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Maiden’s Love

maiden

One set of waves sends you back to the Kingdom of Maiden (click to see).

PLOT:

Once upon a time, in that peaceful country, there was a queen who once fell in love with a monk. The queen asked him to stay with her, so that he would become the king, become rich and mighty. The monk paid his respect to the queen, but decided not to stay. “I understand that because we are humans, and humans have a heart to love. But I had already freed myself from wealth and unwholesome thoughts. My only happiness is to practice meditation”, the monk said.

In a bitter morning, the monk decided to left the Kingdom of Maiden, what remained was a speechless face from the queen, as if she lost her whole kingdom, as if she stopped breathing when she saw him leaving further and further away on his horse forever…

HOW?:

In a specific duration, one hit to send out the ultrasonic waves, one check to receive the signal bouncing back.

All about the math Distance = Speed x Time.

Secret of Robinson Library (Pd & Arduino)

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The Secret (click to see)

Have you ever wondered about something that is very difficult to explain? Do you believe that there are always mystery or secret instead of only its common appearance?

Do you believe that there are two moons in this world? Do you agree with Murakami that “things may look different to you than they did before. But don’t let appearances fool you. There’s always only one reality” (Murakami, 2009)?

By looking back to some stills from the handphone, combining Pure Data and Arduino together, with LEDs diamond as the secret detector, you are now able to capture the unrevealed frequencies that no-one could ever see or could ever hear. The secret behind in our quiet Robinson Library is waiting for you to discover in the URL above.

Reference: 

Murakami, H (2009). 1Q84 Book 1 いちきゅうはちよん 第1部. Tokyo: Shinchosha.

☹ + ♫ = ☺

music

My Demo ここ:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vc9u7_rLjFs

日本語を話したい話したいです。この曲をいつも歌いますよ。毎日会社でこの曲を聴く。恋人がいませんですが、ベイビーアイラブユーが大好きです。

My bedroom became a discotheque by running a song loop for the whole night with this test. Only one RGB led was found on the kit, so could not make a trivalent blinking try.

This little board opens a whole imaginary world to creative people for sure. Wiring is the most time consuming part maybe, but once we think of the result we are going to see, we will almost forget who we are. In fact, we are no-one in this world… So… shut the light off… It is time for some music with LEDs.

My first text rain (Real Time data scraping)

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Text, text, and text! I love text! I love words! People might lie to you but words never! This time I can scrap the data and play with it in real time!!!

Every week I call my mom and she always suggests me what to eat for healthy life in UK. I have taking her notes down, scraping Newcastle forecast data from the online news, combining them together in Processing to create my first real time visual piece.

Based on the current temperature, whenever it is cold or hot, all appropriate foods and drinks from the list of my mom’s suggestion will show up.

The piece runs non-stoppedly, I never miss one of her suggestions, I never miss a home food.

My Demo: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ydWvpKrNXck

Scraping data with Processing

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Just found a statistic quite interesting so went right to the computer and started visualising some data into balloons with Processing 2+ that Tom suggested. Red balloons go for the total users and Yellow balloons represent the new users.

The data covers lots of statistics but I decided to scrap the two simple things. First of all is the rise of the number of internet users. Following by the comparison between the amount of the total users and new users over the decade.

The current 2014 year is the most noisy year for a total of ~ 39 millions people who can get online while there were online about 1 million users if we look back to the year of 2001.

But interestingly, the numbers of new users every year differ. During the last year 2013 for example, there were only 2% people who decided to join the internet. But in 2005 on the other hand, there were about 68% of the total users who started surfing the web.

Statistic URL: http://www.internetlivestats.com/internet-users/vietnam/

Web Scraping

We looked at different kinds of data scraping today.
Here is a short Python sketch we looked at that looked for  information of recent earthquakes:

#!/usr/bin/env python

import scraperwiki
import requests
import lxml.html

html = requests.get(“http://www.earthquakes.bgs.ac.uk/earthquakes/recent_world_events.html”).content

dom = lxml.html.fromstring(html)

count = 0

for row in dom.cssselect(‘tr’):
this_row = “”
for cell in row:
this_row+=cell.text
this_row+=”,”
print this_row

unique_keys = [ 'id' ]
data = {‘id’:count, ‘data’: this_row}
scraperwikiki.sql.save(unique_keys, data)
count+=1

 

We also looked at the Wiki API.
Here is my example that looks at the most recent changes to the ‘Cat’ Wiki:
http://en.wikipedia.org/w/api.php?action=query&titles=cat&prop=revisions