Snapshots Three Ways

This semester, I’ve been working on building my web programming chops in Dynamic Web Development and Flash of Flash at ITP.  Using some of the new skills I’ve picked up, I have created three ways of presenting Snapshots, an online collection of music I have composed this school year at ITP.

Original HTML version

PHP/MySQL/Javascript version

Flash XML version

Mark Bittman’s Tortillitas with Shrimp

tortillitas with shrimp

I made The Minimalist Mark Bittman’s recipe for Andalucian Tortillitas with Shrimp today for lunch.  The savory pancakes are actually made without eggs or dairy.  The yellow color and eggy texture actually comes from chickpea (garbanzo) flour.  Bittman gives a choice of different herbs to put in the pancakes.  I used scallions and parsely.  I also added some thinly sliced carrots.  The pancakes are extremely filling and very very good.  They remind me a bit of Korean pajeon. These are definitely going to have to go in my regular repertoire of dishes, although I might start halving the recipe when cooking for myself (I had Kris over as a tasting guinea pig today).

Get the recipe at NYTimes.com

Ruby’s Song

My latest project for Animals, People and Those in Between @ ITP:

The Animal Subject

You will take your “Animal Object” character, and flip the script by investigating the subjective point of view of the animal you chose.

What is it like being inside this animal? What is its view point? How does it see– or experience –its environment? What – or how – is he/she reacting to the events surrounding him/her? How do those events appear, in terms of scale, form, size, sharpness, color, time?

Drawing on the writings of Üexkull (the idea of umwelt), and the readings on research into animal minds, and / or projected first-person narration (Haskell’s short story, Coe’s “Pitt’s Letter”), you may chose to be anthropomorphic, or you may NOT be, as you see fit.

The purpose of this assignment, coupled with the last one, is to explore how character is made from different points of view, and how your crafting of that character expresses your point of view.


Ruby’s Song from lee-sean on Vimeo.

Music and editing by Lee-Sean Huang.  Paintings by Ruby the Elephant.  Elephant sounds by Kris Hartley.

During our in-class crit, some people thought that the piece was two opaque, that I needed to move the titles to the front of the video, or in someway make it more explicit that the piece is about an elephant.  I’m still not sure how I feel about that.  I would definitely consider moving the “Ruby’s Song” titles to the beginning of the video, but I would also have to restructure the audio portion so everything still synchs up correctly.  My goal was to really get into Ruby’s head and create something based on established elephantine means of expression.  Even if wild elephants don’t paint and make music, they are ways in which elephants in captivity can “express themselves,” whatever that means, I still don’t know, so I’ll leave it up to interpretation.

See also:

Ruby’s Song on Blip.tv

Ruby’s Song on Vimeo

An Audio Portrait of the Life and Death of Ruby

Sketches of Ruby

Ruby Research Links

Mona Again: Vote online to support Asian American Literature

monaagain

My friend Sophia Chang’s book, Mona Again, is a quarterfinalist in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award 2009. This means that out of 10,000 submissions, Mona Again is in the top 500 and in the running for a book deal with Penguin.  Read the first 20 pages for FREE and help support Asian American literature with a few clicks of the mouse.  

Learn more about the book and vote for it here.

Bug4Good: Open Source for Human Rights

 

From my colleague Enrique Piraces at Human Rights Watch:

I want to share with you our submission to the UC Berkeley Human Rights Center Mobile Challenge. 

The project is great 🙂 and we have an opportunity to get some attention and further develop the idea. 

Voting will take place between March 23 and March 27, 2009 and will determine the Top Ten Finalists. 

I want to invite you to keep an eye on the project and to help us spread the word about it. And if you want to further improve your karma, please consider registering to vote for the project. [It is so easy. Just register, go to the project page, and give us a “star”. After that you can also share any comments and criticisms in the same page] 

http://www.netsquared.org/projects/bug4good