Friday, December 09, 2011

Talking Tea Kettle + Magic + Museum of Moving Image

I am FCP mechanical turk in the production of this video and pal to the artist Terese Svoboda. On Saturday, December 10, 2011 Talking Tea Kettle premiers at the Museum of Moving Image in the opening of their winter show Magicians On Screen. There is a Live Magic Show by Ben Robinson at 4:30pm before Terese's video.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Thanksgiving in Greenport NY

Families join to celebrate Thanksgiving in Greenport NY.
Left to right: Stuart, Terese, Jonathan, Kit, Frank, Seanna, Katy, Felix, Steve
Surnames: Bull, Hollingsworth, Hunt, Svoboda
On a leash: Dixie
Background: Mitchell Park Carousel

Monday, November 21, 2011

My donation to your re-election campaign

Following today's outcome of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, I sent the following email message to ALL the committee members.

[Message begins]
I am an independent voter in New York. I do not make donations to one party over another. I support the various campaigns of elected officials across the USA by individual donations. I am so disappointed by the results of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction that I am going to donate some money to the campaign of whomever runs against you in your next election. I am sending this same message to ALL the committee members. You have individually and collectively failed the citizens of the USA. You are not an effective politician. You should no longer continue to represent hard working citizens.
[Message ends]

Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA), (co-chair) Secretary of the Democratic Conference; Chairwoman of the Democratic Senate Campaign Committee
Sen. Max Baucus (D-MT), Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee; Vice Chairman of the Joint Committee on Taxation
Sen. John Kerry (D-MA), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee
(D-MT), Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee; Vice Chairman of the Joint Committee on Taxation
Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ), Senate Minority Whip
Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH)
Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA)
Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-TX), (co-chair) Republican Conference Chairman SHAME: Does not accept email outside of 5th Congressional District of Texas.
Rep. Dave Camp (R-MI), Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee; Chairman of the Joint Committee on Taxation SHAME: Does not accept email outside of his district.
Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI), Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee SHAME: His weblink contact creates this alert "This Connection is Untrusted"
Rep. James Clyburn (D-SC), Assistant Democratic Leader SHAME: Does not accept email outside of his district.
Rep. Xavier Becerra (D-CA), Democratic Caucus Vice Chair SHAME: Does not accept email outside of his district.
Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), House Budget Committee ranking member SHAME: Does not accept email outside of his district.

NOTE: The House of Representatives' server will not deliver my email message. Anyone in a "qualifying" HoR district is encouraged to forward this posting to them. Thank you.

Brushless Motor vs Brushed Motor

A DC Brushless Motor uses a permanent magnet external rotor, three phases of driving coils, one or more Hall effect devices to sense the position of the rotor, and the associated drive electronics. The coils are activated, one phase after the other, by the drive electronics as cued by the signals from the Hall effect sensors, they act as three-phase synchronous motors containing their own variable frequency drive electronics.

Electronic commutation based on Hall position sensors
Less required maintenance due to absence of brushes
Speed/Torque- flat, enables operation at all speeds with rated load
High efficiency, no voltage drop across brushes
High output power/frame size.
Reduced size due to superior thermal characteristics. Because BLDC has the windings on the stator, which is connected to the case, the heat dissipation is better
Higher speed range - no mechanical limitation imposed by brushes/commutator
Low electric noise generation

Higher cost of construction
Control is complex and expensive
Electric Controller is required to keep the motor running. It offers double the price of the motor.

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A Brushed Motor has a rotating set of wound wire coils called an armature which acts as an electromagnet with two poles. A mechanical rotary switch called a commutator reverses the direction of the electric current twice every cycle, to flow through the armature so that the poles of the electromagnet push and pull against the permanent magnets on the outside of the motor. As the poles of the armature electromagnet pass the poles of the permanent magnets, the commutator reverses the polarity of the armature electromagnet. During the instant of switching polarity, inertia keeps the classical motor going in the proper direction.

