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Wikis – idea dump

Our upcoming group project (with Garry, Daniel and Ashley) is about public data, and we talked a lot about wikis and using Processing to engage with the content of Wikipedia, as an example of public data.

Anyway, this post is a list of bits and bobs and ideas that came from the class and our group chats so far. No idea if any of this will go anywhere, but I might come back to it even if it doesn’t feature in our project.

-Page views – which pages are the most visited, and how does/has this changed over time?
-Content authors. How much can we find out about the authors/editors/moderators of wikipedia? To what extent do specific people/groups of people have influence over its content?
-Edits. What are the most edited pages, and edited by who? Is it a matter of updating them, improving accuracy, or  is there contention over bias/political content? Edit wars? Could be interesting to look at the edit history of specific pages.
-Comparing different wikis: Wikipedia, Simple English Wikipedia, RationalWiki, World of Warcraft Wiki (and fandom wikis in general), Wikimedia Commons, Conservapedia, Liberapedia, Uncyclopedia and so on. How many authors/editors are there relative the amount of content? Is there discernable bias? How big are there, what are there most popular pages relative to each other? Etc.
-The status of wikis and related digital resources as a part of our knowledge/extensions of ourselves, in a comparable manner to a prosthetic limb or a physical piece of technology.
-Can we retrieve live data from these sites, i.e. their current popularity, and somehow convert that data into sound? If we were comparing wikis, we could use each as an ‘instrument’, maybe.
-We could focus on particular pages, and project things from their popularity or content. The more people are visiting (or google) ‘Mutually Assured Destruction’, say, the closer we are to *midnight* (thinking Doomsday Clock currently).
-Dashboards and GUIs: sci-fi GUIs, video game GUIs and their real-life equivalent. A sliding scale of importance from ‘looks cool’ to ‘is functional’?

Documentation, to-do lists and digital thinking, or: I’m a mess and its a miracle I get anything done

We had a session on documentation this week and it struck me that the main form of documentation that naturally springs up around my week is the humble to-do list. I’m fairly one-track minded and scatterbrained, so when I have lots of disparate things to do (like now) I make a lot of them. Its a habit I picked up from my Dad. Here are six short lists I made today in an effort to sum up where my head is right now and provide me with a bit of a record for later on:

Posting these is less to guilt myself into doing things (although it might have that effect) and more an attempt to take a snapshot of where I’m at right now with various modules and the other things I’m trying to juggle right now.

They’re fairly illegible, and even without my handwriting they’d probably be incomprehensible, but I found compiling them together to be a useful exercise.

And of course, the digital age has brought with it a whole plethora of new ways to create and ignore to-do lists. Here’s all the stuff my sticky notes are nagging me to do at the time of writing. Digital reminders are great, but I’ve found that deleting something or rubbing it out isn’t nearly as satisfying as crossing it off.

…and here ‘s a few screenshots of the notepad app on my phone. I’ve only had this phone since August and I’ve already made over 300 memos on it. Some of them are lines in potential future poems, some of them are early drafts of things, some of them are reminders, and some of them are whole to-do lists in their own right:

I send myself a lot of emails too. Most of them are reminders, and they do tend to provide a little snapshot into the things I was concerned with (or especially worried about forgetting) at the time:

…and while we’re picking my digital brain, here’s a screenshot of my desktop. Its horrifically messy, which is probably because its equal parts organized 1) for logical reasons, 2) for helping me organize my thinking, and 3) for showing off the desktop background and making things all nice and symmetrical. It might look like its mostly the third one, but related things are grouped together and things that are important/need doing tend to go in salient places. That’s not an excuse, by the way. Its still a mess.

This last example doesn’t really to do with lists or memos in the traditional sense at all. Quite often I will strategically leave things lying around in the studio or at home, with the aim of tricking future me into working on them when I’m in a working mood (or in the case below, reading them when I’m in a reading mood):

And that’s it for what started out as an exercise in documentation and quickly became a confession in just how bad I am at self-discipline and time management. Oh well, if you ever wanted an insight into the daily workings of my brain, there you have it. There’s certainly enough here for an amateur diagnosis.


Creative Practice Project 3 – Outcomes Video

Creative Practice Project 2 – Results


Alrighty, finally got around to uploading the four videos I made with Shawn, Ares and Chloe a few weeks ago for the Creative Practice Project. Documentation still to come, but for now, here they are!

Pitches: the results of a brainstorming game we played as a group, jumbling mediums, inspirations, subjects and names together to create ‘pitches’ for potential new pieces of work – link.

Butterfly Effect:
 a short film – based on Chloe’s idea, starring Ares. The theme was time travel (which it had in common with our fourth project as well) and it was filmed mostly in the studio – link.

 a piece made by Ares, featuring film of Chloe, Shawn and I, and using distorted voice clips of me saying various words. I was very interested to see the outcome of this one, since Ares kept it quite secretive even while accepting our input – link.

The Monolith:
  a short shadow puppet animation using little cut-out figures and backgrounds, which we made and filmed in the studio. This was probably my favourite of the four projects, because it brought our various disciplines together the most – link.

The apply of electric paint(take paper bend sensor as an example)

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These days, I found a very interesting material: the electric paint. To be more specific,this Paint is one kind of water-based paint but that it’s electrically conductive, which means that you can actually paint wires onto things like models, clothes, furniture, walls and so on.

Due to people can use this paint to replace ordinary wires, so there are many creative products appear. For instance, by combining conductive ink and paper creases, Alice Rzezonka made her first paper bend sensor. Specifically, placing creases on top of a line of conductive ink folding the paper changes the resistance of electricity flowing through the ink.

