ITP Live Web NYU

Live Web Week 2: JavaScript/AJAX 101

This week’s assignment in Live Web:

Using JavaScript and AJAX (and possibly PHP), create an application which allows you to control and change the content that someone else is viewing on your site. Perhaps something like you directing a slide show or taking them through different web pages.

I wanted to make a live photo slide show chat application that I could use to show my friends my photos while chatting in the same browser window.  I took the AJAX chat demo code from class and added on a JavaScript-based photo slide show.  Check it out here.


Right now, users can control their own slide show viewing experience locally, but I thought it might be cool if I an AJAX puppet master (me) could control the slide show and everybody else would see the same photos I am seeing.  I’m not quite sure how to go about that.  I’m thinking it might require reviewing my PHP and perhaps using a MySQL database rather than storing the photo slide show locally in the file.

Cooking Cuisine Food Fun Recipe

Instant Messenger Iron Chef: Turkey & Rice Stuffed Yellow Squash

Zucchini Touched

My friend Sophia IM’ed me the other night while I was at school. She asked me for some cooking advice based on the ingredients she had in her kitchen.  It turned into a game of IM Iron Chef or Stump the Cook from The Splendid Table.   Here is a log of our chat (edited for readability).  I’ve also posted photos from Sophia of the final result.

Sophia: ok Iron Chef, I’ve got ground turkey, yellow squash, broccoli florets, onion, tomato, garlic, some white rice, bag of frozen cut veggies (carrots/corn/peas), heavy cream. olive oil and balsamic vinegar and soy sauce, ground pepper.
And Fage yogurt

me: ok. You have a rice cooker?

Sophia: yup

me: Ok, easy. Cook the white rice.
while that happens, saute onions, garlic
add tomatoes and ground turkey
add the cooked rice in
and use that as stuffing in the squash (cut in half and partially hollowed out)

Sophia: woaaaahhh

me: you can chuck in some of the other veggies too
or a bit of the yogurt/cream to enrich things
and then put the stuffed squash in the oven
until the squash is cooked through

Sophia: nice – so I’m stuffing the raw squash?
(they’re skinny, is that ok?)

me: yeah, cut them in half lengthwise
and partially de-seed using a spoon

Sophia: oh shoot they’re yellow zucchini
that’s what I meant to say

me: yeah, you can still do it
to save time, you can parboil, steam, or roast the squash while the rice cooks

Sophia: I’m hazy on what cooked through for squash is – got an estimate on time?
oh ok

me: 30 minutes (or however long it takes for the rice to cook)
you can pre-cook the squash and make the squash then
if you have cheese, you could melt it on top
or put the Fage yogurt on as a topping instead of the sauce

Sophia: nice
that’s amazing – you need to do this for a living
or we have to put you on a blog

Sophia: how long would you cook ground turkey for? It’s always dry for me

me: because there is very little fat in the turkey, put the ground turkey in the sauce after you saute and onions and garlic and add tomato
so it cooks in sauce instead of frying it dry

Sophia: also – I was always taught to cook meat separately from veggies – in this case it’s ok to add raw meat to the tomatoes/garlic/onion?

me: yeah, because you are cooking it a long time
the turkey is not frozen, right?

Sophia: nope

me: or if you want to brown the turkey for color or taste, cook the turkey first in olive oil.
remove it from the pan, then cook the onions, garlic and tomatoes
then put the cooked turkey back in when the tomato sauce reduces

Sophia: I like it better not browned. So I can just add it raw to the onions? How long do I simmer/cook this together

me: here are the steps:
heat the pan. When it gets hot, put some oil in. Then the onions and garlic
then put in some turkey
and saute it until it changes color
then the tomatoes
bring to boil
then turn the heat to the lowest setting
until the rice is done
which would be about 20 minutes or so
if you are putting yogurt and cream into the sauce, put that in after you have turned the heat to low

Sophia: it’s ok to cook yogurt?

me: if you use yogurt, just stir it in just before you stuff the squash
but for cream, put it in when you turn heat to low
but I would choose 1, not both

Sophia: awesome. I’m going cream I think

me: sounds yummy. I’m in class and STARVING

Sophia: lol I have green onions too – would that mess it up?

me: no, I would chuck in the green onions at the end, just before you stuff the squash

Sophia: gotcha

me: in order of doing stuff: preheat oven to 400 degrees, wash the rice and get it going
then cut all the veg. Pop the halved squash in the oven
then make the sauce

Sophia: Definitely blog this!

Turkey Stuffed Zucchini

Creative Writing ITP NYU Poetry Show&Tell

5 Minute Love Poem

Today in my Show and Tell Studio class with Nancy Hechinger, we went through some creative exercises to help develop our communications skills and the ability to respond quickly to challenges.  Our first task was to write a love poem in five minutes.  I am usually a tortured writer who takes hours to write short pieces, so I love the challenge of being forced to write something quick and raw.  Here’s my five-minute love poem:

True love waits
But it doesn’t
That’s bull$h1t
It just hits you like a bus
Out of the blue
Knocking you out
And then you wake up one day
Alone again
Is it over?


The Hepnova Update: September 2009

Hepnova is rocking hard in in 2009 and is doing all kinds of nifty things! Here’s a few of the projects we’re currently working on :

We’re helping an amazing eco-friendly cleaning products company with their online presence and sales – follow them on Twitter @HerbNOrganics

We built the website for the Market on Mill, downtown Tempe’s community market, in less than 24 hours and set up their interactive media. We’re also doing content and photography for them.

We’re bringing a new, amazing music artist, José Alarcon, to the digital world for the first time, handling all production and branding – peep

Nicholas is getting ready to rock a presentation / workshop on our design philosophy at the groundbreaking Phoenix Design Week event.

Lee-Sean is busy preparing to speak on the same at Pecha Kucha at ITP in New York.

We’re helping a local environmentally-conscious large-format printer and signage company develop compelling promotional content – stay tuned!

We’re working with a major provider of recycled IT service parts and electronics to revamp their Web presence and marketing strategy – watch this space!

We’re producing new music, some foreign tunes with our unique electroacoustic sound! Check out our Bandcamp page for the latest!

And hecka more neat stuff!

What can we do for you? Drop us a line — Services [at] Hepnova [dot] com

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Audio ITP Music NIME NYU

NIME Week 2

Assignment for Week 2 of NIME at ITP:

“Inspirational Sounds”: Think about the music you would aspire to make – and bring a short audio clip of it to share with the class. This can be something you have already done, but we encourage you to look to the work of other artists/musicians/performers for inspiration.

For my inspirational sounds, I decided to share some Steve Reich music. This clip includes parts of “4 Organs” and “My Name Is” from a 1970 performance at the Berkeley Museum.  I am attracted to the strong rhythmic pulse of Reich’s music and the mesmerizing use of repetition and slowly evolving patterns.  For my own NIME instrument, I want to do something involving maracas (like in “4 Organs”) as well as incorporate some form of sampled human voices (like in “My Name Is”).

I am starting to get a clearer idea of the instrument that I want to build.  I am calling my project Mumbo Jumbo Maracas.  I would like to mount accelerometers on a pair of maracas.  In performance, I would play the maracas as purely acoustic instruments, while the sensors would be used to trigger various looped vocal samples (the “mumbo jumbo” part.