List of Monumental sculpture projects 2015

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Friday, 21 August 2015

What I am reading today #3

What I am reading today #1
Large picture pocket book of massage

What I am reading today #2
Chris Ware's big box of bldg comic book

What I am reading today #3

木子美日记:遗情书_2003-7-17 给亲爱的黄色懒骨头

Thursday, 20 August 2015

好奇藝術 Kunstkammer 46 : Give your own advice. Make your masterpiece video

好奇藝術 Kunstkammer 46 : Give your own advice.  Make your masterpiece video. 

Video exercise sample :: CBC How to Age Gracefully.
Are you ready to create your own video?

Tools needed: 
phone w a video camera - any definition, high, low, HD, anything.  Use your web cam.
simple editing software.
sound recording
some image editing optional

If you dont have a very hot (hot means that you really want to do) idea, take a ready made video and change the parts you like, replace it with your own data.  
Use the original video as a recyclable "envelope"

If use the following video as an example, the size of your "envelope" will be 4mn40sec.
Dont make it one sec too long or too short.  Exactly 4mn4sec.  
This is very important, so you could train yourself to reach target.  Reach target of the length of video required.  You could always make your own "directors" cut to any length you like afterwards.

Ask the people around you.  Neighbour, family, friends, strangers, tourists.
Ask the plants around you.  Flowers, trees, grass
Ask the animals around you.   Cats, dogs, ants, bees, bugs
Ask the objects around you.   Desk, chair, kitchen table, worktable
Answer some questions you find on any found paper, object, conversations heard.  Old postcards, websites, questionnaires

Folder organisation :
Put all sound clips in sound folder
Put all image clips in image folder.

Now - Script !
If you cant think of a script, use the structure in the sample CBC video.  
That will be your script structure.

Use a range of age available to you.  
Starting from age .01 sec - 0 to any age.

Open a video editing software:  any thats available to you.
Place the sound clips, image clips on the editing lines.
Put them together.

You now have your own video clip.  Gather around 5mn footage (so you could cut out some and add some to make it as perfect as you like)

You could make some props - using cardboard, paint, or simple found objects, change the background sceneries.  Like making a mini movie.  

Optional - Make your own props a// Handmade props.  (Be kind, rewind style)
b// miniature props.  (Calendar:
c// more sophisticated props, (Avatar, movie making)

Do not use a whole song for the sound clip.  You could use partial sections of a song but not the entire song.  You could change the lyrics, sing it yourself, but dont use an existing song.  Because you need to practice editing an original sound track too!


Call up your friends, make popcorn, cookies, cakes, fruit salades, soup, pizza, some drinks.
And watch everybodies video together.


CBC wiretap, farewell video.  A piece of advice from an older person to a younger person.
Very clean, reassuring video. 

Directed by Andrew Norton. 4mn40sec

 If you cant see it, go here.

Video Content:
Age of Talent in the video
6 yg girl pic
7 training wheels for babies
8 stay weird
9  baby sitter weakness
12  pop girl
16  ask her to dance
18 dont let mom throw away lego
19 easy on makeup
20 all you can eat buffet, dont eat all you can
21 wkend home hes married
30 starving family
32 be kind to your family
34 single mom
47 stop other people think
48 tell the truth
53 one cat is gd
85 spend all your money
indulge in sweet tooth
91 make yg friends
93 dont listen to others, do your own thing

Wednesday, 19 August 2015

FabLabs around the world and diff styles of how to run the labs
Barcelone Fablab / 

FabLab IAAC : au-delà de la charte

- open source, sharing, how to interpret depends on the manager.
no "bidouille".

Thursday, February 28, 2013, the FacLab ( fablab the University of Cergy-Pontoise, Gennevilliers ) received the visit of Jean-Marc Ayrault, Prime Minister, accompanied by Flower Pellerin (Minister Delegate to the Minister of Recovery productive, responsible Small and Medium Business, Innovation and the Digital Economy), Geneviève Fioraso (Minister for Higher Education and Research), Nicole Bricq(Minister of Trade) and Victorin Lurel (Minister of Overseas ), not forgetting Mr. Pierre-André Peyvel, prefect of Hauts de Seine, in full uniform. François Germinet, President of the University, has guided all these people (and many other accompanying with a bunch of journalists) to our magical den to pass the baton to Emmanuelle Roux, Laurent and Olivier Ricard Gendrin.
Fablab tainan
Join the international group of fablab members
MIT fablab conference 4Aug2015

Monday, 17 August 2015

Robot :: noodle slicing chef

Goji berry experiment : Ningxia goji from seeds

Lycium barbarum (simplified Chinese宁夏枸杞traditional Chinese寧夏枸杞pinyinNíngxià gǒuqǐ) is one of two species of boxthorn in the familySolanaceae from which the goji berry or wolfberry is harvested, the other being Lycium chinense (Chinese枸杞pinyingǒuqǐ). It is native to southeastern Europe and Asia.[2]

I will try to grow NingXia Goji Berry, this one the berries are sweet
Lycium barbarum (simplified Chinese宁夏枸杞traditional Chinese寧夏枸杞

This one has v tasty leaves, but the berries are bitter not to be used.
= Lycium chinense (Chinese枸杞)


A friend purchased a goji berry plant from a plant shop in France.  It looked like dead twigs after 3 years, nothing happened, not much leaves, almost inactive.

