the Grass Saver Garden. The project is kind of silly, but it’s a learning project. Simply put, I want to have a solar powered raised bed garden that will allow people to grow a garden, without digging up any of their lawn.

The Seven Levels of Re-Acclimating to New York City


I’m in New York City for the week. I’ve not lived here for a little more then a year. I’ll be tracking my seven levels of re-acclimation here…

In progress…

Generally my days will look like this: Arriving Yom Kippur weekend. Sun, walking, temple, walking, sun, food, fasting. Then meeting friends for breakfast, lunch, dinner and drinks while I work online in between. This coming weekend, a big 30th aniversary set of events for ITP at NYU. I’ll be staying with friends at either a 15th floor upper west side apartment looking at the Hudson, or in Brooklyn’s Park Slope.

  1. Arrival. Wow. This is really an amazing city like I remember. Everyone is so friendly! Thrift stores in Manhattan still have $8 dress shirts that are perfect with helpful staff! You can find food and coffee that is the same price as Vermont. I should live here again!!!
  2. First few days. How does one live here? Oh…my…god, that apartment costs that much!!! Oh, you’re in finance…right…
  3. Next few days…we’ll see. Perhaps…”there sure is a lot of sitting, walking, talking, eating, watching, repeating, going on here socially. What about exploring peopless woods alone? Or yard work? Gardens? …
  4. Is that a Tesla electric sports car? It is! Is that rumor true that Comcast is buying NBC that I just heard at a Video 2.0 Meetup? What a nice job on the new HiLine. Only in NYC!
  5. Ouch, out too late, 3:30am. Almost missed stop on subway dozing. Next day is foggy.
  6. Recovered. Great food. Hydrated. Amazing ITP 30th Gala. Negoponte flew in from Geneva. Home before 1am sober. Feels good. In Brooklyn. Yes, I could live in NYC if it was in a place like Park Slope. Quieter…but the housing costs! OMG…
  7. Made the train on time, getting the subways down again. Got a nice salad for the ride. Survived. What a city!