I love to create, to build things. Especially things bringing people together. Here are a couple ideas I’ve been working on lately. If you think any of them are interesting, connect with me. They’re all in active brainstorm mode.
Rebuilt TEDx Music Project and have been thinking a lot about how to structure visualizations of its hundreds of tracks. So far we’re leaning toward geotag for a world map of TEDx music. There’s also navigation, which might be made interestingly interactive by making a network map of communities of songs with similar attributes, such as genre, instrument or danceability. Installation on a big touchscreen. Ideas and collabs welcome.
Redoing the TEDx music site reminded me of Project HAO and that now I can actually probably set it up pretty easily. So I will. Looks like we can send a hammock + stand to US planetariums for under 200 bucks through Amazon, so I’ll probably set it up where 20 people each donate $10 and when the 20th name comes in *boom* we sent a hammock to a planetarium and are on our way towards hooking up the next. Extra funds can be used in the future to pay for international shipping once all the US planetariums have hammocks.
I’m also gearing up to do a posture measurement with Vicon motion capture software with the wonderful biomechatronics guys at MIT Media Lab. I’m going to wear ~100 sensors, do a sequences of moves and be tracked in 360 degrees at .2 mm precision. The idea is to be strategic in stretches. If one could identify asymmetries, torsions or other malalignments in posture, one could theoretically choose stretches to correct them. I’m going to test that out.
Learning about neurotech has been mind-blowing. I’m attending a pilot class at MIT this semester about how technology is catapulting neuroscience. Along the way we’ve gone from measuring genetic changes in cells to imaging an entire brain. I’ve had the pleasure of interviewing professors and graduate students; seeing and using the tools. We’re currently half way through a Scientific American blog series from EyeWire that shares the experience with the world. Excited to write up the rest. So far it’s been fodder for fascinating conversations.
I titled this post “Build” because I suddenly felt compelled to share things I am building. Side projects you have here, mostly. Love a good side project. Love to learn of yours! And I was serious about that first paragraph.
I long for the day when my doctor gives me a personal health infographic with my copay receipt. This is the prototype next gen wellness report I finally finished for Sterling Health. I’d love for developers to get with us and make an easy, open-source tool so anyone can generate one of these. Generated in Inkscape, the open-source vector graphics editor.
A musician at TEDxAtlanta taught himself to play guitar with his left hand after a nerve affliction made it impossible for him to continue playing with his right. Becoming ambidextrous is a monumentally difficult undertaking. I know because I have taught myself to do it as well.
Just days before the conference I wrote the following pages, pictured at the bottom of this post. I shared them with Billy after his final performance. Years I have practiced to reach this moderate level of dual articulation.
I am vibrant with life and curious and intrigued to the nth degree. The notes convey this so I have decided to transcribe their contents for you:
Page 1: LEFT HAND.
“13 April 2010. Existing here fawning over reality. Is this life real? It is, silly rhetorical question. What I mean to imply is a sense of wonder regarding what the world brings to the table. Human beings are astonishingly wonderful creatures. They recognize and respond to passion. It moves and compells the interesting lot of us into curiosity. I am driven beyond measure and comprehension in directions that seem at the whim of creative impulse. Where does it come from? How does curiosity exist? It fuels me. That’s a potential book title. Tangents. What is to be said of them? This ambidextrous endeavor in attempt to expand utilization of this one body with two hands, one typically the malnourished sibling of its dominant counterpart. I have two hands, I should be able to use them with equal finesse. This page has taken about thirty minutes to write. It is my finest specimen of left-handed writing to date. Indeed, my left hand, forearm, and fingers feel exhausted, like my legs when I run a 10K. Intriguing relativity.”
Page 2: RIGHT HAND.
“13 April 2010. I compose this page after writing the one to the right with my left hand. Look at these scripts. Hell, even check the speed. I will take a photo of these two pages. Looking now it seems as though the next page was composed by your author under drugs or a bumpy road. I attest I have not left my bed and that both are by the same human being. It took so much more attention, focus, concentration, a stronger grip on both the pen and task at hand. I recall my first attempts at ambidexterity. Frustration was the word. I read in Gray’s Anatomy that most people have a lateral curvature of the spine – to the right – and reverse in left-handed specimens. Fuel for the fire of achieving perfect alignment. Posture, balance, skeletal frame refinement – these are paramount in my scale of importance. It is one of those “still in my head will be conveyable to rest of world in due time.” An underlying structure ties in – the systemic approach to energy’s interaction with itself – and passionate inquiry meets curiosity once and forever again, taking me endlessly into realms unknown. Beautiful. (This page – five to ten minutes).”
This is the first time I have directly shared my personal notes with the public. Enjoy this glance into my thoughts to myself.
I wonder what our taking on of difficulty says about who we are. I wonder what the degree to which you laboriously follow passion in pursuit of the difficult says about who you are.