So, since I am a Chinese person, she asked me.

I took a few cuttings from the plant, large, smaller, thin.  Several and put them in a glass of water.
My mother has goji berry plant growing wild in her garden in Canada.  She prepared twigs for me, and they take roots v quickly.

So I just did the same.

Here is what these twigs look like after 2 weeks.

Flowered a few hours later...

flowered another two days later, on 19th Aug.2015

started some goji berry seeds:  Ningxia Goji berry.  
The high grade, medicinal use dried grain goji berries are very sweet, tastes good.
So I started soaking some in a little cup.  Then removed all the pulps and put the seeds on a cotton wad, then no sunlight.  See what happens.

So there are two experiemnts:
1// cutting from a 2, 3 yr old plant purchased in France.  Dont know what type it is.
2// Ningxia goji berries from seeds.  Seeds were purchased in China from a food shop.  Medicinal grade.

Day 1.  19aug2015

The twigs are from a plant purchased in France, been in the pot for 2, 3 years, without any flowers, this is the first time it flowered.
Both the original plant had flowers and cuttings here, also flowered.

How to make soup and what the plants look like...
goji berry flowers, small pink/purple flowers

Goji berry (Lycium barbarum) or Wolfberry is a deciduous shrub with an arching thorny branch.  It has little purple flowers that turn beige before the petals drop.  The berries turn from green to orange then bright red when they’re fully ripe.  Fresh, ripe Goji berry has a very interesting taste, not sweet, not sour but meaty (for lack of a better word) for such a small berry.  I think the sweetness of the dried berries come from the dehydration process perhaps.
Hopefully I’ll get more berries next year but between the Gray Catbirds and Cedar Waxwings I may not have any berries left.  I’m not sure I can beat the winged competition.

goji berry 30Aug2015
cutting from Creuse; seeds in flower cup planter

goji berry flowers closeup

The following photos are from a web site.
Tibetan Goji berries, and Chinese Goji berries from NingXia
Little purple flowers along the stem

Little purple flowers along the stemA closer look at the flower
A closer look at the flower
The flowers turned beige before dropping
The flowers turned beige before dropping
Various stages of the berries
Various stages of the berries
Fully ripe
Fully ripe
Tibetan Goji berries, and Chinese Goji berries from NingXia

Saturday, 15 August 2015

3d printed violin - transparent

The world’s first 3D-printed violin sounds like the real thing

wood bridge, metal tuning pegs


Our choice of 3d-printing technology is stereolithography* because of its exceptional printing definition and the resistance of its printed objects.
*Stereolithography is a 3D printing technology used for producing models, prototypes, patterns, and production parts up one layer at a time by curing a photo-reactive resin with a UV laser or another similar power source.


At this stage, all the excess resin from the printing stage is manually removed. Then precision tools are used to perfectly complete this phase.


The body of the instrument is cleaned with a cleaning solution and high pressure blowing.


This step aims to protect the instrument from external harm by completely polymerizing the violin’s structure.


Surfaces in contact with the strings and the musician’s body are sanded with extreme precision to ensure sound purity and offer optimal playing comfort.


This is the most delicate step, as it is the first time when the structure of the violin is subjected to actual string pressure. The stringing and tuning must be done progressively and be perfectly symmetrical to attain the perfect chord.



Wednesday, 12 August 2015

Karamay oil bubble sculpture 2015

Oil Bubbles Sculpture At Well No.1 In Karamay

  • ChinaFotoPress

Tourists visit the oil bubbles sculpture at Well No.1 on August 9, 2015 in Karamay, Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region of China. Crude oil flow spurted out of the Well No.1 in Karamay on October 29, 1955, declaring the birth of the first large oil field of new China. Located at the Well No.1, the oil bubbles sculpture consisting of big stainless steel oil bubbles and small ones will open from late August.

A stainless steel sculpture in the shape of an oil bubble will appear at the end of this month in Karamay,
Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. It has been built since 2013 at the site of the first oil well in Karamay.
(Photo by China News Agency/ Zhou Jianling)

The oil bubbles sculpture at Well No.1 is seen on August 9, 2015 in Karamay, Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region of China. Crude oil flow spurted out of the Well No.1 in Karamay on October 29, 1955, declaring the birth of the first large oil field of new China. Located at the Well No.1, the oil bubbles sculpture consisting of big stainless steel oil bubbles and small ones will open from late August.