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The MOOOOOOOON…..

Tonight/ today begins a little after midnight (late Saturday night). I went to see Avengers last night (Friday night). I know Tony Stark is fictional, but he makes me soooooooo proud to be at MIT.. LOL… Hulk and Stark were my favorite characters… After the movie I went back to school and worked until 6am Saturday morning… When I woke up I did the usual chores, laundry, etc… did some work, cooked, then ate…  I was supposed to go out with my friends tonight but fell asleep… I was still tired I think. My friend messaged me close to midnight to confirm whether I would be meeting them.. “Oops! I fell asleep” was my reply. After doing the time calculations I figured I wouldn’t be ready in time, but I just felt like getting out.. She also told me about the moon being extremely large tonight… I peeked outside my window but didn’t see anything… I decided I would jump on my bicycle with my camera and enjoy the night… Take it all in…

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Beast of the blur.. I decide I would take a ride in the direction of Harvard Square…

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So, tonight was a great experience for me. I have to get much practice with night photography… and boy do I need a tripod!

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Sitting on my bicycle… holding my breath as I try to take still photos at Lafayette Square… yeesh!

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What I love about these shots are how movement is captured… I love it!

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I think the cops were just doing some crowd control or something on Mass Ave.

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Long line for a club…

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I didn’t know Harvard Square was this blurry! lol..

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I love to see places at night…

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Beautiful isn’t it?!

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At the Harvard Square Metro.. Fire and ambulance were bringing someone out from the station.. Nothing serious though..

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Nicely lit street furniture…

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I continue to ride along and stop and hold my breath for photos… I definitely!!! need a tripod.

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The firetruck passing on the left looks cool…

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“I see dead people….” Harvard Square is full of ghostly people who blur and fade away in photos…

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Look at that! Motion captured at night.. I LOVE!

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I stopped here and took numerous photos… trying to get this shot.. the moon, the clouds, the building, the light… It was a perfect photo op… but it was almost impossible to stay perfectly still. This is the best shot I got.. Don’t those clouds look beautiful?!..

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After getting some fresh air, photos, quiet, and happiness.. I head back to my neighborhood…

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I literally tried to stay still for what felt like 30 seconds before the camera took this shot! I almost passed out and still the photo looks like crap.

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I’m back in my neighborhood.. and trying to get this moon…

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I have now placed the camera on my bicycle seat and trying to stay still… ONE…

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TWO….

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THREE…..

As soon as I get inside I buy a tripod for my camera…

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It’s now Sunday afternoon and I am heading to school… We have to laser cut the parts of our curved pavilion to assemble the entire thing tomorrow (Monday)…

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Mik and Linlin cutting on the Epilog 60W… I will go on the Universal and continue cutting the main structure..

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Our cut sheets with pieces laid out on them…

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Bru is on the Epilog 120W cutting the floor for the pavilion..

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The pieces of our structure… cutting is gong nicely and the number of pieces cut continues to grow…. After I was finished cutting I went to my office to work on my other project… So much to do so little time..

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Back at my desk… I cut these sheets last night into Saturday morning to be used in my New Textiles Final project…

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PC ready, and food ready!

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My cup of mauby… My loving brother gave me when I went to NY… And I cooked Chicken and vegetables in a red curry with coconut milk (I love Thai food).. and baked a macaroni pie.. Talk about meals from worlds apart! As long as I have food… I am happy!

I salute you for taking a few minutes to escape from your world into mine…

Have a great weekend!

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Rain, Ruled Surfaces, and Teachers who Rock..

Today it’s rainy… I am not a big fan of being outside when it’s rainy… Where I come from (Caribbean), the sound of raindrops on your roof is like a lullaby….

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No matter the weather.. an MIT-er (as I like to call myself) has to do what’s necessary!

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I am spray painting the pieces that I cut last night.. had a meeting after for lunch.. then off the my New Textiles class..

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This is the structure that I cut last night… I am going to do and experiment with string sculptures/ ruled surfaces..

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In my new textiles class, my professor Leah Buechley (a great teacher – I’ll tell you why in a bit).. I am experimenting using different ways in which to harden, stiffen fabric so that it is almost self-supporting… here we are boiling corn starch, testing how much to put and other variables.. She made me laugh when she said “I’m just winging it here..”.. LMAO!

