Monday, December 12, 2011

Bedrock / Rockhead

Bedrock is consolidated rock lying underneath the surface of our Earth. Above the bedrock is usually broken and weathered unconsolidated rock called rockhead.

The presented sculpture lays as bedrock to my consciousness and thoughts on my history. The bedrock becomes drilled or excavated in geological procedures, which is a reference to the strenuous making of this bed and the preciosity that is now detailed within the added glass pieces. As a metaphor, the bedrock explains these memories physically (the making of the object) and mentally or emotionally (the psyche while making). The 64 panes of glass sandwiched with 64 still frames balancing on the middle of the woven bed reference the amount of minutes in the found film in which the sound is played from on a continuous loop. This part of the sculpture references the rockhead, worn and windswept but now a metaphor for what is gone and through the present-- preserved...much like the activity in saving both bedrock and rockhead.

I want to hold these memories and let them balance as rock on top of rock; I believe this is a simulation that details my consciousness for the past (found movie of my family and I, c. 2003), present (the current manifested sculpture), and what or where these pieces and thoughts may go to in the future.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Cool thesis project - a 360 degree panoramic "throwable" ball camera

Jonas Pfeil designed this "Throwable Panoramic Ball Camera," as part of his thesis project at the Technical University of Berlin, creates spherical panoramas after being thrown into the air.

The camera "captures an image at the highest point of flight—when it is hardly moving."

It "takes full spherical panoramas, requires no preparation and images are taken instantaneously. It can capture scenes with many moving objects without producing ghosting artifacts and creates unique images." Pic Video

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Are Wet-Induced Wrinkled Fingers Primate Rain Treads?

I thought I'd like to share this wonderful article from the journal of Brain,Behavior and Evolution. I particularly adore the analogy to racing tires; the accompanying illustrative figures and diagrams are gorgeous!

Abstract: Wet fingers and toes eventually wrinkle, and this is commonly attributed by lay opinion to local osmotic reactions. However, nearly a century ago surgeons observed that no wrinkling occurs if a nerve to the finger has been cut. Here we provide evidence that, rather than being an accidental side effect of wetness, wet-induced wrinkles have been selected to enhance grip in wet conditions. We show that their morphology has the signature properties of drainage networks, enabling efficient removal of water from the gripped surface.

Space Junk, Orbital Debris

A huge satellite, the 6.5 ton UARS, fell to earth yesterday. NASA has not given the final word if it all fell into the Pacific Ocean, or if some of the debris fell onto Pacific islands or into western Canada.

Here are some links to stories: