Quick update: We spent a surprising amount of time on touch-ups, second coats and changes. Dave placed cleaner seals on the bottom wells (defunct) so that it will not detract from the mural. We will get those painted tomorrow. Russ bought lunch for all at Barrett's Barleycorn, next door. Thanks, Russ! You are mighty generous. Long-time mural partner Richard Harrison and Jeremiah Neal, who has been picking up on the ropes, stopped by to see what it is all about. Richard had just gotten of a train from Colorado and was heading back to work on the No Frills at Q and 36th (pictures below) - he's unstoppable! We've been working on that project for well over a month. That job came about because of the Avanza mural we did last year (last picture). One thing leads to another... Hopefully the Triangulation Project will promote more for all!
One question we've been asked recently is "will the CS X51 only work with my external MIDI hardware?" The simple answer is, yes! The unit provides a pair of 5 pin DIN sockets for MIDI In and MIDI Out alongside the USB port. Plug in a 9 volt power supply and it can independently control your external hardware. In this short demo show the CS X51 being used to control the Novation BassStation.
Richard - Machinewerks
Lest penguinmania overtake anyone, this update is about the real story behind the penguin counters and why an entire bay in the Antarctic was designated Naveen Cove by the US Board of Geographic Names in 2011.
From the time he left his job as a government lawyer 30 years ago and let his passion for birds take him as far south as he could go, Ron nurtured a vision for a science and educational foundation which eventually became Oceanites. Through Oceanites he single-handedly created the Antarctic Site Inventory (ASI) which went on to produce the most comprehensive database ever assembled in the Antarctic Peninsula. Ron knew from the start that everywhere in the world including Antarctica, monitoring and assessment are the lynchpins of long-term environmental conservation. Critical to our planet is the fact that baselines must be kept in place, so that environmental changes can be detected and analyzed. Any break in the chain of monitoring raises questions about the entire sequence of data. Hence it's vital that Oceanites continue their ongoing work.
Learning from penguins and their population changes is also critical. The divergent responses of these little flightless birds in the warming Antarctic Peninsula send signals about adaptability that need to be understood. Gentoo penguins are increasing their numbers and expanding their range, while Adélie and Chinstrap populations are declining. Examining ‘why’ helps us understand how flexibility in the face of climate change is key.
The ASI also continues to pioneer the use of remote-sensing technology for their work, in particular satellite photos. Last year, they completed a seminal analysis of penguin populations in the South Sandwich Islands, as well as an analysis of Chinstrap penguin declines at Deception Island and throughout the western Antarctic Peninsula — both of which relied heavily on such imagery. Their forthcoming paper on Adélie penguin population changes in the southern end of the Peninsula, particularly in Marguerite Bay, also relies heavily on such remote-sensing analyses.
The strength of ASI’s methodology is their ability to ‘ground-truth’ these analyses. Every season, their penguin-counting teams work via expedition ships, yachts, and government vessels. Building on previous successes, the project’s data gathering and analytical reach is soon expected to expand north to the South Orkney Islands and Elephant Island; and north and east to the Falkland Islands and South Georgia; and to cover all of Antarctica. Indeed, the data has reached a critical mass. Scientists, researchers, all 50 member nations of the Antarctic Treaty System, expedition companies, explorers and visitors rely substantially on the data Oceanites and the Antarctic Site Inventory have collected, as well as the scientific papers and analyses Oceanites and its researchers have published. So it's no surprise that Naveen Cove now exists.
Over the years, funding for the work of Oceanites/ASI has been provided by the US National Science Foundation, US Environmental Protection Agency, US Marine Mammal Commission, UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office, German Environment Ministry (Umweltbundesamt), Antarctica New Zealand, The Tinker Foundation, Environmental Defense Fund, The Jeniam Foundation and the generosity of individuals from the general public.
Listen to the birds! Adelie, Chinstrap & Gentoo ringtones are part of our Kickstarter rewards for donors. Oceanites Site Guide to the Antarctic Peninsula is also available to donors.
First some housekeeping. One pledge level has been simplified and improved. The T-Shirt now includes a couple posters and a couple image reproductions. It also includes a copy of the Unlimited Edition. Sorry if this causes any confusion from our previous update.
The new pledge level $60 (+$25 Intl. Shipping)
"THE T-SHIRT CANNON; HALF-CAT: A Partial History (signed) & PRINTS. The shirt's border is made of half-cats. Black print on black tee. PRINTS: two 12x18" posters and two 4x6" photo reproductions. BOOK: Unlimited Ed. (Signed). E-Book included."