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She’s enjoying this I can tell…

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These are some reasons why Leah Buechley is a great teacher… For example… while conducting these experiments and tests, some mess was being made… I was concerned about the mess, apologizing at times and she said, “Oh, it’s no problem! I don’t care about the mess.. I just wanna see what happens.” That’s an admirable principle to have I thought… not only a a teacher, but as a researcher…

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Continuing with my exploration of ruled surfaces ( surface that can be generated by the motion of a straight line) while my other stiffening experiments are resting…

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Beautiful? Yes!

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Stimulating? Yes!

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My other hardening experiment.. using a clear, liquid plastic..

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After leaving the Media Lab, I am now assembling the artifact I cut and spray painted earlier.. I planned to use this in a ruled surface experiment.. I’m not so sure anymore…

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Ok.. after this.. been a long day.. time to head home!

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On my way home I see fire trucks ahead…

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Have you all seen this ad below? I definitely want to do something like this soon… Maybe during the summer months..

Encourage someone today!

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Leadership, Loyalty, Papers & Projects

I have been inundated with work the past few days… so I’ve been unable to post.. It’s down to crunch time with final papers, and projects.. It’s a great week though… my renewed approach is working out nicely.. I need to keep reminding myself..

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It’s sunny today… I love the patterns light on the ground as it passes through the trees…

It’s been a busy morning thus far… In my HIE class this morning we discussed a paper by György Gergely – “What should a robot learn from an infant? Mechanisms of action interpretation and observational learning in infancy.”
Apart from the papers, for me it’s the other discussions that make Patrick Winston’s class priceless.. We spoke of some of the things at MIT to reduce the stress on students.. such as the fact that there are no degrees with Honors here.. very egalitarian… Being here is all the Honors you need.. I agree.. Churchill wasn’t even given one…

We also discussed the qualities that makes one a good leader.. and an organization a good one.. Patrick told us about his tour of a Marine base some time ago.. The bus driver (I think) knew so much about what was happening there, that Winston asked.. “Are you an ex-Marine?” The driver replied, “Sir, there are live marines and dead marines, there are no ex-marines.” This loyalty to the organization intrigued Winston and so he asked one of the Corporals I guess, how they make their people so loyal?! His answer was “because we never leave our wounded behind.” This principle and philosophy was the same from the very top to the very bottom.. Their people are well fed, well rested, career development, etc.. they take care of their people.. This trickles down to and through the organization..

He mentioned that everyone in an organization has to feel the following for it to be a good one:

1. They have to feel that their work is valued

2. That their work makes a difference, and

3. That THEY are valued..

If you don’t have and practice the above.. you will have pissed off people around you.. So how do you convey the above? TELL THEM in unambiguous terms…

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After class, and lunch we were heading to the Woodshop for our guest critics, Tim Elliassen and Jeff Anderson of TriPyramid. They will be visiting to provide feedback on our section mockup before we move on the laser cut model of the entire thing.

On my way to the shop I see the board for this project up on the now empty site along Mass Ave.. Novartis Cambridge Campus… Architects are Maya Lin Studio, Toshiko Mori, Single Speed Design, and Cannon Design

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We are using a few clamps to aid in securing our mockup for its erection…

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Tim Elliasen and Jeff Anderson of TriPyramid

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Dr. Larry Sass (left)…

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It’s up! The feeling I have is quite a surprising one of absolute pride.. This is a great feeling! Larry was right about this… Definitely seeing the physical result of digital work is quite rewarding.. such a feeling of accomplishment! Everyone high-fives! Chris the shop manager is also happy!

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My team partner (Linlin) and I are responsible for the interiors… Our final concept for the interiors is a ruled surface..

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Bru taking photos too..

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Moi…

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Foundations team presenting their molds and design concepts and approach.. Foundation team did a real good job on the foundation I thought… Well done George and My!!

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Beautiful…

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Tim.. pensive as he analyzes…

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After class was finished it was time to head to a Fabrication meeting.. My friend Amit Zoran and Sean Follmer will be presenting their work and research this evening… I really like Amit’s work and his continued sensitivity to craft and its place in digital fabrication. His focus is on hybrid object design, merging traditional crafted element with digital technologies Great job Amit! There was a lot of great snacks in the meeting..

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After that meeting I went to collect my 3d print for my Textiles class… 3D print wasn’t successful.. I was exploring Erwin Hauer‘s work of continuous surfaces… I have to do this again… not enough time to reprint for tomorrow morning though..

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Later on that night I began laser cutting my structure for my Final project for New Textiles..

