05 May 2008
The Maker Faire: Hotdog Lightning
Pyrotechnics, robots, explosions, lasers, tesla coils, solar powered Arnold Schwarzenegger chariot.
I spent this past Saturday at the Maker Faire in San Mateo. The Maker Faire is a huge overwhelming spectacle of the most creative people in the bay area. I spent 10 hours there and still did not see everything it had to offer. I will try to recap some of the highlights:
This nightmarish thing:
An armada of cupcake people:
Some hotdogs cooked using lightning coming off a 25' tall tesla coil. Sorry, no video for this one just imagine lightning striking a hotdog and jumping from hotdog to hotdog down a 20' pole. As it got more intense the lightning began vaporizing the hotdog - this vaporization pulled hotdog bits into the arc and the color changed from brilliant purple to a vivid orange!
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28 April 2008
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24 April 2008
Berkeley Parkour Club
This video shows David Belle - the founder of the sport - performing some really advanced and showy parkour for a BBC commercial:
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24 April 2008
Theo Jansen's Biomechanical Sculptures
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23 January 2008
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05 November 2007
Body Worlds at the San Jose Tech Museum
Learn more about the whole visceral thing
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10 October 2007
The Darjeeling Limited or I love you, but I'm gonna mace you in the face!
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10 September 2007
Berkeley Campus MovieFest
If you're looking for something fun to do on Friday at 7 then check out the Campus Movie Fest. The program works like this; when you sign up they give you a laptop and a digital camera and you have one week to complete a 5 minute movie. The work of the Berkeley film makers will be premiered at the event. $3 for students $5 for GA.
Movie Fest Details
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05 September 2007
Decal classes are nice ways to round out a schedule and take your mind off mind bending academic loads and because decals are only 1-2 units pass fail they can help you meet Cal’s semester minimum of 13 units. Three academic classes and one decal makes for a manageable and non-psycho semester. Learn more at http://www.decal.org/
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24 August 2007
Poetry Open Mic in the Mission
Joshua Walters Myspace
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20 July 2007
Earthquake and Pictures from the Fire Arts Festival
On a completely unrelated note, I've uploaded some pictures of my recent adventures:
Eriq's first burrito after his trip around the world:
There is something singularly transcendental going on here.
This is a 45 foot tall cyclopean tripod monster. I made friends with it.
A huge flaming robot snake head.
Huge flaming robot snake body
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18 July 2007
Summer is amazing!
They had some really astounding stuff there; maybe you've heard of the grease-nerd phenomenon called Dance Dance Revolution? At the Fire Arts Festival they had something at the Fire Arts Festival called DDI - Dance Dance Immolation! It works just like Dance Dance Revolution only the players wear asbestos suits and are shot in the face with flamethrowers when they screw up! It looks like this: click me for nerds on fire.
I had an amazing time just learning about the crucible itself having once myself been keenly interested in learning how to weld. Basically The Crucible is a co-operative non-profit group of artists that teach metal work and pyrotechnic arts to interested parties. I want to take these courses and sometimes I feel like I need to take these courses and that is why they are dangerous!
Check it out:
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07 June 2007
Rent Quest and UCB vs. UND Round 2
While Jason and I scramble around to extricate ourselves from a less than amazing roommate my brother Eriq has been globe trotting! Points to anyone who can guess where these pictures are from!
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30 May 2007
Apartment Hunting in Berkeley
Here are some quick guidelines for a happy apartment in Berkeley:
1. Look early.
2. Avoid Everest Properties – very shady stuff going on behind the scenes here. (Check Yelp) These are the folks you talk to if you’re into the cardboard box duplexes and abhorrent treatment.
3. Don’t get attached to any one place. The competition is fierce and things go off the market quickly.
4. Roommates can help make rent more manageable but be very careful who you sign a lease with; the rent control laws are so beefy that many renters are frightened to get involved with any tenant disputes.
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21 May 2007
I'm getting to the serious business of enjoying summer; so far I've collected sand dollars at Ocean Beach, rowed a boat around Stow Lake, and gone disco bowling in San Mateo.
Also, I’ve made a photo journal on Flickr to chronicle my summer adventures; pictures coming soon!
Eric's Flickr Photo Journal
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14 May 2007
Finals Week - A-swingin', I must go; I must go.
For my DeCal final project I decided to make a zombie movie. We shot it in one day and it was pretty chintzy but the class loved it anyway! Check it out on youtube: The Baking of the Dead.
Also, I learned something interesting about Berkeley. Every semester at the end of classes the campanile plays a ballad based on the Rudyard Kipling poem called “Danny Deever.” Then the tower goes silent until the end of finals. It’s been this way since 1930. The song is about the execution of a solider. What do you all make of it?
“What’s that so black agin’ the sun?” said Files-on-Parade.
“It’s Danny fightin’ ’ard for life”, the Colour-Sergeant said.
“What’s that that whimpers over’ead?” said Files-on-Parade.
“It’s Danny’s soul that’s passin’ now”, the Colour-Sergeant said.
Read and Listen: Danny Deever
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25 April 2007
It never sucks to live with a pilot!
You can see my house and the CNR building in this shot.
San Francisco from high above the East Bay...
"Oh, I have slipped the surly bonds of earth,
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
Sunwards I’ve climbed and joined the tumbling mirth
Of sun-split clouds – and done a thousand things
You have not dreamed of - wheeled and soared and swung..."
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19 March 2007
Got some free time?
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09 March 2007
The multinational energy company is coming, the multinational energy company is coming!
I got a chance to attend a student round table discussion with Dean Ludden of the College of Natural Resources. A lot of the CNR students are really upset about this deal. From what I heard at the meeting some of the money is earmarked for the bioengineering of new enzymes to pull more fossil fuels out of our drying wells and 10 BP employees will become faculty here at Berkeley. Tenure track, student instructing, public statement issuing faculty. O_O Boy, this certainly doesn’t seem like a morally ambiguous situation!
The discussion was moderated by Professor of Bioethics, David Winickoff. He recommended the formation of a student ethics group to watch over the program. I’ve got a meeting on Monday with him to talk about what can and ought to be done. It's hard to keep up, this past week has been somewhat psychotic, midterms and papers and exploding roommates for days.
"One if by land, two if by sea;
And I on the opposite shore will be,
Ready to ride and spread the alarm."
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23 February 2007
Aldo Leopold's The Land Ethic
He argues that man had an obligation to the land rather than a dominion over it. He says:
"Conservation is a state of harmony between men and land." We ought to practice sustainability because we are above all things beholden to the land. Leopold's ecological ethic is a sad contrast to some of the wholesale exploitation that persists 58 years later. The Land Ethic is deeply sensitive and thoughtful ethical theory. It's foreruns both the modern conservation and deep ecology movements.
A worthy read, neither for the overstimulated nor the short of attention, can be found here:
The Land Ethic
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09 February 2007
Berkeley, CA VS Grand Forks, ND
We’ve both spent considerable time exploring our new surroundings and I figure it’s about time to explore one of the burning questions that keeps me up late at night; if the UCB and UND (along with their surrounding areas) were to morph into giant fighting robots/monsters (with the associated laser eye beams/kung-fu grip action) who would win? Prepare yourselves my intrepid readers, as we explore the good, the bad and the ugly in this epic grudge-match. (Yeah…uhhh... big school rivalry here, sure!) Two giant-school-robot-monsters will enter the thunder-dome but only one will survive. While I will seek to keep all bias out of the proceedings, readers with sensitivities to lopsided ass-whoopings may wish to leave this weblog and never return!
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02 February 2007
CNR is Freakin' Awesome!
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