give an artist a smart board

So this is a little video from Ali and I playing around with WoW on the smart board in the Incubator Classroom at SJSU.  I have to say that I really love these people, not only are they making awesome tech available, but when I hit them with a crazy request like “can we put World of Warcraft on that” they say: “sure.”

This is gonna be an awesome semester!  Working on additional controllers and gonna make a WoW – Dance – Duel video.



Bicycle Express 25 years

Looks like youtube has borked the audio, so I will work on that, but not now. So I talked to Chuck who has been servicing my bikes the 9 years that I have been in town.  It is cool to see that someone can do what they love and have a good life to boot.

We talked a little about the future and there really isn’t a lot of money to be made repairing and selling bikes.  Chuck joked that it was enough to educate his kids though and they now make more than he does.

It is great to see a local business thriving in the recession.  Bicycle Express totally rocks and deserve a toast and a party for making it through 25 years.

First Gathering of the Tribe F09


the image is fuzzy to protect the innocent, it turned out to be a great night for networking with the faculty and talking to people who actually finished and got jobs.

all of our new grads made an appearance as well as half the game development club’s board.

First Friday Video

So on top of opening Polar Identity with the lovely and talented Danielle Siembieda at Works-SJ we set up streaming from four of the local galleries. Video cams were set up and accounts created for Anno Domini, KALEID, San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art and Works San Jose.

This is what it looked like on the South First Friday page:

And here is what the Works-SJ stream looked like, and this is Anno Domini’s opening (sadly I cannot embed the ustream into

Visually it was quite pleasant, and the streaming technology has proved to be the most stable that I have used in the many years that I have been streaming video to the network.

The setup was pretty easy, I used logitech quickcam pro 9000’s which work great with Mac OSX 10.5 and XP in that the drivers are built in.  In the case of Works and the ICA I was able to use old XP PCs which were placed in the right area (the admin machines actually).  Brian at AD ran his own cam and I ended up taking a desktop down to KALEID.  I ended up stress testing all the machines for at least 24 hours on ustream and none of them crashed.  This was amazing.

On my end for the South of First Friday (SoFF) stream I used an SJSU machine to catch the fat pipe and created a 4-up stream with CamTwist which is my new best friend.  I was noodling with the ustream facility to co-host and embed other streams but it was a little buggy when the sharing stream failed or I would have added a 5th “on the ground” cam.

Looking to the future there are several possible directions.  The obvious one is more streams.  To do this I would like to commission a viewer that would let the client swap between streams. This one may or may not be the easiest, but will have the greatest impact moving towards a many stream model I am looking at for another project.  The other option (and probably the most compelling right now) is to fully embrace the chat rooms.  There was a beautiful sense of community and interest that was developing in the chats.  Pjota was able to chat with his family and friends in Brazil, at Works 3 of the artists who had never met ended up in a terrific conversation of “how to” and funding.  The only thing I worry about is that this will take manpower to accomplish.

Looking forward this was a fun experience that just took a couple of hours to set-up.  We will see if the individual galleries got enough to want to lay out for the equipment though.