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It took me a total of 4 hrs to cut my stuff.. 😐

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I ended the night here.. I will spray paint and assemble tomorrow… Tired!

Time to head home and recoup..

Saw this vid that had me cracking up! Animals are too wonderful at times to be called animals..

Today – Plan and Execute!!!

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Friends, Food, Family, & Fervor!

So after going to bed late as usual (4am), I had a lunch date with another friend of mine… We were going to a Brazilian Barbeque restaurant which I saw as I passed along Cambridge many times… and thought to enter.. but never did… Today was going to be the day I guess…

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We met up at Central Square and rode to the restaurant…

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Prospect Street…

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Inside the restaurant… We were there early, because it was empty when we arrived, and filled with patrons by the time we left.. It was a buffet service… you take what you want, and the waiter would eventually come to your table with an assortment of meats for your choosing… I was anxious to get started… my stomach was anxious!

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This was my friend’s plate… neat, organized.. seems like thought went into her choices… My plate on the other hand….

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A dog show!! like my friend would say…LOL… Yikes! I took everything I saw to taste.. It was like a bad Benetton ad on my plate! Chicken, fish, fries, rice, plantains, beans, okra, I took a little bit of everything! I was disappointed with myself as time went on and decided that the next time I will choose wisely.. come with  a plan.. because my eyes and stomach surely misled me on this one.. I was all over the place!

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Buffet..

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I love fruit juices and had a passion fruit and pineapple mix.. it was very tasty. My friend had ginger ale.. We had dessert after (red velvet cake) but I forgot to take pics of that… It was really good too!

After such a scrumptious but personally disappointing lunch for me (as I had no plan).. Oh I forgot to mention, it was all you can eat. I never win at all you can eat, because I never eat a lot.. just often.. So I went back home, fell asleep, woke up, did some work.. then got ready to go meet my cousin. He is coming into Boston this evening for his firm’s retreat for a few days.. I was really looking forward to seeing him and “hablarizing” (talking) as my cousins and I would say when we were younger…

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Heading on my bicycle to the T Stop to catch the train…

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See my shadow?

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Bicycle parked, secured… time for the train..

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I come out at Government Center to go to the Langham Hotel where he was staying.. I am trying to get my bearings now..

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Apparently the circus is in town..

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Still trying to get my bearings…

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Pay and ride bicycles..

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I’m walking…. I’m walking….

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Ok, I see a street name I recognize…

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Journeying along my route as provided by Google maps..

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It looks nice yeh? Did I forget to mention it is still very cold here today?! Steups! When will Boston get warm, and stay warm.. I eh know!

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This very narrow street caught my attention..

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I love how the sun shone on this building..

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Langham Hotel restaurant entrance..

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Nice backdrop to the park these buildings…

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Heading to my cousin’s room..

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Old photos in the hallway…

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When my cousin and I meet.. big hugs, big grins, “What going on?!!!” Too happy to think of taking photos… After all that.. time to head out and eat… my cousin was hungry… I wasn’t too too hungry, but I could always eat.. 😉

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He was a little unprepared for the weather… “Don’t joke with Boston”.. He’s going to the Red Sox game on Tuesday.. plan to  layer up buddy! All teeth!

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We’re walking taking in the sights and figuring out where to have dinner..

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As we walk by I show him the location where a bank scene in the movie The Town was shot.. A lovely guy came up and offered to take our pic..

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We decide to have dinner here at Ristorante Fiore.. I’ve never been..but it’s nice.. Waiters very helpful and informed about their menu..

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The usual bread and olive oil introduction… while we talk, talk, talk, and laugh until our meal comes..

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I had something with chicken, mushrooms, and pasta.. It was good.. had a sweet undertone because of the way they cook it… I switched with my cousin because he only eats seafood.. I had a stoli doli with my dinner… As the waiter described it to me.. it’s made with pineapple that has been infused with vodka.. I assumed I was going to get a pineapple drink with a kick… Well the drink had more stoli than doli.. Was vodka with a wonderful hint of pineapple.. Great though!

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His dish had lobster, shrimp, and was delish!

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After dinner we went to Mike’s pastry for desert (forgot to take photos).. I had a red velvet cupcake… My palate remembered it and wanted more.. so I indulged it.. It was good too.. Mmmm!!! We talk some more, and I got some much needed words of inspiration and encouragement… I needed it! Family is the best thing ever! Positive vibes! We say our goodbyes, and I board my train to head back home…

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On my bicycle riding back home… Sunday nights are sure quiet in Cambridge… everyone dreading the Monday blues.. lol..

