Naima is hitting the road for High Desert Test Sites 2013.
Naima will be sited at Coyote Dry Lake, a sprawling dry lake bed just northeast of Joshua Tree, CA during the High Desert Test Sites Exhibition Opening Weekend October 12, 13, and 14.
High Desert Test Sites takes place October 12-19, 2013. High Desert Test Sites is a week long exhibition of art and exploration along the I-40 from Joshua Tree, CA to Albuquerque, NM.
Here’s the basic rundown on how HDTS 2013 will work.
Each day of the exhibition will focus on a specific leg of the route between Joshua Tree and Albuquerque–highlighting independent projects, performances, installations, and points of interest along the way. Roughly 60 new projects will take place over an entire week, during which artists and audience alike will traverse over 700 miles of desert roads to check out the new work and explore the hidden gems and diverse desert communities along this spectacular stretch of the Southwest. Naima will be on the itinerary October 12, 13, and 14 at Coyote Dry Lake in Joshua Tree, CA.
We have some exciting news to share with you today. Our backer rewards are starting to ship out! We've heard from a few people who already received their posters in the mail.
Our t-shirts arrived yesterday and we'll be packing and shipping them out very soon. And all of our backers will be receiving an email later this week with a link to download Duane Harriott's Syl Johnson DJ mix. We've heard some of it and it's amazing!
There was a slight manufacturing delay for our two tote bag designs, but they're being printed right now and will be shipped out to backers later this month.
Thanks for supporting our film and for being so patient as we work to get these great items out to you!
Manufacturing gets an update! Shipping gets an update! The BT-DERP gets an update! EVERYBODY GETS AN UPDATE!
Sorry for the one-day delay, Blinky Backers! This one is huge, so let's dive in!
Happy National Day of China! This week is a manufacturing holiday, so not much will be going on.
That said, we have some great news from the past couple of weeks!
First up, we are super pleased to announce that seeed studio has completed production of 1500 BlinkyTape controller boards! The tested boards are now ready to send to our LED manufacturer for integration into the final BlinkyTape strips. We expect these to be done in 2-3 weeks.
Next up, we are happy to announce that manufacturing is done on the power supplies for the “BLINKIN’ INSTALLABLE” and “BLINKIN’ TUBULAR” backers.
Manufacturing continues for the batteries for the various “PORTABLE” backer rewards.
Matt has been on a whirlwind tour of blinky events in the US for the past couple of weeks, but he is returning this Thursday to get things lined up as manufacturing resumes next week.
Shipping (!) Updates
With manufacturing underway and all of the pieces coming together, it's time to start gathering addresses!
The first shipping surveys went out last week to backers at the “YOU LOVE US, WE LOVE YOU TOO” and “TRIPPY GLASSES” reward levels, since we are all set to fulfill those.
We plan to send out surveys for the remaining backer reward levels this week, so keep an eye out!
It is worth saying in bold:
Watch for your shipping survey this week! Please fill it out as soon as you can so we know where to ship your rewards!
Seriously, this is a required step for you to get your BlinkyTapes and BlinkyTape accessories. :)
Maker Faire NYC Recap
Thank you to all of those who came out to see us at World Maker Faire New York! It was quite the adventure.
For those who remember the Crystal Archway as we showed it at Maker Faire Bay Area, we had a few issues with that design. Specifically, we wanted to make some updates that would make it easier to construct/teardown/ship (better brackets, permanently enclosed LEDs) and we wanted to be running the latest WS2812B LEDs with a fancy new controller setup.
While most of this came to pass, a customs snafu with the new LEDs meant that we didn't receive the LEDs until Friday evening on September 20th, setup day for Maker Faire!
So, our plans changed from bringing the Crystal Archway to the Faire, to building it at the Faire. A sort of Maker Faire performance art, if you will. Evil Mad Scientist has a great writeup with some nice pictures of the Archway-in-progress.
