Bioluminescence

April 2010

A few days ago in Blackout seminar, Geoff expressed his obsession on bioluminescence as that was also the topic discussed for class. Speaking in fantastical terms, our power grid has temporarily failed us, but perhaps we can harness nature’s natural luminescence to light our way. We can design paths designated for fireflies and we shall follow the line of their light, or travel by water as the waves made from our oars will stimulate the glowing algae. It’s always fun to think “what if our world looked like this?” In the case of bioluminescence, what if our world could look like Pandora? (admit it, you too fell in love with Avatar’s glow in the dark CG)

Photographer Phil Hart managed to capture some amazing shots from Gippsland Lakes in Australia where bioluminescence and the night sky light the way. Yea yea.. technology’s amazing.. but so’s freekin mother nature!

http://www.philhart.com/gallery/Astrophotography/Phenomena/

check out these amazing night sky time lapses as well. It’s like a planetarium on your monitor screen.

http://www.philhart.com/content/stars-motion

Here’s a post I read up on Treehugger about Iceland’s Eyjafjallajökull (yea good luck pronouncing that)

http://www.treehugger.com/files/2010/04/iceland-volcano-eruption-brings-tourists-colder-us-winter.php

Interesting chain reactions of a volcanic eruption- One would think people would avoid the volcanic debris, but rather they go towards it like a bunch of moths to a light. Disaster provokes tourism.

Cooling may be good, but what if… it stimulates some bizarre weather pattern no one accounted for? Nonetheless I still love the idea of cleaning up results of a climate crisis with another form of climate disaster.

Here’s another link’s about provoking volcanic eruptions, part of Geoengineering. Fascinating ideas, and interesting approaches to solving the climate crisis, but seriously, will it actually work?

Geoengineering, the effective, the risky, the useless outlined new paper

Google Maps Expeditions

February 2010

Do you guys every do this? … go on Google Maps for a quick distraction and go on a satellite view exploration of awesome landscapes and waste an obscene amount of time..? kay I shall share with you some of my google maps adventure.

(I couldn’t post google maps frame on WordPress so I took screenshots and linked the images.)

Here’s the Nazca Lines at Peru
The collaged landscape elements remind me of Gustav Klimt’s artwork.

Strolling around the north I found the Manicouagan Reservoir or “Eye of Quebec”

and so.. I read up on it on Wiki
turns out to be a remnant of a crater.

Here’s a place close to home. It’s always interesting to see the what lies in the desert past LA. This view shows a location close to the-never-happened-California City with the ghostly suburban city grid.

Happy Chinese New Years

February 2010

Gong Hai Fat Choy!

Happiness, Good Health, and Prosperity to you family =)
for those of you celebrating, enjoy those family visits, red envelopes, loud fire crackers, dragon dancing, and sh*t loads of foods.

I had to miss this celebration with my family for 5 years every since I moved out for college, but at least there’s always the smaller celebrations with friends. Hopefully next year I get to spend it with my family, or maybe i’ll be celebrating it in China if I end up working there. We’ll see what I decide for the new year.

oh yea its also Happy Valentines Day ❤

A Quick Messsage

January 2010

Hey guys,

Apologies for the lack of updating- I’m a bit swamped with thesis. However we did/do still come across many .. ‘interesting’ projects, events in the past and present, f-ed up political history lessons, and stimulating ideas and designs in our research. We started a blog for it but i’ll link it over once it has a bit more content and actually blog on it on a frequency of ‘often’ instead of once a blue moon. My two other seminar classes, Maps & History and Blackout seminar also had some pretty interesting research, quirky discoveries and collective discussion. So.. i’ll try to share some of these topics and goodies if I can somehow re-reorganize my internet search engine that’s currently overflowing with bookmarks.

Make a Difference

January 2010

This short video was shown all over India. It’s great to make a difference on your own, but it’s a greater accomplishment when you can motivate other people to do the same. Hope this video brings to you some motivation and inspiration.

I’m excited. I’M REALLY EXCITED

http://bldgblog.blogspot.com/2009/12/blackout.html

Geoff Manaugh of BLDGBLOG will be teaching a research seminar at Pratt’s school of arch. next spring whut whut.

“But how do blackouts also affect the form, function, social experience, and even ecology of the city? What do blackouts do to infrastructure—from hospitals to police and traffic systems—as well as to the cultural lives of a city’s residents? While blackouts can lead to a surge incrime and looting, they can also catalyze informal concerts, sleep-outs, and neighborhood festivities. Further, how do such things as “dark sky ” regulations transform what we know as nighttime in the city—and how does the temporary disappearance of electrical light change the city for species other than humans? This raises a final point: before electricity, cities at night presented a fundamentally different spatio-cultural experience. That is, the pre-industrial night was always blacked-out (something to consider when we read that, according to the International Energy Agency, nearly 25% of the global human population currently lacks access to electricity).”

i hope his seminar’s time agrees with my schedule…