My Sunday was absolutely wonderful. Food, friends, and family.. THE BEST THING EVER!

I love animals, especially dogs, and I got this photo today from my daily Loldogs subscription… Doggie nosies are another one of the beautiful things in life.. Thought I would share it with you… Mwah!

Much Love!!!

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Friends, Food & Fabrication

My first task today was to collect a package at USPS…

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This is a view along Cambridge St., MA… heading to the Post Office..

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Heading back in the direction of home and MIT on Cambridge St.

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On campus now… this is Parsons’ Laboratory, opposite the Stata Center on Vassar St.

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I have no clue what’s going on here today…

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no clue..

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My friend Jenine and I have a lunch date today… been a while since we hung out together… We went to Flour… This is their berry bread-pudding… it was really moist! Very delicious!

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Jenine had coffee with her bread pudding (because most people at MIT need coffee.. LOL)… Doesn’t that look delectable?!!

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I tried a Spindrift with mine.. My first time having that drink… pretty good I will say..

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I can’t remember the name of my sandwich, but it had grilled chicken, avocado, and jicama.. the bread was great too… Mmmmm how I love food…

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Hi Jenine! This is my awesome friend Jenine! Full of laughs, very artistic… and socially conscious too.. my kinda people!

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We both had the same sandwich..

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The bakery Flour on Massachusetts Ave. that we went to..

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I never eat everything I get… so I had half of a sandwich and my berry bread pudding left… to eat later on… Happy!

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I am in the FabLab cutting parts for my continued experiment… it seems like it will work… thus far.. been good..

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Spray painting my pieces…

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Painting the other side after drying…

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The hall of the 3rd Floor in Building 3 (next to the FabLab) at MIT..

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DCG (Design & Computation Group) alumni, Marcel Botha PhD (SMArchS ’06) talks about his experiences after DCG to my Forum class. He has done some really awesome projects and worked on life saving products. MIT was an opportunity to change his profession.. drawing on his architecture skills, training, and way of thinking.. I was glad to hear that, as I view it the same way too… an opportunity for a new, layered direction in life, and career…

Marcel Botha: “I am an Architect, Engineer, Product Manager and Technologist. I make physical things. I started with buildings. My last “traditional” building was a Catholic church. My first digitally printed/cut building was an emergency shelter. I dabbled in advertising, and won a scholarship for an ad campaign for Durex condoms, but decided to rather go to MIT using architecture as my Trojan Horse. I specialized in Digital manufacturing, Assembly Engineering and Media Arts. I designed soft cars for GM. Buses and Bus Stops (buildings again 😦 ) for Paris. Helped build a mesh networking company, SNIFLABS (Now General Sensing) with a first product for Social Networking of Pets (think a mashup of Nike+, Foursquare, and FB for your dog). Developed The Betacup with with fellow overlapper Toby Daniels, Starbucks and Jovoto. I convinced the Nordics that Mono-skiing was a resurgent trend on behalf of Mc Donalds during Christmas 2009. I needed more. In 2010 I started devoting my time exclusively to projects that were relevant, scalable, complex and ideally medical in nature. Since, I have developed a low cost electronic stethoscope, helped to reinvent the colposcope and launched Timesulin.

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My pieces… all dried, and ready for assembly..

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Assembly went well, but I learned a lesson… spray paint quality and thickness.. IMPORTANT! The green paint was much better than the white…

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Looks good I find… learned a lot from this experiment..

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Today was a good one… time spent with friends, food, great conversation, and fabrication/ research.. is always a plus!

Live with a purpose today!

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Digital Fabrication… let’s go..

It’s rainy today… weather to be inside.. but MIT calls! Let’s see what today brings…

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It has been a pretty busy morning thus far. I had my Human Intelligence class where we discussed the Brains, Minds & Machines Symposium from MIT 150 as I had to write a paper on it. We also discussed the “Carry a Message to Garcia” paper and what its message was… (1) Don’t ask stupid questions (2) Seek alternatives, and (3) Get it done. I am now heading to the Woodshop. Our Digital fabrication class is meeting there as we have been preparing files and cutting material to make a section model of our final project, a Pavilion.

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Renovations happening here…

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Spring..

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Work on a construction site along the way.. I don’t know what’s going up here..

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Cambridge is a very bicycle friendly place..