PRO Brushed Motor
Two wire control
Replaceable brushes for extended life
Low cost of construction
Simple and inexpensive control
No controller is required for fixed speeds
Operates in extreme environments due to lack of electronics

CON Brushed Motor
Periodic maintenance is required
Speed/torque is moderately flat. At higher speeds, brush friction increases, thus reducing useful torque
Poor heat dissipation due to internal rotor construction
Higher rotor inertia which limits the dynamic characteristics
Lower speed range due to mechanical limitations on the brushes
Brush Arcing will generate noise causing EMI

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Thursday, November 03, 2011

Death Is My Caddy

Death is my caddy and the others
   in my party don't seem to notice.
He proposes the seven iron
   as I play under par.
While I get no holes-in-one,
   Death applauds my long putts.
I can feel Death's hot eyes
   as I wedge out of a sand trap.
Death chuckles when I
   murder the ball.
Death kindly offers advise
   on how I can improve my swing.
I fish some other's lost
   Titleist from the water hazard.
Lightning strikes me down
   as I tee off on the 13th hole.
I will wait for my companions
   at Gabriel's clubhouse bar.

Death Is My Caddy
by Steve Bull, November 2, 2011
for Bert Fraser
Death and Dying Conference
sponsored by AtlantiCare
at Stockton College

Thursday, October 13, 2011

RF Sky Rings

Just when you thought it was safe to go outside--no those are not uber-UFO's over the Midwest. There is a logical explanation. However, what is the explanation? The Chinese claim success with their weather controlling efforts. Does this October 12, 2011 weather radar image show some attempts by North Americans? Take a look at the YouTube link and think. Comments/reactions by locals in these areas is most appreciated. Stay well.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Soldier Tech Enjoys a Beverage

Enjoy and explore this mystery. The image comes from a Russian website and I believe is an interior photo of radio station UVB-76 before its closing. However, it does not seem to be closed! Read more at about the LIVE continuous rebroadcast of their signal. UVB-76 got a write up in Wired and that is when it appeared on my radar. I have posted a picture of the guard dog, The Dog, on Pet-Pals and I contemplate the integration of the signal from UVB-76 for a Cellphonia performance. The iTunes' stream presents the steady audio. Note the occasional SSB cross talk.

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Marching to Occupy Wall Street

October 5, 2011, NEW YORK NY. Steve Bull was discovered at 6pm EDT in a march supporting the Occupy Wall Street protest.

Friday, September 30, 2011

DOLPHIN by Hereshoff

Tomorrow I am going to crew on DOLPHIN and the last time was in the 1960s. I also varnished the bright work and performed other maintenance duties with my brother Jeff. John Lockwood was skipper then. Dolphin is a Herreshoff designed Newport 29 that is currently cared by Oakcliff Sailing Center.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Croquet with lawn chairs

My brother Jeff got married to Marilyn last week [09/10/11 12:13] in Westport. As an after event treat I positioned the reception plastic furniture for a game of croquet. The newly wed couple won over the other 3 brothers and their spouse partners: Steve & Terese, Jay & Cindy, Ware & Kahsia.
Photo by Ware.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Castle Brunnenburg

In March 2011, I visited long time friend and author Mary de Rachewiltz at her family Castle Brunnenburg. I first met Mary years before when I was European location scout on the PBS Voices and Visions documentary of Ezra Pound.

Castle Brunnenberg, March 2011 (map)

Romantic painting of Castle Brunneburg ruins before reconstruction

Authors Mary de Rachewiltz and Terese Svoboda

Bust of Ezra Pound by Gaudier

View from the pig pen of the castle's organic farm.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Three of the Herd

This will be the first year and my first time ever owning cattle. My herd will be very small, 8 to 15 animals. Individuals are bought in small numbers from nearby raisers or purchased at the end of the auctions after the bigger sized lots are sold and almost everyone else has left that event. Scott is raising them for me and the cattle are grazing on the organic buffer strip planted around my organic crops. The buffer strip is a barrier to prevent contamination by GMO crops that is the predominant new normal agriculture in western Nebraska. I favor heritage seeds and sustainable agriculture. The herd is not organic and I am participating for just a short time in the economic life cycle of this protein source.
Caveat: My = Terese Sovoboda and I (wife and husband, farming partners).

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Aerial Fish Fertilizer

I spoke to my organic farming partner in Grant, Nebraska last night and he said that our crop of corn looked pretty good, a little more rain would help finish the growth. He has been busy this summer that included taking the opportunity to plant millet into tilled soil that had peas and oats growing earlier in the spring which were planted into last year's sunflower stalks. In this late summer break before harvest time he will bill me for my share of the fertilizer he had applied to the corn by airplane. The fertilizer included some fish but also a number of other components, such as seaweed and micro nutrients. The photo is imagined.
Farm report: Grant NE.

