Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Placeholder Federal Hall NY 1790

As a placeholder for the final 3D object of the Federal Hall building circa 1812, I have built this model using SketchUp Pro with end elevation provided by Amos Doolittle engraving from Wikipedia article. The final 3D object will be included in the Cutter v. Smuggler AR installation.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Drill Ship Kulluk on the rocks

I support the efforts of Earthjustice to curb arctic ocean oil drilling. Shell oil response. Alaska Dispatch. However, I am fascinated by this customized ship design for specialized work.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Cutter v. Smuggler

The New York Council for the Humanities has provided a partial funding grant to create the augmented reality (AR) channel "Cutter v. Smuggler" for the Augmented Incidents of the War of 1812 series by Kathleen Hulser, public historian, and Steve Bull, user experience designer and AR coder. Harvestworks is the fiscal sponsor for the Hulser/Bull team. The channel "Cutter v. Smuggler" will be available for FREE to the public by the Junaio Augmented Reality Browser. For more information on this Hulser/Bull project read their blog at The War of 1812 - 1814.

Friday, January 11, 2013

Salvaging SANDY Flotsam

On a beach under the Manhattan Bridge I have been unbolting the floats from a piece of worn flotsam, a gift of Hurricane Sandy. I plan to re-attach each float to a oyster grow-out bag/pouch/cage. Later, I will provide photos of this result--see my earlier posts on my oyster growing efforts in Greenport NY.

Side note: Hurricane is one of the few Carib and Mayan native people words in the English language. Let us not forget that the Carib native people were exterminated in the Caribbean Islands because they violently resisted enslavement. Perhaps you are more familiar with the enslaved force that was bought and brought to provide the 12/7/365 labor.

Wednesday, January 09, 2013

Winter Wheat 2012-2013

Organic farm report: I have approximately 100 acres of winter wheat planted in Perkins County, Nebraska. This photo shows the state of the crop on December 23, 2012. When I first walked the field I could not see the wheat shoots anywhere and then I noticed the thread like leaves you might discover in this photo. Overall, there were not many shoots. Hopefully there will be enough moisture this winter and in the spring to permit a successful harvest of this dryland crop. On the photo horizon the sandy band is the southern edge of the sandhills.