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: http://www.whitehouse.gov/maker-faire

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.

My Favorite Email Meme, the "Application Essay for NYU"

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My Favorite Email Meme, the “Application Essay for NYU”

(This essay, by Hugh Gallagher, won first prize in the humour category of the 1990 Scholastic
Writing Awards. It appeared in the May issue of Literary Cavalcade, a magazine of
contemporary fiction and student writing published by Scholastic in New York City. Gallagher,
who was eighteen at the time, grew up in Newtown Square, Pennsylvania, and attnded New
York University that fall.)

3A. In order for the Admissions staff of our college to get to know you, the
applicant, better we ask that you answer the following question: Are there any
significant experiences you have had, or accomplishments you have realized, that
have helped to define you as a person?

I am a dynamic figure, often seen scaling walls and crushing ice. I have been known to remodel
train stations on my lunch breaks, making them more efficient in the area of heat retention. I
translate ethnic slurs for Cuban refugees, I write award-winning operas, I manage time
efficiently. Occasionally, I tread water for three days in a row.

I woo women with my sensuous and godlike trombone playing, I can pilot bicycles up severe
inclines with unflagging speed, and I cook Thirty-Minute Brownies in twenty minutes. I am an
expert in stucco, a veteran in love, and an outlaw in Peru.

Using only a hoe and a large glass of water, I once single-handedly defended a small village in
the Amazon Basin from a horde of ferocious army ants. I play bluegrass cello, I was scouted by
the Mets. I am the subject of numerous documentaries. when I’m bored, I build large suspension
bridges in my yard.

I enjoy urban hang gliding. On Wednesdays, after school, I repair electrical appliances free of
charge.

I am an abstract artist, a concrete analyst, and a ruthless bookie. Critics worldwide swoon
over my original line of corduroy evening wear. I don’t perspire. I am a private citizen, yet I
receive fan mail. I have been caller number nine and have won the weekend passes. Last
summer I toured New Jersey with a traveling centrifugal-force demonstration. I bat .400. My
deft floral arrangements have earned me fame in international botany circles. Children trust
me.

I can hurl tennis rackets at small moving objects with deadly accuracy. I once read Paradise
Lost, Moby Dick, and David Copperfield in one day and still had time to refurbish an entire
dining room that evening. I know the exact location of every food item in the supermarket. I
have performed covert operations for the CIA. I sleep once a week; when I do sleep, I sleep in a
chair. While on vacation in Canada, I successfully negotiated with a group of terrorists who
had seized a small bakery. The laws of physics do not apply to me.

I balance, I weave, I dodge, I frolic, and my bills are all paid. On weekends, to let off steam, I
participate in full-contact origami. Years ago I discovered the meaning of life but forgot to
write it down. I have made extraordinary four-course meals using only a Mouli and a toaster
oven. I breed prize-winning clams. I have won bullfights in San Juan, cliff-diving competitions
in Sri Lanka, and spelling bees at the kremlin. I have played Hamlet, I have performed
open-heart surgery, and I have spoken with Elvis.

But I have not yet gone to college.

My Favorite Email Meme, the “Application Essay for NYU”

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My Favorite Email Meme, the “Application Essay for NYU”

(This essay, by Hugh Gallagher, won first prize in the humour category of the 1990 Scholastic
Writing Awards. It appeared in the May issue of Literary Cavalcade, a magazine of
contemporary fiction and student writing published by Scholastic in New York City. Gallagher,
who was eighteen at the time, grew up in Newtown Square, Pennsylvania, and attnded New
York University that fall.)

3A. In order for the Admissions staff of our college to get to know you, the
applicant, better we ask that you answer the following question: Are there any
significant experiences you have had, or accomplishments you have realized, that
have helped to define you as a person?

I am a dynamic figure, often seen scaling walls and crushing ice. I have been known to remodel
train stations on my lunch breaks, making them more efficient in the area of heat retention. I
translate ethnic slurs for Cuban refugees, I write award-winning operas, I manage time
efficiently. Occasionally, I tread water for three days in a row.

I woo women with my sensuous and godlike trombone playing, I can pilot bicycles up severe
inclines with unflagging speed, and I cook Thirty-Minute Brownies in twenty minutes. I am an
expert in stucco, a veteran in love, and an outlaw in Peru.

Using only a hoe and a large glass of water, I once single-handedly defended a small village in
the Amazon Basin from a horde of ferocious army ants. I play bluegrass cello, I was scouted by
the Mets. I am the subject of numerous documentaries. when I’m bored, I build large suspension
bridges in my yard.

I enjoy urban hang gliding. On Wednesdays, after school, I repair electrical appliances free of
charge.

I am an abstract artist, a concrete analyst, and a ruthless bookie. Critics worldwide swoon
over my original line of corduroy evening wear. I don’t perspire. I am a private citizen, yet I
receive fan mail. I have been caller number nine and have won the weekend passes. Last
summer I toured New Jersey with a traveling centrifugal-force demonstration. I bat .400. My
deft floral arrangements have earned me fame in international botany circles. Children trust
me.

I can hurl tennis rackets at small moving objects with deadly accuracy. I once read Paradise
Lost, Moby Dick, and David Copperfield in one day and still had time to refurbish an entire
dining room that evening. I know the exact location of every food item in the supermarket. I
have performed covert operations for the CIA. I sleep once a week; when I do sleep, I sleep in a
chair. While on vacation in Canada, I successfully negotiated with a group of terrorists who
had seized a small bakery. The laws of physics do not apply to me.

I balance, I weave, I dodge, I frolic, and my bills are all paid. On weekends, to let off steam, I
participate in full-contact origami. Years ago I discovered the meaning of life but forgot to
write it down. I have made extraordinary four-course meals using only a Mouli and a toaster
oven. I breed prize-winning clams. I have won bullfights in San Juan, cliff-diving competitions
in Sri Lanka, and spelling bees at the kremlin. I have played Hamlet, I have performed
open-heart surgery, and I have spoken with Elvis.

But I have not yet gone to college.

Overheard in New York City on the streets and at ITP

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Overheard in New York City and Tisch ITP

At NYU Tisch ITP

‘Hey Jeesun, before I kill myself, can you look at my code?”

“What happens with me and programming is that I slam into walls, which is funny because I move at a snail’s pace.”

Teacher: “Why do we have to use dollar signs in front of our variables?” Student: “Because they are worth so much!”

“This is the best thing that has ever happened to me in my entire life!!!” Student enjoying a free plate of sashmi, proscuitto, sun dried tomatoes, olives, veggies, bread, and chocolates that had been dropped off from a fancy shindig upstairs.

“It’s a fucking air bladder on a whistle, I thought it was digital!”
Student after taking apart a toy from Kmart that made cool noises.

“Why are you making me flunk!?”
Said to ER worker who was trying to close the floor at midnight during mid-terms:

“That’s such a cool interface….I’m such a dork”

“If we knew how our brains really worked, then we could just all go home.” Dan shiffman.

‘I hate AI,” Red burns in 2006 applications class

“I don’t pick my class speakers so you’ll like them. I pick them to expose you to all the different things you can do after school.” Red burns in 2006 applications class

“It’s icky to prowl on heards you’ve all ready picked through.” Anonomous.

On The Streets of NYC

“There’s nothing wrong with my fucking lox, Do I look Asian! You’re not Asian!” A Young well dressed woman who was also well boozed.

“O look, a NYC pet.” Tourists seeing rats on the subway rails.