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December 1, 2006

Preview Winter ITP 2006, Part III

Ilteris Kaplan's Mood Box

These boxes collect people's emotional state, which is connected to a data visualization interface, called "Moodbox Stats." Collective and random emotions in a specific location are mapped on a color wheel by time. The stats measure the overall emotion of a room or location. Currently, the working prototype communicates emotions to each other. Input: press a button to record emotion. Output: the box changes colors to express the emotion-input.

"Hey Ilteris, how about a Mood Wall?"

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Jane Oh rewards the "Walking Potato"

I think it's a device that rewards you for getting off your couch. The user is suppose to walk, which is measured by a pedometer, and logs in the distance. The more you walk, the more television you get to watch. The pedometer is wirelessly connected to a television.

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Angela Pablo and Megan MacMurray, Electric Plant

Using an inflatable to represent power consumption. When an energy saving light bulb is plugged into this device, it pumps air into recycled bags that forms a plant sculpture. When a regular bulb is switched on, the plastic plant deflates.

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Chris Paretti and Chris Karailla

Voice replaces the remote controller for these cars. If you call a number, you can control the speed of these toy cars with your vocal "Vrooms!" I think the dial plan (Asterisk) parses the frequency and the pitch of your voice to control the speed of the car, and the the telephone extension determines which car you control.

Anyone with a cell phone can participate in this race. Here is a video of how it works...

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December 2, 2006

Preview Winter ITP 2006, Part IV

Pollie Barden Networked Journal, in progress...

About two weeks ago, I documented Pollie's project. It was great seeing her process from cardboard journal, pcomp journal/book design.

That's Tom Igoe in action, Professor at ITP, and author of Physical Computing books: no_pollie01.jpg

Book Design, this image shows the container for the pages of the journal. Note that gray material is conductive fabric: no_pollie03.jpg

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(1) Breadboard that is designed in the journal. It has a wireless piece.
(2) Another breadboard that will be designed in another journal, which is suppose to be situated in another location. This will be hooked to a low-tech printer (that roll of paper), so it would print any activities of the journal (1).
(3) Copper fabric, which grounds the sensor, and helps its sensitivity.

For more information about Pollie, click here.


Andew Schneider's Sustainable Practices, 1/4 Projects

In an effort to recycle plastic water cups, frequently used at ITP, he decided to build this Wheat and Rye Grass Ecosystem. See, not everything at ITP is about microcontrollers, this is pretty low tech and beautiful. I wouldn't mind having one of these hanging in my balcony or even an office somewhere.

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By the way, he also designed the ITP Winter Show 2006 postcards. It conveys human, enchantment, and possibilities.

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Junior's Cheesecake

Now this cheesecake is better than any I have ever had so far. I like it better than the Cheesecake Factory. I had two slices of it, and it was still a little bit frozen, which tasted kind of like ice cream cake. I wonder if the starters for ice cream cake had the same experience.

They've been around for 50 years. I think they have one at Penn Station.

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Thanksgiving 2006

This is what we did for Thanksgiving. Rather than bake a turkey, we fried pcb boards. There's one chip there that doesn't have legs, so we experiemented with frying. People must be asking why we didn't bake this is a toaster oven using flux, I think it's because we didn't want that chip fried. Instead, cover your pan with some aluminum foil, place board on the pan, put the chip on the board, turn the fire up, at approximately 300 degrees, turn off the fire down, and add some water, so your board sizzles. We're such nerds. I would only recommend doing this if you have a couple of spare chips.
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After a year of sweatin these dosas...

