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06/14/04 06:32 - ID#30955

Allentown Art Festival

Day one at the festival. We have 3 bbqs and an art festival to attend today. I think we will be coming back to do interviews tomorrow. Anyone interested in helping out?

I saw Kiltman from the elmwood street interviews and told him to check out his video. For the videos this week, I think we should interview the artists and not the shoppers. It will be much easier to get people to talk.

The woman behind me was just saying that a man was video recording her breasts. I thought she would be angry but instead she was excited, weird.

It is so hard to find a gift for my dad, he is utilitarian like me.

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05/29/04 12:52 - ID#30954

Return to Flagstaff

I downloaded some great 3D earth browsing software again from keyhole. I got another trial account for the keyhole earth browser. It is a great example of mixing 3D modeling with databases. I had talked about it before but they have updated some of the cities it seems and it looks
really nice. I am also using a better graphics card. I think it might only run on Nvidia cards on PCs, but here is the link to check it out.

Rachel This is what i was showing you the other day.
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It is inspiring for the new 3D project I am working on with my class at Canisius this summer semester. We are going to try and model Forest Lawn Cemetary. Rachel got us some nice aerial photos. Here they are mixed with a 3D models.

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05/28/04 08:54 - ID#30953

Networked Social Events

Yesterday, at Thursday in the square I was mesmerized by the increase in the number of concert goers that were "wired" via cell phones. It appeared extremely ordinary for many people to be talking on the phone during the event, and furthermore, to use the phone to network and locate other people. I think the turnout might be higher, because many people at the events were in essence offering real-time updates to their friends, and coercing them to come down, after the rain cleared, assuring them of a good time and a great band.

Yesterday it rained, it is very possible that we would not have even gone if it was not for the cell phone based prodding that we received from Desi. She called to keep updating us of her location, as well as, the conditions at the event. Once I was there, I used to cell phone to "guide" Terry and Chamille to our location on the way home from their work. We easily met up due to our connection. Like many other people, it was quite amusing as we looked for each other and described out location, only to bump into one another on the phone and say "there you are."

I also saw some old friedn and added them to my networked collection of names and numbers.

This is becoming so very acceptable and to be truthful, it wasn't like this even two or three years ago. As the size of the networks gets larger, the ability it has to effect social events is definitely exponential. I cannot wait till the next protest or the elwmood street festivals.

It's changing even more now that phones have cameras built in. Especially since I built the site to accept incoming email and post them right to our journals. I then took the pictures, send them as attachments along with a message to my journal and viola, real time reporting of the event for our viewing audience.

Imagine how much more effective this will get as the bandwidth and resolution of imagery increases. It will be no time before we can expect mass amrket video phones. Nokia has one already on the market here in the US the 3650, but its not real-time yet. You can record the video and send it as an email attachment.

I guess this has to be balanced out with privacy issues. i for one never ask anyone or event coordinator if it is okay to take there picture. I simply do it because I feel as long as they display it publicly, its fair game for my eyes and camera. This view is not shared by many of my friends. Especially , since it now goes right to the web.
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05/28/04 05:09 - ID#30952

Hot Diggity Dog

I take back my hot dog slander. Jessica Ho, Sarah Ho, and I ended up at the toxic waste outlet in Niagara Falls. I bought a book on digital voyeurism at the book outlet for 5 dollars.

I don't know why, I really don't like reading books like that but the consumerist pressure was so great after looking at it for a while. I think it's a tactic, where they make you feel weird if you touch stuff too much without purchasing it.

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To pacifiy me, Jessica bought me sugar snacks and rides. I am a sucker for gumball machines and rides. No change since 1984. Lilho and I rode the hot dog mobile as you can see in this picture. It kind of hurt cause I'm too big and it rocked really hard. Luckily, I got an orange, banana, strawberry, toxic runoff water smoothy to make it all better

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05/28/04 12:11 - ID#30951

The Bathroom Spy Photos

Well, they are not really spy photos but we did take them in the bathroom. The candlelight was too dim so we headed somewhere brighter. It was really funny to see the face of the next patron when the three of us cameout of the bathroom.
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05/28/04 12:09 - ID#30950 pmobl

Thursday in the Square

The first thursday in the square was a huge success. At fiirst it downpoured and made the whole thing a mud pit, but then it stopped forthe concertand people came out in droves. It was great to see so many people who seemed toreally enjoy themselves.

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Sam Roberts Band was amazingly good.

On a personal note, I got to see Kari Costanza,which is great as always. Maybe she'll start a journal someday and then we won't lose contact so easily.

After the square we went to the bar called Presba where Lindsay works. Zack did the graphic design for them and hooked us up with fantastic food and drinks.
Including blueberry cheesecake, which sent Chamille into ecstacy. It really was good cheesecake. Thanks for everything Zack.