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Friday, August 05, 2011

50 oysters in a pail

50 oysters in a pail with the gear required to service these mollusks. Crocs for wading. Scrub brush for cleaning the oyster cages of squirts that block the flow of tides, and the brush makes the oysters themselves look their best. Heavy duty rubber cloves protect the hands from the razor front edges of the shells.

1500 oysters in cages that will soon return to hanging from the dock of the Harbor Knoll Bed and Breakfast in Greenport NY.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Use Gin to Clean Knot Hole

Back Story: The plug fell out of the knot hole in the floor of my old house. Coincidentally, I was building a spar for the lug sail of AEOLUS and I had left over thickened epoxy. I put the epoxy around the inside of the hole and the outside of the plug and gently hammered the plug back into the hole. See above photo.

Helpful tip: Epoxy had dribbled over the edges and I had run out denatured alcohol that I usually use to cleanup the mess. I remembered I had a new bottle of New Amsterdam Gin. I poured the gin on my clean up rag and cleaned the area around the hole and the plug.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

PHIL image du jour

Public Health Image Library (PHIL) has many useful images that are in the public domain. Here is today's image du jour.
ID#: 1472
Description: Anterior chain of Mesocestoides sp.
Anterior chain of Mesocestoides sp. Tapeworm, cestode, parasite.
Content Providers(s): CDC/ Dr. George Healy
Creation Date: 1965
Categories: CDC Organization : MeSH : Organisms : Animals : Invertebrates : Helminths : Platyhelminths : Cestoda

Now where was I going in my search before I was delightfully distracted?

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Monday, June 13, 2011

Selling Cornflakes

This photo of me comes from the shoe box photo archives of colleague Brian Perkinson. I confess that as crew in the movie/TV industry, as well as member of the DGA, to aiding in the legal sale of corn flakes, kitchen detergents and after shave tonics that are "necessary" products in today's consumerism. I was "sitting-in" for the DP and gaffers in a lighting check. The folds in the photo delineate the frame of the shot masking out the back light and rest of set. The grip stand in front me of was a temporary spatial marker. While the further details of this particular job elude me, a close examination of the digital watch on my wrist should give a clue to the decade of this early Polaroid image.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Oyster Report - June 10, 2011

I spent several hours at the Cedar Beach Creek facility of SPAT: Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County working on my 1,000 oyster crop that over wintered there. I brought a few back for taste testing.
My progress report:
Fall 2010 tasting = 24
Early Summer 2011 tasting = 49
5 cages x 100 = 500
7 cages x 50 = 350
Hollow shells = 31
Total accounted = 954

Kim Tetrault who runs this Southold cooperative can also be discovered locally playing electric and acoustic bass with Jazz on the Half Shell.

Wednesday, June 08, 2011

Fordham FAB - Dean Gautschi

Dean David Gautschi was at the white board last night at the summer practicum of Fordham FAB. I am posting this photo for the benefit of my fellow classmates. Click on the image to see more detail of the diagram and formula.

I am fortunate to have my proposal PreMinder selected and I am joined with two terrific team members that are MBA graduates: Anthony Battaglia and Andrew Arcangel.

Stay tuned.

Sunday, June 05, 2011

Andy Goldsworthy's Rivers and Tides (video)

This was my first exposure to Andy Goldsworthy's artistic practice. His connection with rock and others fundamental elements then launched into the forces hidden nature inspire me. Huge praise to Thomas Riedelsheimer, director+cinematographer+editor, who elegantly captured the ephemeral in Goldsworthy's work. This movie was made in part with funds provided by Scottish art lotteries--bravo--I'll buy a ticket next time I'm there. Rivers and Tides is available as a DVD order from Amazon. I saw it as immediate play on Netflix.

Friday, May 20, 2011

AR answer to Willa Cather

This is an iPad2 screen grab of my first AR Junaio GLUE object that is the answer to the poster behind, "Why is Willa worried?" This project is in support of the author Terese Svoboda in the release of her new novel Bohemian Girl, University of Nebraska Press at BookExpo America conference May 23-25, 2011 in Jacob Javits Convention Center in NYC. Here is the poster:

The oval portrait of Willa Cather is the target.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

today's dualities


stay tuned,
notes to myself for another project,

Monday, April 25, 2011

Nautical object

What is the name of this nautical object? Where does it get positioned on the boat hull? Orientation star upwards? Terese got this for me last year when she teaching for the SLS in Lamu, Kenya. I want to attach correctly to Aeolus.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Against the wind

Despite the drizzle and gale winds last Saturday, the opening of the Décollage: Torn Exteriors Show in Williamsburg was nicely attended. Above is an iPad2 screen grab of my work "After Delvaux" and here's a video made by Stephen Heiden.