I finally tried Thiru “Dosa Man” Kumar's dosas. He was one of the 2005 Vendy Awards finalist. I was skeptical after being a vegetarian for 5 years, then turned meatatarian for 5 years, I wasn't sure if this was going to be enough food for me. I wanted to be semi-healthy, and get some veggies in my diet. He conducts business on the south side of Washington Square Park, I think on 4th street, across from NYU's Kimmel center. There was a very long line, but it was well worth the wait. I asked the lady standing behind me what to try, and she suggested the "Ponticherry Special" (I'm not sure if I spelled that right). Later, I heard her order some kind of potato dish that he ran out of, which will be my next try. For $5.00, you get a crepe with potato, salad, bell peppers, fresh jalapeño, and some kind of vegetable soup, and chutney (it tastes like coconut and curry). Then for an additional dollar, you can get a samosa (this one has a lot of peas, and it tastes fresher than most ones bought at a deli), and for another dollar, you can get a vegetable roll (it's the breaded looking egg roll) that has potato in it. The guy in front of me ordered that.

It really fills you up, this is what I had: 1/2 a crepe, 1 samosa and 1 vegetable roll. My favorite is the vegetable roll. Watching him make my crepe was a performance.

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Shimon Peres...

came out of the NBC building (in Rockefeller Center) Thursday, November 30, 2006. I wonder if he was on the Today Show. There were only five cars escorting his car, and two armed men with high-tech rifles guarding his car.
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December 4, 2006

The Irony of BusinessWeek's Award

So in October 2006, BusinessWeek published a story about "Top Design Programs," and NYU's Interactive Telecommunications Program was listed as one of the top D-Schools. They gave us this plaque, need I say more? Maybe the design objective is to redesign the award? Actually, we're happy that we were in the mag, and the award is up on the wall between the computer labs.
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December 5, 2006

New York Times Illustrations from Processing Application

This is truly a beautiful information visualization illustrated by James N. Sears. It was published in the New York Times Magazine (December 3, 2006), as the cover.

Although the printed illustrations are beautiful, the actual screen interface is more engaging.

Also mentioned in this story is Matthew Burton, also a member of the ITP community.

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Processing was developed by M.I.T. grads Casey Reas and Ben Fry, and it's free to try. It is part of ITP foundation courses because the language is similar to Java, except the interface is easier to understand than Eclipse. Also, it's a good introduction for Arduino, which is also another free software that similarly functions as Pic Basic Pro.

December 6, 2006

Care Package Story

So my mom sent me a care package, which saids "Mommy loves you more than anything else." I brought the package to ITS, and gave some of the goodies to the people that work there. They help etch the design of my shelf on masonite. I also brought the same package to my work, and one of my co-workers, Angelos, wanted me to take a photo of him enjoying the orange, and to say a "big thanks" to my mom for him. The orange in the photo was part of the care package. She deliberately chose the healthier package that has fruits and nuts, instead of junk food. My mom is a cutie.
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December 7, 2006

Christmas Ornament Sculpture

These ornaments kind of remind me of Paul Rand's cover of Direction (1940), where red dots are symbolically ambiguous, becoming Christmas decoration and blood drops. I was telling Andrew at work that they looked like festive bombs.
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December 8, 2006

Saks does it right...

So far I've seen this twice in two years, and I'm still not bored. Randomly lit snowflakes synchronized to music.
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ITP Winter Show 2006

Orbital, James Nick Sears, Ron Sears, Leif Mangelsen

Imagine this with tri-colored LED lights. Pretty crazy, huh? I think this project maybe a show-stealer.

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For the final iteration for the ITP Winter Show 2006, click here.

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Off, of course.

December 9, 2006

NYU Dining Hall & Dining with Tim McNerny

My friend Tim recently invided me to dine at the Palladium, one of the many dining halls at NYU. Next semester we plan on buying meal plans, and reviewing the food at different dining halls. It is pretty inexpensive if you get a meal plan ($8 w/o a meal plan), which comes out to be $5 for all-you-can-eat buffet and drinks are free if they are not bottled. That's how much the cheapest salad costs in New York during lunch. Even Trader Joe has pricey salad.

