Just came back from my long-anticipated trip to Syros, Greece. What a lovely island! And the farmhouse I stayed at was hosted by the kindest people, Alexia and Lefteris who have 6-year-old boy named Hermes. Hermes reminds me of Gerald Durrell - a born naturalist. He showed me all kinds of geckos and other interesting creatures that he gently caught and released. While I was there I intended to do watercolors but I quickly tired of doing mediocre landscapes and started drawing crazy creatures. The result is the video story above. Below are pictures of the farmhouse and my trip.
A Frog and Toad Party (with a little bit of Dragons Love Tacos) and attended by a hampster that would mimic what everyone said or sang.
Followed by a trip aboard a pirate ship where Dangerbones McSalt (Oliver) and Creeping' Jelly Bait (Emmett) battled the sneaky pirate, Lyin' Bryan to get the stolen treasure back. (They won and got a bit of treasure for themselves.)
As an amazing piece of luck I got to go to NIcaragua for a week to get some footage for a course that is a collaboration between Seattle University and Universidad Centroamericana (UCA). I traveled with two delightful environmental scientists from UCA; Marvin Torrez, who is the Director of the Biological Field Station Juan Roberto Zarruk and an expert in birds; and Gabriel Hipólito Vega, who is an expert in mollusks. We are back in Seattle editing the film now but these are a few pictures of some of the places i got to go. Truly, Nicaragua has to be one of the most beautiful places in the world.
I've been at the EYEO Festival at the Walker in Minneapolis this week and it is almost too much to take in. Below are just a few of the amazing speakers. Not their actual presentations at EYEO but close enough to give an idea.
The first was Alexander Chen who works at Google. His presentation was called Seeing Music..
.Then there was a very funny one by Kevin Slavin called No Seriously, Invisible Cities about Urban Metagenomics. Slavin was at MIT but is now at The Shed in NYC. He said his work on Metagenomics actually got its start from an EYEO Ignite session a few years ago.
There were also inspiring talks by Taeyoon Choi and Zach Lieberman from the School for Poetic Computation. (What a beautiful name for a school.)
On the first night there was an Ignite session with a handful quick talks. One of my favorites was by a young woman from Seattle who does Weird Side Projects. I'm not sure she uses her name on her site so I won't here but I am going to keep my eye out for her work as I walk around the city.
In all of my ePortfolio work I talk about using the blog as an engine for collecting evidence and tagging that evidence so that during the selection process it is easy to filter. But I never follow my own advice. So as of today (1/15/13) I am going to begin dumping things in here and see if I can train myself to get in the habit of posting something at least once a week.