It was a huge challenge and we could not have made as much progress as we did without the help of some wonderful friends who stepped in to help assemble, solder, and more. SO MANY THANK YOUS to:
- Ethan Hartman
- Amy Hurst
- Anney Fresh
- Keith Ozar
- Greg Chaprnka
- Michael Curry
- Justin Day
- Raphael Abrams
- Trammell Hudson
- Hunter Pankey
- Nick Normal and the other Maker Faire staff
- ... and everyone who stopped by!
We were also pleased to meet three of our BT-DERP developers in-person!
In addition to Ethan, we also met Mark and Gladys. More about them in the BT-DERP update!
Long Live the Crystal Archway
Hot on the heels of Maker Faire, the Crystal Archway made its way down to Maryland for a wedding, where it was a big hit!
We learned many lessons from this iteration of the design, but in the end we don't think it's durable enough for travel. The current Archway design will make its way to the NYC Resistor hackerspace, where it will live out its days, most likely as a wall installation.
Matt's already working on the next incarnation... :)
BT-DERP Project Updates
The BT-DERP developers have been busy! Here are some of the awesome things they've been working on.
Mark Kriegsman has been working on a gamma correction system for the BlinkyTape, which will compensate for the differences between the usual RGB colorspace you would see on a monitor and the colorspace produced by LEDs. The upshot is that will be that the colors you see on your BlinkyTape should more closely resemble those you see on your screen.
After a couple of false starts due to USB issues, Matt Varian was able to mount his BlinkyTape in a tube and make some sweet long-exposure light painting photos, like the GTI logo, above.
Gladys Delgado-Garced made a splash at Maker Faire NYC with her BlinkyTape-powered raincoat for her dog, Baby!
We spent some time with her at our booth playing with new animations, as well as dealing with some fragility issues with our prototype boards. Thankfully, the production tapes seem to be made of sturdier stuff!
Last, but not least, Jordan Berry has ensorcelled us with his BlinkyTape-powered Wizard Staff. Just look at that thing go!
You can follow along with the BT-DERP devs on the BlinkyTape Developers Google Group.
Welcome new BlinkyTape Team Member: Ethan Hartman!
Another exciting announcement this time around: BT-DERP developer Ethan Hartman has officially joined the BlinkyTape team!
He's already helped us a ton with the BlinkyTape Getting Started documentation and the Crystal Archway. Now, Ethan will be helping us get our other BlinkyTape documentation and support planning in order, for all of you new BlinkyTape developers!
It feels like everything is happening all at once!
Look for our next major update on October 14th, when manufacturing will be nearly(!) complete, we'll be getting ready to ship 1,000+ BlinkyTapes, and more!
—The BlinkyTape Team
Hi backers, hope you're all well. I'm in Amsterdam for the Unseen Photo Fair that happened this past weekend. But another important event also happened this past weekend: we hit our initial funding goal for Helvetica, Objectified, Urbanized: The Complete Interviews!
900+ of you amazing people have made this happen, and I can't thank you enough. I owe all of you a drink. Or at least a book.
More news and updates soon.
We're thrilled to announce that we shipped the first 100 3Doodlers today! The team was out in force making sure the pens were packed and that your boxes were loaded with stunning 3Doodler plastic. We've attached a few photos from the packing floor to give you a sense of what's going on and what you can expect in the mail!
To reiterate our earlier update regarding delivery times:
September backers: Your pens are on their way and will be with you soon! You will receive tracking numbers in the next day or so.
October backers: We expect to start shipping October pens from the middle of October through to the end of the month.
November backers onwards: We'll keep you posted as production ramps up, but rest assured we're going to get your pens to you on time, if not earlier!
Note: Please do not send us address updates. We'll be messaging you for these before we ship.
This will be a fairly update heavy week or two, and we'll be posting in the coming days in relation to the following:
1. Our very first Sellers on Etsy Artist creations!
2. The finer details of 3Doodler shipping, the methods we are using and expected delivery times.
3. The launch of our entirely revamped website and the long awaited 3Doodler plastic store!
Although not necessarily in that order...
The 3Doodler Team
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.