Upside:
low cost
all-you-can-eat
balanced meals (vegetable, meat, bread, milk/cheese)
variety (entree, main course, dessert, breakfast for dinner like IHOP)
flexible hours
sustainable practices (no paper plates, plastic cups nor utensils used)
you don't have to worry about doing the dishes

Downside:
friends that don't eat dorm food are the majority
younger crowd (so if you're a grad student, you might feel uncomfortable)
not open past 11 pm

We had three rounds of food. The first two were good for me. If you dine at the Palladium, eat the grilled meats (which are not over seasoned), and if you have salad, I do NOT recommend the balsamic vinegar (it too is overseasoned). I do recommend the vinegar and oil and firm tofu. Leafy greens are fresh, and they constantly stock the salad bar. Tim (who is below) had what he thought was chocolate mousse, but then after taking a bite, realized it was chocolate cake. HA!

First Round:

Tim had some cereal and salad. What an interesting combo! Well, at least it matches in that they are both marketed as healthy (Frosted Mini Wheats and salad). I believe that was a French Vanilla flavored coffee and blueberry pastery.
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Tim had to wait for me to get off work to have dinner, so that's why he looks ecstatic.
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Let's see, in my salad, there's lots of broccoli and tofu (Tim and I are going on a broccoli diet for a week next year). I will mention this about the broccoli, it was perfectly cooked, barely blanched, moist and green on the outside and crunchy when you take a bite out of it. Tim agrees. That red gloop looks gross, but it's jello and fruit. I was really excited about the strawberry shortcake and I believe I had the French Vanilla flavored coffee as well.
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I, too, was starving, but was craving for salad. I finished everything except for the cake, which I left on the table for the second round.
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Second Round:

Tim is such a dessert fiend. Let's see, that looks like a cinnamon roll, a chocolate chip cookie, a slice of carrot cake, and an (I don't know what that is). On the other plate, grilled chicken breast, two slices of cheese and onion rings. We loved the onion rings, lightly battered, while remaining crispy.
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At this point, we were still hungry, so Tim sports a cute smile.
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I could not get enough of the tofu and beets obviously. I remembered, about five years ago, I just bought a new set of pots and pans. I started boiling some beets, and then fell asleep, until I heard a thump. I ran over to the kitchen and a beet exploded, and hit the lid. There were four scars on my pot. Anyway, that's why I appreciate beets. Also, on the same plate, french fries. I just found the olives, and I will tell you, they are not canned. They were really good.
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In this photo, to the right, is the cake I left behind. When you go for the second round, you can't use the same tray or plates. You have to put your tray on a conveyer belt, and take a new tray out. I'm sure that's for hygiene purposes.
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Third Round:

Tim felt guilty about eating all those desserts. He decided to go healthy again, so salad for dessert and dessert for dessert. I think this is regular coffee. He wasn't really thrilled about the flavored coffee. I, on the other hand, like it, because it's not too sweet.
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At this point, he was getting full, and it was his last plate. We were talking about stashing the cake for later, but we didn't have Ziploc bags.
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You might be wondering how I can eat. Well, I was really hungry because I just had orange juice and a Red Eye for the day. I really wanted to try the beef stew and mashed potatoes. They were really good. The beef stew over rice tastes like something you get out of a Chinese restaurant. They used red potatoes and left some skin on (really good). Stay away from the baked chicken. Luckily, I just got one wing. I'm having 2 cherry tomatoes (lycopene and antioxidants). I started eating tomatoes again, when I noticed that the prices for vitamins went up, just because they contain "lycopene." On that smaller plate, I have more tofu and beets.
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Okay, this is a pretty inaccurate photo. I'm not really full or bloated, but we thought it would be a funny photo. To the right, was still that cake. I was glad that I had left it on the table still because they didn't have anymore of that cake.
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Tim and I are going to start a dining hall group next year, which is just around the corner.

December 11, 2006

Let Them Eat Beautiful Cake!!!

This cake was for my friend Cliff. I'm not sure where his wife, Ziggy, got it. Not only is it beautiful, but it was delicious (flavors: chocolate, and hints of coffee and peanut butter).

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December 12, 2006

ITP Winter Show 2006 Preview

"Now, finally, a lot of people are beginning to see how machines might in fact learn to fit into their lives as well as humans do. People are increasingly choosing their books and music by the algorithmic recommendations of Amazon instead of those of their friends, planning dates with mates they find in textfields instead of local bars or social clubs."

