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.

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.