Note: The ERWIN HOBBES EVERYTHING pledge will also receive two posters and two reproductions.
Half-Cat: The Documentary - Part 3: Field Research
Here we explain some of the methods and best practices for finding a half-cat. Due to the requirement of a camera-light; most of the hunting techniques shown, are for demonstration purposes only.
Hey all you beautiful #CapturingDonQuixote friends
We're ten days into this Kickstarter donkey ride of ours.
We're feeling a little car sick (only sometimes) and we're feeling excited (your energy has been incredible) and we keep learning and tweaking as we go.
One of our learnings: it dawned on us that we only told you part of our story. We told you all about sending our photographer to Spain but not much about what happens after. So we added a section (with one hot mocked-up book design by Fraser Muggeridge) that tells you the rest of the story: what we see happening once Jacob and his photographs come back.
It's in the bit called Don Quixote Out with a Bang.
We also thought we'd add a few more incentives. You can now get off-cut pages from the final book for £5 or some original Tree of Codes pages for £15. There's still plenty more of the free Don Quixote book incentives for £30 and the gorgeous photographs for £100 and up.
And we had another awesome write up. This time in Australia's Desktop. Talk about making it round the globe. And the folks at Kickstarter HQ liked our page so much they plucked it out as a staff pick. Whoop.
Keep spreading that love. We're getting there. We're getting there.
just to let you know the exhibition is going well, we've had some enthusiastic reviews both from local people and visitors from outside our Valley.
Because of very foggy mornings and whimsical afternoon sun this week, we haven't had the right conditions for shots of our gallery walls - it should happen soon enough, so please be patient.
If you go to our blog, you'll find a full list of participating artists that we just posted there, along with links to their websites.
Here's a couple of recent pictures, along with a photo of the contributors' board - most names have been printed according to the names you used on Kickstarter, so if there's anything that you'd like us to change or amend, drop us an email.
Sorry for the prolonged silence. We were working hard on the final (and seemingly never-ending) details . . . and then we opened!!! Things were calm and manageable on the first day. Then we received a bit of press and things got hectic. We sold out on a couple of days! Back to the kitchen. Now we're entering our second week and beginning to hire. Thank you again for helping to realize this project. If you're in the neighborhood, come say hello!
Photos by Autumn Durald and Mike Piscitelli
Thank you so much for backing us and helping to spread the word!
We are overwhelmed by your support; all 119 of you who backed us are helping us realize a very exciting experiment in online education. As we roll into the second half of the campaign we ask that you keep sharing, tweeting and talking about the project to anyone who will listen! We are passionate about the possibilities that will open up as we push an integrated model of MOOCs, combining citizen science, real-world collaboration and interactive online tools.
We're extremely busy getting ready for the launch of the course so that we can meet you and start learning together. We've been doing a lot of fun labs with Greg Gage from Backyard Brains in the on-campus version of MCB80x here at Harvard. Today's shoot involved a brand new experiment investigating vision in grasshoppers and we got up close and personal with our new invertebrate friends. If you join the course you'll be able to check out more as we expand our online 'experimentation laboratory'.
We wanted to thank you all for your immense support throughout the first half of the campaign, and to celebrate we've added a NEW limited reward level ($110, US only) so you can both support creation of the MCB80x experimental citizen scientist group AND get a SpikerBox Bundle as a reward! Check it out!
Thank you again and we'll be in touch as we near the end of the campaign.
Nadja & Dave & The MCB80x Team
Or at least photos of one (see below).
The pics below are of the sample of the completed Deluxe W20 that I was sent yesterday. This was something I insisted on after the issues we had with the Mummy cover from our KS for that project. It was exactly what I was hoping for, but I gnashed my teeth because unfortunately I had to return the sample. The printer needs to use it as an approved physical example for what all the rest of the regular Deluxe W20s should look like.
Additionally, this sample confirmed both the placement and the quality of the laser-cut claw marks, as you can see. Also note the 3 bookmarks and the spine emboss with W20 disc. I briefly put it on my bookshelf and it looked awesome next to V20, alike enough to look good together, but with its own qualities of different design and texture.
A similar Heavy Metal W20 Edition is coming (and I'll send you pics of that) but the printer for that book was replacing the sort of press that could handle the metal, and, quite sensibly, my main printer didn't want to create a sample on the old press that wasn't going to be used after this new press was installed.
With my approvals the printer can head into the final stages of the laser cuts and gluing in the discs, so I'll let you know how far they've gotten in our next Update.