—Christian Croft


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This machine will fill out scantron bubbles for you if you drop a coin in any of its slots. Christian Croft designed the gears and kinetic system from scratch (i.e. using the laser cutter to cut Plexiglas). I know he's going to be insulted, but I have to say that the design of this machine is beautiful.

His commentary of moving forward to a world of automation is humorous. I always appreciate Christian Croft's and Andrew Schneider's conceptual art projects. I'm not sure if it's because they have a background in theater, but their work is never too abstract for me to understand.

This machine is going to be attached to a desk.
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This code means something, translated from binary to English.
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For more information about this project, click here to visit his site.

December 13, 2006

The Dollar Story

I went to the Java Lava Cafe to buy some orange juice, and paid with a five. Austin gave me this change back, a dollar that saids "BUSH IS THE BEST" in all caps, coming out of George Washington's mouth. Anyway, I ended up putting it in Cliff's birthday gag gift. It's in Barbie's skirt rolled up to show the balloon dialogue "Bush is the best." Cliff, who is not so Republican, and sarcastically funny as hell, appreciated the humor.

If you're wondering about Barbie, the id of the art department wanted to create "Bondage Barbie" with a Ninja theme (Dum-Dum lolipop nunchucks). Also included in this gag art piece, a blown up whoopie cushion, fake eye balls taped to Barbie's breasts, a package of oatmeal wrapped up with stapled bond paper, Japanese restaurant branded hand wipes and a package of raisin.

As a part of the gift, he got to assign anyone in our department to sit on the whoopie cushion, so he chose the elegant Emily. I hope Emily gives me permission to upload that video.

Cliff is going to deconstruct the art piece and re-gift it. Cliff always jokes that "Truth is stranger than fiction."

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December 14, 2006

Snowflakes falling down the side of a building

I think this building is on 51st and Avenue of the Americas. You could definitely see this if you're at the Rockefeller Center. The snowflakes fall at a pretty fast rate.
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December 17, 2006

New York Stock Exchange, Holiday 2006

Those dudes are stressed out, I guess, taking a break.

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Lombardi's Pizza

Why do New Yorkers call pizza pie? Or is that an East coast thing? Anyway, Lombardi's is the oldest pizza place in Manhattan, since 1905. It's located in SoHO. Note that the garlic as a topping is free, but you have to ask for it. I still like Grimaldi's/Patsy's better. The wait at Lombardi's is shorter. Their dressing for Caesar salad has an over-powering mustard flavor. Instead, I recommend the house salad and mushroom topping (variety of mushrooms used).

32 Spring St New York
NY 10012-4173
(212) 941-7994
CASH ONLY

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December 18, 2006

ITP Winter Show 2006, Sunday, December 17, 2006

Some photos from the show. More to come later.
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ITP Winter Show 2006, NYU, Tisch School

The Orbital By James N. Sears, Ron Sears and Leif Mangelsen

3D display using persistence of vision.

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December 20, 2006

ITP Winter Show 2006, Monday, December 18, 2006

PART o1:

Solar Cell Bikini by Andrew Schneider

Power your iPod mini with your bikini that collects power from the sun.
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The "Is Our Machine Learning" Machine by Christian Croft

Commentary on the smartness of machines.
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Ubi-atch Toys by Min, Gilad and Chung-xi

These toys read your email as if you were having a conversation with the writer of the email. They are also designing a version for iChat.
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Couch Potato by Jane Oh

This device rewards you after you have taken a walk around the block. The more you walk, the more you get to watch television.
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The Networked Journal by Pollie Barden

I've written about this project before. Please see earlier entry for more information.
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Interactive Puppet Theater

You interact with a sensor that looks like a microphone to manipulate puppets in action.
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A mirror that allows you to see yourself in different hairstyles.

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Are we in a time warp? Typewriter outputs digital? Typewriter crosses computer. itpwinter08.jpg
Twister Game networked? There are hundreds of solutions to win this game. A new approach to Twister, but you need to find the right combination. To do so, it requires you to touch other players. itpwinter09.jpg
Gilad Lotan

Each copper piece represents a continent. When they are spun, you see video of news from that continent that was mined from the Internet.