Monday, April 11, 2011

After Delvaux .obj final

These are screen grabs of the final After Delvaux 3D .obj as posted to Layar for their approval before the Décollage: Torn Exteriors show at Ventana244 Art Space.

FRONT VIEW: The 3D object is designed to be inserted into the street side living room of a ground floor apartment at 252 N. 6th St., Williamsburg, Brooklyn NY 11211, a few doors away from the gallery at 244. The red back rectangle hangs in front of the school windows across the street.

REAR VIEW: Theoretically this would only be viewable to inhabitants within the apartment building itself.

Please come to the Artist’s reception: Saturday, April 16, 2-5pm.

Tuesday, April 05, 2011

See AR 'After Delvaux' at Bklyn opening 4/16

The show runs from April 16 to May 8, 2011.

The gallery is Ventana244, 244 North 6th Street, Brooklyn NY 11211

Click on the image above and print it out as a handy flyer with more details.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Orca scene [pun] in waters off Greenport

I just finished an orca scene plunging into the waters off Mitchell Park in the Village of Greenport. This concept image is an .png 2D export from Google SketchUp and is to be included as an AR component of "Cellphonia: Whales" in my NYSCA proposal. And yes, I know the orca is not native to Greenport waters, read Wikipedia to learn more about he orca's usual habitat. The orca source is courtesy of Mandun.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Bogliasco Fellows - February / March 2011

These are the edit selects from an augmented reality installation study recently made at the Villa dei Pini, Bogliasco Fondation, Italy. I was there as a guest of the Fellow Terese Svoboda.

Thursday, March 03, 2011

Flavio Ermini in garden of Villa Dei Pini

Flavio Ermini is Bogliasco Fellow in Literature - Creative writing in the 1st semester of Fondazione Bogliasco progam in 2011. I am in the process now of placing him and the other 6 fellows into the garden of Villa Dei Pini adjacent the main building. This is part of a work in progress toward a larger AR installation project. I am working with Google SketchUp and you can download this image object from their 3D warehouse titled as Flavio Ermini in garden of Villa Dei Pini.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Villa Dei Pini (work in progress)

at 44.379856, 9.059553

I just posted model "Villa Dei Pini (work in progress)" to my warehouse and this is a geo located villa that still needs a roof and photos of the exterior walls painted onto the basic shape.

However, at this stage when I position the building into the terrain, the terrain is not adjusted for the grading to the grounds adjacent the the model walls. Thus the uphill portion of the model is buried while the downhill side of the model is suspended in the air. What is the procedure to correctly place the model? Do I need to also create the terraces in the terrain around the building?

I am a guest here for 10 more days and I would like to get as much finished on this project as possible so any immediate comments will be much appreciated.

view: cross section screen grab

view: model on terrain

view: model on map

Ariel view by maps.Google and TeleAtlas

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Fishing Boat Haul Out in Bogliasco

The method of embedding wooden beams across the boat ramp is smart. The hull is hauled over the forgiving wooden beams rather than roughly abraded on a beach, rock or cement shingle. The principle advantage of not putting the trailer in the salt water is the wheel bearing do not get wet and the trailer suffers less rust. A public electric cable winch pull as the men guide the hull.

Shot: iPHone. Edit: FCP.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Fondazione Bogliasco

Feb 7 to March 11, 2011
Attending fellows with companions:
Stanley Gontarski, Theater with Marsha Gontarski
Terese Svoboda, Literature - Creative Writing with Steve Bull
Benedetto Sicca, Theater
Claudio Serughetti, Film
Maria Elena Gonzales, Visual Arts - Creative
Flavio Ermini, Literature - Creative Writing with Ida Travi
Laurie Stailings, Dance Choreography
Pete Wyer, Music Composition with Kate Saunders

Friday, February 04, 2011

Decollage example informs and amuses me

New International Dictionary, 2003. Altered book. 12 × 9 × 7 inches. by Brian Dettmer This image was found on wikipedia and sourced to

Monday, January 10, 2011


I took a beginning Tarot seminar from my longtime friend Donna Henes and this was the first card I pulled in a self directed one card reading. Tarot provides an interesting contrast to the stricter demands of my usual citizen scientific investigation, engineering and coding practice. As a follow up Tarot exercise I vow for one month to pull a card a day and read the flow.