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Chris the shop manager on the left..and Dr. Sass our professor on the right…

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Team members getting our sheet ready to be CNC cut.. Drilling in screws to secure the sheet to the table bed..

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The Techno machine..

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Some parts already cut out…

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Assembly time.. it’s still raining outside so we begin to assemble and test our parts inside the shop.. We moved some tables out of the way to accomplish this….

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The rain stopped so we moved it outside… Linlin and Ki.. We are assembling it laying down..

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Ki… my brother from another mother..

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Kinda looks like a pool.. 😉

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Floor is in..

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All our pieces fit very nicely. This section model is just 4′-0″ wide… a full scale test for testing our ideas, structure, connections, etc… Testing is really important in digital fabrication..

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We are so happy!

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Covered it with a tarpaulin to prevent it from getting rained on..

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I went to get something to eat after (a very late lunch) and took this pic by the Alchemist..

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Whenever the day is rainy.. this song runs through my mind…

Have a productive day today!

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Visual & Artistic Feast…

This morning as I was going to Rotch (Library) to pick up some books, what do I see…? People walking on tight ropes, someone hanging from a trapeze, what was this here? On closer investigation there were mannequins/ puppets that were placed within the Main Lobby doing strange things.. Why were they here.. I have no clue. But they sure caused a stir..

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This puppet was just swinging from side to side…. Thought it was a real person on first glance, but then realized it wasn’t..

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It has sneakers on and everything!

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I didn’t quite get this one..

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That puppet was balancing on chairs.. Note the guy entering the building. he’s probably wondering “What the hell is happening in here today?!”

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Some pretty big feet I think..

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I don’t know…

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I love this view.. and well this shot.. Tightrope puppet doing its thing..

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Looks much more dramatic in the previous photo..

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The crowds are gathering… I think this crowd included a tour group..

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Even the janitors are wondering about this..

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I like this shot too..

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Still swinging…

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and yet more people…

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I don’t know about these singers either…When I was leaving class.. there they were! This is one of many things I love about MIT… about education at MIT… No school is perfect, but this is what I like here… even in the high stressed, and high-pressured environment, there are these cool things that people do every now and again that blows your mind and makes you wonder why.. that’s funny, that’s weird… but it’s cool.. not vandalism, but artistic or technological (hack for example)… Well done!

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I spray painted the edges of my model last night so that it would be cleaner.. The laser cutter burned the edges pretty badly, so soot was distracting…

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I enter the Media Lab for my Textiles class and apparently someone will be giving a speech of some sort in a few minutes….

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Tim O’Reilly  giving a talk today..

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This is a pretty good book my professor had… looking through it for ideas, case studies, and more…

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People I have to remember to check, and read up on… they had some good work in that book..

Edward Mayer

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Hilal Sami Hilal

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Carson Fox

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Piper Shepard

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Cal Lane

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Shane Waltener

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Bennett Battaile

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Niels Van Eijk

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Henk Wolvers

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Janet Echelman

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Barbara Zucker (see her TED Talk here >>>)

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After leaving my class I rode to Blick to try to get some plaster, or corn starch to try an experiment. Blick had plaster but no corn starch. I went to a Wallgreen’s I think and a guy told me that there’s corn starch at the Co-op.  “The what?” I asked him.. I had no idea what he was taking about. he gave me directions (just the next corner after the bank). I thanked him and went on my way.. Talk about a hole in the wall, but that opens up to a magical place if you ask me. I never knew this existed! There’s a cafe and seating as you enter, and a large grocery behind.. WOW!!! I thought.. this was a hidden gem! I got my corn starch, and some snacks (you know I can’t say no to snacks) and hit the road again… I had to go to the MIT Museum as there was a cocktail closing reception for an exhibition. My friend Mik had an installation there, so I went to support her..

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The name of the exhibition was “Ways of Seeing.” This was Mik’s installation.. Beautiful I think!

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There was also this cool piece I thought I would share with you… it’s a piece by Arthur Ganson from 1997 entitled “Cory’s Yellow Chair.”

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You can see a YouTube vid here >>>

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After it all, it was back to school. I was fabricating some pieces for another experiment.. hope it works out!

Yesterday I suggested we “Carry a message to Garcia!” Click on the link to read what I was referring to, in case you never read it… I found the piece a wonderful one! Thanks PHW.

And here’s a classic from one of my favorite couples, Grover & Madeline Kahn – Sing after me.

Have a great day!!

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