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These fingerless gloves warm your hands ups when you hold your partner's hand. itpwinter11.jpg


MoPress by Alex and Jane

You wear this jacket that logs in data and provides this visualization.
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Powder and Ferrofluid Interesting texture when it pulses. Pretty mesmerizing. itpwinter14.jpg
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This project is called "Hair" by Carolina Pino
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December 21, 2006

More ITP Winter Show 2006, Monday, December 18, 2006

PART o2

Chris and Juri's Mega Phone Game. This is fun and immersive. I can see it at a movie theater. You call a number and play these short games that are projected on a screen. The games are short and satisfying. One example is blowing into your cellphone to digitally blow a balloon fastest. Maybe the theater can give you a free tub of popcorn if you win. "Don't forget to turn off your cellphones for the movie!" itpwinter21.jpg
Andy, Kate and Che worked on this demo. You can turn off appliances and make your home smart using your cellphone. So if you forgot to turn off your light or forgot to turn on your air conditioner for your cat, this would be a great tool. itpwinter22.jpg
Christin Roman's Telebunny calls your child and comforts it when you're away. itpwinter23.jpg
Chris Parretti's car race allow you to control the speed of the car by yelling into your mobile phone. New game consoles a mobile device? Watch out Sony and Nintendo! itpwinter24.jpg
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Mike Bukhin and Michael DelGaudio's mobile phone is video tracking every second and minute of the wearer's day and meta tagging activities.
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Ilteris Kaplan's Mood Box allows you to anonymously input your emotions in one space, which is processed and displayed in a different space. I see a lot of potential. It is beautiful as well. itpwinter28.jpgitpwinter29.jpgitpwinter30.jpg
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Judson's video tracking flea simulation. What a hoot!itpwinter32.jpg
Jeff LeBlanc's art works. itpwinter34.jpg
Che's tree personality test translated to music using Max/MSP and Jitter. itpwinter35.jpg
Jenny Chowdhury's email art. itpwinter36.jpg
Animalia Chordata. Gabe's humorous exploration of personal space. He puts people in bottles. Okay, this project was in one of those blogs I listed above. itpwinter37.jpgitpwinter37a.jpg
Tales of Grim. While you read this book, the rooms in the play house interact. itpwinter38.jpg
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Tikva's Sonic Body Pong. This was on the Make blog too. itpwinter41.jpg
Steve Jackson's project allows you to channel surf YouTube according to subject matter. If you type in "basketball," it mine all videos related to this sport for the day and play it for you. I'm not even a big YouTube fan, but I found this project pretty cool. itpwinter42.jpg
Fantastic Piano

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December 23, 2006

Macy's Interactive Window, Holiday 2006

I am amazed that this department store is one block long and has eight floors. The shoe department is pretty exhausting. I believe theres a couple of fast food places and Starbucks or some coffee shop inside. What even is more amazing is that they are going to be open 24 hours two or three days before Christmas, so if you're a procrastinator, run there!

Also, check out the wooden escalators. I am amazed by the carpentry and it's smoothness.

The windows of all department stores is always dressed up. Macy's went all the way with this one bringing Disneyland to NYC. I think they used a proximity sensor for the button and four LED lights (to indicate that a switch has been set off) on the window. When you press the button, the characters react. Each window has a theme/story.

But first, the tree-light that adorns the entrance.
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If you press this tree, the boy waves that candy cane around.
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Press the owl, and he turns.
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Look carefully at this dragon's eyes. He's watching you.
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And here's the whole scene...
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This one has a "sea" theme. The octopus frames the window.
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When you press this shell-shaped button and the oyster behind it opens to reveal a mermaid offering a pearl.
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Here's my favorite window of the series. When you look at this window, it looks like you are flying.
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Cliff as Count Pocula

This is Cliff with two Pocky sticks as fang. He is the funniest guy, and always has the best stories. He should really write a book.
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Anyway, I told him about "the squirrel story." He suggested that I email the photos of the albino squirrel, and tell her that the ghost of the squirrel she killed is haunting Prospect Park.

