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September 15, 2012

Book Depository and Gilt

Found about this site via an online class I am taking. Book Depository is an online store that ships worldwide for FREE. There are some advantages and disadvantages in comparing this site to Amazon (e.g. great for purchases under $24.99 though some books are marked at the retail price, unlike Amazon).

In any case, I really like this feature that displays the most recent purchases from all around the world. You can see the dynamic version here.

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It is interesting to see the different book titles spanning from gastroenterology to games to romance, which are plotted across different continents. I saw at one point a couple of purchases of the same title in the UK and in Australia, and not sure if this tool was working, or if they were in an online book club or online class. As simple as the interface is, I think this is a great tool for discovery.

Another site employing a similar technique is gilt (see live version here).

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"Fireflies On The Water" by Yayoi Kusama

If you are in New York and you like contemporary art, please see this exhibit at the Whitney until October 28, 2012. If you do plan on going, go early, to get tickets. If you have to wait, trek up to the Met and see the "Cloud City" exhibit.

More about the piece here.

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"Cloud City" by Tomás Saraceno

As I mentioned earlier, there are a couple of temporary art exhibitions in New York city. Cloud City is an architectural sculpture piece at the Met. You can get tickets to tour inside the piece.

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"Murder of the Crows" by Janet Cardiff

I was lucky enough to attend this exhibition by Janet Cardiff titled "Murder of the Crows" at the Park Avenue Armory. This is a multi-channel sound experience utilizing 98 speakers strategically scattered around the large space. You can either sit or walk around the dark space. A more detailed description about the piece is here.

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Ingo Maurer's new piece

I am such a fan of this artist/designer's works. Awhile ago, there was an exhibition of his works at Cooper Hewitt, displaying a glass bench and tables with LED lights mounted on conductive film, DIY LED wall paper, and so forth (see some photos here).

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I just visited his store in SoHO, and saw this latest work. It is so simple, beautiful and elegant. The concept is a black PCB mounted with a grid of RGB LED lights that play different animations of a flickering flame.

There is also a chandelier piece that mounts 100 of these PCB's

Apology for the blurry image:
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September 22, 2012

Raspberry Pi

I saw several FB posts re Raspberry Pi, which is a small Linux processor ($25 or $35) that has a 700 MHz processor, 256 MB of RAM ethernet port, usb ports (depending on which model you get), an audio/analog video outputs, and SD card slot. The goal of the project to get people engaged in programming. You can write programs in Scratch or Python. For more information, please visit their FAQ page.

I found this video on how to set up the pi:

Ponnuki shows how to use your Kindle (e-ink) as a display here.

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