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This picture is just to prove that people do take public transportation in Buffalo, even if the system itself is very limited.

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05/28/04 11:47 - ID#30949

Hotdogs and Christian Protesters

On the way to Thursday in the square, TK and Jeffrey decided to eat hotdogs at sahlen's on main st downtown. I will never eat hotdogs (longstanding issue since the early 90s, accept when Jessica Ho made me eat one at German camp day) let alone from an establishment that uses tinfoil to make wall size dividers in the restaurant. Rating: T for trashy

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Now the ueberchristians are protesting Thursday in the square too. I can only imagine what is going
to happen next weekendduring operation lionpit. I wish someone would just crucify them and end it once and for all.

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05/27/04 02:14 - ID#30948

Steve Kurtz

As for Steve Kurtz, the reason I never talked about it here is because I did not know what happend. I only knew his wife died. I guess I live in my little bubble without televsion, visits to the pink, or school. I don't talk to anyone and get all of my news here on the site. So go ahead and keep me posted.

My two cents - On on hand I don't know much about the situation. On the other hand I went to go see Paul Vanouose and Steve Kurtz's talk on collaborative art with scientists and I have to say I was a little freaked out that he would want to work with anthrax simulants. Mostly, because it would make them seem so suspect in America right now. While he is for sure not a bioterrorist, we only know that because we know him. The police don't know him, the FBI didn't either. I am kind of glad the police check it out with hazmatt teams when they find something that they think might be biohazardous, even if it seems a little over the top. I mean better safe than sorry. They obviously had to call someone in, because we can pretty much bet 100% that the Buffalo police themselves are not trained to know the difference between a testtube and a anthrax lab. I mean what would expect them to do? Being an artist doesn't make you immune from the reality of the current state of affairs. I wonder what has happend to the guy that got him whatever the stuff that got him in trouble was. He must be in deep sh*t. I remember him saying that it is often hard to work with scientists sometimes because their jobs are on the line and then he used that specific one as an example.

I really wish him the best. It must be so hard on him, I can't imagine losing a wife and then this on top of it. Is he still banned from viewing the body, because that is sick and twisted? Moreover,iIs he even still around, or has he been permanently dissapeared? Which is scarier, real bioterrorists or the government agents? I guess I am glad I dropped science before I started art.
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05/27/04 01:40 - ID#30947

Deleware Park and Tops on Elmwood

I spent the day weeding and edging at Deleware Park with my mother. No, it's not some sort of drug taking and come down process. It's a volunteer job my mother took on, taking care of one of the large L shaped rose beds at Deleware Park. She originally volunteered with my Dad and my Aunt. She is the last one left. My father is protesting my mother having volunteer jobs and my aunt is really busy with other stuff.

I guess it's kind of fun to do physical work occasionally, although, my brother mike is much better suited for the purpose. Today, he took pictures of us working. I said, "look mom, Michael is so strong he should work here instead." His reponse was, "I didn't volunteer for this crap, if it was up to me I would pave the whole park and put up a monument." So that was the end of that.

I ended up getting some clams at tops on the way back. $1.44/doz which beats the $7 doz at Merlins. My mother made me get a tops card because something was on sale. I hate those cards. I like the saving but I hate that they are tracking all of my shopping habits, etc. Like why do they need my email, phone, and apt number if they are not tracking me and/or selling my information. According to the pamphlet they are not selling any info but I seriously don't believe it. What happend when they get bought out for example. Does that rule still apply to the new owners. It's digital and easy to copy too, so what if some insider steals it, I bet all the info fits on one CD.

We also got to use the self check out machine. I hope that is not representative of future of shopping. It was such a pain to use, I prefer the full service cashier and I love human-machine interaction. It just seemed so lame as it freaked out because I leaned on the bag holder. It thought I was trying to steal because the weight in the bag was not equal to my purchase. It said "take whatever you put in the bag out and scan it so you can pay for it."

Then you insert the money in like a pop machine and out pops the receipt and some change. Keep chasiers in business, stop supporting the check out machine.
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05/26/04 05:13 - ID#30946

Cyborg Kisses

I took the night off of programming in order to work on some unfinished art projects. I finally bought the material needed for the elmwood banner. Unfortunately, I am not all so sure about how to cut out the letters or sew them. I have a sewing machine but I have no interest in it any more.

I went with rip-chord nylon flag material. I decided on a whiet 12 ft x 3 ft banner with black courier font lowercase "elmwoodstrip.com" It will look like a newspaper headline. I'm probably going to simply hang it off the house.

I also worked on some modeling projects I had put off.

Here are some new renders of cyborg kisses. I am thinking about making larger posters of these masks.

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>>update - I never intended this to look like spiderman. In fact I really did not know what spiderman looked like. I just thought he was red. Matthew says it looks like him and now I feel dumb, if everyone thinks that is what I was going for.
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