He's got other stories:
The $10 million Spit, a true story
Guppy ice-cubes
and more...

We were thinking about starting a magazine for kids called Cereal, which should just be about cereal, and kids that read this magazine, have to read the squirrel-power oath when they wear the squirrel wristband that is the "surprise" in every "Honey Bunches of Oats" cereal.

December 25, 2006

Christmas Tree at the Rockefeller with Swarovski Star

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But if you go inside to see the "Top of the Rock," there is an amazing Swarovski crystal installation that is suspended from the ceiling, it looks like the Rockefeller center upside down. I will take a photo and upload it later. It's free to see.

December 26, 2006

Wall Street and Christmas Tree

It's stunning at night.

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Look what I found...

As I was taking photos of the Holiday decoration in Rockefeller Plaza, I found this bird nested on one of the angel's arms. So peaceful.
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December 27, 2006

Nintendo's Wii Game Avatars

I like that you can design your own avatar, but how come you can't find an Asian person's hair color, black? It's ironic that Nintendo is from Japan, and I'm sure some of the people who work there have black hair. Come to think of it, I bet some people who own Wii's have black hair too.

I had to Photoshop my hair and eyebrow color black.
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It's fun to design your own avatar. I was able to design my co-workers quickly, but it took me awhile. A co-worker suggested I take a self-portrait, and work from there.

These are some of my co-workers.
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Click here, to make your own avatar.

Click here, to check out celebrity avatars.

I played tennis on the Wii console. It's pretty engaging. There's a slight random delay, but overall, it's pretty satifsying. I played my friend, who is an avid gamer, and I noticed he fumbled with the controller, since he was used to the traditional joystick/game controllers. I also liked the graphics, and how it plays you "the playback," like on television when you watch the games. I was Melo the braided-hair girl, and I had a twin who was on my team too.

I still find this snowboarding game (Nokia sponsored?) a lot more immersive. It debuted at the Come Out And Play Festival. I'm not sure how much the screen size had to do with it's immersiveness, but I was definitely panting and sweating, like I was working out.


Angelos as Count Clementocula

My friend at work was jealous of Count Pocula's debut that he wanted me to take his portrait too.

Those are Clementines (tangerines) I purchased at Trader Joe's, hence, "Clementocula."

He kind of looks like a walrus though.

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December 28, 2006

The Difference Between Apple and Microsoft?

The answer is customer service. I called Apple, and was transferred to a rep, name Shawn who helped me right away, sent me information about the problem I was having ("Kernel Panic"), gave me a number, set my appointment at an Apple store.

Then I call Microsoft to request a replacement CD for Office, which got lost in the mail when I shipped my stuff from Los Angeles to New York. I spoke to a gentleman, who was suppose to transfer me to the Replacement Department. There I talked to Brandy, who didn't even work in the Replacement Department. She transferred me to Lisa (Customer ID #63295), who was so rude. She was very abrupt, and cut me off a couple of times. She asked me for a Zerox copy of the box, which I just previously told her that "it was lost in the mail," so she wasn't even listening. Now, I have to go back to Los Angeles, and look for the receipt. What an ordeal?

That's why Apple thrives and Microsoft is on its way out. I was going to purchase Office this spring for my new computer, but I am definitely going to pass. I think I'm going to use Open Office or NeoOffice instead, both are free. Save your money!

Calling all Linux/Unix geek and nerds...

Red Hat went public a couple of weeks ago (NYSE) on Wall Street...
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December 29, 2006

Cool Halls Ad Campaign

These caught my eye...

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December 30, 2006

St. Patrick's Church

Beautiful architecture. These are for the McCoys.

When I was taking a photograph of this church, I kind of tripped, but didn't drop my camera. Thank, God, really.

Anyway, even all the people milling around, it's still peaceful.

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December 31, 2006

More Holiday Decoration

At the Rockefeller Center...

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About December 2006

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