Materials:Japanese Spatula, electric paint, paper or cardboard (around 250g/m²), masking tape, bone folder, clear spray paint, ruler, resistors 10k Ohm, arduino board,  jump wires, alligatorclips,  breadboard.



1) To make the stripe of conductive ink cover the parts of the paper that you don’t want to paint with masking tape. There is special masking tape for paper, if you don’t have that stick the tape on and off a clean surface until it is not too sticky anymore and won’t damage the paper.

2) Now use the spatula to spread the paint evenly. Take the masking tape off while the paint is still wet, this will get you clean etches.

3)Once it is dry cover everything with clear spray paint to seal the conductive ink and prevent it from smudging.

4) With the help of the ruler and the bone folder create creases on top of the painted stripe. With the layout of the creases you actually determine how the resistance along the stripe will change when bended. Creating multiple creases will lead to a wider range of resistance change and react to folding different parts of the stripe. How strong you fold the paper along the creases also makes a strong difference. At this point I recommend experimenting with the different parameters until you get a feeling for it.




based on the AnalogReadSerial example
Reads an analog input on pin 0, prints the result to the serial monitor.
add averaging of the values:
Define the number of samples to keep track of.  The higher the number,
the more the readings will be smoothed, but the slower the output will
respond to the input.
int inputPin = A0;
int sensorValue = 0;        // value read from inputPin

const int numReadings = 25;
int readings[numReadings];      // the readings from the analog input
int index = 0;                  // the index of the current reading
int total = 0;                  // the running total
int average = 0;                // the average

// the setup routine runs once when you press reset:
void setup() {
// initialize serial communication at 9600 bits per second:

// the loop routine runs over and over again forever:
void loop() {
/*____ read & smooth values ____*/
// subtract the last reading:
total= total – readings[index];
// read from the sensor:
readings[index] = analogRead(inputPin);
// add the reading to the total:
total= total + readings[index];
// advance to the next position in the array:
index = index + 1;

// if we’re at the end of the array…
if (index >= numReadings)
// …wrap around to the beginning:
index = 0;

// calculate the average:
average = total / numReadings;
// send it to the computer as ASCII digits
// read the analog in value:
sensorValue = average;
// print out the value you read:
delay(1);        // delay in between reads for stability
}                                        (from:




What inspired me:

This kind of paint may can help me expand the type of my sensors in Music Garden.Not only by pass the pots/flowers,but also by touch/bend or even more ways.




Network Projects References

Ad Hoc Network Travel Mug

The Transparency Grenade

Pirate Box

Dead Drops



Hack Rifle

Merging Networks and Audio

After a few discussions it has been suggested that I try to link the subjects of AV and Networking together.
For me the idea of doing so seemed hard as I have always regarded the two as completely different areas of work and interest. However, after talking with John I bought an induction coil.
The idea was to explore the electronic sounds of networking equipment, such as routers. Below is the first recording of a router with one laptop attached to it, loading videos off Vimeo:

Final project: materials

As the concept of “Music Garden” I have mentioned before,  so I want to talk about the devices I have discovered recently that I might apply to my project.

First of all, I want to introduce the simple progress to realise the “Music Garden” :


1Using the Arduino Mage to write code to control the ultra sound,when people approach to the ultra sound,the ultra sound would reflect to the computer

2Once Arduino received the signal from the computer, it will send message to the sound card,which would turn on the sounder of the sound card.


Secondly, I want to list the materials I might  use to realise this project:

1 Arduino Mega 2560

The Arduino Mega 2560 is a microcontroller board based on the ATmega2560. It has 54 digital input/output pins (of which 14 can be used as PWM outputs), 16 analog inputs, 4 UARTs (hardware serial ports), a 16 MHz crystal oscillator, a USB connection, a power jack, an ICSP header, and a reset button. It contains everything needed to support the microcontroller; simply connect it to a computer with a USB cable or power it with a AC-to-DC adapter or battery to get started. The Mega is compatible with most shields designed for the Arduino Uno, Duemilanove or Diecimila.


2Infrared Avoid blocker Sensor


This is a kind of sensor that can make a combination of  emission and  receiving of signal and the sensor distance can be controlled by changing settings.

3 Sound Card

It is similar to the sound card in the Musical greeting cards,I can record the music I need in advance.



Inspiration for Dissertation

I presented my ‘Inspiration presentation‘ on Thursday looking at the topics that I am thinking of pursuing.
These consisted of either an Audio Visual Performance or a project surrounding the topics of online security, data and networks.
I am yet to decide which area I will persue.

First look at HSS8123: Creative Practice Project

I briefly discussed the areas that I wanted to pursue with John.
These areas being:

-Physical Computing (Arduino)
-Audio Visual
-Live Data Streams

I have previously worked in the area of Physical Computing with my piece, The Chromesthesia Project which also used live data in the form of brainwaves through an EEG headset.
I currently work in the area of Audio Visual design as a VJ which is why the area has its appeal.

However, since this discussion I have also delved into the area of Internet privacy, security and anonymity in terms of subversion and communication. These topics have always been of great interest to me and I have always been inspired by David Darts and his ‘Pirate Box‘.
These topics have also been reported heavily in the media recently becoming a hot topic; with the Arab Spring, starting in 2010, to the recent protests in Hong Kong. My key interest being in networking and sharing between users, such as mesh networks and the aforementioned Pirate Box.