Thursday, November 20, 2008

Frightening fun with sensors, projectors, and Max/MSP | Crave - CNET

Frightening fun with sensors, projectors, and Max/MSP | Crave - CNET

This will probably be my destiny.. using the MAX-MSP toolset for my own public performances and edutainments.

When I was in SF (1994-1999) to make my last (not yet!) attempt to ground Creativity Cafe after 15 years already trying, I was led to experience Joe Lambert's Edutainment Center featuring digital storytelling pioneer Dana Atchly. We later produced several Creativity Cafe Edutainment events that incorporated video conferencing and artists using technology for humanity at their venue.

Like Dana and his "fireside" chat (a video screen with burning fireplace logs, I hope to present in a similarly colloquial fashion, an interactive experience where depending on my mood and whim, I could tell stories from my life and sing my songs - while projecting multimedia. He used to do it via a remote controlled copy of Macromedia's Director (which became shockwave/flash). I would use my Mac and MAX/MSP, Livid Union VJ software and other tools of the digital storytelling trade.

His show started with the highway of his life with branches numbered by years. It had other side "branches" marked by suitcases. A click on each suitcase opened to an expanded interface that he could use to display his photos & movies depending on what sparked he storytelling spirit at the moment.

The audience feedback and interactions he invited would often affect his storytelling flow and direction. I loved the flexibility and functionality of what he was doing... since my spirit is very much like his. I have great command of art and technology, and like most artists, have my issues maintaining focus on marketing long enough to pierce the noise floor of the world of sales to the masses or licensing my work.

Of course one should not forget that my own creativity and ego investment for most of my life was firmly focused to establish Creativity Cafe; to answer the needs all creative people. What all share the same need, i.e. someone to market and agent our talents - and how to harness their VARIOUS other forms of self expression beyond their primary gift. After all, if you are talented in on medium, I dare say you are expressive in others as well. A fine artist is often also a musician and visa versa.

Anyway. I just wanted to remember this link and thought to share it with you. When my life next turns toward public display of my persona (I am recertifying for the community access TV studio where I hope to produce the Maui Artists Showcase again), I might be ready to harness the technology to help clarify and communicate my thoughts, visions, experiences, desires and needs to an audience interactively - not to mention mentoring others to use the same digital storytelling tools to liberate their spirit. That would bring me the most joy! Stay tuned!

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Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Got my Mac Back for Optical Drive Replacement, now screen is blue streaked!

  • •••••••••• Tuesday, November 18, 2008 11:29:50 PM Pacific/Honolulu •••••••••••

You have to love Apple! They have now completely replaced every part of my MacBook Pro. I keep the audio plug whose tip broke off as a reminder of the good grace of one of their customer service reps who made the call to refurbish after sending Mac back with the broken off plug still in it (at my request). I didn't want to pay the $1300 for repair due to extreme abuse on my part (not having purchased a proper case to protect this precious tool and liberator of creative force).

But Apple was cool. I got the Mach back and lo and behold, it would not turn on! Did they ever please this long time customer (the MBPro is my 5th Mac) by offering to repair just enough to make it work but not fix the physical damage. They surprised the hell out of me... here is the rest of the story.

But then the optical drive stopped working. I had 90 day warranty so Apple was under obligation to fix the failed optical drive as they are to fix my now blue striped screen!

I thought my eyes were deceiving me. All the words on the right side of the email message I was writing seemed to have a bluish tint rather than be black like the words were at their start?? How curious. Then I noticed all the words on the right side of the screen (during Skype video with George Hub.), that it wasn’t my eyes deceiving me after all! The screen was actually defective or had somehow failed. That is the only thing remaining untouched by Apple.

The screen, working fine when sent in for optical drive replacement has now developed a blue streak down the right side. It shows against black but not at all with white. I have to restart; testing to see if it will go away? If not, back to Apple!

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Sunday, November 16, 2008

Shooting Star Watch, Photography Party and Sleep Over.